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You gotta love Mike Woodson for constantly apologizing for playing guys too many minutes. He was at it again after
playing Carmelo Anthony the entire second half. Melo wound up with 43 minutes in his second game back from a knee-drainage procedure. It wouldn't be so bad if Woodson wouldn't be yapping before the game about limiting Melo in his first few games after the procedure. But he really wanted this win, big time. "I talked about it at the top of the game not playing him very big minutes,'' Woodson said. "But this was a game we had to go get. I just couldn’t find a gap to sit him. I feel bad about it. Hopefully he’ll sleep, ice up and be ready for (tonight).’’ The Knicks get the rematch with the Raptors Saturday night at the Garden and Melo admitted the knee was a little tight, and had a slight limp to his gait in the locker room. Woodson was also apologetic after Kurt Thomas logged 27 minutes on a broken foot in Utah on Monday. And yes, he was a little sheepish about playing Amar'e Stoudemire more than 30 minutes during a four-games-in-five-nights stretch. Stoudemire may be done for the season. It wouldn't be so bad if the medical staff hadn't put a 30-minute cap on him. But as long as Woodson apologizes after he burns his old guys, I guess it's OK. Here's hoping Kenyon and Camby survive for the playoffs.