INDIANAPOLIS -- Amar'e Stoudemire said it was "tough" to sit on the bench in the second half of the Knicks' season-ending loss to the Pacers.
"It's never easy to sit there and watch. But again, it's Coach's decision," Stoudemire said after playing 5:47 -- all in the first half -- and scoring two points in Game 6 on Saturday night.
Stoudemire played an average of 8.3 minutes per game in three games against the Pacers. He had missed the previous two months following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
"It's been a battle of conquering injuries," said Stoudemire, who also missed the first two months of the season following surgery on his left knee. "That's been pretty much the season for me."
But due to injury, Woodson chose to bring Stoudemire off the bench. Things worked well for the Knicks, who went 38-15 in the regular season when Stoudemire was out.
It will be interesting to see what Woodson does with Stoudemire next season. Does he insert him into the starting lineup?
Stoudemire lamented the fact that he "never got the chance" to start alongside Chandler and Anthony this season.
He said he plans to talk with Woodson and the coaching staff in the offseason about his role.
"I think just the opportunity of allowing them to understand exactly what my style of play is and what I bring to the table is something that I think I'm going to have to sit down with Coach Woody and express to him," Stoudemire said.
TINY TYSON: Tyson Chandler was thoroughly outplayed by Roy Hibbert in Game 6. Chandler finished with two points and six rebounds in 23 minutes. He fouled out with 3:12 to play.
Hibbert had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
For the series, Chandler averaged 6.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 29 minutes per game.
Hibbert averaged 13.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks.
Said Chandler: "They go to him a lot. We tried to limit his looks. He had the two games, both here, that he was able to get good looks and putbacks. He did a good job for his team."
Raymond Felton also struggled Saturday. He went 0-for-7 with two points and two turnovers in 32 minutes.
CURIOUS CALLS BY WOODSON: Woodson will be second-guessed for failing to play Chris Copeland more in the postseason. Copeland had two huge 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter of Game 6. The first gave the Knicks an 84-83 lead; the second put them up 87-84 with 10:10 to play.
He also had 13 points in 19 minutes in the Knicks' Game 5 win.
In addition, Woodson will be second-guessed for his decision to go with a big starting lineup in the Knicks' Game 5 loss and for taking Iman Shumpert out with 9:41 to play in the fourth quarter of Game 6. Shumpert scored 16 points -- hitting 4 of 4 3s -- in the third quarter.
Shumpert, though, wasn't about to second-guess his coach.
"We just wanted to win," he said. "It wasn’t enough."
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