Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Woodson: Melo, KG issues 'behind them'
By Matt Ehalt
Knicks coach Mike Woodson does not expect the bad blood between Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Boston forward Kevin Garnett to carry over into Thursday's meeting in Boston.
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"I just think he and Garnett, their issues are behind them," Woodson said on the Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco show on ESPN 98.7 FM. "That happened a few weeks ago and I'm sure both players have moved on. In that regard, it shouldn't be an issue."
Garnett and Anthony were physical with each other when the teams last met on Jan. 7 at MSG. Each received a technical. Anthony would later say that he believed Garnett had crossed the line with his trash talking. After the game, Garnett and Anthony got into an altercation in the bowels of the arena, according to ESPNNewYork.com. A video by Comcast Sports Net New England showed Anthony waiting outside the buses. Anthony subsequently received a one-game suspension and has said that he is over it.
Woodson didn't seem concerned about how Anthony will stand up in front of a hostile crowd in Boston, and is keeping a closer eye on how his team responds. The coach is still upset that Boston came into Madison Square Garden and emerged victorious.
"We have to go in there, stand up and see what we're about, see if we can go in there and get our game back that we gave away here at home ... they came in here and earned the game," Woodson said. "They did what they had to do to win the game and we got to go in there and figure how we can get a game back and put it in our court."
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND: Woodson can't wait for the return of guard Raymond Felton (fractured right pinkie), who has said he's targeting a return on Jan. 26 in Philadelphia.
Felton hasn't played since Dec. 25, and Woodson said the Knicks miss Felton's ability to get to the rim. Woodson complimented the play of Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni in Felton's absence, but it's led to him putting extended minutes on the veterans.
"He's a big piece of the puzzle," Woodson said. "I'm not one for excuses but he drives the car in terms of how we run things."
REDUCE HIS TIME: Woodson said there is some concern about the amount of minutes Anthony is playing, as he's averaging 37.5 minutes, but the depleted roster has handcuffed him. Woodson said he would like to get Anthony back to 34 or 35 minutes per game.
NOT THEIR HOUSE: Woodson is not happy with the team's recent struggles at home as they are just 4-6 in their last 10 home games after a 10-0 start. He wants to see the team return to how it played at the beginning of the season.
"I just think we can beat anybody in this league if we come to play," Woodson said.