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Mike D'Antoni tried something new in practice on Friday, pairing Baron Davis and Jeremy Lin in the backcourt.
D'Antoni called it "a normal part of practice" but didn't rule out the possibility of using the Lin-Davis pairing in a game.
"We might have both of them in. So they're just getting used to each other, playing with each other," the coach said.
Pairing them for extended minutes would take away time from another scorer. In the scrimmage on Friday, Davis and Lin shared the floor with Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.
"They can play together because Baron can guard bigger guards," D'Antoni said.
But D'Antoni said the duo would have to be "really good" together because pairing them could come at the expense of Iman Shumpert, Steve Novak or J.R. Smith.
Lin played mostly shooting guard on Friday, a position he played in college.
"I'm comfortable doing it and at the same time I don't have to have all the ball-handling responsibilities," Lin said. "Hopefully maybe we'll do something like that later on."
If so, Davis would embrace it.
"[Lin's] a great player and he makes plays. And I make plays. It makes it easy for both of us when we're out there as two playmakers," said Davis, who had his strongest game as a Knick on Wednesday against Cleveland. "Then you put Melo in the situation and Landry, we've got four guys that can make plays off the dribble and out of the pick and roll."
Davis and Lin combined for 21 assists and one turnover in Wednesday's win over the Cavs. The Knicks hope Davis can give them consistent minutes off the bench to spell Lin. Against Cleveland, Davis played 15 minutes and Lin played 33.
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