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 4 years ago '04        #9661
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Alan Hahn

Upon further review, Woodson admits Melo-Kenyon-Tyson frontcourt may be beneficial in certain matchups.

"It just depends," Woodson said. "If you get into a [playoff] series with Indiana or Chicago, you have to have to play Melo at some three and maybe start him at the three, based on the fact that they're big."

The Bulls are a potential first-round opponent and they play a very big frontline -- Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng -- that has given the Knicks fits this season. Including Martin with Chandler and moving Melo to the wing -- Deng would guard him regardless -- would be a better matchup.

Chandler, for one, likes the idea of having Martin as his wingman in the paint.

"I can't wait to get out there and play along side of him," he said.

But along with the fact that the Knicks have had success with Melo at the power forward spot, Woodson also likes the security of bringing Martin off the bench so when Chandler leaves the game for rest (or foul trouble), there is still a strong defensive presence in the paint with Martin as his replacement.

Marcus Camby was signed to be that insurance for Chandler, but he has been dealing with a plantar fascia issue in his left foot throughout the season. His minutes have been limited -- especially in back-to-back situations -- mainly because of this condition. Camby can provide spot minutes, but has yet to prove he can be reliable enough as a true backup center. And with a depleted frontline, this is not the time to test Camby's limits.

When the playoffs arrive, however, Woodson may have more options available to him to spread out the minutes. It all depends on the recovery of three injured bigs, Kurt Thomas (foot), Rasheed Wallace (foot) and Amar'e Stoudemire (knee). Each could become available during the first two rounds.

The Knicks have never had all 15 players fully healthy and available to play in a game this entire season. No better time than April and May to finally make that happen.
 4 years ago '04        #9662
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Tommy Dee speaking TRUFF

"let me get this straight, if the #knicks are poised to make a run at CP3 & can under the CBA and he hasn't committed how is there 0 chance?"
 4 years ago '04        #9663
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Tina Cervasio making her TNT debut tonight since MSG is forcing me to listen to biased a.ss commentary and comments by not airing the game
 4 years ago '04        #9664
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starting 5 tonight is expected to be

Felly Fel
Shump
Melo
ATTENTION K-MART SHOPPERS
Chandler Bing
 4 years ago '04        #9665
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if Chandler can't go, expect the same lineup:

Felton-Prigioni-Shumpert-Anthony-Martin
 4 years ago '04        #9666
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from Felton's official FB page

"Come meet Raymond at the Boost Mobile NBA Game Time Tour this Thursday from 3-5PM in Brooklyn at 550 Nostrand Avenue."
 4 years ago '04        #9667
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from Felton's official FB page

"Come meet Raymond at the Boost Mobile NBA Game Time Tour this Thursday from 3-5PM in Brooklyn at 550 Nostrand Avenue."
 4 years ago '04        #9668
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Berman

BOSTON - Tyson Chandler is a long shot to play Tuesday night in Boston unless he has a breakthrough in the next few hours. Chandler arrived at the arena this morning for the shootaround but then quickly went back to the hotel with trainers for treatment on his neck, unable to participate at TD North Garden.

Chandler has a bulging disk in his cervical spine that the Knicks hoped would take a week for the symptoms to clear up. The week is up and it hasn’t cleared up completely. Chandler still is under some duress and said after Monday's practice he still is worried about having some “spasms’’.

While the Knicks officially called it a “game-time decision,’’ Mike Woodson said he was “questionable’’ and may have tipped his hand when he said “we’re staying the same’’ regarding his starting unit. That has Kenyon Martin as starting center and the club has won four straight games with that alignment. Woodson indicated even if Chandler suits up, it would be for limited minutes, maybe off the bench.

The theory is if Chandler is going to come back, he might as well not do it in a back-to-back situation as the Knicks host Memphis Wednesday night.

“I don’t know if he’s still hurting,’’ Woodson said. “I’m not inside his body. He might play. He might not play. We’ll have to gauge it when he gets to the arena see where he is.’’

“If he tells me he’s ready to go, we’ll play him,’’ Woodson added. “I don’t know how many minutes.’’

