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Camby set to rejoin Knicks for Game 4

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Marcus Camby was back at practice with the Knicks on Monday and intends to play in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors.

"I'm feeling better each day," Camby said. "It feels good to be back out here today, just being around my teammates. I plan on playing Wednesday."

The Knicks lead the best-of-five series 2-1. Game 4 is at Toronto.

Camby played poorly in a Game 2 loss and didn't travel with the Knicks for Sunday's game at Toronto, which New York won 97-89.

He stayed in New York while trying to cope with the trauma of having his mother and two sisters held hostage last week. A man has been charged with sexually assaulting one of Camby's sisters.

"I've been through a lot and my family has been through a lot, also," Camby said Monday. "So it's a matter of me trying to get my head right and making sure my family situation is stable, which it pretty much is right now."

BLAZERS: Mike Dunleavy's job is safe for at least another week. Portland's late-season collapse, which ended with a first-round playoff sweep by the Lakers, brought speculation that the coach would be the fall guy. But president and general manager Bob Whitsitt said that nothing has been decided, and he took the blame for making a series of personnel moves that backfired.

HEAT: Pat Riley met one final time with his team, then with the media, trying to explain what went wrong for Miami after a first-round playoff elimination. "If I was my boss, I would probably fire me," Riley said. With a chuckle he added, "But I'm not going to fire myself." Riley, 56, said he hasn't thought about retirement, and owner Micky Arison isn't about to fire him despite a sweep by the Hornets.

HORNETS: The team signed a lease agreement with Charlotte city leaders that would make it the major tenants of a new uptown arena for the next 25 years.

NUGGETS: Denny McGowan, the club's vice president of basketball operations the past two years, has resigned. Coach Dan Issel and his assistants are set to meet with owner Stan Kroenke this week to determine if they will stay.

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