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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Coach's report: Camby to play when needed

By Jared Zwerling

After playing limited minutes against the Mavericks and Magic last week, Marcus Camby has had back-to-back "DNP -- Coach's Decisions." Addressing reporters before the Pacers game Sunday afternoon, Mike Woodson said it's more about what he sees in the game; not related to his left calf strain recovery.

"I don't have a plan," he said. "The bottom line is we're a team and when you're called upon to play, you've got to be ready to play, man. I'm all about team this year and I want guys to understand that. When they're called up on to play minutes, they've got to make the most out of their minutes to help us win games, because at the end of the day, that's all I care about. I'm not here to satisfy anyone.

"Camby's a big part of what we're doing. When he gets the opportunity to play, I'm sure he'll make the most of it."

That could happen against the Pacers' size, which features Roy Hibbert, David West and Tyler Hansbrough. Woodson did say that some upcoming practices will help Camby develop reps.

"We haven't had any serious practice time now because of the schedule," the coach said. "He's doing conditioning work on the side and that's kind of how it's got to be until we can get back to practice."

In the meantime, Rasheed Wallace has been getting the bulk of the big-man minutes off the bench. In 24 minutes against the Grizzlies Friday night, he scored 13 points, mostly on the block. Woodson said he'll continue to set him up down there, and the power forward will also be used in the pick-and-pop.

"I think Rasheed has always been able to do both," he said. "I think it helps Rasheed now that he's older that he doesn't have to play out on the floor as much, and exert a lot of energy there. He's going down to the block and us utilizing him, he's a good free throw shooter, he's a pretty good passer out of the post and he can make offensive plays when he's down there. That helps us during the stretch that he's in the game. So we will continue to utilize him some on the block, obviously."

BROOKLYN'S FINEST BACK IN THE BUILDING: Lance Stephenson, who starred at Lincoln HS (Coney Island) -- famous for also producing former Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair of the Phoenix Suns -- is now the starting shooting guard for the Pacers. Woodson provided a scouting report on the third-year player.

"He's a lot better than when he was a year ago," he said. "He's shooting the ball much better, he's starting to kind of find his niche. I've been watching him on tape. His body language, his movement on the floor offensively and defensively has gotten better. We've got to be aware of that tonight."

OFF-THE-COURT ASSIST: On Saturday, Raymond Felton and Ronnie Brewer, along with MSG's Garden of Dreams Foundation, hosted a special Thanksgiving event for families from The Children’s Aid Society and those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The players were joined by former Knick players and New York Liberty alum Kym Hampton to distribute 350 Thanksgiving meals. An additional 100 Thanksgiving meals, donated by Felton, will be delivered to families on Staten Island on Monday, November 19.

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