Coach's Report: Felton is fine; All-Star talk

Before the Kings game, Mike Woodson said Raymond Felton is fine. The starting point guard hurt his right pinky -- the same one he fractured on Christmas Day -- on Friday night against the Bucks.

Woodson is also going with the same starting five: Felton, Jason Kidd, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

KEY TO BEATING BOTTOM-FEEDERS: Starting Saturday night, the Knicks will be facing four teams under .500: the Kings, Pistons, Wizards and Timberwolves. Two of them are at home -- tonight and Monday against the Pistons -- so Woodson knows the key is holding home court.

"That's the beauty of trying to win at a high level -- you've got to handle your business at home," Woodson said. "And when we get out on the road, we almost have to play a perfect game. I don't care who it is you're playing, because everybody in this league is capable of beating you if you don't come ready to play."

NEW FACE: In the Knicks' first matchup with the Kings on Dec. 28, which they lost on James Johnson's buzzer-beater, starting shooting guard Tyreke Evans (15.4 points per game) didn't play due to an injured left knee.

But he's back tonight.

"He's a big point guard that can play," Woodson said. "He's great at running his team and he's a kid that can make shots from the perimeter, he can post the ball. He's a great playmaker, so we're going to have to deal with that. ... He's capable of beating you every game."

Kings starting point guard Isaiah Thomas also returns to the Garden. Last February, during Thomas' first game there, Knicks fans booed him mercilessly, reminiscing about unaccomplished former coach and president of basketball operations Isiah Thomas.

HOSTING NEWTOWN: On Tuesday, the Knicks met with those affected by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Tonight, 150 children, their families and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School will be in attendance.

"They got hit hard, man," Woodson said. "I mean, they're still trying to recover from it, so to be able to touch those kids and talk to parents, and then be able to come up here and watch us play, I think it's pretty special."

ALL-STAR POTENTIAL: If the Knicks win tonight and Miami loses on Sunday to the Raptors, Woodson will be coaching the Eastern Conference All-Star team. That's because the 'Bockers will have the top record in the conference.

"If it's meant to be, it'll happen," Woodson said. "I mean, I'm not sitting at home holding my breath thinking about coaching the All-Star team. I'm looking at the big picture. The big picture is trying to get this team to the Finals and win an NBA championship. That's all I care about. ... That will be a great achievement for me, but, again, if it happens, it happens."

To further show Woodson is not even thinking about the honor, he's already made plans to vacation to a warm weather city during All-Star Weekend. He also doesn't know the staffing process for All-Star assistant coaches.

"I don't really know how it works," he said. "I've never been in this position."

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