Mar 24, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (17) leaves the game during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 101-79. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin seemed to simultaneously suffer small injuries in the third quarter of Saturday's win over the Pistons. Stoudemire's sore back and Lin's sore knee sent both bros to the locker room (and sent those of us watching into quite a commotion), but both said they were fine after the game. Lin returned to the bench and apparently could have played if the Knicks needed him, while Amar'e didn't return but asserted his availability as well. Neither entertained the notion that they might miss tonight's game against the Bucks.
As of this morning, though, both are listed as "questionable" for tonight's game. The Knicks didn't practice yesterday, so that either means the injuries were worse than originally reported or it's just a bit of cautious labeling or even gamesmanship from the Knicks. Tonight's game against the ninth-place Bucks is exceedingly important, everybody knows that, and I wouldn't expect either Lin or Stoudemire to sit out unless the knee and the back swelled or stiffened over the last 48 hours. That would suck.
As of right now, Lin is on the practice floor for shootaround and Stoudemire isn't. I'll update when I see more things.
Update: Barbara Barker reports that Lin is feeling good but is a game-time decision. Amar'e, meanwhile, didn't even make it to practice. He stayed in the city for treatment, apparently because Woodson didn't want him to drive out to Westchester. That does not sound promising. Steve Popper says Stoudemire is also a game-time decision but that the other Knicks don't seem to expect him in uniform. Jared Zwerling mentions that a small lineup with Carmelo Anthony at the four was on the floor during practice today. Recall that the Bucks dominated inside a few weeks ago when Tyson Chandler was out.