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Thomas Will Start for Knicks Tonight If Knee Sidelines Anthony

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March 6 (Bloomberg) -- Kurt Thomas would start at forward for the New York Knicks tonight against the Detroit Pistons if six-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony can’t play due to a knee injury.

Thomas, 40, would open the game and Amar’e Stoudemire would come off the bench, Knicks coach Mike Woodson told reporters following the National Basketball Association team’s shoot-around today in Detroit.

Anthony didn’t practice with the team as he recovers from a right knee injury and is questionable for tonight’s game.

“I want to go with Kurt,” Woodson said. “We’re only talking three or four minutes and then Amar’e will be in the game.”

Anthony tripped in the second quarter of the Knicks’ victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers two days ago. He didn’t return to the game and was given the day off yesterday.

Anthony is averaging 28.2 points per game this season, second in the NBA behind Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Knicks (36-21) are in first place in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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