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Knicks go without Stoudemire, Billups returns Friday night

New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

DENVER - NOVEMBER 16: Amar’e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks holds his hand to his ear as he attempts to engage the home team fans of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 16, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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It’s a lot like going to a Broadway show and finding out all the understudies will be on stage that night.

There’s not going to be a lot of star power in New Jersey tonight.

Amar’e Stoudemire will sit out for the Knicks, according to a tweet from Steve Adamek of the Bergin Record. Stoudemire has an injured ankle that coach Mike D’Antoni said was worse than expected. For the Nets, Deron Williams is having wrist surgery and he is out.

However, Chauncey Billups is expected to return. The Knicks are currently the six seed in the East and must want to keep that standing, although it’s hard to say who they will face in the first round as the Heat and Celtics battle it out for the two and three seeds.

So, if you have tickets to this game, sorry. You’ll get the Carmelo Anthony vs. Anthony Morrow show, with Shawne Williams playing the part of Stoudemire, plus a lot of Toney Douglas and Sasha Vujacic. Enjoy.