Monday , Dec , 01 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

McDyess could make New York debut tonight against Pistons

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks could have Antonio
McDyess in their lineup for the first time in a regular season game tonight
when they host the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden.

McDyess, who was acquired by the Knicks from Denver in a draft-day trade in
June of 2002, missed all of last season with a left knee injury he sustained
in the preseason and has been sidelined ever since. The original injury to
McDyess’ knee was sustained during training camp with Denver in 2001. He
missed all but 10 games of the 2001-02 season.

McDyess, who has had three left knee surgeries in the last 19 months, will
decide if he will play tonight following the team’s shootaround this morning.

The Knicks, though, have played well of late and have won four of their last
five, On Saturday, Dikembe Mutombo poured in 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds
and had five blocks, as New York beat the New Orleans Hornets, 79-74.

In a back and forth final stanza, Mutombo was the difference altering shots
and making a key steal in the closing seconds to preserve the victory for the
Knicks, who rebounded from Thursday’s embarrassing 23-point loss to the

Allan Houston scored 18 and Charlie Ward had another big game off the bench as
he netted 11 points for the Knicks.

Mutombo, an eight-time All-Star and four-time defensive player of the year,
has been sensational lately and is averaging 13 points and 12.3 rebounds in
his last four games.

New York is 4-4 at home this season, but will hit the road for five games
following tonight’s contest.

Detroit, meanwhile, comes into tonight’s contest on a winning note after
Richard Hamilton poured in 25 points to lead the Pistons to an 80-69 win
over the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Chauncey Billups ended with 22 points and Mehmet Okur scored 10 for
Detroit, which has won two straight and seven of their last nine games.

Ben Wallace added 11 rebounds in the win.

Detroit led by two after three quarters, but Hamilton’s basket midway through
the final period gave the Pistons a 70-65 lead. The Wizards got within three
at 70-67, but could not get any closer.

The Pistons, who are 6-4 away from home this season, have won three of their
last four on the road, where they will play three of their next five.

Detroit defeated the Knicks earlier in the season and has won six of the last
nine and seven of the last 11 meetings. The Pistons, though, have lost two
straight, seven of their last nine and 17 of their last 20 in the Big Apple.