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Knicks star forwards suspended and sore

Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony look on during

Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony look on during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. (Jan. 1, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

This wasn’t a good day for the Knicks.

First Mike Woodson said the doctors told him he has to cut back on Amar’e Stoudemire’s minutes because he felt soreness after playing about 28 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Celtics.

Then the NBA hits Carmelo Anthony with a one-game ban after he “attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday's game and therefore a suspension was warranted.”

So there will be no Anthony, and less Amar’e Stoudemire tomorrow night when the Knicks play hot Indiana. The Pacers have won 11-of-14 overall and eight straight at home.

Anthony will be back Friday against the Bulls and you know he’ll be fired up for that game. Whether Stoudemire plays Friday remains to be seen.

Remember, last week Woodson said he wasn’t sure Stoudemire could play in back-to-backs and this was before he had soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

We’ll know more tomorrow, but it can’t be a good sign that four games in, Stoudemire’s minutes need to be scaled back, even though both he and Woodson said it’s just precautionary.

"I feel great," Stoudemire said. “I just think we're taking a precautionary route. Just making sure that everything [continues] to improve. I think that's about it, really. No setbacks, no re-injury, anything like that. I feel great."

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