The New York Knicks were without Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups for the majority of Game 2 against Boston. Stoudemire left with a lower back strain while Billups did not play with a knee injury. An MRI of Stoudemire’s lower back came back clean today and the power forward said that he’s playing Game 3. Billups had fluid drained from his knee today and is questionable for Game 3. Billups adamantly stated that the Knicks would have won the last two games if he were out there for the final minutes.

The Knicks need both Billups and Stoudemire in the lineup if they want to take down Boston in Game 3. The Celtics will enjoy an extra day of rest before Game 3 on Friday.

My gut tells me we’ll see a full-game from Amar’e on Friday, but I don’t think we’ll see Chauncey.