Amar'e Stoudemire insisted again after Sunday morning's pre-Game 1 shootaround at TD Garden that his recently sprained left ankle is 100 percent healed.
He also got a tad feisty when a reporter suggested he looked rusty in his first game back, against the Celtics in the same arena Wednesday.
"I feel great," he said, "and we'll see who's rusty tonight." Touche!
Stoudemire also responded to comments from the Celtics' Glen (Big Baby) Davis suggesting there is nothing complicated about defensive strategy against Stoudemire.
"I’m sorry, I mean, me and Glen Davis are on two different platforms right now,'' he said. "He's a solid player who does a great job for his ballclub, but we’re on two different platforms.
"He’s great for his team, man. He comes in and plays hard, he rebounds the ball well, he really gets it going. It’s great to play against him because we both talk and both get ourselves going out there on the court so it’s a lot of fun."
What about Davis suggesting the Celtics won't miss the injured Shaquille O'Neal much because the Knicks lack a dominant center?
"We are a small team but we’re very athletic, we’re very versatile," Stoudemire said. "So I think what we have to do is just continue to try to crash the boards and control the rebound game and also defend the paint."