Chandler will likely miss his seventh straight game. The Knicks get a break as the Celtics have decided to shut down Kevin Garnett for the next two weeks because of ankle inflammation. Boston GM Danny Ainge said he could play against the Knicks if they wanted him to but will opt to rest him.

The Celtics are content with the seventh seed and aren’t as concerned jockeying for playoff position while the Knicks are trying to win their first Atlantic Division title since 1994 and more importantly save themselves the embarrassment of blowing the division to the first-year Brooklyn Nets.

Asked if Woodson has a different approach to the final weeks before the playoffs, the Knicks coach said, “to me it’s important. They’ve won a title. They’re playoff-tested. We have a lot of guys on this team who are playoff-tested, three guys who have won titles but they haven’t been together that long. It’s going to be interesting to see where we are when we get to the playoffs.

"But until then it’s important we win as many games as we can win and we’re clicking on all cylinders when we step into the playoffs. The only way to do that is you got to continue to win. I know rest is important and we’re beat up right now but hopefully we’ll get a guy or two back at the tail end ... We’ve been playing for something. We’ve been at the top of our division all season and I don’t want to give it away. That is what we set out to do. I’m going to do what it takes to get that done.’’
 4 years ago '10        #9669
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I hope he doesn't play.Even though this game is kinda important its best he stays healthy for the playoffs
 4 years ago '04        #9670
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 Blkboipurp said:
I hope he doesn't play.Even though this game is kinda important its best he stays healthy for the playoffs
we got a decent lead on Boston...personally, i'd rest him for that reason and like u said, let him get healthy
 4 years ago '04        #9671
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Berman

BOSTON — The South Beach showdown is six days away, but Mike Woodson is hoping the Miami Dream Team enters with a 30-game win streak.

“They’re playing at such a high level, nobody is coming close to beating them,’’ Woodson said before the Knicks’ 100-85 win over the Celtics last night. “It would be nice. Their streak could end. They’re playing two good teams [beforehand]. [But if] they’re undefeated and we go into Miami, hopefully we can be the team to break their streak.’’

The Heat have won 27 straight and have Chicago tonight, New Orleans Friday and San Antonio on Sunday. If the LeBron James juggernaut keeps winning and beats the Knicks Tuesday in Miami, it would be just two away from tying the Lakers’ 1971-72 magical run of 33 straight wins — the NBA record.

The Knicks have won five straight, and if they win out, their streak would be eight heading to South Beach. The Knicks have beaten Miami twice by 20 points this season — once in November, once in December — and blew a 17-point Garden lead last month. Seven times during the 27-game win streak the Heat have rallied from double-digit deficits.
 4 years ago '04        #9672
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Berman

BOSTON — For the Knicks, the news on Tyson Chandler was not good.

The veteran center still wasn’t ready to play last night because of a bulging disk in his cervical spine and is not expected to play tonight against Memphis. Chandler also said he has experienced sensations down into his shoulder.

Chandler returned to practice Monday and thought he had a chance of going last night, but the banging took its toll. A leading spine specialist at Northwestern University Hospital, Dr. Wellington Hsu, told The Post last week a bulging disk is considered much less serious if it is contained to a stiff neck. But the injury is considered more severe if there are sensations into the arm.

“The whole point was to test it and see how it felt [Monday],’’ Chandler said in the visitor’s locker room before the Knicks’ 100-85 win over the Celtics last night at TD North Garden. “Afterwards I knew my body wasn’t ready. Late afternoon. I started to have the same symptoms [Monday] night and this morning. I knew right away I wasn’t quite there. It runs down my neck and shoulder.’’

Chandler missed his seventh straight game. He injured his neck and knee during the Denver game on the West Coast trip two weeks ago in separate collisions.

“Talking to one of the trainers, it’s different from ankle, leg, knee,’’ Chandler said. “Something like that, you feel like if you’re close enough, you just come back. But in this situation, I was close enough [Monday]. You just have to deal with that little pain. But when you can’t move, it’s a little different. It’s not something you’re able to just f!ght through.’’

