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Both Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony seem likely to miss the game against Utah.
Good morning, friends. The Knicks just held shootaround before their home game against the Jazz tonight. They knew we were all dissatisfied with having just one star player hampered by a vague and slightly spooky knee issue...so here's another one!
Amar'e Stoudemire not shooting around due to sore right knee. Questionable for tonight. #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 9, 2013
Woodson said both of Amar'e's knees are sore. #Knicks— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) March 9, 2013
We didn't even have to wait for Carmelo Anthony to recover-- he also missed shootaround with a sore right knee and is "questionable"/a "game-time decision" again tonight-- for another guy to get hurt. Now our needling fear of what exactly the Knicks mean by "sore" is doubled-- tripled if you account for Woodson mentioning both of Amar'e's knees. It was Stoudemire's left knee, incidentally, that required the debridement surgery that kept him out the first two months of the year. I guess this is why the 30-minute limit was a thing.
So, it sure sounds like the Knicks will be without both Melo and Amar'e tonight, which can only mean an epic shooting display from J.R. Smith and/or Raymond Felton plus-- as a bit of a silver lining-- some long-awaited minutes for Chris Copeland off the bench. I've got some driving to do today, but I'll add more updates as they arrive.