Amare Stoudemire Expected To Be Available For Game 3

D'Antoni optimistic Stoudemire will play in Game 3

      GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) – Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni is optimistic
All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire will be available for Game 3 of
their playoff series with the Boston Celtics.
      He's less encouraged about point guard Chauncey Billups.
      Neither injured player practiced Thursday. Stoudemire stayed at
home so driving wouldn't aggravate the pulled muscle causing the
back spasms that kept him out of the second half of Game 2.
      Billups underwent treatment for his strained left knee at the
Knicks' training facility. He said he had a cortisone shot and had
the knee drained Wednesday. Billups missed Game 2 after he was hurt
on a drive to the basket near the end of the series opener.
      The Celtics lead 2-0 heading into Friday's Game 3 at Madison
Square Garden.
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