Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Opening Tip: Rest Jason Kidd?
By Jared Zwerling
Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.
Today's Burning Question: Should Mike Woodson consider resting Jason Kidd for one or more games this week during the upcoming compact schedule?
Starting on Wednesday, the Knicks will be playing three games in four nights, and that's something Mike Woodson will be thinking a lot about as it pertains to Jason Kidd.
That's because the point guard saw limited minutes on Saturday (15) and fewer on Sunday (five) due to a sore back. He actually left the bench against the Hawks to receive treatment in the locker room.
One big positive to Kidd resting is the recent play of Pablo Prigioni, who had a quick six points (two 3-pointers) and four assists from near the end of the first quarter to midway through the second on Sunday. His full-court pressure on Devin Harris, and then not allowing him to score in the halfcourt, helped the Knicks go on a 16-0 run during that stretch. Their pick-and-roll defense was a mess all game, but Prigioni solved some of those problems with his persistence.
Overall, with all of his years of experience playing overseas and competing in the Olympics, Prigioni has been able to adjust well to running the Knicks in adverse conditions, and extended minutes.
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