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LI's Tobias Harris keeps improving for Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks' Tobias Harris in action in the

Milwaukee Bucks' Tobias Harris in action in the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers. (Nov. 12, 2012) Credit: AP

Second-year Milwaukee Bucks forward Tobias Harris expects to have a host of family members in Dix Hills watching him Wednesday night as he starts against the Knicks -- his favorite team growing up.

Harris, 20, starred at Half Hollow Hills West and Long Island Lutheran before spending a year at the University of Tennessee.

He is improving in his second year as an NBA player. Harris heads into Wednesday night having started all 12 games for the 7-5 Bucks. He was averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 19.0 minutes.

“How hard he plays and the edge he has, he’s a Scott Skiles type of player,” said Knicks forward Steve Novak. “You can tell that he’s kind of come into his own. I think he has a lot of confidence, whereas I think maybe last year he wasn’t quite as sure exactly what he was supposed to be doing or where he was supposed to be. Now I think he knows, and you can see that.”

Harris’ rookie season was delayed by the NBA lockout and a bout with dehydration during the truncated training camp that landed him in the hospital. Still, he started nine of his 42 games.

“I feel a lot more comfortable,” Harris said. “Last year I had the dehydration issue during training camp, so that really hurt me, set me back some. To have a full one this year, to be healthy now, is a good feeling.”

Of playing against the Knicks, Harris said: “To be a kid, watching the Knicks play a lot, and then to be able to go against them now, it does mean a lot.”

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