The options are complicated by Stoudemire's situation.
After playing a season-high 28 minutes in Monday's loss to Boston, Stoudemire reportedly experienced soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. Woodson acknowledged Thursday that he would closely monitor Stoudemire's minutes against the Pacers -- even though Stoudemire seemed undeterred by that notion. He's expected to play about 20 minutes.
"I think it was more having three games in four nights. I just don't want to overdo anything," Stoudemire said. "We'll see how it is tonight. Carmelo's out, so I might get more minutes."
The Pacers expect to see the Knicks make some adjustments. For instance, swingman Paul George said he believes New York will go to guys like J.R. Smith and Jason Kidd more often and will take more than 3-point shots than usual.
But even without Anthony, the Pacers believe this game will be every bit as tough as they thought it would with Anthony.
"They're different but every bit as lethal," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "They being first in the East is as much about Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd and the experience they have as it is about Carmelo Anthony."
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