Notebook: Bargnani to start vs. Bobcats

November, 4, 2013
11/04/13
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Head coach Mike Woodson is going big again.

Woodson said he will stick with the big lineup and start Andrea Bargnani against the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday at the Garden.

"Maybe I am hard headed but I am going to start it again and just see what it looks like," Woodson said after Knicks practice.

[+] EnlargeAndrea Bargnani
Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesAndrea Bargnani will be on the floor when the 'Bockers face the Bobcats.
Bargnani has started the last two games but hasn't played more than 25 minutes in either game. He played 19 minutes against Minnesota but scored a season-high 14 points, including 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting in the second quarter.

The Knicks fell behind 40-19 in the first quarter but Bargnani exited with 4:29 to go with the Knicks trailing 18-13. The Wolves outscored the Knicks, 22-6, after that.

"I can't blame it on Andrea," Woodson said of the Knicks' first-quarter woes. "He was over with me on the bench so ... I think that lineup, I think he is getting a little bit more comfortable but we just haven't played him a lot of minutes."

Protect the basketball: The Knicks have 53 turnovers so far on the season and Woodson wants his team to take better care of the ball.

"We were really good in that area last season," Woodson said of the turnovers. "Hopefully we can clean it up because I mean, that is just not Knicks basketball."

Woodson also wants to see the Knicks improve with their shot selection. The turnovers and bad or quick shots are leading to easier baskets for opponents according to Woodson.

"When they go in, it looks good," the coach said of the shots the Knicks are taking. "But sometimes, one pass, two pass and a shot goes up, you don't have good court balance. And I am talking about in transition. When that happens, the ball bounces out front of you and you don't have balance coming the other way, it is a track meet coming up your back.

"That is kind of what I am seeing along with the turnovers," Woodson added. "That is a deadly combination when you are doing that. Either you got to milk more offensive possessions and make sure you are getting a good shot so we can have defensive court balance coming back."

Metta's take: Finally, we bring you Metta World Peace's unique take on the Knicks' 1-2 start.

Any cause for concern over all the turnovers?

"I'm not used to making or having opinions or making adjustments so early on," MWP said. "So for me it's more move on to the future and stay in the moment when that time comes. Just things that I've picked up on my journey here where I'm at today, so 'concern' is not really a word to me. Staying in the moment, that's more of a reality for me."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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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