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Mike Woodson: 'This is a major, major game for our ball club'

Mike Woodson talks to J.R. Smith during the

Mike Woodson talks to J.R. Smith during the first quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers. (May 5, 2013) Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Mike Woodson didn’t minimize the importance of Tuesday night’s Game 2 for the Knicks.

“This is a major game for us tonight,” Woodson said. “We don’t want to go to Indiana down two games. So this is a major, major game for our ball club.

Yet, Woodson said he’s telling his team to not feel any pressure down 0-1 against Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Woodson isn’t getting caught up in the belief that Carmelo Anthony is shooting too much or the Knicks need to change the starting lineup to match up with the bigger Pacers.

“I’m not overreacting and I’m telling my guys not to overreact,” Woodson said. “You got to win four games to get out of this series and we only played one. There should be no panic mode on anybody’s faces around here. There’s still a lot of basketball to be played.”


Steve Novak, who missed the past two games with back spasms, went through shootaround and is a game-time decision tonight.

"It’s improved every day, no question," Novak said. "They’ve done a great job with me, getting it right. I think we’re going to see how it feels tonight and if it feels good I’m going to go."

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