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Knicks’ Stoudemire leaves game with back spasms (Billups to have MRI, too)

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics tries to knock the ball away from Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks 87-85. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)

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Considering how banged up the Knicks are suddenly, they are hanging right in this series (for the first six quarters anyway).

Amar’e Stoudemire — the Knicks best, and really only, good player in the fourth quarter of Game 1 — left Game 2 with back spasms. He was expected to return but did not come out with the team for the second half to stay in the locker room and receive treatment.

Stoudemire was clearly bothered and shot 2-of-9 before leaving the game. We will update his status when we know more.

Chauncey Billups was never expected to play and A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England reports that he will have an MRI on Wednesday. Tina Cervasio with MSG Network reports Billups was walking much better, but still he did not go and is going to have a big expensive test. So everything is still worth watching.

The Knicks need both of those guys on board to really stand a chance in this series over seven games. Already in the third quarter the Celtics have been heavily Carmelo Anthony focused and basically daring anyone else to beat them.