Amar'e to remain off bench

It sounds like Amar'e Stoudemire is going to come off the bench for the foreseeable future.

Mike Woodson hasn't said so explicitly, but the coach did say Friday that he likes the way things are going with Stoudemire playing off the bench, according to reports.

"It makes sense now," Woodson said, though he added that lineups can fluctuate frequently.

The coach likes having Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak in his second unit. "To have all three of those guys coming off the bench scoring points, that helps us I think," Woodson said. "We can play through STAT on the block as well as pick-and-rolls."

Stoudemire seems to be getting more comfortable in his role as a reserve. And it allows Anthony to start at power forward, a role he's thrived in this season.

If Stoudemire were inserted into the starting lineup, it would force Anthony to play small forward.

Woodson said Friday that playing Anthony at power forward has been the Knicks' best alignment to date. "For us right now it’s been," Woodson said. "Statistics show that. But Melo is a just a player. You can play him at three and go big and I’ll still feel good about it."