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Pregame report: Pelicans at Knicks

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Updates from Madison Square Garden prior to Sunday’s interconference game between New Orleans and New York:

• Anthony Morrow will start at small forward for a second straight game for New Orleans, though Monty Williams indicated that it’s uncertain if that will be permanent. Williams also shortened his rotation in Friday’s 121-105 win at Philadelphia, but Williams said the Pelicans could use 10 or 11 players tonight at New York. “The game will dictate (player usage),” Williams said.

• Williams suggested that in some instances depending on the matchup, the Pelicans could also go to Al-Farouq Aminu or Josh Childress at the 3. Both received DNPs against the 76ers. “We’re going to go with the lineups that work best for us,” Williams said. “I’m not going to just go with that lineup for the sake of putting it out there. It has to help us win games. Everybody lineup has to share the ball. Defensively, we’ve got to continue to work at it.”

• The Pelicans (7-8) enter Sunday’s game in 13th place in the Western Conference, but are only one game behind the eighth-place Lakers, Warriors and Suns (all 9-8). New York is second-to-last in the East, ahead of only Milwaukee. The Knicks’ current eight-game losing streak is the longest of the Carmelo Anthony era.

• The Knicks are wearing their orange alternate uniforms tonight, so the Pelicans will be wearing their home whites on the road in a rare occurrence. New York recently had a home game in which it wore orange while visiting Atlanta sported red, causing some confusion about the similar colors. The Pelicans only have road navy blue uniforms.