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Knicks searching for starting five at Milwaukee

Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks reacts

Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks reacts late in the overtime period against the Boston Celtics. (March 4, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE -- "We're searching," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said outside the visiting locker room at the Bradley Center.

Inside, Tyson Chandler was explaining why his sore hamstring will probably keep him out of Friday night's game against the Bucks. Jared Jeffries (knee) is definitely out.

D'Antoni said he is contemplating another lineup shuffle for the struggling Knicks, who have dropped three in a row. Iman Shumpert, who replaced Landry Fields as a starter on Wednesday in San Antonio, won't start on Friday, D'Antoni said. J.R. Smith might.

D'Antoni also indicated he might go small, which would have Amar'e Stoudemire opening the game at center. Native Wisconsin son Steve Novak could start in that scenario.

D'Antoni said he was going to take the rest of the day to decide who to start.

"We'll go through walk-through and we'll figure it out," he said.

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