Two key Knicks sit out practice

Updated: April 21, 2011, 6:35 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPNNewYork.com

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Optimism was in limited supply for the New York Knicks at practice Thursday, with Amare Stoudemire absent and Chauncey Billups saying his knee felt worse, not better, after receiving a cortisone shot.

On the eve of the first playoff game at Madison Square Garden in seven years, it was looking increasingly likely that the Knicks would be going up against the Boston Celtics at less than full strength Friday when they try to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole in their first-round ...

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