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CURRY REJOINS KNICK MIX Admittedly, Mike D'Antoni is a mad scientist when it comes to setting a rotation. Now, with the Knicks riding their most successful stretch of the season, he is fiddling with the chemistry again, adding an ingredient that has blown up in his face before.

After yesterday's practice in Greenburgh, the coach said center Eddy Curry will see action when the Knicks play in New Orleans tomorrow night.

Curry's inclusion is undoubtedly linked to the Knicks' desires to showcase his abilities in an attempt to raise his trade value, but it is a risky move for a team riding a season-high three game winning streak, propelled by a balanced, eight-man rotation.

"Unless something happens in the next day or two, my intention is to play him, for sure," D'Antoni said. "[He] looks like he hasn't played in a couple weeks, but he looks good. Hopefully, [today] he can be better and ready to go [tomorrow]."

Curry, who hasn't played since Nov. 24 due to a sore left knee, looked like a kid opening an early Christmas present when he heard the news.

"He told you guys that? Oh, that means a lot," Curry said to reporters. "I mean, that means he thinks I'm not gonna mess this up. So, that means a lot. I'm definitely looking forward to [tomorrow]."

"Coach is great. I think he knows the hard work I'm putting in. I think he thinks I'm ready. I definitely feel like I'm ready."

As a bystander while the Knicks posted wins in four of their past five games, Curry said earlier in the week he was concerned with his ability to blend in. But yesterday, he seemed more interested in opportunity than disruption, after partaking in his second practice since the injury.

Playing in only four games this season, Curry averaged 5.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

"I'm feeling 100 percent. I'm feeling better than I've felt in a long time," Curry said. "I'm definitely at that point where all I'm thinking about is Basketball and just getting on the court, earning some minutes and staying out there as long as possible.

"Every second I'm off the court, I'm putting in extra work so I can make myself that much better when I get out there, and I think it's paying off for me right now."

It has taken the Knicks until the tail end of 2009 to get people to stop talking about the summer of 2010. So, regardless of whether Curry's return serves as a boon for the team, D'Antoni is enjoying the rare opportunity.

"As a coach, you start retreating and getting on your heels and you get the breath knocked out of you, guys hit in the stomach," D'Antoni said about the team's early season struggles. "Now, I just feel like this is what we kind of looked at before the season. This is how it should be."

*** Nate Robinson is expected to receive his fifth straight DNP - coach's decision, tomorrow.

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