Baron Davis knows he'll need more time

Knicks guard Baron Davis passes over Miami's Norris

Knicks guard Baron Davis passes over Miami's Norris Cole. (Feb. 23, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

MIAMI -- Jeremy Lin wasn't the only Knicks point guard to have a rough time Thursday night. Baron Davis missed all seven shots he took, including four three-pointers, and was scoreless in a 102-88 loss to the Heat.

But it was only the third game he has played since last April and his first back-to-back. "I don't want to get into the trap of being measured with every game," said Davis, who had been out with a herniated disc in his back. "This is still really practice time for me. I haven't played in nine, 10 months. Maybe it will take 10 games or 15 games. My goal is to be peaking by April."

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said, "I think he has a month to be two or three times better than he is right now. He will definitely be better than tonight. And when he does, that will be an awesome weapon to have."

Magic, Federer high on Lin

In a conference call this week, Magic Johnson spoke highly of Lin even though he never was asked specifically about him. Johnson, asked about the point guard position in general, twice referenced Lin with some pretty heady company.

"I don't think you see as many bounce passes, and you don't see as much guys really understanding the angles," he said. "That's why we love Jason Kidd and we love Steve Nash, and now Jeremy Lin. He understands the angles."

During a call promoting next month's BNP Paribas Showdown at the Garden, even Roger Federer said he'd like to meet Lin. "I think it's quite an incredible story, actually," Federer said. "I hope he can come to the exhibition. I think it would be great. I think this is why we all follow sports because of great stories like this, that all of a sudden someone breaks through that you didn't know or didn't expect . . . I hope to meet him when I come to New York soon."

Harrellson will play

D'Antoni said he "has to" get rookie big man Josh Harrellson in the rotation when he returns from wrist surgery next week. D'Antoni might have to expand his rotation to 11. "He played well and he guards extremely well and he hits threes and can spread the floor, which are things we need," D'Antoni said. "I would love to be able to find a place. I almost have to, I think. It's hard to sit somebody down who's really good."

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