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- Jason Kidd (sore lower back) will sit for the Knicks playing just five minutes — and none in the second half — in Sunday’s win over Atlanta.“Just getting some treatment, a little sore today,” head coach Mike Woodson said at shootaround. “He’s not going to play tonight, though.” He added: “We’ll see how he feels [Thursday] and he’ll probably play Friday.”
- James White will get the start at shooting guard alongside Ray Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. “I’m starting [White] because I think he defends, I think he can make a shot,” Woodson said of White. “He’s athletic enough to switch and do different things defensively. That’s why he’s starting.”
- The Magic are expected to start J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson, Moe Harkless, Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic. Harkless, a former St. John’s star who came last year after his freshman season, went for career-highs in points (16) and minutes (34) in Monday’s loss at Brooklyn. Arron Afflalo missed Monday’s game with a strained calf and is expected to sit this one out, too.
- The Magic are riding a six-game losing streak and are 2-17 since Dec. 21.
- Woodson could potentially coach the Eastern All-Stars in the All-Star Game in Houston if the Knicks have a better record than the Miami Heat come Feb. 3. As of today, the Knicks (27-15) are 1 1/2 games back of Miami (28-13) for the East’s best record.”I’m not in it to coach an All-Star team, I’m in it to bring a title back here to New York,” Woodson said. Told by a reporter that he could play LeBron James the whole game to tire him out, Woodson laughed and said, “I probably would.”
- With games coming up against Orlando, Sacramento, Detroit, Washington and Toronto, the Knicks — 9-10 in their last 19 games — will try to build up their record even more before the break. “I don’t look at is as [playing] sub-.500 [teams], you guys do,” Woodson said. “I look at it as teams that are in the NBA, that’s capable of beating you. And the fact that we’re at home, we gotta defend our homecourt and it doesn’t matter who we play. It’s just important that we come out and establish ourselves and put a 48-minute solid ballgame together and come out of here with a win.”
– Adam Zagoria