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  • For the Bobcats, center Al Jefferson (ankle) and center Brendan Haywood (left foot) are inactive.
  • The Knicks will go with the “big lineup” of Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler.
  • The Knicks will bring Amar’e Stoudemire off the bench after he sat out two of the team’s first three games while resting his surgically repaired knees. Stoudemire is on a 10-minute limit. Kenyon Martin will sit.
  • The Knicks are without J.R. Smith for the first five games of the season while he serves a drug suspension. He is eligible to return Sunday vs. San Antonio. “I’m ready,” Smith said Monday. “Whenever coach calls my name on Sunday, I’ll be ready. I wanted to play Game 1, but unfortunately I had to sit it out. Whenever they need me, I’m ready.” Coach Mike Woodson said Smith “possibly could be, absolutely” in the starting lineup Sunday. Previously, Woodson said Smith would be in an open competition with Iman Shumpert for the two guard spot: “Bottom line, I’m going to have to make a decision and we’re going to have to live with it and hopefully that decision will work,” Woodson said.
  • Woodson said the Knicks will “keep an eye on” Jeremy Tyler, now with their D-League franchise, adding he “possibly could be in a Knicks uniform” going forward. The Knicks waived Tyler before the season began partly because he is out with a foot injury. “He was a good prospect for us this summer in the summer league and that’s why we were high on getting him to vet camp,” Woodson said.
  • New York natives Kemba Walker and James Southerland, and New Jersey native Michael Kidd-Gilchrist return home for Charlotte. “We gotta get back and build a wall with him because he’s pretty good at making basketball plays, plus he can shoot it,” Woodson said of Walker.

– Adam Zagoria

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