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Amar’e Stoudemire has said all the right words on several occasions they asked about his cutting his minutes, however he desires to have the 30-minute restriction lifted. The New York Knicks are listed at 7-1 Eastern Conference Odds by online Sportsbooks.

Eastern Conference Odds“Now is the time to be giving him extending minutes to see how his body reacts to it, especially when you’re not on [a] big winning streak. … Something has to shake up,” a source tells Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.

Stoudemire frequently sits in the fourth quarters of games and that’s when he wants to be on the floor. Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony have not proved to be a trio that can work together for long stretches and that’s the reason for the lack of minutes in the fourth quarters.

Over the last 10 games Stoudemire is averaging 23.2 minutes, 13.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. He’s also shooting 60.4 percent from the floor.

Carmelo Anthony was forced out of Monday’s game against Cleveland due to a right knee injury and while it’s not serious, the Knicks forward did admit that it has been hurting for some time.

“It’s just sore, not pain, sore and stiffness,” Anthony told ESPNNewYork.com. “It’s been going on for a while now.”

The team doesn’t plan to have Anthony undergo an MRI since he had one a few days ago.

Even though it’s not serious, Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com wonders if head coach Mike Woodson should rest Anthony, especially Wednesday against Detroit. Bet on Eastern Conference Odds with Top Online Sportsbook.

“The Knicks have four back-to-back pairings — mostly against teams over .500 — the rest of March, and have two days off in between games only once. So perhaps Mike Woodson should consider sitting Anthony for the game against the Pistons on Wednesday? The Knicks have already beaten Detroit three times this season — and they played well together in the second half against the Cavs without Anthony. Obviously Anthony is a ‘big piece to the puzzle,’ as Woodson always says, but if there’s one golden opportunity to rest him, it’s on Wednesday.”

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