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Monday, January 7, 2013
Coach's Report: Knicks tweak plan on D

By Ian Begley

The Knicks will adjust their pick-and-roll defense against the Celtics on Monday with Rajon Rondo out.

Jason Terry will start at point guard in place of Rondo.

Had Rondo started, the Knicks would have gone under screens on the pick and roll, daring Rondo to shoot and attempting to take away his ability to attack the rim.

With Terry running the point, New York will attempt to fight over screens to take the open jump shot away from Terry, a prolific outside shooter.

NO UPDATE ON IMAN:
Iman Shumpert went through a pre-game workout with Knicks physician Dr. Ainsworth Allen before tipoff of Knicks-Celtics. All appearances point to Shumpert being cleared shortly for full-contact practices, but Woodson said before the game that he hadn't had a chance to check with the Knicks medical staff on the results of Shumpert's exam.

The coach did say that Shumpert was "close" to returning to the practice floor.

Shumpert underwent surgery to repair a left ACL injury in early May.

He has been participating in non-contact drills with the Knicks for the past week.

"He's getting close, that's all I can tell you at this point," Woodson said.

The Knicks are expected to practice on Tuesday. If Shumpert is cleared tonight, Woodson said he'd be available for Tuesday's practice.

DOC HAPPY FOR SHEED: Rasheed Wallace retired after making a run with the Boston Celtics to the 2010 NBA Finals. Doc Rivers, Wallace's coach at the time, didn't want to see Wallace leave the game. Now, Rivers says he's happy to see Wallace back on the floor with the Knicks.

"I'm glad he's playing. I'm really happy for him," Rivers said of Wallace, who has missed 12 games with a stress reaction in his left foot. "I don't want him to have too much success (tonight) but I want him to have a lot of success (otherwise)."