GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Amar'e Stoudemire's swollen left knee kept him from scrimmaging Friday, and he is expected to miss a second straight preseason game Saturday night when the Knicks face the Celtics in Hartford.
"We'll take the precautionary route," Stoudemire said after a walkthrough, some jump shots and treatment on the knee, which was wrapped in an orange sleeve. "A bone bruise is never a fun thing; it takes a while for it to heal. Now we're just trying to break up the blood [accumulating] in there and loosen it up and get ready. I could play if I needed to, but it's preseason, so we're not looking to force anything."
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Stoudemire, who has chronic knee problems and underwent microfracture surgery in October 2005 while with the Suns, was hurt on a drive to the hoop in practice Wednesday and sat out the Knicks' 108-101 win over the Wizards in Washington on Thursday.
Stoudemire said he tried to make a powerful move and banged knees with forward Chris Copeland. "At the time it didn't feel bad," he said, "but when it all settled down and I was able to relax a little bit, that's when it has a tendency to get tight and it restricts some movement there."
He downplayed the injury Friday. "I wouldn't think the worst right now," he said. "There's another five [preseason] games left. We've got plenty of time to get 100 percent, and that's the key right now."
After last season ended painfully, with a bulging disc in his back and a cut hand from punching the glass casing of a fire extinguisher in Miami, the setback is disappointing for Stoudemire.
"I can't wait to get out there. I want to play," he said. "But the training staff is telling me to take it easy, no need to rush."
Coach Mike Woodson said: "We'll see where we go tomorrow when he comes out for the shootaround. Again, it ain't no big rush, but he's fine. I think if he had to play, he would play. Right now, we're just trying to make sure -- like J.R. [Smith, who also didn't practice], it's kind of a maintenance day. We've been doing a lot of running, guys. We're one game into the exhibition season. There's a long journey ahead of us."
Notes & quotes: Steve Novak, who was 7-for-7 from three-point range in the opener, called the sharpshooting a very good sign. "To come out and shoot the ball well like that, for me, you haven't really played in a real game setting for several months, so it's good to know, 'Hey, I still got it.' It's good for my confidence, but it's preseason, and we know that the real test starts in five more games."