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Stoudemire: back 'feels a little bit worse today'

Amar'e Stoudemire (1) of the New York Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire (1) of the New York Knicks looks on from the bench during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 22, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

 GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks may need to try to avoid the embarrassment of being swept out of the first round in Sunday's Game 4 without any assistance from Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks all-star power forward suggested at practice today that after giving it a go in Friday's Game 3 loss, he may not be able to do it again on Sunday.

"It feels a little bit worse today," he said. "Hopefully tomorrow it gets better. We’ll see how it goes."

Stoudemire continually pointed out that the injury -- a pulled muscle in his lower back suffered during warmups in Game 2 -- normally has a three-week recovery period.

"I tried to get back and pretty much get back on the court in three days when it really takes weeks to heal," he said. "I knew I wasn’t 100 percent last night. I’ll get more treatment today, more treatment tomorrow and see how it feels. Obviously it’s something that takes three weeks to heal. It’s that type of injury. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow."

Meanwhile, scratch Chauncey Billups for whatever is left in this series. The 34-year-old point guard is experiencing too much pain from the strained left tendon in his left knee to be of any use.

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