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Atlantic Notes: Nets, Knicks, Wallace, Collins

Tonight in Philadelphia, the Nets are looking to close in on the Atlantic-leading Knicks.  Brooklyn is currently riding a three-game winning streak including Friday night's victory over the Wizards headlined by Deron Williams' 42 points and eleven three pointers.  Meanwhile, New York expects to have Carmelo Anthony back in action tonight as they take on the Warriors.  Here's tonight's news out of the Atlantic..

  • Knicks coach Mike Woodson said after the trip he and GM Glen Grunwald will talk about making a roster move, but it doesn't sound like they'll be releasing Rasheed Wallace, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.  The veteran was with the team today and Woodson says that he has a chance to bounce back strong.
  • The Nets will be one of six teams paying luxury taxes after this season and interim coach P.J. Carlesimo is appreciative of that, writes Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.  “It’s one of the best things an owner can do. Giving a coach a longterm contract is more important,” quipped Carlesimo. “But other than that I think when you have an owner that’s willing to spend money and not pay lip-service. All the owners say they want to win a championship, When you have someone that is committed to winning it and is willing to expend funds to do it, give us the resources, that’s fantastic.
  • Nets veteran Jerry Stackhouse, who has played for 76ers coach Doug Collins in two cities, praised his passion for the game and said that he can even be "borderline manic" at times, tweets Tom Moore of Calkins Newspapers.  There has been speculation that Collins' job is in jeopardy going forward in part because of how his style clashes with the club.
  • Reflecting on his time in Philly alongside Allen Iverson, Stackhouse said, "Somebody didn't do their homework – we're both shooting guards," tweets Moore.

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