Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Notebook: Kidd probable vs. Magic
By Ian Begley
Jason Kidd is expected to be in the lineup when the Knicks host Orlando Wednesday night.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike Woodson doesn't think Jason Kidd's balky back will force him to miss any games.
Woodson said Kidd, who sat out of practice on Tuesday with a sore lower back, is probable for Wednesday's game against Orlando.
Kidd played just five minutes on Sunday against the Hawks, leaving the bench in the second half to "rest" according to the team.
Woodson said Kidd's absence from practice Tuesday was "mainly a maintenance" issue.
The coach would like to cut Kidd's minutes to between 20-25 per night now that Raymond Felton is back.
Kidd played 30-plus minutes in eight of the 12 games Felton missed due to a fractured right pinky.
Woodson doesn't have any concrete plans to give Kidd extended rest, but said he would sit Kidd if the 39-year-old requested time off.
"Jason is a big piece of this puzzle, and I need him when it really counts, and that’s coming down the homestretch," the coach said.
Tyson Chandler also missed practice due to a strained neck he suffered early in Sunday's game against Atlanta. Woodson expects Chandler to play against the Magic.
NO WALLACE/CAMBY UNTIL ALL-STAR BREAK?Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby don't appear to be on the verge of returning to the court anytime soon.
Woodson said Wallace, who has been out since Dec. 15 with a stress reaction in his left foot, is getting "close" to returning to practice but said he and Camby may not return prior to the All-Star break on Feb. 15.
"I don’t know if he and Camby will be back before all-star break. I don’t know that. And if not, we can handle our business up until all-star break, and use that as time to rest and give them a little more time, get healthy," Woodson said. "We’re just continuing to take it a day at a time with both of those guys, not in a hurry to rush them back. When they come back, I want them to be healthy for the stretch run."
The Knicks said Camby was expected to be out 2-4 weeks when he went down with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot on Jan. 10.
Camby has not started running yet.
FELTON IMPROVING: Raymond Felton's injured right pinky is still causing him a little discomfort, but has shown improvement since his first game back on Saturday.
Felton, who missed five weeks due to the injury, will wear protective tape on his pinky until the All-Star break.
He scored 12 points and had 10 assists on Sunday against Atlanta, but admittedly struggled on defense.
His goal on Wednesday is to improve defensively and push the tempo against the Magic.
"I’m going to try to make that happen, try and get the ball down the court, be aggressive," said Felton, who is also dealing with discomfort due to a lingering bone bruise in his right hand.