High-scoring guard available for Bulls game

Updated: January 17, 2005, 6:33 PM ET
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New York Knicks: The struggling Knicks received an offensive boost Monday, activating guard Jamal Crawford from the injured list. The Knicks' second-leading scorer at 19.3 points per game, Crawford had missed the last 10 games with turf toe on his right foot. New York went 4-6 in his absence.

Crawford is expected to be available for the Monday afternoon Martin Luther King holiday game against the Chicago Bulls, coming off the bench behind Allan Houston at shooting guard in Crawford's first game against his former team.

Crawford, averaging 19.3 points, had his sneakers fitted with a steel plate and orthotics to protect his right foot. To make room for the extra gear inside the shoe, Crawford switched from a size 13 to a size 14.

"I can feel all that stuff," said Crawford, who spent four seasons in Chicago before being traded to New York last summer. "It's definitely weird."

To make room for Crawford on the roster, the Knicks placed guard Moochie Norris on the injured list with left Achilles tendinitis. Norris is averaging just 2.6 points in 25 games.

The move left little-used Jamison Brewer as the only true point guard backing up Stephon Marbury, although coach Lenny Wilkens said Crawford would also perform some of the playmaking duties.

Despite losing six of their last seven games overall, the Knicks (17-19) still hold a one-half game lead over the Boston Celtics in the weak Atlantic Division.

New Orleans Hornets: Guard Baron Davis missed Monday's game against Philadelphia because of an ankle injury.

Davis left late in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to Toronto with a bruised right ankle and did not return. Davis leads the Hornets in scoring with 19.7 points, but has missed 19 games this season because of injuries.

Coach Byron Scott hopes Davis will return for Wednesday's game against Indiana.

  • Ex-Hornet Baxter joins Greek team: Former New Orleans forward Lonny Baxter has signed with Panathinaikos, the Greek league's defending champion. The team did not announce contract terms.

    Baxter was drafted by the Bulls in 2002 out of Maryland. In 2003, he played for the Raptors before signing with the Wizards.

    The Hornets released the 6-foot-8 forward last month.

    Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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