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Amar'e Stoudemire on Melo's back spasms: 'It affects your whole body'

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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is doubtful for Wednesday night's game against the Mavericks with back spasms. Teammate Amar'e Stoudemire is familiar with what Anthony is going through, having suffered through back spasms in 2011. 

"Back spasms is nothing easy to deal with," Stoudemire told the New York Post. "Your whole body shuts down, it affects your central nervous system. It affects your entire body. It takes time to get over that spasm. It takes a lot of rest and recovery and a lot of rehab to get over that particular injury."

Stoudemire said he has recovered from the back injury, which did not require surgery. However, chronic knee injuries have forced the Knicks to carefully monitor Stoudemire's playing time.

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Anthony was injured in the Knicks' loss to the Rockets on Monday. After Wednesday's game in Dallas, the Knicks travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Friday before returning home to play the Heat on Sunday. 

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