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Amar'e Stoudemire can't extinguish teasing

Amar'e Stoudemire smiles before Game 4 of the

Amar'e Stoudemire smiles before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 6, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

MIAMI -- Amar'e Stoudemire was back at the scene of his crime, and some Knicks wouldn't let him live down what he did the last time he was here.

Rookie Josh Harrellson called Stoudemire "The Extinguisher." Assistant coach Darrell Walker pulled out an autographed copy of a newspaper with Stoudemire on it, leaving AmericanAirlines Arena with his left arm in a sling and his left hand heavily wrapped from punching a fire extinguisher in frustration after Game 2.

Stoudemire laughed and was able to joke about it himself after practice Tuesday, saying he didn't "want to look at that fire extinguisher at all" when he got back to the building. But Stoudemire wanted to return to Miami and helped make it happen with a 20-point, 10-rebound effort in the Knicks' Game 4 win after missing Game 3. He said his hand felt better Wednesday night, but that it still hampered him.

"I still won't be able to dunk with two hands or grab a defensive rebound," he said. "I can't defend or block shots with the left hand, I don't want to get this hand in the passing lane. I'm still very limited with the left hand."


Lin wants to return

Jeremy Lin, who becomes a restricted free agent July 1, reiterated his desire to return. The Knicks can use their midlevel exception to keep him.

"I love playing in New York, love the fans," Lin said. "I owe a lot to this organization."

Lin played his best in Mike D'Antoni's pick-and-roll system. Mike Woodson, who is expected to return, runs more isolations and post-ups. But Lin said he could fit in Woodson's offense.

"It's a nice mix in terms of putting people in the spots that they need to be in and then also spacing the floor and having the creativity, so, definitely," Lin said.


Douglas off the bench

Woodson dusted off seldom-used Toney Douglas to back up point guard Mike Bibby because of the series-ending knee injuries to Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis and Lin's unavailability. Douglas didn't appear in the first four games.

Bibby struggled for the Heat as a backup during last year's playoffs. Before Game 5, Miami's Dwyane Wade joked that Bibby "has made more shots in this series than he made all last year."

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