'I wasn't pleased'
Camby admits his game might need a boost
TORONTO (AP) -- Marcus Camby said his mind-set is fine, while admitting his game might need a little boost.
"I felt ready to play. It just didn't go my way," said Camby, who returned to the New York Knicks' lineup in Wednesday's 100-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.
Camby missed Sunday's Game 3 in Toronto, staying with his family following last week's hostage standoff near Hartford. A man has been charged with sexually assaulting one of Camby's sisters.
Thursday, he didn't get much support from the sold-out Air Canada Center crowd, which booed him constantly; Camby was a Raptors first-round draft pick before being traded to New York.
And he didn't get many breaks from the officials, picking up his second personal foul seven minutes into the game.
Camby, who led the Knicks in rebounding and blocked shots during the regular season, finished with four points and four rebounds in 32 minutes.
"I wasn't pleased at all," Camby said of his performance. The numbers resembled his previous outing in Game 2 of the series - held three days after the hostage taking -- in which he had two points and two rebounds in 31 minutes in a 94-74 New York loss.
"I was ready. And I tried to assert myself, whenever I did touch the ball. I just tried to make the most of my opportunities."
It doesn't help that he gets reminded about what happened every time he meets with reporters.
"I'm trying to move forward," Camby said. "I'm trying to put it past, but every day I have to rehash it, answering questions about it. But that's just the way it is."
The decisive Game 5 will be in New York on Friday.
"It's do or die. I've been in a lot of Game 5s since I've been here in New York," Camby said. "I pretty much know what it's about and what it takes to get the job done."
He won't be able to do it alone.
"It has to be a group effort. I've got to pick up my level of play, so does everybody else," Camby said. "We have to lean on each other when times are going tough."
The Knicks know they need Camby's presence to succeed, while realizing what a difficult situation he's in.
"It's hard to understand how he's feeling," Glen Rice said. "But one of the things you want to do is be supportive. But at the same time, we're trying to go out and win basketball games, as well. It's a fine line right there."