Knicks’ Stoudemire out with sprained big toe

All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire missed the New York Knicks’

105-95 victory at New Jersey on Saturday night with a sprained

right big toe.

A Knicks official said Stoudemire wasn’t sure when or how he was

hurt. The team’s leading scorer said after the game he thought it

may have come in a collision with Ron Artest during the Knicks’

113-96 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Stoudemire played 32 minutes in that game, finishing with 24

points and 10 rebounds. But he felt sore Saturday and the Knicks

announced about 45 minutes before tip-off that he wouldn’t go.

Stoudemire hopes to return Wednesday when the Knicks host the

Atlanta Hawks in their final game before the All-Star break.

”The trainers took me through a few tests earlier and I wasn’t

able to go tonight,” Stoudemire said. ”So treatment tomorrow, two

days after that, so I should be able to go by Wednesday.”

Wilson Chandler scored 21 points in place of Stoudemire, who

leads the Knicks with 26.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. It was

the first game this season Stoudemire has missed.