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This is a huge game 3 as the Knicks try to win a playoff game at home for the first time in 10 years.  So we're looking squarely at New York to see what the enemy is saying about the Celtics and tonight's game

NY Daily News: Amar'e Stoudemire is expected to be in the starting lineup Friday night when the Knicks face the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their first round series.  "I think he feels a lot better, naturally, right now," D'Antoni said. "He's in the pool. It's good, not to say it's perfect … game time decision." Stoudemire, who suffering from a pulled back muscle, was with the team at its training facility Friday morning in Westchester. Chauncey Billups, who is suffering from a strained left knee, is not expected to play.

ESPN NY: What’s the atmosphere going to be like at the Garden on Friday night when the Knicks host their first playoff game in seven years? “I’m pretty sure it will be crazy,” Carmelo Anthony said. “I think crazy is an understatement but that’s the word I’m going to use right now.”  The Knicks haven’t hosted a playoff game since 2004. They haven’t won a playoff game since 2001 and last won a playoff series in 2000. 

ESPN NY: So Anthony is gearing up for the double team. In practice on Thursday, the Knicks worked on getting players such as Shawne Williams and Bill Walker in better spaces to receive the ball from Anthony.  “He’s going to pass the ball to us, we’ve just got to get in the right spots and make our shots,” said Walker, who shot 0-for-11 in the Knicks’ 96-93 Game 2 loss. Anthony often caught the ball on the wing against the double-team, which limited his options. You can expect Anthony to catch it in different spots if he sees the same defense on Friday night.  “I’m prepared for the double team,” Anthony said on Thursday. “The double-team is something I’ve been dealing with since I came in the league. I’m just trying to get them guys used to it too. When I get double-teamed, somebody is open.”  

NY Post:  There will be nearly 20,000 frenzied fans who will be on his side tonight at the Garden, but Anthony stressed if Amar’e Stoudemire and Chancey Billups can’t go or aren’t 100 percent, he’s going to need his other teammates to be at their best with the Knicks trailing the best-of seven, 2-0.  “I have to step up and do it all to try to win,” Anthony said yesterday. “But at the same time, we have to have guys who have to step up as well on the team. There’s no way I can do it by myself. We’ve been doing a great job of guys stepping up, especially for it being some of the guys’ first times."

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  • Rondo too should be expecting to draw more defensive attention, especially when he drives, so he and his teamates should be looking for him to drive and dish.