Woodson: We settled for too many 3s

November, 4, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Mike Woodson thought the Knicks got a little 3-point happy on Sunday night.

"You got people flying at you, so you've got to put the ball on the floor and try to get to the hole," the coach said. "I thought we settled."

The Knicks went 9-for-32 from beyond the arc, including just 4-for-16 in the second half.

[+] EnlargeTim Hardaway Jr.
Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY SportsMike Woodson would like to see Tim Hardaway Jr. drive to the basket more.
Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. played well in transition but struggled with his 3-point shot. He missed all seven of his attempts.

Woodson would like to see Hardaway Jr. and the rest of his guards attack the rim more frequently.

"He had some good looks but he has to learn when the pressure is coming at him," Woodson said of Hardaway Jr. "He has to use his escape dribble to make plays."

Hardaway Jr. finished with six points on 3-for-12 shooting in 25 minutes.

His minutes will likely be cut significantly once J.R. Smith returns from a five-game ban for violating the league's anti-drug policy. Smith is expected to make his season debut on Sunday against San Antonio.

It's interesting that Woodson was critical of the Knicks' 3-point attempts. Last year, the team set records for attempts (2371) and makes (891) from beyond the arc.

MARTIN OVER MINUTES LIMIT: Coming into the game, Woodson said he would play Kenyon Martin 10 minutes. But Martin ended up playing 17 against Minnesota. Martin is supposed to be on a minutes limit due to lingering pain from a sprained left ankle he suffered last April.

He says he's fine playing more than 10 minutes per game, though.

"Whatever the minutes are, I'm going to play," he said. "If it's five, 10, 20, whatever it is man, I'm going to play them and I'm going to play them hard. ... I played with worse things than a little ankle injury. It's nothing. It's mind over matter."

Martin is expected to alternate with Amar'e Stoudemire when the Knicks play two games in two nights.

BARGS BETTER: One positive for the Knicks on Sunday was the play off Andrea Bargnani. Bargnani had struggled in the preseason and heard boos in his first regular season home game. But he bounced back with a strong outing against Minnesota.

The seven-footer had 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting and hit two of his six 3-point attempts in 19 minutes. He played just five minutes in the second half as Woodson elected to go with a small lineup.

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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