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D'Antoni: Billups Will Be Game-Time Decision

Chauncey Billups was waived via the amnesty provision

Chauncey Billups was waived via the amnesty provision to make room for Tyson Chandler. (Undated file photo) Credit: Getty Images

ATLANTA -- Chauncey Billups will be a game-time decision for Sunday's night game against the Hawks. The point guard, who has missed two straight games because of a left thigh bruise, told reporters at the team's morning shootaround: "If I feel good and can play, I'll play."

Billups said his thigh was very sore after jogging Friday for the first time since being injured.

"I really couldn't push off," he said. "I couldn't really explode up and bring my leg all the way up to go. I was able to jog, of course. I wasn't able to run though. Hopefully it'll be better today."

If he's unable to go, Toney Douglas will start at point guard for the third consecutive game.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he expects center Ronny Turiaf (sore left knee) to play. Bill Walker was listed as questionable with a sore left knee as well.

Speaking of the new-look Hawks, who acquired point guard Kirk Hinrich from Washington in exchange for Mike Bibby, D'Antoni said: "They play much faster (since the trade). (Hinrich is) one of the better players in the league, and I think he's revitalized a little bit. I think he'll add a lot to them."

Hinrich is shooting 57 percent (8-of-14) from three-point range in four games with the 37-25 Hawks, who are five games ahead of the Knicks in the Eastern Conference.

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