CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Looking towards the upcoming NBA playoffs, the New York Knicks rested three starters and planned to limit Amare Stoudemire’s minutes Thursday night in the season finale against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said forward Carmelo Anthony, center Tyson Chandler and guard Baron Davis would not play. In addition, guard Toney Douglas was sick and would also be held out of the lineup.
Woodson said he considered holding out Stoudemire, the Knicks’ No. 2 scorer at 17.4 points per game. However, the five-time All-Star asked to see some action against the Bobcats, who have lost 22 consecutive games and could set a league record for the worst winning percentage in league history with a loss.
The Knicks began the day tied with Philadephia for the final two seeds in the Eastern Conference.