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04/20/2011 - 6:09pm
Billups, Stoudemire in doubt for Game 3

Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups had his ailing left knee drained and received a cortisone shot on Wednesday in hopes of returning to the court for Game 3 against the Celtics on Friday, according to The New York Daily News.

An MRI on Billups' left knee reportedly revealed only the original diagnosis of a knee strain, not ligament damage. The paper stated that -- although "cautiously optimistic" -- some Knicks sources believe Billups needs a week to recover. 

"Chauncey's doing everything he can to get back out there," a Knicks official told The News. "This is killing him. He feels they would have won both games if he was out there at the end."

Meanwhile, New York Post reporter Marc Berman tweeted that Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is listed as day-to-day with a pulled back muscle after also undergoing an MRI. Berman wrote, "His MRI showed a pulled muscle in his back. ... Amar'e's pulled muscle and...

04/20/2011 - 5:03pm
Gammons on M&M: Sox have catching issues

NESN and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni Show on Wednesday to discuss some areas of ongoing early-season concern for the Red Sox. In particular, he suggested that the defensive struggles of Jarrod Saltalamacchia may force the Sox to explore alternatives, given that at 39 years old, Jason Varitek is ill-suited to be an everyday catcher. 

"You just can’t have this on a championship team, especially when a big part of that championship team is built around power pitchers who are in a couple of cases struggling for their identity," said Gammons. "I would be shocked now if Varitek doesn’t catch [Josh] Beckett all the time now. Clearly, they’ve made the decision that he’s going to catch [Daisuke] Matsuzaka, whose earned run average is massively different with Varitek catching. But I don’t think they can afford to let Jason go out and try to catch 120,...

04/20/2011 - 4:13pm
Lowrie on M&M: Scutaro situation 'healthy'

Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie checked in with the Mut & Merloni Show from Oakland to discuss the loss to the A's on Tuesday, his recent hot streak and the state of the lineup. He also discussed the situation between himself and Marco Scutaro, the latter of whom began the season as the Sox' everyday shortstop but who has been sitting in recent games while the red-hot Lowrie has been playing.

Lowrie said that he fully expected that Scutaro wanted to regain playing time, and that the situation was one that benefited the Sox.

"We’re both competitive guys. I think that’s just going to make both of us better. We’ll continue to push each other," said Lowrie. "This is a funny game. You just continue to put your work in. We’re out there competing against the other team. We’re not worried about competing with our own teammates. Any competition between guys on this team, it’s for the better."

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04/20/2011 - 2:50pm
Report: Knicks' Billups to undergo MRI

According to the New York Post, Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups will undergo an MRI on Wednesday on his strained left knee to determine whether he might be available for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series against the Celtics. Billups told the Post that he did not know when or if he would be available.

"I don't know. I'll find out more [Wednesday]," Billups said. "Of course I'm concerned. It's feeling better today as far as walking and stuff. Hopefully it will continue to get better."

Billups left Game 1 of the series with the injury. The Post report suggested that it was possible that the knee issue could involve a ligament issue.

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04/20/2011 - 2:38pm
Rivers: Shaq's not done yet

Another day and another go-round on the Shaquille O'Neal rumor mill. The update from the Celtics is that nothing has fundamentally changed with Shaq. He is still trying to come back from leg injuries associated with a strained Achilles and calf muscle. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that O'Neal has made progress but he's not ready to play yet. "He is going to try to do some things and we’ll see," Rivers said. "He has had some improvement but I don’t know how much." 

Asked if he would make the trip to New York when the series with the Knicks resumes on Friday, Rivers said, "I’m not sure yet. It depends on what’s best. If you see him on the trip that means he’s really close." The latest round of questions was sparked by a report in a local paper based on an anonymous source that said Shaq would be out for the playoffs.

O'Neal last tried to practice with the team on Saturday, but they...

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