2.23.2012

Amare Stoudemire expected to play

Greenburgh, New York - New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire treatment on his right ankle after going through a limited practice on Wednesday but is expected to play Thursday against the Chicago Bulls.

Stoudemire suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday night when she tripped over a jump rope in the court on his way back to the bench before the start of the third quarter.

Mike D'Antoni, Stoudemire cree will be available for Thursday's game night at home against Chicago, the first three games in three nights for the Knicks (8-13).

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"She went through everything we have to go through [Wednesday]. She should be treated, but he is well, "said D'Antoni.

Carmelo Anthony played on Tuesday against Detroit after missing two games due to injury of the wrist, ankle and thumb. He scored 25 points on 9-of-14 shots and D'Antoni said he expected "good" during the race until Wednesday. But Coach Anthony said the injury to his right ankle still bothered him and can affect the rest of the season.

"I think the pain is sometimes in the middle of June or July. That's how everyone does it, "said D'Antoni.

D'Antoni, Stoudemire expects to have and Anthony are available for the next three games for the Knicks increased this week. After a home game Thursday against Chicago, the Knicks travel to Boston on Friday and return home to host New Jersey on Saturday. Because the reduced lock-66-game schedule, each team must play at least a variety of back-to-back-to-back games. Three-game series this week is just one of the Knicks list.

A player not on the field until next week at the start of Baron Davis.

The veteran point guard to go through some practice without contact during practice Wednesday, but did not participate in any contact practice when the team scrimmaged.

Davis practiced and scrimmaged for the first time last week, but was forced to sit at training on Monday and Tuesday of the team's shootaround because of back pain. Both diseases are banned from participating in a contact practice on Wednesday, so there is some concern that the disease continues to delay the progress of Davis.

Originally it was expected that the Knicks have Davis in late February or early January. D'Antoni does not want to give specific deadlines for Davis again when asked about it Wednesday due to the sensitive nature of the lesion Davis (herniated disc).

"Once you're ready, then put it there. But he was not ready, "said the coach.

Knicks lost nine of their last 11, falling far short of preseason expectations. It broke three game losing streak with a big offensive performance against the Pistons on Tuesday, one of the weakest defensive teams in the NBA.

In general, the team struggled to achieve the changes in the offensive during most of the lack of veteran base. Davis is seen as a solution to the problem.

"I hope for the best and to bring it back as soon as we could, but I really do not know. I do not know, "said D'Antoni.

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