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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Woodson on Boston tragedy: 'It's a shame'

By Jared Zwerling

On Monday in Charlotte, Mike Woodson was taking his usual pregame nap when his daughter, Mariah, called and woke him to the horrifying news of two deadly explosions at the 116th annual Boston Marathon.

"I turned the TV on and actually saw the devastation of the bomb and what had happened," Woodson said Tuesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio. "It's just a tragedy. I still don't understand why we just all can't get along, man. For somebody to do something that drastic and hurt people like that, it's a shame. But you've just to continue to give warm thoughts to the families, and hope that they can pick up the pieces and continue on."

Woodson said he hopes the tragic event will bring people closer together, but he doesn't anticipate a more emotional crowd in Boston, where the Knicks will at least play Games 3 and 4 of their first-round playoff series. He said the loyal Celtics fans and the fact that the stakes are higher in the postseason will inject more energy into the series.

"It's playoff basketball time," he said. "Everybody in a series is going to be tough, matched up all around the board. It won't be any different than our [season] series with the Celtics. I mean, we've had great games with them this year, and it's been a battle.

"Boston has always been known for great fans, and they're going to be there no matter what to support their team, just like our Knicks fans."

Reflecting on last year when the Knicks lost to the Heat 4-1 in the first round, Woodson said the biggest thing he took away from the series was that "we didn't have enough."

"That's what I learned more than anything," he said. "You've got to give Miami all the credit. ... It would have been interesting to see where we would've been had Amar'e [Stoudemire] not cut his hand, and we come home down two and we're able to win our two games at home. ... But we never could get to that point.

"The fact that we were able to go out this summer, along with our general manager Glen Grunwald and ownership, and field players that we thought could help us get over the top -- I feel good about the makeup of our ballclub. ... We still, I think, have enough guys to compete for the Eastern Conference finals, and only time will tell."

BIGS BACK: Woodson confirmed that Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin, who have both been recently dealing with injuries, will return for Game 1 against the Celtics.

"Yes, they are," he said.

As for the status of Rasheed Wallace, who left Monday night's game with a sore left foot -- the same one that was operated on in late February for a broken bone -- Woodson wasn't sure.

"I haven't really gotten any update on him yet," he said. "We're still waiting to see where he is on that, and then we'll gauge it from there once I get my update."

Woodson referenced Saturday for when the Celtics series tips off. The start time for Game 1 is still unknown until the playoff schedule is released on Wednesday.

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