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No surprise here given Tim Hardaway Jr.'s performance Wednesday night, but head coach Mike Woodson told reporters the rookie has earned a spot in the rotation going forward.

“I think Tim has put himself in a nice position to play, there’s no doubt about that. He’s going to be in the rotation, he’s going to play some,” Woodson told reporters, according to

The former Michigan star went for 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including the eventual game-winner, in Wednesday's 103-102 win over the Celtics.

“I’m not really worried about playing time, I’m just trying to get an opportunity to go out there and play as hard as I can when I get the opportunity,” Hardaway Jr. said, who shot 3-for-5 from the arc.

Woodson certainly has options at the 2/3 now with Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Hardaway Jr. all needing playing time.

Woodson also said he plans to start the same five -- Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler -- Friday night in Toronto when Bargnani returns to his old home.

Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for and He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

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