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- The Knicks will again be without Tyson Chandler (bulging disc in his neck), Kenyon Martin (sore left knee), Marcus Camby (left plantar fasciitis), Amar’e Stoudemire (right knee debridement) and Rasheed Wallace (fractured left fifth metatarsal). Solomon Jones will get his first start as a Knick in place of Chris Copeland. Martin and Chandler won’t travel to Charlotte for Monday’s game. “Tyson is getting better and Kenyon, surprisingly, is getting better, too,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “Neither will travel to Charlotte.” He added: “We got Wednesday’s game so we’ll see where they are Tuesday and then make a decision if they’re going to play Wednesday [in Atlanta] or not.” The coach said both Chandler and Martin will be available for Game 1 of the playoffs. “Yes,” he said, “they will be there.” As for Camby, Woodson called him “day-to-day,” but said “I think he’ll be ready [for the playoffs], too.”
- Wallace, who hasn’t played since Dec. 13, has been running the past few days and, depending on how he feels Monday, could play Wednesday against Atlanta. “It all depends on how he comes out of today’s workout, see how he feels tomorrow,” Woodson said. He added: “Rasheed ran the last few days, so he’s getting there. Still has a ways to go.” Woodson said Wallace would “for sure” be ready for the playoffs and said he’d love to get 10-15 minutes a game from him then. “I think anything from 10-15 minutes, Rasheed being on the floor would be a positive for our ballclub,” he said.
- Winners of 14 of their last 15 games, the Knicks (52-27) lead Indiana (49-30) by three games for the No. 2 seed in the East and can clinch that spot with a victory. The Knicks are on track to face the No. 7 Boston Celtics in the first round, while the Pacers would meet the No. 6 Chicago Bulls. “After we come back from Charlotte we’ll come back and start on Boston when we get back,” Woodson said. If the Knicks clinch the No. 2 seed today, Woodson plans to rest guys this week. “If we clinch today I’m sure I’ll rest guys,” he said.
- Carmelo Anthony is the NBA’s leading scorer at 28.7 points per game, and has a comfortable lead over Kevin Durant (28.1) with just two games to play. Anthony has scored over 30 points in seven straight games, and has also posted six double-doubles in the last nine games. He is averaging 31 points and 14 rebounds during that span.
- Anthony, Stoudemire and J.R. Smith attended the Jordan Brand Classic Saturday night at Barclays Center. The game featured five of the top 10 projected picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, including rising stars Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon.
- All-Star Paul George has slumped late in the season, averaging 13.6 points on 21-for-63 (33.3 percent) shooting in the last five. During that stretch, he’s 7-for-27 (25.9 percent) from the arc.
- Danny Granger (left knee surgery) is out for the Pacers.
– Adam Zagoria