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Grading Amar'e Stoudemire's First Five Games Back From Injury
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Amar'e Stoudemire has had mixed results in his five games for the New York Knicks since returning from left knee surgery.

There is considerable rust to his game. He is quickly winded and not in sync with his teammates. His elevation is also clearly diminished. Yet, through a couple of gorgeous spin moves and rim-rattling dunks he has provided glimpses of the STAT of old.

Stoudemire has shown improvement over the five games, but he also experienced soreness in his knee after the Knicks' loss to the Celtics Saturday night. He still moves gingerly and his minutes are limited.

Only time will tell if his explosiveness will return once he rounds into shape. Injuries to key players have also made it difficult to assess Stoudemire's progress and his role on the team.

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