Thursday, May 16, 2013
Woodson 'expecting to win' Game 5
By Jared Zwerling
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike Woodson is confident heading into Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.
"I'm expecting to win tonight," he said after Thursday morning's shootaround. "If we lose, we go home, and I'm not ready to go home yet."
The Pacers lead the Knicks 3-1 in this Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Chris Copeland spoke for the players, saying the guys are ready to leave it all on the line.
"We have a lot of pride. I think you'll see that tonight," he said. "We're going to come out, we're going to give it everything we've got and hopefully we come out with a win."
Woodson said the team has watched plenty of tape of the two previous losses and feel they're getting "good looks" at the basket. Now, they've just got to make the shots.
"Every game has been close, but they've been able to get the spurt that they need based on making shots," he said of the Pacers. "We've struggled in that area to make shots. Now, you've got to give them credit from a defensive standpoint. But I've got to think, sooner or later, we're going to start making some damn shots."
COPE-ACABANA: Woodson is planning to play Copeland more in Game 5 for his instant offense. The Knicks have averaged 76.5 points in the past two games, both losses.
"Chris Copeland will play early tonight. We still stick him in there," he said. "He was in that second unit when we anchored the second game, and we're going to go back to some of that."
"I think I can help us in a lot of ways," Copeland said. "I also have to help us on the defensive end, so getting out there, I just want to do whatever it takes."
Woodson said even with Copeland's increased minutes, Amar'e Stoudemire will play tonight.
K-MART 'FINE': Coming out of Game 4, Kenyon Martin had a sore right wrist. But Woodson said the backup center is not dealing with any ill effects from the injury.
"He's going to play. He said he's fine," the coach said. "Kenyon is one of those guys, you're not going to be able to sit him down no matter what, because this game is important for us to continue the series."