Mike Woodson: Amar'e Stoudemire will get his minutes; Jeremy Tyler will sit

Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his goggles during a game

Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his goggles during a game against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden. (Jan. 13, 2014) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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MILWAUKEE -- Amar'e Stoudemire played only 4:26 Saturday against Miami, but Mike Woodson said he will be part of the regular rotation again. That will mean less of Jeremy Tyler.

"Amar'e's going to get back to getting his minutes because he was playing well for us," Woodson said before Monday night's game. "Jeremy will probably be one of the guys that have to be that fourth or fifth big."

Stoudemire scored seven points in 16:31 in the Knicks' 101-98 loss to the Bucks. Tyler remained in the rotation -- barely -- as Kenyon Martin was a late scratch because of ankle soreness. Tyler was scoreless in 4:31.

Martin has missed seven of the last nine games with the ankle issue. Stoudemire returned Saturday after missing seven games with a sprained ankle. Tyler filled in nicely for them, averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds during the recent four-game winning streak. "He probably won't be playing the big minutes that he was playing," Woodson said. "I'm not going to forget about him, because I think he deserves some minutes here as of late."

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Defensive lapse

Iman Shumpert, the Knicks' best perimeter defender, returned after a two-game absence with a sprained shoulder but wasn't on the floor for the game's biggest defensive possession.

With the Knicks down 96-92 and 49.8 seconds left, Woodson took out a rusty Shumpert, who was 2-for-7, to get another scorer on the floor. He brought in Tim Hardaway Jr., who was 2-for-10.

After Carmelo Anthony's three-pointer tied it at 98 with 19.4 seconds left, the Bucks were out of timeouts, so Woodson couldn't bring back Shumpert, and Brandon Knight hit the winning three over Raymond Felton.

No World Peace

Woodson was asked where Metta World Peace is in the frontcourt rotation, and he said he's not. "Metta hadn't really been playing, so you can't really put him in the mix," Woodson said. World Peace, who had platelet-rich plasma therapy in January, has appeared in four of the last 23 games.

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High on Bynum

Woodson called Indiana's signing of Andrew Bynum an "excellent move." The Knicks didn't have the room under the salary cap to offer as much as the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers, who gave him $1 million.

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"I think Bynum's a big force in the middle. If he can play, it's a positive move," Woodson said. "They just added another big load to their roster."


Wednesday night's home game against Portland was changed from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will air on ESPN as well as MSG.

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