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Knicks hope Turiaf will be available for Game 3

Ronny Turiaf sat out of the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ Game 2 loss to the Celtics due to a knee injury. Turiaf participated in practice on Thursday. Mike D’Antoniwas hopeful that Turiaf would be healthy enough to start Game 3 on Friday night.

It is unclear when Turiaf aggravated the knee injury. It is also unclear which knee is bothering Turiaf. He missed ten games earlier this season due to injuries to his left knee.

D’Antoni said on Thursday that Turiaf told the coaching staff that he was hurt prior to the fourth quarter of Game 2. Jared Jeffries replaced Turiaf and turned the ball over with the Knicks down one with four seconds to play. Jeffries was also defending Kevin Garnett when Garnett scored what turned out to be the game-winning shot with 13 seconds to play.

Team president Donnie Walsh said Turiaf is “helpful in a situation like toward the end where Kevin Garnett took that hook shot. Turiaf’s got a little more bulk, he wouldn’t let him in there. I thought Jared played him as good as you can play him.”

D’Antoni said he didn’t check on Turiaf’s availability toward the end of the game but assumed that the 6-11 center was out because he’d been sitting for the entire quarter.

“In my mind at that point, he was done for the day,” D’Antoni said.

Turiaf had nine points, five rebounds and four blocked shots in the Knicks’ 87-85 Game 1 loss. In Game 2, Turiaf finished with six points, three offensive rebounds and three assists.

He averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 64 appearances with the Knicks in the regular season.