Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Opening Tip: Should Copeland play more?
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: Do you think Chris Copeland should get more minutes?
On Tuesday, Mike Woodson said it was a "possibility" that Copeland could get more minutes if Steve Novak struggles to knock down shots.
But the coach also said that he needs to help Novak get more looks, like he did in one play on Friday against the Timberwolves. Woodson called for Amar'e Stoudemire to set a pop-out screen for Novak, who was able to free up and knock down the 3-pointer from the top of the key. The Knicks also need to improve their defense, so they can run more off rebounds and then Novak can set up quickly for transition 3-pointers.
Overall, Woodson can't disappear on Novak, and he understands the forward's value. He knows that Novak is a household name now and opponents are collapsing on him. That requires more game planning because Novak is not going to be a threat off the dribble, which Copeland can be.
While both Novak and Copeland need to improve defensively, the rookie's offensive versatility is a plus. He's also better on the boards, where the Knicks will continue to need help with Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace sidelined.
It will be interesting to see how the rotation adjusts after the All-Star break, because Woodson needs to figure out how to balance out the offense and defense better. Right now, both read like an EKG during games.
Do you think Copeland should get more playing time, or do you think Woodson should not mess with Novak's minutes? Leave us your comments below.