It was just a week ago when the Knicks revealed that the 30-minute limit for Amar'e Stoudemire would continue through the rest of the season. But Monday, out of necessity, the Knicks pushed him over the limit for the first time.

Stoudemire had not played more than 28 minutes since coming back from knee surgery Jan. 1, and had seen his numbers dip to 22 minutes per game over the last nine games before Monday, when he played 31 minutes, 55 seconds. While Mike Woodson joked, "Sorry, oops," about exceeding the limit, Stoudemire seemed confident he can play whatever the team needs.

"I'm ready to play whenever," Stoudemire said. "But I think we're still making progress. I feel healthy, I feel strong, I feel great."

Asked if a change in the strategy needed to be cleared by doctors, Stoudemire said, "I'm not sure. If it's needed, I'm pretty sure I'll play however amount of minutes I need to play.''

The Knicks may need him if Carmelo Anthony is lost for any amount of time.

J.R. struggling

Woodson was openly unhappy with the shot selection of J.R. Smith on Sunday, which included 3-of-14 from beyond the arc.

"We discussed it in film session," Woodson said. "It's not just J.R. We've been struggling to shoot threes. When you're struggling, that means you've got to put in more gym time, and that's everybody that's going to shoot them, or you can't shoot them."

Smith was 6-for-17, including 1-for-7 from long range, Monday.