MRI exams yesterday revealed a pulled muscle in Amar’e Stoudemire’s back and a strained left knee for Chauncey Billups.
Stoudemire, the All-Star forward who missed the second half of a Game 2 loss to Boston with back spasms, is listed as day to day. The Knicks desperately need his playoff savvy, as they’ve collapsed late in the first two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals and trail the Celtics 2-0. Game 3 is tomorrow night at the Garden.
“I should be ready,” Stoudemire said after Tuesday’s 96-93 loss.m “I’m pretty sure — I’m hoping — I’ll be ready [tomorrow].”
Billups is listed as questionable after suffering his injury on a drive to the bucket late in Game 1.