Progress for Amare?

MILWAUKEE -- There's no clear-cut return date for Amare Stoudemire.

But he appears to be making progress.

Before Wednesday's game in Milwaukee, Stoudemire ran a full-court drill for the first time in his pregame rehab sessions. Stoudemire ran up and down the floor with assistant coach Kenny Atkinson, converting on dunks and layups.

He also shot from the perimeter and worked in the post against Atkinson.

The next likely step is for Stoudemire to take contact. The Knicks would prefer for Stoudemire to do so in practice, though Mike Woodson said earlier this week that Stoudemire may not have time to practice before he hits the court.

Stoudemire politely declined comment on Wednesday and hasn't spoken to the media since the team announced he'd be out 2-4 weeks with a bulging disk in his back.

He had an epidural shot to relieve the pain on March 29. Thursday would be two weeks from the day of the shot. The team originally said he'd be out 2-4 weeks.

For now, Woodson is taking a wait-and-see approach with Stoudemire.

"I've got to think that the doctors and Amare are on the same page in terms of where he is," Woodson said on Tuesday. "When they tell me he's ready to go he'll be right back in the starting lineup, where I expect him to be."

MELO'S HAND, FINGER OK: In the first half, he winced and grabbed his right wrist before a trip to the line in the second quarter.

In the fourth, he was hit on the left hand, hurting his finger. He slammed the ball in frustration because he said he lost feeling in his finger. He was whistled for a technical foul. He walked off the floor flexing his hand.

Nonetheless, Carmelo Anthony was strong for the Knicks yet again. He scored his 32 points came on an efficient 13-for-26 night from the field. He also had 10 rebounds.

After the game, Anthony said his finger and wrist were fine.

"It was a very physical game," he said.

FAMILY AFFAIR FOR NOVAK: Steve Novak had his grandparents, mother, father, sister and brother in the stands at the Bradley Center on Wednesday.

The Milwaukee native gave his family something to cheer about when he knocked down two free throws with 19 seconds to play to seal the Knicks' win.

Prior to Wednesday's game, Novak had missed his last seven 3-point attempts.

Woodson admitted before the game that the Knicks needed to do a better job of getting Novak open looks. Novak finished Wednesday's game with 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting. He knocked down two of his five attempts from beyond the arc.