WHAT IT MEANS: Before the Knicks and Nets tipped off on Wednesday, Mike Woodson said one of his goals was to leave Nassau Coliseum with a healthy team.
Unfortunately for Woodson and the 'Bockers, that didn't happen.
Tyson Chandler left Wednesday's game in the first quarter with a sore left knee. He did not return. Reserve guard/forward James White also left the game in the second half with a sore left foot. The Knicks, though, beat the Nets in overtime, 97-95, to finish the preseason at 3-3.
TYSON'S INJURY: The Knicks say Chandler's injury is not a serious one and that he was kept out of the game for precautionary reasons. The Knicks don't play for another eight days, so if the injury is a minor one, Chandler should be fine in time for the season opener on Nov. 1. If not, the Knicks may have to start Kurt Thomas at center as Marcus Camby is battling a calf injury.
COPE-ING WELL: Woodson will sit down with GM Glen Grunwald to talk about the roster on Thursday. The NBA stipulates that the Knicks need to be down to 15 players by Monday.
Really, there shouldn't be much discussion. The Knicks have 13 players on guaranteed deals and Rasheed Wallace, who is a virtual lock to make the team. And Wednesday night provided more evidence that Chris Copeland has locked down the final roster spot.
Copeland finished with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting against Brooklyn. He had three rebounds and three assists to go along with an unsightly six turnovers. Wednesday, though, was further evidence that Copeland is confident and comfortable on an NBA floor.
FELTON FEELIN' IT: Ray Felton said on Tuesday he didn't appreciate all of the talking the Nets had done in the offseason. He did his best to keep their fans quiet on Wednesday.
Felton had one of his strongest games of the preseason. He finished with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting and had five assists in 24 minutes. Pablo Prigioni also had a strong floor game behind Felton. The veteran guard had 11 assists in 32 minutes. The Knicks were a plus-11 with Prigioni on the floor.
NOVAKAINE! Steve Novak was quiet for most of the night, but exploded in overtime. He knocked down two huge 3s to put the Knicks ahead and fed Mychel Thompson for a 3 that sealed the game. Novak played just 11 minutes and did not attempt a field goal in regulation. Woodson appeared to be upset with the sharpshooter's effort on defense. ... Carmelo Anthony went 4-for-13, scoring 15 points in 32 minutes.
ALL CUT UP: Woodson had a cut on his right eyebrow that appeared to be pretty nasty. "The other guy's beat up pretty bad," the coach joked. He did not divulge the nature of the injury, but it may have happened during the team's light workout this morning. Woodson is known to mix it up with the players during practice.
WHAT'S NEXT: Regular-season basketball. The Knicks and Nets kick off the season Nov. 1 at the Barclays Center.
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