Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
Knicks shooting for 4-0 start against Mavericks
Mike Woodson said yesterday the Knicks were “kicking around” the idea of making a change in the starting lineup. Then this morning Woodson said the Knicks would “probably go,” with the same starting five against the Mavericks. But …
“It could change before game time based on who they start,” Woodson said. “So we'll see.”
If the Mavericks start Elton Brand – who didn’t play in Dallas’ last game for personal reasons - at power forward the Knicks could go with a bigger lineup and play Kurt Thomas, and slide Carmelo Anthony back to small forward.
Then the question comes whether to stay with Jason Kidd at shooting guard or put Ronnie Brewer there and bring Kidd of the bench.
The Knicks are shooting for their first 4-0 start since the 1993-94 season.
There should be a change in the rotation regardless tonight as Marcus Camby is expected to play his first game in his second go-around as a Knick. Woodson said he’s not sure how he will use Camby yet. It will be based on situations.
“I know I’m going to try to fit him in there somewhere tonight,” Woodson said. “Who he'll be guarding, I dont know. Marcus is a player that can play he can play a number of positions, so it shouldn’t be no problem in sticking him in and seeing where he is as a player so far.”
Camby missed most of camp with a strained left calf.
Woodson wasn’t a fan of the three-point shot when he first started out as the Hawks head coach.
“We didn’t have players who could make it,” Woodson said.
That’s since changed – clearly. The Knicks have made 43 threes, an NBA record for the first three games of a season. They’re averaging 31.7 attempts and hit 45.3 percent.
“We practice them a lot,” Woodson said. “My thing there is if you’re going to shoot them you better be able to make them or we got to go to plan B and not shoot them or do something else. We got guys who are capable of knocking down threes. I used to be against threes years ago. But now I’ve grown to like threes because we got players who can make them.”
Woodson said Pablo Prigioni is the only guy who has bypassed open threes in the first three games.
“We screamed at him to shoot them,” Woodson said.