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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Opening Tip: Woodson to blame for slump?

By Ian Begley

Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: The Knicks are 15-15 since Dec. 15. Is that Mike Woodson's fault?

It's a fair question, of course.

Is it Woodson's fault that the Knicks have slowed down considerably since an 18-5 start?

Is it the coach's fault that his players have struggled to defend the pick-and-roll? Is it on Woodson that the Knicks can't seem to stop opposing point guards?



What about the slow starts? Are those Woodson's fault?

Before you answer, consider what Woodson had to say on Monday on "The Stephen A. Smith Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

Woodson was asked by co-host Ryan Ruocco about coaching in the pressure cooker of New York City.

His response?

"That's the only way I want it."

Later in the interview, Woodson said that he's struggled to get the Knicks to return to their November glory, but the coach remains confident that it can, and will, happen.

"You're not going to win every game and you go through some lulls throughout the course of the season. ... The beauty about that is -- can you get your team to perform, get them back to where they were performing?

"That's the struggle that I'm having right now," Woodson said. "But there's no need to panic. I'm not a panicky coach. I feel good about our players, I feel good about the position we're in as a team and organization."

Question: Do you blame Woodson for the Knicks' .500 record over the past two-plus months? If so, do you believe that he can turn things around?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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