Saturday, November 23, 2013
Melo: Woodson 'still searching' for answers
By Ian Begley
WASHINGTON -- Plenty's going wrong for the Knicks right now.
The offense is a mess. They can't defend point guards. And they're struggling to deal with injuries.
After Saturday's loss to Washington, Carmelo Anthony pointed out another factor in the Knicks' slow start: Mike Woodson's rotations.
Anthony said Woodson's "still searching" for the optimal rotations and lineups for his team.
The Knicks (3-8) have used five different starting lineups in the first 12 games.
"I think there are times we're just searching. At moments like that, Woody's just searching, trying to figure it out on the fly, figure out rotations and who play with who and things like that," Anthony said. "It's a tough situation."
Anthony was speaking specifically about Woodson's decision to play J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert together in the backcourt late in Tuesday's loss to Detroit and in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Washington.
Woodson elected to go without a point guard on the floor late in both games, and the Knicks' offense seemed to stall.
Anthony was asked if he thought it was strange that Woodson was still figuring out his rotations 12 games into the season.
"I don't know. You got to ask Woody that. I'm not searching. We're not searching," he said. "But as a coach, I understand that could be a tough situation, to try and figure out what's the best lineups, who can play, who can't play. It can be a tough situation for him."
Felton "doubtful" for Portland:Raymond Felton has missed the past three games with a hip/hamstring injury. He said on Saturday that he "doubts" he's going to play Monday in Portland.
Felton has a history with the Trail Blazers. He entered his lone season in Portland overweight on the heels of the NBA lockout and was blamed by fans and media for the team's struggles that season. Last year, he was booed lustily by Blazers fans when the Knicks visited Portland.
Amar'e a "bright spot":Amar'e Stoudemire had a season-high 12 points in a season-high 21 minutes against Washington. He went 5-for-5 from the floor in the first half and hit two free throws in the second half.
"The only bright spot tonight was Amar'e Stoudemire," Woodson said. "... He was fantastic."