Friday, December 6, 2013
STAT sits vs. Magic on Friday
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- Amar'e Stoudemire sat out of Friday night's game against Orlando as a precautionary measure. The team ruled Stoudemire out to protect his oft-injured knees. Friday's game was the second of a back-to-back. Stoudemire has yet to play in both games of a back-to-back this season.
"He didn't feel like he was ready," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "We're going to be cautious of that."
Amar'e Stoudemire sat out the second half of a back-to-back to protect his knees.
Woodson said Stoudemire will play Sunday against Boston.
Stoudemire had hoped to play Friday after a strong game on Thursday against Brooklyn. He scored 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting and had four rebounds against the Nets.
Another interesting note on Stoudemire: Woodson said he wants to use Amar'e more in the pick and roll rather than keeping him in the post. Last season, Stoudemire operated primarily in the post, scoring 14.3 points per game in 29 minutes.
Woodson said he spoke with Stoudemire recently and decided to implement him more in the pick and roll. Stoudemire established himself as one of the top big men in the NBA while running the pick and roll with Steve Nash.
"I've changed it a little bit," Woodson said. "I'm trying to give him more freedom."
METTA OUT OF ROTATION? It sounds as if Metta World Peace will be the odd man out in the Knicks' rotation in games in which Stoudemire plays.
Woodson said on Friday that he has shortened his rotation to nine men.
World Peace was in the rotation for Friday's game because Stoudemire was out but Woodson said that wouldn't be the case when Stoudemire was healthy.
"I can't play everybody. I'm not promising everybody minutes," Woodson said. "It's what you do with the minutes that you're out there."
World Peace was, well, at peace with the decision.
"When you're focused on winning, you don't have time to focus on minutes," he said.
World Peace has played a total of 14 minutes in the three games prior to Friday's contest against the Magic.
The 33-year-old had fluid from his left knee drained twice earlier this season but said his knee is healthy.
He signed with the Knicks as a free agent over the summer after being released by the Lakers. World Peace said he understood coming into the year that he'd be playing behind Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, among others.
"I don't have time to really focus on minutes or to focus on anything else that doesn't really have to do with winning," he said.
IMAN 'PISSED':Iman Shumpert told MSG Network's Tina Cervasio before the game that he's been "pissed off" lately.
"Honestly, I'm just kind of pissed off, that's all. So you just play like that," Shumpert told Cervasio before the game.
Cervasio asked Shumpert who he was angry with.
"Everybody," he said. "Mad at the world."
The Knicks probably hope Shumpert can stay angry because he had his best game of the season on Thursday against Brookyln, scoring 17 points and hitting five of his seven 3-point attempts.
Shumpert has appeared frustrated by his name being mentioned in trade reports. That's probably why he said he's "mad at the world."