Knicks' Stoudemire out with back problems

March 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

NEW YORK, March 26 (UPI) -- Forward Amare Stoudemire will be out of the New York Knicks' lineup indefinitely due to a bulging disk in his lower back, the team announced Monday.

Stoudemire's injury was revealed during a magnetic resonance imaging exam following his early exit from New York's Saturday contest against Detroit.

Stoudemire, who is averaging 17.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, complained of back tightness during the game.

The 29-year-old, six-time all-star also missed time with back problems during last season's playoff series against Boston.

New York is clinging to a 1 1/2-game lead in the race for the eighth and final post-season berth in the Eastern Conference.

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