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MRIs on Stoudemire, Billups negative; both questionable for Friday

Apr 20, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

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The good news — it’s nothing serious. The MRIs for both Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups confirmed the original diagnosis in both cases, reports the New York Daily News. That’s a break for New York.

Well, except that both are on the bubble for Game 3, and the Knicks losing Friday night to the Celtics would be all but the end of New York’s season.

Chauncey Billups had his knee drained and of fluid but the MRI showed there was no damage beyond the strained ligament that was first diagnosed, according to the report. It’s really a matter of how stable his knee feels and pain tolerance. Billups missed the end of Game 1 and all of Game 2 after injuring his knee, and at the end of Game 2 the Knicks desperately needed a second scorer on the floor.

That’s because Stoudemire was out with back spasms that started when he dunked during warm ups. He is now day-to-day, with back spasms being a fairly hard to predict malady.

If both miss the game and the Celtics can double the ball out of the hands of Carmelo Anthony all game, it could be a long night for the Knicks.

  1. ocgunslinger - Apr 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Amare and Chauncey are both quality players and team mates. I am sure it hurts them more to be injured at this time than we can imagine. I hope they can contribute but it looks like a short series now.

  2. dysraw1 - Apr 20, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    melo was off the charts last game, the year 1999 taught me never say never.so im not gonna give up on my guys. look i realize were down 2[really should be 1& 1]again thats the excitement of the playoffs. we got the celts right were we want them. gotta get this game friday before the fat lady sings

    • andyhr17 - Apr 20, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      Really? The Knicks have them right where they want them? Down 0-2 in a best of 7 series….losing both games because of poor execution in the closing minutes? Right….exactly where they want to be. I’m sure the Indiana Pacers are thinking the same thing.

      • dysraw1 - Apr 20, 2011 at 9:58 PM

        lets see what happens game 3 before we start getting scared

  3. blackglass3 - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    The Knicks COULD actually be 2-0 in this series and looking for the sweep. However, the Celtics just know how to execute and have had some HUGE plays in the final seconds of both games. The Knicks will be alot better next year, maybe a 4th or even 3rd seed. If they win one of these playoff games, I’ll consider the season sucessful.

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