Wallace to start against Knicks

Gerald Wallace will start against the Knicks, Avery Johnson announced Tuesday night before the game.

“We’ll give it a go and see how he feels,” Johnson said.

Wallace has missed four games after injuring his hamstring in a win over Cleveland on April 8. The Nets will be playing their last game against the Knicks at The Rock before they make the move to Brooklyn next season.

Johnson said the team plans to be cautious with the 6-7 forward, saying “we’re going to be monitoring him very closely because I’m not a big fan of hamstring situations.”

The Knicks meanwhile, will be without starting point guard Baron Davis, who is suffering from a stomach virus. Mike Bibby will start for New York.

The Nets coach said that he has never seen a player so anxious to get back on the floor and that Wallace stayed in his ear about being allowed to play, which meant a lot given that the Nets (22-40) are out of the playoff race.

“He’s a guy that will run through a wall for you,” Johnson said. “He’s just a good ‘ol country boy. There’s no frills with him. There’s no fluff. So we’ll be happy to have him on the floor but we’ll protect him also.”

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