Basketball is the focus for Knicks

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — It was all business here in Elmsford, N.Y., as the Knicks prepared for Saturday’s Game 1 of their playoff series against the Celtics, with the focus on the starting lineup and guard Pablo Prigioni’s sprained right ankle.

But Jason Kidd took time to address the situation in Boston.

“You look at what the city has gone through – the game of basketball is just a game,” Kidd said. “We’re talking about lives.

“The emotions will be high for them, just because of what’s happened. Not just them, but for the country. Everybody is going to have emotion. Hopefully we can give people relief for two hours, but at the end of the day, what happened is tragic.”

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As for his team, the Knicks are trying to determine whether Prigioni will be able to play after injuring his ankle Wednesday.

“Shot a little bit today, but I think he’s doubtful tomorrow,” coach Mike Woodson said. “I just don’t see it.”

In Prigioni’s spot, the Knicks are likely to go with Chris Copeland, though they could also use James White.

The Knicks’ Iman Shumpert missed practice for personal reasons. He is expected back with the team today, and will play in Game 1.