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Knicks go without Stoudemire, Billups returns Friday night

Apr 8, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

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It’s a lot like going to a Broadway show and finding out all the understudies will be on stage that night.

There’s not going to be a lot of star power in New Jersey tonight.

Amar’e Stoudemire will sit out for the Knicks, according to a tweet from Steve Adamek of the Bergin Record. Stoudemire has an injured ankle that coach Mike D’Antoni said was worse than expected. For the Nets, Deron Williams is having wrist surgery and he is out.

However, Chauncey Billups is expected to return. The Knicks are currently the six seed in the East and must want to keep that standing, although it’s hard to say who they will face in the first round as the Heat and Celtics battle it out for the two and three seeds.

So, if you have tickets to this game, sorry. You’ll get the Carmelo Anthony vs. Anthony Morrow show, with Shawne Williams playing the part of Stoudemire, plus a lot of Toney Douglas and Sasha Vujacic. Enjoy.

  1. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Looks like Melo may have to take a few more shots than usual LOL

  2. hnirobert3 - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Amar’e’s starting to have issues with his legs? That’s what happens when you run him into the ground, Mike…

    • ohkhan - Apr 8, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      i mean the dude sprained his ankle when he stepped on another guy’s foot, idk what the coach coulda done to prevent that…

  3. bigcali4life - Apr 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Man, that Amare guy is soft with a capital “S.”

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    Pau Gasol

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