Saturday, January 26, 2013
Camby (foot) making progress
By Ian Begley
PHILADELPHIA -- Marcus Camby is walking around without a boot on his injured left foot and hopes to start running to 2-3 weeks.
Camby has been out since Jan. 10 when he re-aggravated a previous foot injury.
The Knicks announced the next day that Camby would be sidelined for 2-4 weeks with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.
Camby believes he will be back by the four-week mark, but if he doesn't start running in two weeks, the timetable may be delayed.
The Knicks are without Camby and Rasheed Wallace (stress reaction in his left foot). With both veterans big man out, New York is lacking in interior defenders off the bench.
KIDD MINUTES CUT? With Raymond Felton back, Mike Woodson hopes to cut Jason Kidd's minutes to 20-25 per night.
Kidd had played 30-plus minutes in eight of the 12 games Felton missed.
Woodson says he will play Kidd predominantly in the third and fourth quarters.
So how does Kidd feel about playing 20-25 minutes per night?
"Sounds very good," the 39-year-old said on Saturday morning.
SHUMPERT CAN PLAY 30 MINUTES: Iman Shumpert's minutes limit has been lifted to 30. Shumpert initially was limited to 20 minutes in his return from ACL surgery. He played 27 minutes against Boston on Thursday.
Woodson expects Shumpert to be available on Sunday against Atlanta.
BUY IN, OR GET OUT: Woodson was asked about the importance of veterans like Amar'e Stoudemire accepting the role he asks of them. Stoudemire is coming off the bench after starting for his entire career.
"They don’t have a choice. You either accept your role or you don’t play. I mean, it’s just that simple," Woodson said. "It’s not about individuals. It’s not about me as the coach. It’s about the New York Knicks franchise and you know, our players, our fans, guys if they want to win, they’ll buy in and do what’s expected of them."
MORE ZONE?: Woodson was pleased with the Knicks 3-2 zone that was used against the Celtics.
According to stats compiled by my colleague Jared Zwerling, the Celtics shot 36.4 percent against the zone on Thursday.
"I think it helps our older guys, especially when that group is in there. They don't have to scramble around as much," Woodson said. ".… In the zone you kind of play areas, and that might help us."
Woodson used the zone with Amar'e Stoudemire and Steve Novak on the floor.