Amar'e Stoudemire is expected to return Saturday against the Grizzlies after missing Wednesday's game in Milwaukee because of swelling in his surgically repaired knees. It probably won't be the last time Stoudemire sits out a game to rest and recover. "You guys act like it's something new, man," he said. "This happens around the league with a lot of players. It's great."
Stoudemire had felt the effects of playing six games in nine nights, including two back-to-backs. But he's expected to play Saturday with no restrictions on his minutes.
There was some confusion because on Tuesday, Mike Woodson said Stoudemire was going to be "out a while." Stoudemire tried to clear things up and tweeted "IM NOT INJURED" later that day. "I wanted my fans that are pulling for me to know that I'm still healthy, I feel strong, I feel great, and I just took a day of rest," he said.
Stoudemire and Woodson talked about the miscommunication before the team left for Milwaukee. "I think he thought it was something more, I'm not sure," Stoudemire said. "We cleared it up and everything is great."
Feeling for Kobe
Carmelo Anthony feels badly that his good friend Kobe Bryant fractured his knee six games after returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
"It's sad, man," Anthony said. "I mean my brother, he went down again. I know how hard he worked to get back. So hopefully this will make him that much better."
Metta World Peace (sore knee) and Toure' Murry (sprained ankle) are questionable. If Murry sits, Woodson said Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and even Anthony will play some point guard behind Beno Udrih . . . Woodson plans to start Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler up front . . . Raymond Felton (strained hamstring) ran a little and hopes to return Monday in Orlando.