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GREENBURGH, N.Y -- Carmelo Anthony initially had only a one-word answer when asked how Chauncey Billups looked at practice Saturday: "Fresh."
Upon further prompting, he elaborated:
"Fresh legs, man. He looked healthy, he said he felt good today. He showed it. He proved it. I think he's ready to rock," Anthony said. "I really don't like to put a percentage on anything, but he got up and down the full practice today. His leg is looking good, his shot is looking good, so hopefully he's ready to play tomorrow."
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Also at practice Saturday, coach Mike D'Antoni was non-committal when asked who ranks higher on the depth chart: Roger Mason or Bill Walker.
Four games ago, with Walker sidelined by knee pain, Mason got his first meaningful minutes in months against Atlanta, and he has shot 5-for-12 from 3-point range since then after sitting on the league's worst field-goal percentage (.063) from Jan. 12 through Mar. 1.
"I finally got an opportunity and wanted to go out there and help the team," said Mason, who missed 15 of his first 16 shots this season. "I'll continue to be ready, and hopefully there's no looking back from here. I'm ready for the last push and to make a big contribution in the playoffs. That's what Donnie (Walsh) brought me here for. He brought me here to contribute, to be one of the guys who can help, especially come playoff time, and hopefully I'm able to do that."
The Knicks had all their players healthy at practice except for Anthony Carter, who was feeling ill.
Sunday's game against the reeling Indiana Pacers (losers of six straight) begins earlier than usual, at 6 p.m. EDT.
This is good news... Hopefully our D will improve slightly.