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Amar'e Stoudemire could return against Bobcats

Amar'e Stoudemire of the Knicks walks towards the

Amar'e Stoudemire of the Knicks walks towards the basket as he takes practice shots at Madison Square Garden Training Center. (Dec. 12, 2011) Credit: Craig Ruttle

Amar'e Stoudemire hopes to be back on the floor Wednesday night when the Knicks face the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden.

Stoudemire, who sprained his left ankle late in Thursday night's loss to the Lakers, missed his second straight game Monday night. Rookie Josh Harrellson again started in his place.

Stoudemire missed only four games in the 2010-11 regular season. With more talent surrounding him, the Knicks seem to be taking a more cautious approach to the ankle injury.

"Wednesday is definitely a good possibility. We'll keep the process going and see steady improvement," Stoudemire said. "You definitely want to be close to 100 percent before you get back out there because it's such an impactful season. You don't want anything to linger on. You want to be 100 percent, especially by the postseason. We're making great, great progress.''

Stoudemire missed Saturday night's victory over Sacramento after his ankle swelled up on the flight from Los Angeles. In his absence, Harrellson had a double-double in his first career start, scoring 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.

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