Report: Chauncey Billups, Amare Stoudemire Could Be Out For Game 3 Against Celtics


In the first two postseason games against the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks couldn't catch a break, losing both games in the final few seconds of regulation.

According to, things won't be getting easier for Carmelo Anthony's team, as two of his teammates and fellow playmakers, Chauncey Billups and Amare Stoudemire, could be out for Game 3 after sustaining injuries in the first two games.

Both players received MRI scans on Wednesday that confirmed Stoudemire has a pulled muscle in his back and Billups strained his left knee. Stoudemire is listed as day-to-day, while Billups is "questionable" for Friday's game.

Billups sustained his injury during an attempted layup in Game 1 and he was forced to sit out the second game of the series.

Stoudemire sat out the second half of Game 2 after complaining of back spasms. He claims he will be ready to play Friday.

"I should be ready for Game 3," he told reporters in Boston. "We'll see how it goes [Wednesday] and next day, but I'm pretty sure — I'm hoping — I'll be ready Friday."

Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni confirmed that Stoudemire will be ready to go.

"He should be OK Friday. … He just felt a little twinge," he said.

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