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- Knicks coach Mike Woodson declined comment on the NBA’s decision to fine the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for sitting four of their five leading scorers in Thursday’s Miami Heat game. ”That’s Pop and his team and I gotta deal with our team,” Woodson said.
- Jason Kidd endorsed the move by Gregg Popovich. “I thought it was great,” he said. “That’s his team. He’s the coach of that team. He has every right to do what he feels right for the team. It’s an older team.”
- Kidd (back spasms) will miss his third straight game, and forward Kurt Thomas will start at the four in his stead. Kidd said at shootaround he’s targeting next week’s three-game road trip, beginning Wednesday in Charlotte, for his return. “I hope so,’’ Kidd said after doing some set shooting Friday. “That’s the plan — to get me back out there sometime next week. I feel great. A lot better as the week’s gone on. That’s the goal is to be 100 percent when you come back. No need to rush. Today was a great day working out. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”
- Carmelo Anthony said the team’s message to itself was not to take the 1-12 Wizards lightly. “Yeah, that was our message today,” he said. “We went around before our scouting report. It wasn’t so much about them, it was just more of us not letting our guard down and letting one of these games slip away from us.” The Knicks host Phoenix (7-9) on Sunday.
- As for Amar’e Stoudemire, who has not played this season with a ruptured left popliteal cyst, he ran on the court and did some other stretches Thursday at shootaround. He is expected back sometime around Christmas. “I know 6-8 weeks was dangling out there,” Woodson said. “We’re going to accept Amar’e back when he’s ready to go. When that is, I don’t know. I really don’t.”
- Wizards point guard John Wall remains out(stress injury left patella).
– Adam Zagoria