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Jason Kidd expects to return Friday

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith celebrate after Jason

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Jason Kidd shot around at practice today and expects to play tomorrow against Milwaukee after missing last night’s game with a sore lower back.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Kidd would play and would start with Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

Kidd said he didn’t have any tests done and he just got treatment on his back the past few days.

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Jason Kidd is out tonight with back issue

Jason Kidd of the Knicks talks to reporters

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Jason Kidd won’t play tonight against the Magic because of a sore lower back. James White will replace Kidd in the starting lineup.

This will be the fifth game Kidd will miss this season because of a back issue. He missed four games from Nov. 26-Dec. 2 with lower back spasms.

Kidd aggravated his back in Thursday’s win in Boston, but he played in the Knicks’ back-to-back Saturday and...

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Mike Woodson trying to get Knicks' Big Three clicking

New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson directs

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Mike Woodson still isn’t saying he’ll put Amar’e Stoudemire in the starting lineup. But he reiterated that he will play Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler together more and more.

The Knicks didn’t practice today, but Woodson was on ESPN 98.7 FM and talked about the importance of that trio gelling. He said similar things over the weekend in Philadelphia and it makes sense since...

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Raymond Felton will return tonight

Raymond Felton goes up for a layup in

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Raymond Felton passed his last test and was cleared to play tonight. Jason Kidd’s back felt much better when he woke up and he will play tonight. And Mike Woodson will unveil a new starting lineup against the 76ers.

Felton and Kidd will start in the backcourt with Iman Shumpert at small forward, Carmelo Anthony at power forward and Tyson Chandler center. This starting five could prove effective,...

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Mike Woodson wants to build a better frontcourt

Mike Woodson gives directions to his team during

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Mike Woodson said Carmelo Anthony will keep starting at power forward. But he said he also has to get Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Anthony to click since that’s a lineup Woodson would like to use more.

They are – arguably the Knicks’ three best players – so they should be on the court together.

“I’m not scared to play Amar’e, Tyson and Melo together,” Woodson said. “It’s been...

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Knicks aim for division title, say Celtics still dangerous

Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics reacts in

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The Knicks continue to say they’re not counting the Celtics out despite their unimpressive 16-17 record heading into tonight.

It’s not just that the Knicks aren’t trying to wake up the potentially sleeping giant by saying Boston’s time has passed.

They know Doc Rivers’ Celtics have many players who are battled tested and know how to win – something the Knicks have acquired the past two...

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Amar'e Stoudemire says he meant no knock on Mike D'Antoni

Amar'e Stoudemire looks on during a game against

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Ama’re Stoudemire laughed and said, “Really?” when he was told Mike D’Antoni said Stoudemire threw all of his former coaches under the bus when he said this was the first time in his career he’s being taught defense. 

“It was taken out of context,” Stoudemire said. “It wasn’t really to be exaggerated as much as it was - just from the simple fact Coach Woodson is a defensive coach. He’s...

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Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire practice, but are questionable for New Year's Day

Knicks guard Carmelo Anthony, right, practices alongside teammate

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The Knicks had 10 players for practice today and it may be what they have for tomorrow’s game – but not necessarily the same 10.

Carmelo Anthony (hyperextended knee) went through part of practice and Amar’e Stoudemire all of it. But both are questionable to face the Blazers.

Anthony said he’s not getting the usual lift on his jump shot and doesn’t have the power he needs in his leg.

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Knicks remain hobbled, unsure about New Year's Day lineup

Carmelo Anthony reacts after being called for an

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Mike Woodson was looking forward to today’s practice because he was hoping to have nearly a full complement of players out there.

But Carmelo Anthony didn’t practice because of a hyperextended left knee, Tyson Chandler rested with a sprained right ankle, Rasheed Wallace couldn’t go with an acute stress reaction in his left foot and the Knicks gave Jason Kidd off for a recovery day.

Woodson...

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Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton out versus Suns

Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton look on in

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The Knicks will be without their top two scorers tonight when they play the Suns.

Carmelo Anthony won’t play due to a hyper-extended left knee and Raymond Felton is out with sprained ligaments in his right fifth finger, or pinkie. Both injuries occurred in yesterday’s 100-94 loss to at the Lakers.

Anthony hurt his knee when Marcus Camby fell into him late in the first half. But Anthony...

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