Amare Stoudemire will likely be limited to about 10-15 minutes per game if he is able to return during New York’s playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.
With Stoudemire nearing a comeback from a two-month absence following right knee surgery, both he and the Knicks are keeping expectations low.
‘‘To be honest with you, I don’t think we or he is expecting to come out and play 20 or 30 minutes and to score 15, 20, 30 points,’’ forward Carmelo Anthony said Thursday. ‘‘I think he’s just trying to gradually get himself back going. He understands that, we understand that, so if he says he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go. I mean, he’s one of our guys. If he can help us, which we know he can, he can do that.’’
Not for long, though. Coach Mike Woodson said the Knicks need to be cautious with Stoudemire, who played only 29 games after returning from left knee surgery before needing the same procedure on the other knee.
‘‘We’ve talked a little bit about that. We talked about it way back when he had the surgery, what we expected from him based on him coming back, because I thought maybe we might have pushed him too much early on,’’ Woodson said.
Stoudemire worked out again Thursday, playing in four-on-four scrimmages and saying he felt better than he did after playing three-on-three Monday. Though not in great condition, he said he is ready for a minor role.
Ujiri top executive
Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri was named the NBA’s executive of the year, a day after George Karl was named the league’s top coach.
Ujiri, the first African-born GM in major American sports, built a Nuggets team that won an NBA franchise-record 57 games and went an NBA-best 38-3 at home before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs.
Ujiri assembled a team that had nine players average between 8 and 16.7 points.
Warriors finish big
The young Golden State Warriors took a big step in their development Wednesday night, withstanding another furious rally by the Spurs in San Antonio for a 100-91 victory to even their series at one game apiece and snap a 30-game skid in the Alamo City.
Klay Thompson had a career-high 34 points and 14 rebounds, and Stephen Curry added 22 points for Golden State, which had not won in San Antonio since Feb. 14, 1997. None of the losses was as painful as the one Monday.
‘‘I truly believe the trials and tribulations are transportation for where you’re going,’’ Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. ‘‘Game 1 made us better. We didn’t panic. We made plays. That’s a heck of a basketball team that’s extremely well-coached and has no quit in them. We don’t have any quit in us, either. The bottom line is we made the plays we needed to make.’’
Tim Duncan scored 23 points and Tony Parker 20 to lead the Spurs.