Marc Weinreich
Thursday May 2nd, 2013

Steve Novak could miss Game 6 with back spasms. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Steve Novak could miss Game 6 with back spasms. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks may be without three-point specialist Steve Novak on Friday when the team tips off Game 6 of their first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics. New York currently leads the series 3-2.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports tweeted late Thursday morning that the Knicks are listing Novak as "questionable" for Friday night because of back spasms. New York has used Novak sparingly during the series with Boston, playing him only 8 minutes per game, less than half of the 20 minutes per game he was accustomed to during the regular season.

In Game 5 Wednesday night, Novak experienced back spasms in the third quarter and did not return, finishing the game with two points in three minutes.

If he sits out, his minutes could either be spread among the Knicks' current rotation or his absence could open the door for a rare appearance by Quentin Richardson, the 33-year-old veteran signed by the Knicks in April. http://twitter.com/JeffZillgitt/status/329978137712685058

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