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- Grizzlies All-Star center Marc Gasol will play after missing two games with an abdominal tear. “He’s a big piece to their puzzle but they’re still a pretty good basketball team,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “They haven’t missed a whole lot.”
- The Knicks will be without All-Star center Tyson Chandler (stiff neck) for an eighth straight game. He could play Friday against Charlotte. ”He’s still day to day,” Woodson said. “If he comes in tomorrow and he’s up to playing on Friday, then we’ll play him.”
- Without Chandler on the second night of a back-to-back, New York will go with a small starting lineup yet again, featuring Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin, Iman Shumpert, Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton. Martin will defend Zach Randolph. Woodson also said Marcus Camby “probably will have to play a little bit” off the bench.
- The Knicks have won five in a row, including Tuesday’s 100-85 win at Boston that was fueled by J.R. Smith’s 32 points and Anthony’s 29. During the five-game win streak, Anthony is averaging 29.9 points on 43 percent shooting and 7.5 rebounds; Smith is averaging 22.6 points on 51 percent shooting and 5.8 rebounds; and Martin is averaging 13.2 points on 73 percent shooting with seven rebounds.
- Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire told SNY that he hopes to return from knee debridement in time for the playoffs. “Hopefully, I’ll be back for the playoffs, we’ll see,” he said. “I have total faith that I return and be just as good as before.” Said Woodson: “I don’t know what the timetable is on Amar’e. If he’s telling you that his rehab is going well, then that’s a good sign.”
- The Knicks begin a three-game homestand that also features dates with Charlotte Friday and Boston Sunday. New York plays six of its final 10 games in April on the road.
- Memphis has lost two of three, including Monday’s 107-94 loss at Washington.
– Adam Zagoria