CLEVELAND -- Coach Mike Woodson said he expects Amare Stoudemire, returning from a 13-game absence with a back injury, to get back into the offensive rhythm Friday night.
While the Knicks will certainly benefit from Stoudemire's 17.6 ppg scoring average, it's the forward's defense that will have Woodson's attention.
"His movement, how he's alert defensively, that's my big concern," Woodson said. "I'm more concerned about five guys out on the floor, helping one another defend and rebound the ball. I think offensively, we'll figure it out."
Stoudemire will be the default second scoring option behind Carmelo Anthony as Woodson tries to work Stoudemire back into the rotation.
"I think everybody's excited about it," Woodson said. "He's like a new little kid, just happy to be back in uniform. I think winning does that to a team and players. You start to win and everybody starts to grow and bond together."
Davis late scratch: PG Baron Davis, who missed Wednesday's game with a stomach virus, was a game-time scratch with the same symptoms. Mike Bibby will start in place of Davis, along with Anthony, Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert.
Shumper -- "Rook," as his coach refers to him -- will remain in the starting lineup primarily because of his defense.
"I just think [Shumpert] brings a defensive presence," Woodson said. "With Baron having his health struggles, it enables us to put Rook on the point guard and put more heat on the ball."
Gadzuric on board: The Knicks signed 34-year-old Dan Gadzuric on Friday and Woodson was unsure whether the veteran center would see any minutes in his debut.
"Right now, we gotta get him acclimated to what we're doing," Woodson said.
Gadzuric played in China and then most recently in the D-League for the Texas Legends. Gadzuric lost to current Knick J.R. Smith when the two players met in China.
"I was always ready," Gadzuric said of returning to the NBA. "I got an opportunity to come here and play for the Knicks and I'm very stoked, excited, and ready to go."