Marcus Camby will miss the New York Knicks’ first two preseason games because of a strained left calf.

Mike Woodson downplayed the loss of Camby, who is expected to back up Tyson Chandler.

“Injuries creep in,’’ Woodson said. “He’ll bounce back. It’s not a career-ending injury. Years ago, Marcus was playing 30, 40 minutes a game. I’m not looking for Marcus to play 30 minutes a game anymore. Camby, Kurt (Thomas), Rasheed (Wallace), they’re not big-minute players anymore. So you get a good 10, 15 minutes out of those guys, it’s a plus.

“We just got to make sure their bodies are ready to go up and down and the core guys are carrying the load,’’ Woodson added. “These guys are supporting cast.’’

The Knicks signed Camby to a three-year, $10.5 million deal over the offseason.