INDIANAPOLIS -- Mike Woodson will go with a small-ball starting lineup in Game 6 -- the same lineup that he has played for most of the season.
Woodson played a bigger lineup in Game 4 the last time the Knicks were in Indiana, replacing Prigioni with Kenyon Martin. It was a disaster, as the Knicks were outrebounded by 18 in an 11-point loss.
The Knicks were outrebounded by just three in their Game 5 win over Indiana, which featured the smaller lineup.
Along with more time for Prigioni, Chris Copeland should play significant minutes in Game 6. Copeland had 13 points in 19 minutes in Game 5.
Copeland's court time could come at the expense of Amar'e Stoudemire. Stoudemire played just seven minutes in Game 5 -- all in the second half.
Stoudemire said Saturday morning that he understood Woodson's decision.
Prigioni's minutes in Game 5 came at the expense of Jason Kidd, who played just five minutes in Game 5 and did not play in the second half.
Kidd said he had no problem with his playing time.
“Guys are playing great, so you have to go with the guys that are playing good,” Kidd said.
He hasn't scored in the past nine games.
Smith took that advice to heart in Game 5. He went 4-for-11 from the field and scored 13 points in the Knicks' win. He also grabbed six rebounds and had three steals.
In the five games prior to that, Smith was shooting just 29 percent from the floor. He was playing through an illness in two of those games.
Starks spoke with Smith before Game 5 and told him to play in "attack mode."
"It kind of made sense to him; it clicked," Starks said.
Starks, who works in alumni relations with the team, expects Smith to take the same approach in Game 6.
"He's going to be aggressive, there's no doubt in my mind," said Starks, who, along with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, recently unveiled a major refurbishment of the New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Hospital.
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