MIAMI -- After Sunday morning's practice at the American Airlines Arena, Mike Woodson addressed Baron Davis' back injury and said his starting point guard is a "game-time decision" for Game 2 on Monday.
Davis said his back tightened up at halftime of Game 1 and then hurt it more after bumping into Dwyane Wade at the 10:21 mark in the third quarter (which put Wade at the line) and then running into a hard screen set by Chris Bosh. Only about a minute later, Davis was subbed out and he didn't play the rest of the game.
Today, Davis said the injury had to do with the Heat playing aggressive defense and setting hard picks -- nothing pertaining to the herniated disk issue that kept him out of the Knicks' first 31 games of the regular season.
"I just think it was from a lot of the contact and running into the picks," he said. "That was the only thing. My back hadn't really been bothering me and I've been able to, towards the end of the season, move better and have more flow to my movement. I just think the collision with Wade and then I ran into another pick. It just kind of stiffened my back up, so we'll just correct that today and I'll get a lot of treatment, and tomorrow I'll be ready to rock-and-roll."
Davis, who didn't go through shooting drills today, joked around that if if he wakes up tomorrow, he'll play. After he addressed reporters, the team's training staff taped his back for support and treatment.
Before the injury during Game 1, Davis put on a show in the first quarter. He scored 10 points, connecting on two 3-pointers and even finishing a fastbreak with a one-hand dunk -- his first in a game he said in about a year (he's been doing it a little bit in practice more recently). Davis' explosiveness was clearly a bit limited from years past -- he barely put the ball in -- but more importantly, he said the play didn't cause his back any pain.
"That dunk actually made me feel better," he said.
Davis is confident he'll bring that flair back on Monday, but he pointed out that the Knicks need to utilize "that thrust" they came out with in the first quarter, playing with a high energy level, throughout the entire game.
Davis is prepared to lead that charge.
"I always feel like I can handle anything and carry a lot on my shoulders," he said. "I just want my back to be alright and I'll take it from there. I like this pressure, I like this atmosphere, I like the intensity of the games. It's what I live for, so I just have to keep playing hard, play smart, don't get in foul trouble and just run the team the best way I know how."
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