Melo, Knicks Get Rival Celtics In 1st Round; Rasheed Back This Week?

CBS Chicago

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Knicks should have their size back in time for their playoff opener, with Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin both on the mend.

And here’s a surprise: coach Mike Woodson also said Rasheed Wallace, recovering from a broken bone in his left foot and out since December, could be available as soon as Monday night in Charlotte.

“If he doesn’t (play), we’ll have another day to prepare for the Atlanta game,” Woodson said of Wallace. “If not, for sure the playoffs.”

Woodson said Wallace, who is ahead of schedule, has been running and shooting the last few days.

The Knicks will host seventh-seeded Boston next weekend. New York is guaranteed the home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs after finishing a distant second to Miami in the conference.

Boston swept New York in the first round in 2011.

“That’s in the back…

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