Baron's neck injury; Jared's minutes limited

April, 11, 2012
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Baron Davis suffered a neck injury after getting tangled up with Kyle Korver in the fourth quarter on Tuesday in Chicago. The two both made a play for a loose ball in the fourth quarter. The collision left Davis with another injury to add to his long list of physical ailments this season.

Mike Woodson said Davis 'wasn't moving so swift' after Tuesday's game but the veteran told Woodson that he was good to go on Wednesday morning.

"I'll put him in the line up tonight and see how he reacts," Woodson said.

Davis, 32, has dealt with various injuries this season. He missed the first seven weeks of the year with a herniated disk in his back. He's also suffered hamstring and knee injuries.

Woodson has had to limit Davis' minutes for most of the season. Before Wednesday's game he said he'd like to keep Davis on the floor for around 25 minutes.

And the interim coach also wants Davis to speed things up a bit.

"Somehow the minutes that he gets, he's got to be a little bit more productive in terms of getting us in things quicker, not walking the ball up the floor," Woodson said.

JEFFRIES LIMITED TO 15 MINUTES PER GAME: Also on the injury front, Woodson said reserve forward Jared Jeffries is still hobbled by the knee injury that recent caused him to miss eight games. Woodson's been told to limit Jeffries to just 15 minutes per game.

Jeffries is a valuable defender in New York's second unit, particularly when it comes to drawing charges.

"Percentage-wise, I don't know where Jared is right now, but just a little bit of him (is valuable)," Woodson said. "He gives us productive minutes off that bench from a defensive standpoint."

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