That’s a bad sign for the Knicks, considering the playoffs are a little more than three weeks away.

“When I’m on the basketball court and playing defense, rebounds and look down and up, that’s my problem right now,’’ Chandler said. “It’s not something I’m really worried about for the long period. But I need a couple of days, let it calm down and do rehab.

“I absolutely have to make sure I’m right. I hope it’s not that long. I don’t foresee it that long. I feel I was close yesterday, but trainers talked about it. I have to be able to really move around and feel good. Whereas [Monday] I felt I was close and close is good enough for me. Let’s try it. And obviously I’m not there.”

* Marcus Camby said he is not on a restriction where he can’t play back-to-back nights because of his season-long plantar fasciitis.

Mike Woodson did not play Camby on Saturday after the backup center played 12 minutes in Toronto Friday and did not play last night.

Woodson said he was saving Camby for tonight against the Grizzlies at the Garden because he needs to be cautious since he’s the only healthy big body after Kenyon Martin.

* Ray Williams’ funeral is today at 11 a.m. in Mount Vernon at Allen Memorial Church of God In Christ Family Life Center. Some Knicks officials are expected to attend.
 4 years ago '04        #9673
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Jared Zwerling


That was Kenyon Martin's message for the Boston Celtics after the New York Knicks' 100-85 victory Tuesday night at the TD Garden.

It was the Knicks' fifth straight win with Martin starting at center in place of the injured Tyson Chandler. During that stretch, K-Mart has averaged 13.2 points, 7 rebounds (3.8 offensive) and one block.

"There were talks and negotiations [with Boston], and they chose not to do it," he said. "It was out of my control, so I'm a Knick now. Everybody upset me; it just wasn't the Celtics."

According to sources, Martin was initially in the market for a mini mid-level deal to play for a contender, but no one was biting. Not even the Knicks could afford to pay that salary. But thanks to a close connection to Mark Warkentien -- the Knicks' director of pro player personnel and former GM of the Denver Nuggets, for whom Martin previously played -- Martin arrived in New York on Feb. 21 on a 10-day contract.

While Martin said he's not playing with a chip on his shoulder, he does have at least one score to settle.

"I'm just here to prove to people that I ain't never lost it," he said.

Whenever Chandler returns, the talk will turn to whether Martin should start. Recently, Mike Woodson has gone with a smaller first five to counter the Knicks' smaller opponents -- for example, the Kevin Garnett-less Celtics on Tuesday night. But considering the Eastern Conference is stacked with bigger front lines, that could be enough convincing to start Martin at power forward alongside Chandler.

A Carmelo Anthony-Martin-Chandler frontcourt would be intimidating on both ends of the floor, and it would further ensure the Knicks play well right out of the gate. Marcus Camby could then sub in for Martin or Chandler. Camby is an underrated passer who could play well with either big.

Moving Melo to the three would likely mean Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert would start. Therefore, point guard Pablo Prigioni would return to the bench. The key is Shumpert's offense. If he can continue to improve as a facilitator and help the Knicks move the ball well, where Prigioni has been excelling, the first unit should be fine.

Reflecting on the victory in Boston, Martin said the Knicks are starting to play much better together.

"The ball is moving and guys are making plays for one another, and we're defending," he said.
 4 years ago '07        #9674
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another W tonight... crazy sh*t happening with this full moon out but we up to the #2 my n*ggas... time to hit the sack, peace
 4 years ago '04        #9675
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Ian Begley

There's good J.R. Smith, bad J.R. Smith and then there's the J.R. Smith we saw on Wednesday night: incredible.

The New York Knicks' sixth man exploded for 35 points on 10-for-18 shooting to lead the 'Bockers to a 108-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, their sixth straight.

"I don't know what he's eating for breakfast or dinner or whatever it is but we need him to keep doing it," teammate Kenyon Martin said. "He's putting us on his back."

Smith's game against the Grizzlies comes on the heels of an efficient 32-point night against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, putting his two-game total at 67 points. He has made 23 of his 42 attempts in that span.

"He's dialed in right now," Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. "That's the J.R. we know about."

