Pablo Prigioni returns for Knicks

Point guard Pablo Prigioni returned to the starting lineup for the New York Knicks last night, helping them defeat the Boston Celtics and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Prigioni had been sidelined for Game 1 of the series with a sprained ankle. The 35-year-old NBA rookie is an experienced facilitator, and he helps provide shots for more prominent scorers, including Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith.

Without Prigioni in the lineup, the Knicks played a lot more isolation, depending on Anthony and Smith to create their own shots. Prigioni helped the team move the ball and the veteran dished out five assists and picked up a steal while not turning the ball over in his 18 minutes of action.

The Knicks talked of a sense of urgency prior to last night’s game, and it showed in the result. Prigioni helped the team go up 2-0, and his playing time should only increase as he sees more action following his sprained ankle.

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