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No scrimmage for Amare, Fri return possible

The Knicks had hoped to see Amare Stoudemire scrimmage on Thursday before giving him the green light to return to the floor. But that scrimmage never happened.

According to a team spokesman, the Knicks did not have enough players at the facility on Thursday to scrimmage. The Knicks are dealing with injuries and had just played a back-to-back so they had a limited number of available bodies.

Stoudemire was at the facility, but it is unclear if he participated in any basketball activities.

He is expected to participate and shoot around on Friday in Cleveland. And there is still a possibility he will suit up against the Cavs.

Stoudmemire has been out since March 24 with a bulging disk in his lower back.

Mike Woodson has said Stoudemire will be inserted into the starting lineup upon his return.

Carmelo Anthony had been starting at power forward in place of Stoudemire. Woodson has said that Anthony will move back to small forward when Stoudemire returns. It is unclear who will be removed from the starting five, but Landry Fields, who has been struggling of late, is a possible candidate.

The Knicks are 9-4 without Stoudemire, but they have lacked a consistent second scorer during certain stretches without him -- a role Stoudemire could conceivably fill.

Stoudemire was shooting around 40 percent from the field and averaging 17 points -- well below his career averages. But before he went down with the back ailment, Stoudemire seemed to be turning a corner, averaging 18 points on 57 percent shooting in the five games before his injury.

BARON SHOULD PLAY; JEFFRIES QUESTIONABLE: Woodson said Baron Davis is expected to play Friday. Davis missed Wednesday's game against New Jersey with a stomach bug. Before Tuesdays game, he needed an IV before he took the court. In Davis' absence, Mike Bibby started on Wednesday.... Jared Jeffries missed Wednesday's game with a sore right knee. The knee has given him problems for the past two months. He is questionable for Friday.

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