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Baron Davis closer to Knicks' debut

Injured Baron Davis of the New York Knicks

Injured Baron Davis of the New York Knicks looks on against the New Jersey Nets. (Dec. 21, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Mike D’Antoni said Baron Davis didn’t have any “ill effects” after going through his first practice yesterday and was going to take part in a 3-on-3 after today’s shootaround.

We’ll get an update before the game, but Davis won’t play tonight against the Bobcats. D’Antoni said the earliest Davis could – COULD – play is tomorrow at Cleveland.

“It could be tomorrow,” D’Antoni said. “That doesn’t mean it is. I have no idea. I wouldn’t rule anything out or rule anything in.”

It seems more likely that Davis would play near the end of this trip at Miami or Houston.

D’Antoni said the schedule won’t impact what the Knicks do with Davis, who is returning from a herniated disk in his back.

This is a brutal stretch where they play four games in five nights. After returning home Sunday, the Knicks play four-in-five nights again, including three in a row.

D’Antoni said Davis could play one night and then sit the next.

“We’ll just get him in when we can, and when we feel like it’s good for the team and for him,” D’Antoni said.

“It’s up the training staff. They’ll give me a recommendation. I’ll talk to Baron and everything. When he feels like he should go, he’s going to play. When he’s ready he’s going to play. Whether it’s five minutes or 20 minutes we’ll figure it out. He’s not going to hurt the team.”

When Davis plays, he eventually will start for the Knicks. Whether it’s alongside Iman Shumpert or Landry Fields remains up in the air.

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The Bobcats are without DJ Augustin (foot) and Corey Maggette (hamstring). Bronx product Kemba Walker will get the start against at point guard. Knick killer Boris Diaw will play, too.

Interesting to note that Diaw has been held scoreless twice in his last 13 games and only has three games with at least 10 points in that time. Two of them are against the Knicks.

Diaw is 20-of-27 with 46 points in two games against the Knicks, one of them a Charlotte win. The other 11 games, he’s 22-for-67 with 52 points. The Knicks - and Amar’e Stoudemire - may want to guard Diaw this game.

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