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This just in. The Arizona Republic is reporting that Amar’e Stoudemire is likely out for the rest of the regular season after suffering a serious eye injury in the first quarter against the Clips on February 18th. He underwent surgery just this morning to repair a partially torn retina in the same eye he’s had problems with in the past.
Stoudemire could return to physical activity in eight weeks but a team press release said that would “depend upon his healing process” and that his surgeon, Dr. Pravin Dugel of Spectra Eye Institute in Sun City, stressed that recoveries are on a case-by-case basis. The eight-week mark is two days after the Suns’ regular-season finale.
Stoudemire appeared to injure the eye in the first quarter of Wednesday’s Suns win at the Los Angeles Clippers. He was bothered by the eye during an inbound play and then continued motioning toward it after trying to block an Al Thornton slam. He came out of the game briefly but re-entered and finished with 42 points, his second best scoring game of the season.
The Suns already tumultuous season just went from bad to worse. The Suns are in the ninth spot in the West (1game out). They stood pat as the trade deadline passed after firing Terry Porter and with Alvin Gentry reimplementing Mike D’Antoni’s offense, Phoenix has scored over 140 points in each of the last two games.