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Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni reacts after he a

Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni reacts after he a foul is called in the first half against the Indiana Pacers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (May 5, 2013) Credit: Getty

Pablo Prigioni, the soon-to-be 36-year-old rookie from Argentina, said he hasn’t felt any additional nerves playing in his first NBA postseason.

“I’ve played important games on different levels -- overseas, Olympic games, World Championships,” the Knicks guard said. “It’s different but I think that it helps me at this moment, gives me some experience.”

Coach Mike Woodson has praised Prigioni's big-game mentality and has put him on the court in key moments. Prigioni's three-pointer sparked the Knicks’ 30-2 run late in Game 2, and the crowd responded by chanting his name.

“You guys can’t believe how happy I am because of the crowd,” he said.

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