Woodson is proponent of two-PG backcourt

March, 26, 2013
3/26/13
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BOSTON -- In the Knicks' past four games, they've sported a new starting five, due to injuries: Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin.

The smaller lineup has led the team to four straight wins against the Jazz, Magic and Raptors (twice). Now, with Tuesday night's game against the Celtics marking the starting five's toughest test yet, Mike Woodson said that he likes the two point-guard backcourt.

"It's been working and I think a lot has to do with the fact that Pablo has really been defensive-minded for our ballclub all season," Woodson said. "And it frees Raymond up to play freelance and shoot the ball. ... It gives me another playmaker. It's no different than how we started the season with [Jason] Kidd."

What changed with Felton-Kidd is that Kidd's 3-point percentage dropped each month and then Felton fractured his right pinkie on Christmas Day. Those factors disrupted the Knicks' offensive flow, as their turnovers increased, they were inconsistent from downtown and Tyson Chandler wasn't getting as many looks at the rim off pick and rolls. That put extra pressure on Anthony to play more minutes.

But in the past four games, Prigioni and Felton have combined for 32 assists and only four turnovers, and the team has shot 50 percent or higher in their past three contests -- the first time they've accomplished that in more than three years.

Woodson said he's not sure who the first five will include when Chandler returns.

"Right now, we're just playing and taking it a game at a time and playing as we see it," Woodson said. "I'm not even looking that far down the road, when you're talking about playoffs. I'm still just trying to figure out game to game, in terms of us winning games."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
23.7 3.2 0.9 36.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.2
StealsP. Prigioni 1.4
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2