Saturday, March 2, 2013
White's job on Sunday: Slow down LeBron
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, NY -- LeBron James is coming off the best shooting month of his career. He hit 64 percent of his attempts in February, the best shooting month of any player with at least 200 attempts since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (65 percent) in 1983.
Sure, he's coming off a 4-for-14 night against Memphis on Friday, but he still made shots when the Heat needed him to down the stretch of its 13th straight win.
James White will likely match up against James on Sunday afternoon.
His goal? To make things tough on the planet's best player.
"The great players in the league, like Carmelo, (James), Durant, you can't take away everything," White said. "You take away some of the things that they want to do and just try to make it difficult for them, that's the only thing you can do."
James White will draw another tough defensive assignment on Sunday at the Garden.
White guarded James for stretches of the Knicks' 20-point win in Miami on Dec. 6. That gives Mike Woodson confidence if he asks White to shadow James on Sunday.
"I think he’s athletic enough and rangy enough to stay with those guys. But they’re a load for anybody. I don’t care who you are," Woodson said. "Wade and LeBron right now are playing as well as anybody in the league."
MARCUS A "POSSIBILITY" FOR HEAT: Woodson did not rule out the possibility that Marcus Camby could play against Miami on Sunday.
Camby has been sidelined since Jan. 10 with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.
The veteran forward said he's scrimmaged three times recently and if the swelling in his foot is down, Camby thinks he could suit up.
Martin received a DNP on Friday and has played just five minutes in the first seven days of his 10-day contract. Martin, though, is expected to be retained for the remainder of the season, as long as he stays healthy and the Knicks don't need to use his roster spot for other purposes.
Jason Kidd will come off of the bench for the second straight game.
WOODY WILL KEEP AN EYE ON PLAYERS' MINUTES IN MARCH: The Knicks play 18 games in March, including six back-to-backs, so Woodson knows he has to monitor his players' minutes closely.
"Guys who don’t play very many minutes, we still got to make sure they’re in condition so they can stay up to speed just in case they have to play," the coach said…. Woodson acknowledged that he's still trying to find the right combination for rotations with Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert back in the lineup. The Knicks are 14-11 since Stoudemire returned to the lineup and 11-7 since Shumpert's return. "I’m back in that learning mode in terms of trying to figure out our team and our rotations with our players," he said.