The national spotlight will once again focus on Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon when the Dallas Mavericks visit New York to take on Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks, and Linsanity. Lin might have some help, however, as Baron Davis might take the floor for the first time this season. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, however, appear as though they will be sitting this one out again.
Davis has been out all year recovering from a back injury and being generally out of shape, but he's been inching toward a return since the lockout ended. He participated in 3-on-3 drills in Saturday practice, according to the Associated Press. After healing from a herniated disc and an infected elbow, he is medically cleared to help spell Jeremy Lin and give the Knicks an option without having a serious dropoff on the floor.
J.R. Smith was just signed this week after spending the beginning of the season in China. Because he was playing professional basketball, he should be in game shape, and the Knicks have cleared him to play, but ESPN's Heather Cox reports that he won't be playing in this one.
Finally, Carmelo Anthony is still recovering from the pulled groin he suffered against the Utah Jazz two weeks ago. He's been coming closer to returning to game action and quelling the doubts about whether he can play with Lin, but it doesn't look like that will happen Sunday.