Steve Novak gets his first playoff start

May, 3, 2012
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NEW YORK -- It's official: The Knicks' starting lineup for Game 3 is: Baron Davis, Landry Fields, Steve Novak, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

For Novak, it's his first career playoff start and just his fifth ever in his seven seasons in the NBA (his last one was on April 7, 2009, as a Clipper).

Mike Woodson said that for the Knicks to get out of their series against the Heat, Novak's going to have to make some shots.

"Novak hasn't been able to break through to shoot shots," Woodson said during his pregame press conference. "There's a number of things. [The Heat are] not leaving him. Their rotations have been pretty solid for the first two games and I'm hoping that we can counter that tonight. But we're going to need him to make some shots. That's what he's done for us this season."

If you're worried about Novak, who's slotted in at small forward, guarding LeBron James, that won't happen. Novak is starting for his offense. Carmelo Anthony should see a lot of James, and the Knicks will likely unleash some zone defense Thursday night.

In Heat news, Chris Bosh, who was a game-time decision because he was in Miami earlier in the day celebrating the birth of his first child, flew back to New York this evening. The power forward arrived in the visiting locker room around 6:30 p.m. to cheering teammates -- just 30 minutes before tip-off -- and will start tonight.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2