Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire will both play Saturday when the Knicks try to win their sixth straight game against the NBA-worst Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.
“Amar’e will play tomorrow and Tyson will be playing tomorrow as well so I’m happy about that,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Friday.
The Knicks enter today 3 1/2 games back of Atlanta for the No. 8 seed in the East.
Chandler has missed two games for a family illness, while Stoudemire missed Wednesday’s game in Boston as a recovery day.
“Yeah, it’s great,” Stoudemire said of the time off. “Not only for myself. But as a team we got two days off of rest and recovery so it works out well for us. Going into an early game tomorrow, we gotta make sure we bring that intensity from the start but we should be OK.”
Stoudemire said he would like to play every night — especially during the winning streak — but understands his body needs the rest.
“Yeah, absolutely, I mean, you want to play every night,” he said. “But it’s very important to recover your body, especially from what I’ve been through from an injury standpoint. You want to make sure you take the precautionary measures and do everything you can to prolong your high play.”
The Knicks have struggled with noon starts, but Stoudemire believes the team will be ready for the Bucks.
“Well, I think tomorrow we just gotta get off to a great start, have a high confidence,” he said. “We understand what it takes to win now. We got a great pace about ourselves offensively. We’re doing a phenomenal job defensively out there as well so we’re pretty confident about tomorrow’s game.”
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.