Amare won’t be back for the playoffs

There was some conjecture that Amare Stoudemire might be back for the postseason, but his doctor has put the kabosh on that.

“It’s very difficult to explain to anyone how serious this is,” Dr. Pravin Dugel said, according to The Arizona Republic. “It’s more serious than any knee or ankle surgery. The healing is excruciatingly slow and delicate.”

It had originally been hoped that Stoudemire could recover enough to resume activity in eight weeks. But Dugel said the recovery could take months, according to the report. And Stoudemire is not even allowed to attend Suns home games, due to the danger any jarring could pose.

Stoudemire suffered the injury to his right eye on Feb. 18 in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He suffered multiple tears and had a “very large” and “traumatic” retina detachment with blood in his right eye at the time of surgery, Dugel said.

The Suns are 4-4 since Stoudemire’s injury, with wins over the Lakers, Thunder, Bobcats and Raptors. Their four losses are against the Celtics, Lakers, Magic and Heat. Outside of a win against the Lakers, they seem to be in a pattern of beating bad teams and losing to good ones. If Shaq continues to stay healthy, the Suns will be competitive, though they are currently sitting in the #9 position in the West, so missing the postseason is a distinct possibility.

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