Notes: Woody rests Kidd in second half

January, 28, 2013
1/28/13
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The New York Knicks insist Jason Kidd just needed a rest on Sunday night.

But anytime you're dealing with a 39-year-old and a balky back, there's reason to be concerned.

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Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsJason Kidd spent the second half of Sunday's win in the locker room.
Kidd spent the second half of Sunday night's win over Atlanta in the locker room. The team said Kidd did not suffer any injuries and that he just needed to rest. He played just 5:24 in the first half.

"He's fine, I just decided to rest him," Mike Woodson said. "This is a marathon, one game isn't going to determine anything. I'm going to need him for the long haul and I think he knows that."

It's unclear if Kidd received treatment after the game. He was not in the locker room to speak with reporters.

"I know he's been struggling [with his back]," Tyson Chandler said. "His back has been bothering him of late but this is a stretch [of five straight home games] where we feel like maybe we can get him a little rest."

Kidd missed practice on Friday due to a back injury and sat out the fourth quarter on Saturday to get treatment on his back.

CHANDLER'S NECK NICKED UP: Chandler said he suffered a neck injury early in Sunday night's game that became progressively worse as the game went on.

Chandler finished with just two points and three rebounds in 36 minutes.

"I got kind of like whiplash and it kept getting worse and worse throughout the course of the game," Chandler said.

The Knicks are not practicing on Monday and don't play again until Wednesday, so Chandler will have ample time to rest.

FELTON TAKES STEP FORWARD: Playing in his second game since missing nearly five weeks with a broken right pinky, Felton had 12 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 turnovers. He seemed much more comfortable than he did Saturday in Philly, when he shot 2-for-8 and was beaten constantly on the defensive end.

"Each and every game is going to get better for me," Felton said. "I can't say I'm 100 percent [yet]."

SHUMP STREET: In his fifth game back from an ACL injury, Iman Shumpert's focus was to leave his mark on the game in other ways besides just rebounding. He finished with seven boards and only one point against Philadelphia on Saturday.

In the Knicks' win over the Hawks, he had eight points and two steals. His rebounding total, however, dropped to one.

"When we played in Philly, I didn't feel like I made any positives on the game," he said. "I just felt nonexistent, except for rebounding the ball. I just wanted to come out and make sure I helped and did other things. Today, I was able to get my hands on some balls, knock a couple shots down."

While Shumpert has been cleared to play 30 minutes, he saw action only for 19 Sunday night. He said his knee is not an issue.

"I feel fine. Athletically, I feel fine," he said. "I just got to make sure I stay in rhythm."

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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