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Kidd, Amar'e sit in fourth as Woodson goes with Copeland

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert grabs a rebound

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert grabs a rebound over Jason Kidd during the first half of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference semifinal. (May 14, 2013) Credit: AP

Jason Kidd and Amar'e Stoudemire were in very unfamiliar positions Thursday night. Both were spectators in the fourth quarter.

With Chris Copeland hot and Kidd and Stoudemire ineffective, Mike Woodson stuck with the rookie in the Knicks' 85-75 win over the Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"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.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Hill is day-to-day. He has to pass the NBA protocol of concussion tests before he can play again. D.J. Augustin started in his place.

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