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MRIs on Stoudemire, Billups negative; both questionable for Friday

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Chauncey Billups #4 of the New York Knicks stands on the court during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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The good news — it’s nothing serious. The MRIs for both Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups confirmed the original diagnosis in both cases, reports the New York Daily News. That’s a break for New York.

Well, except that both are on the bubble for Game 3, and the Knicks losing Friday night to the Celtics would be all but the end of New York’s season.

Chauncey Billups had his knee drained and of fluid but the MRI showed there was no damage beyond the strained ligament that was first diagnosed, according to the report. It’s really a matter of how stable his knee feels and pain tolerance. Billups missed the end of Game 1 and all of Game 2 after injuring his knee, and at the end of Game 2 the Knicks desperately needed a second scorer on the floor.

That’s because Stoudemire was out with back spasms that started when he dunked during warm ups. He is now day-to-day, with back spasms being a fairly hard to predict malady.

If both miss the game and the Celtics can double the ball out of the hands of Carmelo Anthony all game, it could be a long night for the Knicks.