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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Coach's Report: Limit turnovers

By Ian Begley

WASHINGTON -- There's a lot that Mike Woodson likes about his team these days. The Knicks have won five straight, their offense is creating open shots, they've knocked down their 3s and have defended well.

But there's one thing that Woodson would like to see his team clean up: turnovers.

The Knicks have turned it over at least 15 times in each of the last three games. On the season, they're averaging a league-low 11.6 points per game.

Woodson attributed the recent uptick to the Knicks' quick pace at home. He said that has to change on the road, particularly on Wednesday against John Wall and the Wizards.

"On the road, we've really got to protect the basketball," Woodson said. ".... Especially (against) this team here. (Point guard John) Wall's back and (if) you turn it over and they're pushing it back at you."

WOODY CREDITS VETS FOR ACCEPTING ROLES: Some Knicks this season have accepted roles they aren't accustomed to playing. The prime example, of course, is Amar'e Stoudemire, who is playing on off of Woodson's bench.

"You got to accept roles if you're going to win at a high level," Woodson said.

That the Knicks have done that is not lost on the coach, though.

He attributes it partially to the age of the team (New York is the oldest team in the NBA) and the fact that the Knicks don't have much many years left with their core group together.

"A lot of these guys are veteran players and they’ve been around the block a few times. Their clocks are ticking too in terms of trying to win the ultimate goal and that’s a championship," Woodson said.