AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Mike D'Antoni is about to tighten the rotation.
The Knicks coach thinks he's been playing too many bodies of late and liked what he saw from the collection of eight players who played in Tuesday night's 120-112 win over the Bucks in Milwaukee. So he doesn't plan on playing more than nine on a given night unless the circumstances dictate something different.
That means although Quentin Richardson and Jared Jeffries each played against the Pistons last night, they could be seeing a few more 'DNP-coach's decision' next to their name as the Knicks continue to make their last-ditch attempt to sneak into the playoffs.
"I'm just trying to figure it out because I haven't got the rotations down," D'Antoni said. "But I do think that playing too many guys gets too many people that are [playing] mediocre and it's tough. It's nothing they did. They could be in the rotation or out. But at some point you've got to make some decisions."
Richardson, who didn't play Tuesday, shot 3-for-7 from the field for seven points in 25:19, likely won't be a big part of the rotation. His minutes have decreased and production has dipped.
"I'm a competitor," Richardson said. "I want to play. I definitely want to play, but at the same time, we are trying to win games. We are trying to make the playoffs. It's no time for personal things or anything like that."
Rasheed Wallace sat out with a left calf strain and he's expected to also miss the Pistons' game tomorrow in Toronto. Wallace will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and with their lack of an interior presence, the Knicks could at least explore signing him.
David Lee, who entered with 51 double-doubles, is the first Knick to record that many since Patrick Ewing in 1992-93 ... Tayshaun Prince made a pit stop as he was jogging onto the court about an hour before tipoff to say hello to D'Antoni and assistant coach Phil Weber. Prince was a member of last summer's USA Olympic gold-medal winning team. D'Antoni was an assistant coach on Mike Krzyzewski's staff.