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J.R. Smith out of Mike Woodson’s doghouse?

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Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Knicks bad boy J.R. Smith is baaaack!

Mike Woodson said Smith will play Thursday when the Knicks face the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“I need J.R. every game, every game I need J.R.,’’ Woodson said at the morning shootaround. “And J.R. will be back in uniform today and we’ll go from there.’’

Smith hid in the trainer’s room Thursday morning and didn’t meet with writers covering the team, though it could have been on advice from the organization.

The Knicks are 6-2 in 2014, and the only player not buying in so far is Smith, who has been benched twice in the past four games.

“He’s going to have to be with it if he wants to be a part of it,’’ Woodson said. “As coach, it’s my job to make sure that happens. He’ll be back in uniform tonight and we expect him to play at a high level. That’s what I expect from a coaching standpoint. Just concentrate on playing basketball.’’ New York Post

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