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By MATT FALKENBURY

Special to ZAGSBLOG

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – The next several days will be critical for the Knicks, but whether or not both Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony will be able to return to the court on New Year’s Day against the Portland Trail Blazers remains to be seen.

For the first time since having surgery on his left knee before the season started, Stoudemire practiced with the Knicks in the hopes that he could be ready for Tuesday.

After practice, Stoudemire expressed a more wait-and-see approach.

“I felt better today than I did yesterday, so hopefully I get a good reaction out of it tonight and tomorrow, see how it feels, but it’s all predicated on how I feel the following day after a long, hard day after today,” he said. “Practice was really good, I was able to move how I wanted to with a little bit…

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