Knicks without Billups; Mavs without Stojakovic

Knicks guard Chauncey Billups was to miss a sixth straight game

and Mavericks forward Peja Stojakovic a second straight because of


Billups has a problem with his left thigh. He shot before the

game and coach Mike D’Antoni declared him ”close,” saying he

could return Sunday. The team is hoping he can practice


Stojakovic has stiffness in his neck.