If Amar’e Stoudemire wants to play again this year, which he does, the Knicks oft-injured forward needs his teammates to perform now more than ever.

Win their opening round series against the Celtics and he has a chance to get back on the court in the second round of the playoffs. Lose and he’s likely resting until next year.

Stoudemire likes the Knicks chances and his own. But neither is there quite yet.

Stoudemire, who is returning from right knee debridement surgery, spoke to reporters before the Knicks played the Celtics in Game 2 of their opening-round series and said he’s currently doing foot work and explosiveness drills.

He’s hoping to run full speed by weeks end and will make a decision on when he can return to the court based on how his knee feels after that.

“Everything’s on schedule for the most part,” Stoudemire said. “I’m not sure exactly when [he’ll return]. But once I start moving around at full speed we’ll check the reaction from that.
“If everything goes great than I’m willing to play, sooner than later hopefully if everything continues to improve, so we’ll see.”

Stoudemire had debris cleaned from his right knee on March 11 and his recovery time was expected to be around six weeks. He had the same procedure on his left knee in November and it took him eight weeks to return.