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- For the second straight game, the Knicks will start their small lineup of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. Chandler is expected to start despite battling flu-like symptoms. ”I think he’s gonna play,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said pregame. “He’ll probably play.”
- Woodson said he’s hoping “that we don’t have to play” backup center Marcus Camby, who missed three weeks of the preseason with a calf ailment. Camby has yet to scrimmage halfcourt or fullcourt. Woodson hopes to get Camby into a game later this week after he is able to scrimmage. The Knicks visit the Sixers on Monday and then host Dallas on Friday.
- The Sixers continue to be without C Andrew Bynum (bone bruise, right knee) and backup C Kwame Brown is probable with a left calf strain. There is no immediate timetable on Bynum’s return.
- Amar’e Stoudemire (knee) and Iman Shumpert (knee) both remain out for the Knicks.
- The Knicks are coming off a 104-84 thrashing of the defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Friday night in which Anthony went for 30 points and 10 rebounds and the team made 19-of-36 3-pointers, one shy of the franchise record.
- The Sixers won their opener on Wednesday, 84-75, over the Nuggets in Andre Iguodala’s return to Philly.