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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Melo still a game-time decision vs. Nets

By Jared Zwerling

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony is a game-time decision, but Knicks coach Mike Woodson said his star player might try to give it a go tonight against the Nets.

"He's moving around pretty good, so we'll see," Woodson said after the morning shootaround. "He still hasn't indicated that he's going to play. I think he's going to come out and warm up, and just see how he feels."

Anthony has missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle, and if he can't play tonight, Chris Copeland will get his third straight start. The rookie scored a season-high 29 points in a loss to the Rockets on Monday.

Forward Steve Novak (flu) will miss the game.

Woodson also discussed the injury status of Amar'e Stoudemire, who participated Tuesday in his first practice of the regular season; Stoudemire practiced with the Knicks' D-League team, the Erie BayHawks. Woodson said the plan was for Stoudemire to go through a "heavy day" on Tuesday and then rest Wednesday. But the coach was concerned that his power forward's knee was sore.

"It's always a concern. I don't know which knee it is," he said. "Hopefully it's not the knee he had the work done on. It could be because he just hadn't been on the floor. It was his first day of actually cutting and banging and moving around a little bit, so that's probably expected. So we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert are working their way back from left knee surgery. The plan is for Stoudemire to return to practice with the Bayhawks on Thursday for the final time, along with Shumpert, who Woodson said is "like a kid in a candy store" because he so badly wants to play soon.

Woodson said the key thing for Stoudemire is to be able to move well enough to defend.

"I thought he looked pretty good in terms of being able to withstand some of the banging and being able to get up and down and stuff," Woodson said. "That's going to be the major test, being able to cut and move laterally when you're talking about trying to play defense.

"I ain't too concerned about offense. He's got to be able to withstand trying to defend low-post players and guys that are coming at him off the dribble. So that's going to be the true test."

In other injury news, Rasheed Wallace (sore left foot) and Marcus Camby (also a sore left foot) didn't go to the shootaround. Woodson said Wallace is day-to-day; the coach said Camby is getting better but isn't sure when he'll return.

"I don't know how close," he said. "Marcus is on the floor running a little bit."

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