Madison Square Garden open again, Knicks/Wizards set for Friday

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Good news Knicks fans — Madison Square Garden is open again, in plenty of time for John Wall to come to town Friday and shred your defense.

The Knicks announced today that the building is open again, according to Howard Beck at the New York Times. The next scheduled event is the Knicks hosting the Washington Wizards Friday night.

Tuesday night’s game against the Magic was cancelled after construction work in an attic area above the playing surface knocked down debris that was thought to contain asbestos. A statement by the Knicks said the building was cleared by “city and environmental experts.”

Tests showed know asbestos had been released into the arena. Whether or not asbestos was part of what was knocked down remains unclear, and with the Knicks penchant for secrecy we might as well try to find out what’s in Area 51 while we’re at it.

But the doors are open at MSG. No date for the makeup game between the teams has been set.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.