Knicks hang back in Minneapolis until storm clears out in time for Clippers game Sunday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Winter storm Nemo has impacted the Knicks' travel plans and practice schedule.
The Knicks decided to spend the night here instead of flying out after Friday night's game against the Timberwolves.
The Knicks next play at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Garden against the Clippers. Mike Woodson said that if not for the storm, he might have held a walk-through at the Knicks' practice facility Saturday to prepare for Los Angeles. He said that likely will take place in their downtown Minneapolis hotel Saturday morning before they fly out.
"If we feel like we can't get in there, then we might do something in the hotel, the ballroom, something to try to get ready for the Clippers," Woodson said. "Let's just hope the game is not [postponed]. That's my whole thing."
The Clippers played Friday night in Miami. If the snow stops by late Saturday afternoon, the Knicks' and Clippers' chartered airplanes should be able to fly into New York in plenty of time for Sunday's nationally televised game.
The weather was on the Knicks' minds, but not as much as making sure they bounced back from an ugly loss to John Wall and the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday.
After the game, Woodson and J.R. Smith said the Knicks were guilty of overlooking Washington (13-35) and expecting to just come in and win. That has happened on a few occasions this season. Some of those times, the Knicks were able to catch themselves in the second half and win the game.
That's what happened when the Knicks faced Minnesota in New York on Dec. 23. The Timberwolves led by 11, but the Knicks held them to 36 points in the second half and eked out a three-point victory.
Minnesota didn't have Kevin Love in that game because of an eye injury or Friday night, either, after hand surgery. The Knicks' biggest concern Friday night was slowing down Ricky Rubio and Minnesota's other guards, Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea.
The Knicks have struggled defending quick guards, particularly in the pick-and-roll. Woodson said the Knicks primarily worked on that at Friday's morning shootaround.
"We had slippage," he said. "We talked about the game plan and all that. But we're not doing what was asked of us. I don't know if it's going to work, but we got to at least attempt what's asked of us because I know that's what we were doing early in the year, and it worked."
Woodson was asked if Iman Shumpert could be used to stop the other team's point guard once he's all the way back from ACL surgery.
"That would be nice," Woodson said. "I'm not going to sit and make excuses that we got one guy who can guard a point guard and guard the ball. I just told these guys the other night: Perimeters are supposed to guard their guys and the bigs are supposed to guard their guys. Sometimes during the course of the game, it flip-flops because of transition, not getting back matched or guys just getting smacked on a pick-and-roll where you have to switch -- that's the what-if.
"We've been having too many what-ifs as of late. We got to get away from that."