Knicks fall to No. 25 in Stein rankings
November, 11, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has dropped the Knicks five spots to 25th in his weekly Power Rankings. And I think even the most ardent Knicks fan wouldn’t argue with Stein’s ranking.
Writes Stein: “To hold Mike Woodson accountable for what's happening here seems preposterous. Yet I think we all understand by now that James Dolan's world revolves around its own rationale. Even with a healthy Tyson Chandler, who on Earth besides Dolan sees the Knicks as championship material?”
Woody committed to going big. With Tyson Chandler out with a fractured right fibula, Woodson has been forced to play with a small lineup featuring two point guards in the back court. But he still holds out hope of playing a big lineup when the Knicks get healthy.
His rationale? He wants to match up against the bigger teams in the East (Chicago, Brooklyn, Indiana).
“It's still based on match ups. But still, I know the two small guys worked for us last year. That was very productive for us especially coming down the home stretch. And even early on. We started [Jason] Kidd and Raymond [Felton],” Woodson said. “But when you go around the league and you look at the big teams everybody's playing the conventional way of a [point guard] and a big [shooting guard] and a nice sized [small forward] and two bigs. So, we'll see. I’ve just got to keep experimenting with it ands see what happens.”
The Knicks went 15-1 late last season when starting Felton alongside Pablo Prigioni in the backcourt. Woodson has gone back to that lineup with Chandler out. The Knicks are 2-1 with Felton and Prigioni starting in the back court.
“It seems like it works. That lineup has been pretty consistent for us dating back to last season,” Woodson said. “Again, it's about winning but I'd love to get to a big (shooting guard). That's no knock against Pablo. Pablo does his thing when he gets in there and it really helps us win basketball games. So we'll just see how it plays out.”