A bad time for J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin to get sick
INDIANAPOLIS -- J.R. Smith had some company in the sick ward Sunday as Kenyon Martin was quarantined.
Smith, who had a 102-degree fever Saturday, and Martin stayed back at the hotel while the rest of the Knicks practiced and tried to clean up some of their mistakes from Saturday's 82-71 loss to the Pacers.
Coach Mike Woodson said Smith was "still struggling" from his virus and Martin is "kind of coming down with it, too." Game 4 isn't until Tuesday, so Woodson hopes they can improve by then and they won't infect their teammates in the interim.
"We got to be careful this thing doesn't spread and other guys start dropping," Woodson said.
The Knicks are down 2-1 in this Eastern Conference semifinal series. They'll need Smith to find his offensive game and Martin to help keep Roy Hibbert and Indiana's other frontcourt players off the boards for the Knicks to have a chance at advancing.
Smith is 18-for-69 in his last five playoff games, and 11-for-42 in this series. He played 25 minutes in Game 3, but clearly was zapped of energy most of the game.
"We just have to hope these next two days, he gets some energy back, because we desperately need his offense," Woodson said. "If I can't get it, we have to keep mixing and matching trying to find it."
Amar'e feels fine
After playing his first game in more than two months, Amar'e Stoudemire said his surgically repaired right knee felt good. Woodson said Stoudemire, who had seven points in nine minutes, would continue to play around 10-12 minutes.
Stoudemire said he won't push to play more, but he thinks he can help the Knicks' offensive struggles.
"Absolutely," Stoudemire said. "When I'm out there, I'm going to be aggressive as to what I can do for us on the offensive end."
The Knicks are minus-25 in rebounding and have been dominated on the offensive glass. But Woodson doesn't sound like he'll turn to Marcus Camby for help.
"I can't play 13 guys," Woodson said. "I mean, [shoot], I have enough bigs in there. They just have to do their job in terms of blocking out. We had Amar'e and Kenyon in and they had their two bigs in. So are Kenyon and Amar'e big guys? I like to think so. So they have to get in there and bang.
"We have to mix it up a little bit, rebound the ball. It takes five guys to rebound the ball, and we're not getting that done."