Jeffries: Bench is key

Jared Jeffries believes that the key for the Knicks in the first round won't be Carmelo Anthony's scoring or Tyson Chandler's defense in the paint.

No, the key, Jeffries says, will be the Knicks' bench play.

"I think thats the biggest thing for us," Jeffires said on Friday on ESPN 1050 with "Ruocco and Lundberg." "If our bench plays well consistently, I think it will be hard for them to beat us, to compete with us."

Many analysts view bench play as a distinct advantage for the Knicks. The unit features shooters who can catch fire in Steve Novak and J.R. Smith and had been an asset for the Knicks for much of the regular season.

Jeffries is also a part of that unit. But it's unclear just how effective he'll be against Miami due to a nagging knee injury.

"I'll be able to play for sure," Jeffries said on Friday.

If Tyson Chandler can't play due to the flu, Mike Woodson said Jeffries may start in his place.

Jeffries sat out the final five games of the regular season to rest up for the playoffs. Before he was shut down in the regular season, Jeffries was limited to just 15 minutes per game.

Jeffries said on Friday that he's unsure if he'll undergo offseason surgery to repair his knee.

"I hope with rest and a couple different procedures that I'm going to do that I'll be able to go without surgery," he said.

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