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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Woodson returns to small-ball lineup

By Ian Begley

Mike Woodson is going back to a small-ball lineup for Game 5.

Woodson started Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni in the backcourt alongside a front line of Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

"That’s been good for us pretty much all season so I’m going back to it [to] see what we can get out of it," the coach said.

Woodson made an ill-fated lineup change in Game 4, inserting Kenyon Martin into the starting five for Prigioni.

He'd hoped that the bigger lineup would counter the Pacers' advantage on the boards. It didn't happen, though, as Indiana outrebounded the Knicks by 18 and pulled down 16 offensive rebounds in a Game 4 win.

Woodson also played Prigioni just 3:26 in Game 4. He seemed to favor Jason Kidd. Kidd, who went scoreless in Game 4 and hasn't scored in his past eight games, played 15:46.

Prigioni was inserted into the Knicks' starting five on March 18. The team proceeded to win 13 straight games.

Asked why he chose to go back to the small-ball lineup for Game 5, Woodson said, "We didn’t win [Game 4]. That’s all I’m in it for. We didn’t win so I’m going back the other way."

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