Amar'e Stoudemire will return to practice Thursday and scrimmage with the Knicks' D-League team again.
Mike Woodson said the plan was for Thursday to be "another heavy day" after Stoudemire rested his surgically repaired left knee Wednesday. His practice with the Erie BayHawks Tuesday was Stoudemire's first time playing with contact since Oct. 19.
Woodson liked what he saw from Stoudemire and admitted he had concern that he reported soreness in the knee afterward.
"It's always a concern because that was the issue," Woodson said. "It could be because he just hadn't been on the floor. So his first day of actually cutting and banging around a little bit, so it's probably expected. We'll see how he feels after he practices."
Woodson added, "I thought he looked pretty good in terms of being able to withstand some of the banging and being able to get up and down and stuff."
When Stoudemire will play remains unclear. Woodson would like Stoudemire to practice with the Knicks before he plays, but doesn't know if he will.
"I can't answer that," Woodson said. "It's going to be entirely up to him and the doctors in terms of how he's feeling."
Wallace remains out
Rasheed Wallace's sore left foot kept him out of a third straight game and could sideline him longer. Woodson said he wasn't sure Wallace, who was wearing a walking boot, would play Friday or Sunday after aggravating an injury he had earlier in his career.
Steve Novak (flu-like symptoms) didn't play . . . Iman Shumpert (knee surgery) is on target to return sometime in January.