Pablo Prigioni practices, probable to play in Game 2

Pablo Prigioni of the Knicks controls the ball Pablo Prigioni of the Knicks controls the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies. (March 27, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Pablo Prigioni went through practice Monday and could make his NBA playoff debut Tuesday night.

The Knicks are listing Prigioni as probable for Game 2. Mike Woodson said if Prigioni, who sprained his right ankle Wednesday against the Hawks, feels all right Tuesday, he will start.

"He looked pretty good running," Woodson said.

When the Knicks won 16 of their final 18 regular-season games, the 35-year-old rookie from Argentina played a key role with his defense, quick hands and unselfishness. The Knicks' ball movement could improve from Game 1 if Prigioni is in the lineup.

If Prigioni plays, Woodson said Raymond Felton likely will start out guarding Paul Pierce. Felton would be giving up about six inches and 30 pounds to Pierce.

"It's nothing new," Woodson said. "Ray's guarded a little bit of everybody all year. He'll be fine. He's got to be tough. That's all I can tell you. Good luck. He's got to play."

 

Stiff test for Chandler

Tyson Chandler said his neck felt fine after Game 1 and that his conditioning was why he went scoreless with five rebounds in 20 minutes. He missed 15 of the last 19 games with a bulging disc in his neck.

"Obviously, I'm going to be a little stiff, a little sore here and there, but I feel great, honestly," Chandler said. "It's just when you're out for so long, you're not playing against some Park and Rec dudes, you're playing against the best of the best, and I'm trying to condition myself playing against the best of the best.

"I feel like I'll be better Game 2 than I was Game 1 and it will continue throughout the series."

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