New York Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni to return against Brooklyn Nets

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Dec 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA;  New York Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni (9) drives around New Orleans Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts (22) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY SportsNew York Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni will be coming back on the court tomorrow after not playing for over a month. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said that his return would be a much needed boost for the team. He said Prigioni was ready to hit the court and he could definitely use him right now to bolster the starting line.
"He looked good," Woodson said following the Sunday practice. "I think he'll suit up."
The Knicks enter their Martin Luther King Day matinee against the Nets having lost three straight games after going on a five-game winning streak, their longest of the season.
The Knicks have lost three consecutive games as they head into the game against Nets. Before they had a season high consecutive wins of five games. Last season Woodson had been successful in making a combination of Prigioni and Raymond Felton on the court and he said he was looking forward to trying that again as Prigioni comes back. But on December 16 Prigioni fractured his toes and since then has been out of the team.
Woodson said he was still making his mind up and would implement a plan only if he was certain.
"I haven't made that decision on which way to go," Woodson said. "I'm going to sleep on it and make a decision [Monday].''
Prigioni played as the starting point guard to fill in for Felton when Felton has sustained a strained hamstring. In case Felton and Prigioni start as per Woodson’s plan Andrea Bargnani will be called off bench and he will definitely shift Carmelo Anthony to the power forward position. Woodson did add that it all broke down to how the Nets were going to play. They have been successful in implanting a more compact lineup starring power forward Paul Pierce.
Both the teams were expected to be solid playoff contenders and were predicted to get there without a hitch. Anthony said that it was peculiar to see them struggle like that.
"If you would have said both teams would have these records at this point in the season at the beginning of the season, I would have put any amount of money betting against that," Anthony said. "I don't really know what their problem is. I can only focus on our problem over here and try to get better at that."
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