Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Felton, Stoudemire out against Pacers
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton sat out of his second straight game Wednesday due to hamstring soreness and a pinched nerve in his hip.
Felton injured his hip against San Antonio on Nov. 10 when he was hit on a screen.
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Beno Udrih will start at point guard for the Knicks (3-7) against the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks will also be without Amar'e Stoudemire. Stoudemire is sitting out on Wednesday because it's the second game of a back to back.
Felton is considered day-to-day by the team.
He first injured his hamstring in the preseason.
Both the hip and hamstring injuries have impacted Felton's performance this season.
The veteran point guard is shooting just 37 percent from the field and 20 percent from beyond the arc.
As for Stoudemire, Woodson said the veteran forward will go through a "hard" practice on Thursday to prepare him for Saturday's game against Washington.
Stoudemire told reporters in Detroit that his minutes limit had been lifted by the medical staff to 20-25 minutes.
But Woodson denied that was the case.
However, the coach said he hopes to get increase Stoudemire's minutes limit to 20-25 eventually.
"If I can get him to about 20-25 minutes -- how I'm going to get there I don't know -- then he might be able to pass that thing where we can play him back-to-back. But we're not there yet," Woodson said.
Woody says ref blew call vs. Pistons: Woodson said he wants his players to avoid chirping at the refs. Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony both received technical fouls on Tuesday. But Woodson backed Anthony, who was upset that referee Danny Crawford missed a call on an Anthony three-point play.
"There were a few calls that were questionable. I know the three-point play that Danny blew, it was obvious it was a three-point play," Woodson said. "Melo was ticked off from that. It's frustrating. But all I can do is tell our players to back off officials and I got to let them alone and we just got to play."
Woodson also suggested that Anthony was overcompensating against Detroit.
"He had seven turnovers last night, something that’s just not Melo-like. Maybe he was trying to do too much," Woodson said.