Amar’e Stoudemire may sit Knicks-Kings game with sprains

Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images Amar’e Stoudemire doesn’t sound optimistic about playing against Kings Monday at Garden.

Amar’e Stoudemire stayed relatively healthy for much of the first half of the season, but the injuries are mounting again for the Knicks’ highest-paid player.

Stoudemire suffered sprains to his left wrist and left ankle Saturday night in Charlotte, and he didn’t look or sound optimistic about remaining in the lineup despite the Knicks listing him as questionable for Monday’s game against Sacramento at the Garden.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain. But we’ll see,” Stoudemire said after Saturday’s loss to the Hornets. “I’ll bombard it with rehab the next few days, recover and see how it feels.

“You want to see that you heal before you get back out there. If you’re playing hurt you’re going to overcompensate. That’s why it’s important to take the proper time to heal up.”

Stoudemire tried to return to the game after leaving briefly in the first quarter, but he missed all five of his shot attempts and finished the game with one point. When Lou Amundson fouled out in the fourth quarter, Stoudemire remained on the bench and Derek Fisher went with Cole Aldrich up front.

“At that point I couldn’t do much. My ankle was throbbing. I felt like it was getting tighter and stiffer. At that point I knew I couldn’t be beneficial out there,” said Stoudemire, who sat out Friday’s win over Orlando for a recovery day on the right knee that also sidelined him for nine recent games. “With the ankle sprain, I tried to go back out and play through it. I was struggling the entire time. I was trying, trying. But I couldn’t be myself out there.”

With the Feb. 19 trade deadline looming, Stoudemire had indicated earlier this month in London that he was torn between riding out the Knicks’ franchise-worst season and possibly moving to a contender if Phil Jackson can find a suitable deal for him and his expiring $ 23.4 million salary.

Jose Calderon (knee) also has been listed as questionable and Carmelo Anthony (knee) is probable against the Kings after both sat out Saturday’s game.

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