That's the thing. The J.R. we all know about has been consistently inconsistent in his nine seasons in the NBA.

But that hasn't been the case during the Knicks' winning streak. Smith has averaged 24.6 points on 52 percent shooting over the past six games.

"He's just being aggressive as they come now," Martin said.

That continued Wednesday against Memphis. Smith shot 13 free throws against the Grizzlies and six of his 10 field goals were in the paint.

"Instead of settling and shooting jumpers, jumpers, jumpers, I’m doing what [Mike Woodson] wants me to do and what my teammates like to see me do," Smith said.

Woodson has been on top of Smith since he took over as head coach last March. The player and coach have what Smith calls a "funny" relationship -- but it's one that has helped Smith play some of the best basketball of his career.

"It’s crazy. Off the court it’s like father-son. On the court we bump heads sometimes. He cusses me out, I cuss him out and we just go from there," Smith said. "It’s fun. I love playing for him."

Said Woodson: "I try to coach him and be demanding, but I see something maybe other coaches didn’t see in terms of his ability to score the basketball.

"I think you’ve got to put him in the right positions and you’ve got to be demanding with him and not let him off the hook, and I’ve tried not to do that with him. Sometimes I can get away with things I say with him and sometimes I can’t."

Whatever Woodson has said to Smith of late has worked. The New Jersey product has scored 30 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. He leads the NBA in points per game for players off the bench (17.4) and is the leader of a Knicks second unit that's second in the NBA in scoring (40.8 ppg).

"I think he’s starting to figure out some things and he's mixing his game up," Woodson said. "He’s not just shooting jump shots. He's taking it to the hole, he’s rebounding, he’s making a conscious effort to defend. … He’s still got, I think, a ways to go, but he’s getting there."
 4 years ago '04        #9676
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Stephen A. Smith (HOWEVER!)

About a thousand miles away from home, in a place nicknamed the second city, LeBron James repeatedly felt elbows, forearms, a hardwood floor, and the overall physical presence of the Chicago Bulls. The Miami Heat's quest toward history came crashing down at the United Center as a result, as did the allure of dominance that had surrounded them all season.

Consider this good news for a few teams in the Eastern Conference -- arguably the New York Knicks, moreso than anyone else.

Thank coach Tom Thibodeau. Make sure to pick up the phone and dial that 312 Chicago area code to extend your gratitude, Carmelo Anthony. Because James and Dwyane Wade got beat up. Because the Bulls got out on Heat shooters and showcased the advantages of physicality over athleticism and marksmanship. And as a result, the Knicks can now make the argument they've got a legitimate chance of their own to upend the defending world champions.

All because of Kenyon Martin.

Yes, I said it!

"I think Kenyon has really, really helped our team," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said early Thursday. "The fact that we're so beat up at the big spots makes him that much more valuable to us. He's been anchoring our defense and making plays on offense out of our pick-and-roll sets. He's been a dual threat in that regard and it's been a real pleasure to have him. He helps us big time."

Forget the fact Martin is averaging just eight points and five rebounds. Pay attention to the impact he's had instead. The Knicks are more physical with Martin, bigger and more intimidating. And because of it, suddenly the notion of going up against Indiana or Chicago -- two teams that have had their way with the Knicks thus far -- isn't as daunting, not to mention the options K-Mart provides in the event New York is lucky to face Miami in the playoffs.

"I like the way we're playing right now, what we have available to us," Woodson added. "We'll see what happens."

To some degree, we already know.

Since the start of this six-game winning streak, the longest in the NBA following Miami's loss to Chicago, the Knicks possess the league's second-best shooting percentage (49.7 percent) behind the Dallas Mavericks (51.4 percent). The Knicks have made 61 3-pointers, which is third in the league behind Portland (63) and Miami (62). New York has also had 60 steals in that six-game span, with only Miami swiping more (62).

Impressive numbers underscoring a team that sits 18 games above .500 (44-26) -- which includes a 2½-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division -- and is in line for their first division crown since 1994. But raw stats don't tell the whole story.

