Monday, May 6, 2013
Practice Report: 137 minutes, 0 points
By Jared Zwerling
Jason Kidd had two boards, one assist and a turnover in 17 minutes off the bench in Game 1.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Out of the remaining teams in the playoffs, the Knicks are the worst offensively, averaging 88.7 points per game.
To emphasize their struggles, in his last 137 minutes played, Jason Kidd hasn't scored. The last time he found the bottom of the net was in Game 2 against the Celtics, when he hit a 3-pointer late in the first quarter.
In Game 1 against the Pacers, Kidd went scoreless for the fifth straight game. In the past, Kidd's points would mostly come from 3-pointers, but because the Celtics and now Pacers have used their skilled size to guard Carmelo Anthony more straight-up (less double teams), that's eliminated some of the Knicks' downtown looks.
But Mike Woodson isn't concerned about Kidd's offense.
"Jason [Kidd] is going to be there when it counts," he said. "We haven't played him a lot of big minutes. ... We're trying to mix and match the best we can."
Kidd said he's not going to change anything.
"I'm going to play the game the right away," he said. "If a shot presents itself, I'll take it, and if it doesn't, I'm going to try to find one of my teammates a shot."
HOW ABOUT A SECOND CHANCE? The Knicks only had six offensive rebounds in Game 1; the Pacers had 11. In the first half, two of their offensive boards led to a Lance Stephenson dunk and a Paul George 3-pointer.
"The second-chance buckets hurt us because we were out of position a lot of time," Woodson said. "The ball was bouncing long, and they were coming up with it and we weren't nowhere to be found. Those are things that are correctable."
Kidd added: "If you give a team like that second shots this time of year, it could be a long night, so we've got to protect the boards."
The way Anthony sees it, it all comes down to just wanting the ball more.
"[The Pacers] attack the offensive glass; a lot of long rebounds that they were getting," he said. "For the most part, man, everything came down to effort. ... In our minds, we cannot get outworked like we did yesterday."
BETTER BACKCOURT D: The Pacers wouldn't have been able to dominate inside in Game 1 (46 to 32 in points in the paint) without their guard play beating the Knicks' pick-and-roll defense and making too many easy entry passes. The Pacers' backcourt featuring George Hill, D.J. Augustin and Stephenson only combined for one turnover.
"Our team rotations were off the money and our individual matchups weren't that great," Woodson said.
OUT OF NOVAKAINE: Woodson said Steve Novak (back spasms) will likely not play on Tuesday night. Novak, who was in practice gear on Monday, didn't suit up in Game 1.
"It's his first time back out on the floor," Woodson said. "We've got to wait and see how he feels tomorrow."
Novak hit the court on Monday, working with Knicks shooting coach Dave Hopla. One drill involved Novak making lateral movements around the perimeter and then catching the ball quickly at different spots. The idea was to help Novak get back into shooting rhythm, feeling comfortable rotating along the arc and receiving the ball in his usual setup point.