2006_01_sdavisbench.jpgCooler heads have prevailed and the Davises and Michael Axelrod have settled their differences and made peace after last week’s confrontation. In a joint statement, they both expressed regret over the incident and vowed to put it behind them. Thus ends a bizarre chapter in a nightmarish season for the Knicks.

On the court, the Knicks are hoping to get Stephon Marbury back for tomorrow night’s game against the Kings. Marbury says that he is playing while coach Larry Brown wouldn’t go as far. “We’ll see…he’s making progress. I’ll worry about that (tomorrow), but it’s good having him back.” Brown then added, “It’s entirely up to him. If he feels confident enough to play, he’ll play.”

Getting Marbury back will be a plus, but the Knicks have to find a way to bring the same defensive pressure every night. During their six-game winning streak they played tough defense and got big rebounds. During their current losing streak the opposite is true. How can the effort be so inconsistent? Fans can only hope that the coach can figure it out and that the GM doesn’t make any panic moves.

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