Anthony looks healthy and rested again. There has even been a few Jason Kidd sightings. And J.R. Smith, the team's second-leading scorer, is making a late-season push for sixth man of the year honors, joining Chris Gatling as the only players to record at least 10 25-point, five-rebound games off the bench in a single season.

"That's a huge reason for the success we've enjoyed," Woodson said of Smith's contributions. "I'm so proud of him for the way he's improved himself on and off the court. We've addressed it in the past on numerous occasions and I've gotten on him pretty hard because I knew how important he'd be to this team. Even told him at the beginning that he wasn't going to start, that he was going to have to prove himself and accept that role.

"He's not only accepted it, he's thrived in that role, performing lights out. That, with Kenyon giving us what he's giving us, has put us in a really good position to make some noise in the postseason. So I'm just real excited about it. I really am."

Nobody needs to get too carried away, of course. Not with five of the Knicks' six wins in this streak coming against Utah, Orlando, Toronto (twice) and a Celtics squad without Kevin Garnett -- a team the Knicks would face in the first round if the playoffs began on Thursday … with KG.

But it's still a Knicks team with one of the league's leading scorers in Melo (27.5 ppg), a lethal player off the bench in Smith, a point guard in Raymond Felton averaging 14.1 points and 5.6 a.ssists, and a big boy in Martin willing to sacrifice points and pretty play to help Tyson Chandler down low once he gets healthy.

"We a.ssembled this team with our eyes toward the playoffs, having a pretty big squad," Woodson said. "We wanted to have two types of teams so we could go in either direction. We wanted to have that versatility. Our intention was always being a big team. Kenyon is a major plus in that regard because he can do both: bang, plus play finesse ball with his athleticism. It gives us options."

Options the New York Knicks didn't have before Martin arrived.

Now we'll see where it gets them.
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Ian Begley

Some NBA analysts and fans think the Eastern Conference playoffs are almost a waste of time this year. The Heat, they say, are a lock to return to the NBA Finals.

Raymond Felton disagrees with those people. Strongly.

In fact, the veteran Knicks point guard says he "loves" New York's chances in a potential playoff series with the defending champion Heat.

"We're definitely one of the teams who gave Miami the most fits this year, so if we get the opportunity to play them in the (Eastern Conference) Finals, then I kinda like our chances. I love our chances actually," Felton told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday.

The Knicks enter play Friday in third place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind Indiana.

A top-three finish in the conference means the Knicks would avoid facing the Heat until the conference final, a.ssuming they advance that far.

If they do, Felton believes the Knicks would present a Miami with a major "matchup problem."

"I'm not just saying that just because I'm a New York Knick and just being biased," he said. "I just feel like we really cause matchup problems for them offensively and then we match up well with them defensively. Like I said, I like our chances. Right now, we're winning the series and we've got one more game left. So we'll see what happens."

The Knicks have won two of three against the Heat this season. They beat the Heat twice in the first six weeks of the season but lost the most recent matchup at the Garden earlier this month.

The Knicks and Heat play for the fourth and final time in the regular season on Tuesday in Miami.

"I can't wait. I can't wait," Felton said.

Felton was instrumental in the Knicks road win over Miami on Dec. 6. With Carmelo Anthony sidelined due to a cut on his left hand, Felton poured in 27 points and handed out seven a.ssists in the Knicks' 20-point win.

Felton was asked if point guard is one area where he thought the Knicks had an advantage against Miami, which had its win streak snapped at 27 games on Wednesday.

"I'm not saying that's a weak point (for the Heat) because (Mario) Chalmers has been great for Miami. He's won a championship there and he's a solid point guard," Felton said. "But I think that's one of the weaknesses of their team. Not saying that Chalmers is a bad player, because he's not. He's great. He's won a championship. A lot of point guards in this league can't say that. He has that. But if you look at LeBron, Bosh and D-Wade and then you look at Chalmers, you're like, 'OK, this is maybe where their weakness is at.'

"But they really don't have too many weaknesses. I'll just say that we matchup up well with them, that's all."

