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- The Knicks (6-1) return to Madison Square Garden after a 2-1 road trip that culminated in their first loss of the season Friday in Memphis. After Sunday’s tilt, they head back on the road for three more games at Charlotte (Tuesday), Dallas (Wednesday) and Houston (Friday). In Houston, the Knicks will be reunited with their former point guard, Jeremy Lin. “We got a bunch of games coming at us fairy quickly after tonight’s game,” coach Mike Woodson said. “But we’re back home, we’re playing in front of our fans. And we’re playing for something. We’re playing to win our division.”
- Pacers starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson is coming off a 12-point, 3-assist performance in Friday’s 103-83 rout of the Mavericks. A Brooklyn native who played at Lincoln High School, Stephenson won four straight New York PSAL titles at the Garden. He was a one-and-done at Cincinnati, and would now be a senior in college had he stayed. “He’s a lot better than he was a year ago,” Woodson said. “He’s shooting the ball much better. He’s starting to find his niche and watching him on tape, his body language, his movement on the offense and defense has gotten better. We gotta be aware of that tonight.”
- Danny Granger (sore left knee) remains out for Indiana, allowing Stephenson to start. “They’re still playing hard [without him],” Woodson said.
- Marcus Camby has not played in the Knicks’ last two games, the coach’s decision. “[That's] just the way I’m seeing the game,” Woodson said, adding that it was not related to Camby’s earlier calf injury.
- Woodson on starting point guard Raymond Felton, who’s averaging 17.6 points and 6.8 assists and who scored 25 points and had seven assists in the win in San Antonio: “Raymond’s been everything and more for our ball club,” he said.
– Adam Zagoria