BUCKS AT KNICKS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Bucks guard Michael Redd, who hasn’t played since tearing ligaments in his left knee over 14 months ago, will not be making his return tonight. But head coach Scott Skiles says he will “most likely” suit up tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls at home. “We’re not sure how much he’s going to play yet. That will probably depend on the game.” Skiles said. “He looks good, though. He’s in good shape. He’s been playing 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 after a long rehab.”
  • The Knicks could probably use another big man, but it doesn’t look like they will be adding any players this season. Head coach Mike D’Antoni shot down rumors that free agent center Earl Barron, who played briefly for the Knicks at the end of last season, could return. “I like Earl and he’s a great guy, but is he better than Sheldon Williams?” D’Antoni said. “I haven’t heard his name come up in any discussions.”
  • Milwaukee enters tonight’s game three games back of the Indiana Pacers for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. With only 12 games remaining on their schedule, Skiles believes the Bucks need to split this weekend’s games and sweep next week’s three-game road trip against Charlotte, Toronto and Indiana. “If we didn’t, we still wouldn’t be mathematically eliminated,” Skiles said. “But we would really put ourselves in a situation where we would have to win like six in a row at the end of the season.”
  • The Knicks have a disappointing 7-10 record since acquiring Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups prior to last month’s trade deadline. Skiles says you never know how long it will take for a team to click after shaking up their roster in the middle of the season. “Things could happen quickly or it could take a while,” he said. “You just have to keep working at it and hopefully you can win some games along the road while you’re trying to develop chemistry. I’m sure they’re working hard at it.”

– Mike Slane

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