NEW YORK -- New York Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni will return to the starting lineup Tuesday for Game 2 against the Boston Celtics after missing the series opener because of a sprained right ankle.
"He gives us a guy who can help run our team, and gives us a defensive presence out front guarding the ball," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
Woodson said Prigioni won't be on a minutes restriction on Tuesday.
"No, not at all," he said. "He's practiced the past few days and moved around real well. I think he's going to be fine."
Prigioni will start alongside point guard Raymond Felton in the backcourt. Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will start on the frontline for New York, which beat Boston 85-78 in the series opener on Saturday.
The return of Prigioni is significant for the Knicks. The 35-year-old Argentine had started 16 of the Knicks' final 17 games and was a key cog during their 13-game winning streak late in the regular season.
"It just gives them another decision-maker," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I mean, he's brilliant. He's another Jason Kidd-ish type guy and so it just gives them another smart player on the floor, and another guy that can create plays. That makes him really good. There's no coincidence that when he's in the lineup, they've played better because they have a lot of IQ on the floor at the same time."
Prigioni will guard Celtics point guard Avery Bradley. Bradley had four turnovers in Game 1.
Prigioni's return will force 6-foot-1 Felton to guard 6-7 forward Paul Pierce, who has been starting at shooting guard in Boston's bigger lineups.
Woodson said on Monday that he was comfortable with Felton guarding Pierce, who had 21 points and seven assists in Game 1.
"Ray's guarded a little bit of everybody all year," Woodson said. "Our team does that. It's OK. He'll be fine."
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