Jeffries plans to play Sunday

Veteran forward Jared Jeffries plans to return to the court on Sunday for the Knicks' pivotal matchup against the Bulls.

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Play Download"I'm doing great. I plan on playing Sunday," Jeffries said Friday afternoon during an interview on ESPN New York 1050's "Ruocco & Lundberg" show.

Jeffries has missed the last eight games due to a right knee injury. He aggravated the injury on March 11 against Philadelphia. The same injury sidelined Jeffries for four games in early March.

He worked out with Knicks assistant Kenny Atkinson on Friday morning and spent 30 minutes on the court, saying afterward that his knee felt "great."

The Knicks held their own with with Jeffries, Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin out of the lineup, going 4-2. But Mike Woodson's club clearly could use more healthy bodies for the stretch run.

Jeffries is an instrumental piece for the Knicks on defense. He is an excellent team defender, rotating well to continually drawing offensive charges.

He's averaging 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.9 minutes for the Knicks, who enter play Friday with a 1½ game lead over Milwaukee for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

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