Jason Kidd and Amar'e Stoudemire were in very unfamiliar positions Thursday night. Both were spectators in the fourth quarter.
"I'm the coach," Woodson said. "Coaching is a feel. It's not always what players want. At the end of the day, it's about winning. That's all I'm in it for. I'm sure Kidd and Amar'e wanted to play but I don't think they'll complain about anything."
Neither was in the locker room when the media were let in after the game.
Kidd played 5:20 and was scoreless for the ninth straight game. He missed his only shot attempt, a fast-break layup that rolled off the rim. Stoudemire played in just his third game after returning from left knee surgery. He had two points and two rebounds in 6:34.
Down, not out
Tyson Chandler took a hard spill late in the game and landed on his back. He said his elbow, wrist and back hurt. "I'm a little banged up, to be honest," he said. But he said he'll be fine for Game 6 Saturday.
Raymond Felton said the same after he hurt his ankle in the second half. He was limping after the game but said he'll play in Game 6 too.
Hill out with concussion
George Hill, Indiana's second-leading scorer in the series, was a late scratch because of a concussion he suffered in a first-half collision with Chandler in Game 4. Hill finished with 26 points.