Opening Tip: Go big, or small?

December, 24, 2013
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Mike Woodson seems committed to playing a lineup featuring Andrea Bargnani, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler on the front line.

On Saturday, the Knicks were crushed on the boards and outscored in the paint by the Grizzlies in a listless home loss. They employed the "big" starting lineup. On Monday, Woodson went back to the big starting lineup and the Knicks played well. They were up by 20 on the Magic when Anthony left the game in the third quarter with an ankle sprain.

The Knicks are 1-4 when they start their "big" front line. They are 8-12 when starting other lineups. In all, the Knicks have used 12 different starting lineups in their first 27 games. So it's difficult to say with any certainty which lineup would be best -- though we do know a few ripple effects of going big.

The big lineup moves Anthony from power forward to small forward, robbing him of opportunities to play the position that he dominated last year. It also means that the Knicks' two-point-guard lineup featuring Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni won't see the floor much, if at all.

The Knicks won 13 straight last season with Felton and Prigioni together in the backcourt. Many observers wonder why Woodson has gone away from that lineup as the Knicks (9-18) struggle through the first two months of the season.

That brings us to our question on Tuesday: If you were Woodson, and all of your players were healthy, which lineup would you play?

Up now: Anthony suffered an ankle injury in the Knicks' win over the Magic. His availability for the Christmas Day game against the Thunder is in question.

Raymond Felton also hurt his groin. His status for the game is unclear as well.

With Anthony out, the Knicks got a good effort from their supporting cast.

What's next: The Knicks will practice Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday's showdown against Oklahoma City.

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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