New starting lineup?

BOSTON -- Mike Woodson may shake up the starting lineup on Thursday night against the Celtics.

On Thursday morning, the Knicks coach said he was toying with the idea of taking Chris Copeland out of the starting five.

That could mean sliding Carmelo Anthony back to small forward and starting a bigger power forward -- Kurt Thomas, perhaps? -- against Boston.

Woodson said he will not start Amar'e Stoudemire on Thursday. Stoudemire has played off the bench since coming back from Oct. 31 knee surgery earlier this month.

NO FELTON TONIGHT, MAYBE PRIGS? Raymond Felton, as expected, will not play against the Celtics. The Knicks hope that Felton will be cleared to take contact during practice Friday. Felton has targeted Saturday's game against Philadelphia as a possible return date. He has been out since Dec. 26 with a fractured right pinky.

Pablo Prigioni, who has missed the last two practices because of a big toe injury he suffered Monday against the Nets, is probable.

If Priogioni plays, it eases the ball-handling duties of Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. The Knicks offense had, at times, become isolation-heavy with Smith and Anthony handling the ball.

KIDD TO BENCH NO SURE THING: On Wednesday, Woodson said his ultimate plan for when Felton returns to the lineup is to have Jason Kidd return to the bench. On Thursday, he clarified, saying he has not made a definitive decision about the lineup once Felton returns.

He said Kidd will play a major role for the Knicks, regardless of whether he comes off the bench or starts.

If Kidd were on the bench, one option for Woodson would be to bring Amar'e Stoudemire in the starting lineup. Woodson, though, has not committed to the idea of bringing Stoudemire back into the starting five.

The coach said his main objective once Felton returns is to manage Kidd's minutes so he remains fresh for the duration of the season.

"I just feel like I'm killing Kidd in terms of not having Raymond in a uniform, playing him a lot of minutes. We need Kidd for the long haul," Woodson said.

Kidd has played 30 minutes or more in seven of the 11 games Felton has missed due to a fractured right pinky.