FELTON IN BK TO HELP YOUTH: Felton spoke from a Boost Mobile on Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn where he greeted about 400 fans, promoted the NBA Game Time Plus app and raised money for Athletes for Charity, a local non-profit dedicated to charitable efforts which benefit disadvantaged children.

"I just want to help kids as much as I can. If there's any opportunity where I can be a part of something like that, I'm all in it," Felton said. "Just to put a smile on a kid's face or a fan or whoever, it puts a smile on my face."

FINALLY HEALTHY: Felton missed five weeks earlier this season with a fractured right pinky. He's been back on the floor since late January but said in an interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM that he just recently started to feel fully comfortable on the court.

"To be honest with you, I just got comfortable maybe three of four games ago when I finally got the (medical) tape off my hand. It took 12 weeks exactly," Felton said in an interview on "The Michael Kay Show."
 4 years ago '10        #9678
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I'm not saying that's a weak point (for the Heat) because (Mario) Chalmers has been great for Miami. He's won a championship there and he's a solid point guard," Felton said. "But I think that's one of the weaknesses of their team.
With comments like this I better not see his fat a.ss get torched by Chalmers.
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Marc Berman

Raymond Felton said if Tyson Chandler decides to rest for the remainder of the regular season for precautionary reasons, he’d be all for it.

Chandler, who has missed the past eight games with a bulging disk in his cervical spine, is expected to sit out again Friday night vs. Charlotte as the Knicks go for their season-high seventh straight win.

Chandler was close to playing vs. Boston on Tuesday but Monday’s practice didn’t go well and he felt symptoms again - neck stiffness and and spasms.

Felton believes the Knicks should consider not taking chances with Chandler, especially since the club is on a six-game winning streak without him. The move to Kenyon Martin as starting center and insertion of Pablo Prigioni in the starting backcourt with Felton has been golden.

“He’s fine,’’ Felton said. “We’re just making sure he’s going to be fine and we’re not going to miss him if he comes back too early and hurt his neck and he’s gone for the playoffs. If he stays out for the rest of the year, we’re fine with that. We got to make sure he’s OK (for the playoffs).’’

Mike Woodson said Thursday he doesn’t expect that to occur and prefers Chandler to return sooner. Chandler has not played since the loss in Denver March 13 when he collided with Nuggets big man Kenneth Faried.

The Knicks have survived well without Chandler, especially on the defensive end. The key has been the resurgence of Martin as a two-way energizer, as he has been healthy as a clam after sitting out the season’s first four months as a free agent.

Martin, like Amar’e Stoudemire, has microfracture surgeries on his resume.

“The legs feel good, they’ve felt good for a few years,’’ Martin said. “I haven’t had the wear and tear like a lot of guys around the league have had, especially on this team. I’m fairly fresh and the minutes I’m playing is cool.’’

Asked if he feels for Stoudemire, who underwent his second debridement surgery of the season on March 11th, Martin said, “I’ve been there. We’ve both been there. He’s had surgeries similar to mine. I’ve had two microfractures. I know the work you have to put in to come back. It’s uphill battle. I think he’s going to work to get it done.’’

Stoudemire had surgery March 11. The six-week timetable would have him back for Game 2 of the first-round series. However, Stoudemire, on a conference call Thursday to promote a documentary on his life, wouldn’t guarantee he’ll be back for the first round.

“If anyone can make it back, it’s Amar’e, I promise you that,’’ said Woodson, who finally spoke to Stoudemire Thursday about his rehab. Woodson appeared ticked Stoudemire had done a nationally televised interview Wednesday night, mentioning his rehab, without talking to the coach first.

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Woodson, graduate of the University of Indiana, was forced to carry an orange around during Friday’s morning shootaround in Tarrytown after losing an NCAA tournament bet with Carmelo Anthony. Anthony’s Orangemen beat the Hoosiers last night in a Sweet 16 game.

“I’m going to toss it right after we’re through,’’ Woodson said.
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Wonder if big kurt gonna make it back by the playoffs the frontline could be

chandler/camby
kmart/thomas/copeland

and amare whenever he comes back
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