amare stoudemire

Mike Woodson is preparing for Amar’e Stoudemire to make his long-awaited return in Game 3 of the second round against the Pacers on Saturday in Indianapolis.

With the schedule released yesterday giving the Knicks three days off between Games 2 and 3, Woodson plans to give Stoudemire back-to-back scrimmages before Saturday’s third game.

The Knicks coach sat with Stoudemire after yesterday’s practice to tell him the plan. Stoudemire has yet to have a contact scrimmage.

“On Thursday and Friday, we’ll put a group together, we’ll scrimmage and let Amar’e get contact in,’’ Woodson said. “Based on how we feels after Thursday’s work and he’s feeling fine, we’ll have him test it again Friday. If he feels fine after Friday I think he’ll be playing Saturday.’’

– Reported by Marc Berman of the New York Post