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Report: Amar'e expected back Friday

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Amar'e Stoudemire loves the atmosphere across the Hudson River when the Knicks play the Nets at Prudential Center. He loves that a Knicks-Nets game in Newark feels like a home game away from home.

And though he has eyed the Knicks' last-ever visit to New Jersey on Wednesday as his big return from a bulging disk, the Knicks believe having him back in Cleveland on Friday is more realistic.

Stoudemire has had two contact scrimmages, but Monday's practice was canceled because the club was beaten up further with Tyson Chandler's knee injury.

That has not helped Stoudemire get into game shape. He will miss his 12th straight game Tuesday night when the Knicks host the Celtics.

With the Knicks less than two weeks from the playoffs, this is the second straight year Stoudemire will be less than 100 percent in the postseason because of back woes and he still has not figured out how to play with Carmelo Anthony.

Stoudemire has taken a vow of silence during his rehab.

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