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Pablo Prigioni admitted his ankle was "maybe 75 to 80 percent". Why he said he had to play in Game 2:
"I can't stay one more game out," Prigioni said after playing 17:35 and posting five assists with 0 turnovers. "I want to play."
Prigioni rolled his ankle in the final game of the regular season a week ago today.
"Normally, I recover fast from injuries," he said, but the ankle swelled up on him. It caused him to miss Game 1 of the playoffs, which was last Saturday.
The spread out schedule so far -- three days off between games -- has allowed Prigioni healing time. He said he expects to feel "much better" for Friday's Game 3.
Prigioni doesn't log a lot of minutes in Mike Woodson's rotation, but he has emerged as an important player that helps promote ball movement on offense and hustle plays on defense.