- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks proved to be susceptible to trash talk during the regular season.
But Jason Kidd doesn't see it happening in the playoffs.
"We’ve grown as a team, mentally and physically," Kidd said Friday. "Our job is to go out there and let our play do all the talking. We know that (Boston is) going to try and get after us mentally. That’s just part of the game and that’s the fun part."
The most prominent example of a Knick getting unnerved by an opponent, of course, is the Kevin Garnett-Carmelo Anthony dust-up. Anthony went after Garnett following the Celtics' win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in early January.
Anthony said Friday that he won't let any of the Celtics' extracurricular tactics throw him off in the playoffs.
"We ain’t worried about that. Mentally we’re locked in, we’re focused," said Anthony, who was suspended for one game for confronting Garnett. "We’re trying to win the series. As far as all the trash-talking and stuff goes, it’s part of the game. They’re not going to get us with that. We’re ready to play. That’s all I can say."
Kenyon Martin told the New York Post that he will keep Garnett separated from Anthony during the series.
“It won’t happen, man, 'cause he ain’t gotta do all that bangin’ and all that with KG no more,” Martin said. “Cause I’m here."
AMAR'E NOT BACK "ANY TIME SOON": Amar'e Stoudemire participated in some half-court drills and shot around during practice on Friday.
According to Mike Woodson, though, you shouldn't read too much into Stoudemire's activities. Woodson said Stoudemire's return "is a matter of time. It's not any time soon, but I think eventually he'll be back."
The veteran power forward underwent surgery on March 11 to clean up debris in his right knee. At the time of the surgery, the Knicks said Stoudemire was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Based on that timetable, the earliest he could return would have been April 22, a day before Game 2 of the first-round series.
On Thursday, Stoudemire stopped short of ruling himself out of the Knicks-Celtics series but did not put a specific timetable on his return.
"I'm doing everything I can to get back out there and be extremely strong and healthy so, hopefully, I'll be out there soon," Stoudemire said.
TYSON'S TITLE PREDICTION: In an interview on ESPN NY 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show," Tyson Chandler expressed confidence that the Knicks can win the title. "Yeah, absolutely," Chandler said when asked if the Knicks are going to win a championship this year, "I think we can beat every team out there."
SHEED'S SHOW: Woodson said the recently retired Rasheed Wallace is expected to remain around the team in an advisory role throughout the postseason. ... Kidd hopes that the Knicks' playoff games in Boston present a diversion for those dealing with the Boston Marathon tragedy and its aftermath. "You look at what the city has gone through, the game of basketball is just a game. You’re talking about lives. The emotions will be high just because of what’s happened. Not just them, but for the country, for everybody. Hopefully we can give people relief for two hours. At the end of the day what’s happened is tragic," Kidd said.
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