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Mike Woodson: Rasheed Wallace 'scheduled to start practicing' after break

Knicks center Rasheed Wallace pulls down a rebound

Knicks center Rasheed Wallace pulls down a rebound during a game against the Indiana Pacers. (Nov. 18, 2012) (Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rasheed Wallace still isn’t running yet, but Mike Woodson said the veteran big man is expected to start practicing with the Knicks when they return from the All-Star break.

“He’s moving around and doing things,” Woodson said after this morning’s shootaround. “He’ll continue his therapy work at the All-Star break. When he comes back he’s scheduled to start practicing, our first practice back from the break. We’re going to welcome him back as soon as possible.”

This isn’t the first time Woodson has said Wallace would start running or could start practicing, so it remains to be seen whether he will.

Wallace will miss his 25th straight game tonight with the stress reaction in his left foot. The Knicks have three more games before the break and it’s unclear when Wallace would be able to play if he does practice. The Knicks’ first game after the break is two weeks from today against the Pacers and Woodson couldn’t say whether Wallace would play that night.

“I don’t know,” Woodson said. “We’ll see how the practice goes and see how he feels that next day.”

Wallace said "it's killing me" that he's not playing, but continues to be reluctant to talk about his foot.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “My foot’s feeling better. Like I always told you all, it’s not up to me. It’s up to Doc for the most part.”

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The Knicks would match their season-best winning streak of six games if they beat the Wizards tonight. They opened the season with six straight wins.
 

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