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Bewildered Curry takes 4th DNP in a row

Nate Robinson didn't play for the Knicks again Friday, which hardly is news anymore, even though there were scattered chants for him from fans at the Garden. His DNP streak reached 11.

But what about Eddy Curry? His DNP streak reached four, and he has become frustrated and confused by it.

"I try not to think of the reasons because that's so out of my control, it's ridiculous,'' he said before the Knicks' 93-87 loss to the Heat. "I just leave it up to him, and when he decides he wants to play me, if he decides, I'll play, and if not, then I'll try to figure something out.''

The "he" is coach Mike D'Antoni. Has Curry talked to him about his status? "I haven't talked to him at all,'' Curry said.

Team president Donnie Walsh said of Curry, "I would encourage him not to give up on himself,'' but Curry said he has "absolutely no idea what it would take'' to get back in the rotation.

With a busy upcoming schedule of games, Curry fears there will be too little practice time to work himself back into sync with his teammates. "It's definitely frustrating,'' he said, but he added he is not ready to ask the team to find a taker.

"During the game, when I'm sitting over there and time is just ticking away, a lot of stuff crosses my mind,'' he said, "but it's too early for that.''

What if he remains planted on the bench the rest of the season?

"At that point, I would hope both sides would do what's right,'' he said. "If he decided to go that long, he probably would have made up in his mind, if he hasn't already, that I'm not a fit for this team. I would hope we could work something out.''

Curry has a player option to return for 2010-11 at a salary of $11.3 million.

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