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Harrington (strained left calf) inactive vs. Bobcats

Al Harrington was unable to play Thursday night,

Al Harrington was unable to play Thursday night, sitting out with a strained left calf. (File photo, 2009) Credit: AP

Al Harrington, the Knicks' second-leading scorer, was inactive for last night's game against the Bobcats with a strained left calf.

It was unclear when he suffered the injury. Harrington practiced Wednesday and felt discomfort, then tested it before last night's game during warmups. The Knicks announced the injury about 40 minutes before the game. He's day-to-day.


Landry, Bender staying

Jonathan Bender and Marcus Landry had their contracts guaranteed for the rest of the season when the Knicks did not waive them Wednesday.

"It feels great," Landry said. "I always thought in the back of my mind I'd be here, but just knowing that it's done and I don't have to worry about it in the back of my mind. All I have to do now is just keep working hard."

For Bender, it's another step on a long road back after four years out of the NBA because of chronic knee injuries. For Landry, a rookie, it's a chance to unpack the suitcase and relax a little. "I didn't think it was until the 10th and then I heard it was [Wednesday]," he said. "I was hearing so many different times. I found out today and I'm still around, so . . . "

If Landry had been cut, it would have been quite unkind. The Knicks are scheduled to play in Houston tomorrow, and Landry will get to face his brother Carl, a power forward.

"He's been trash-talking and stuff like that, which he always does," he said. "To me, it's great just to have somebody you can look up to, follow in his footsteps."

The Landrys last played against each other in January 2007, when Carl was at Purdue and Marcus was at Wisconsin.

"When we're on the court, we're not brothers, we're enemies," Landry said. "When we step off the court, we're brothers again."

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