The Knicks' offense has stagnated the last eight games, bogged down by too much isolation and too many jumpers. In order to alleviate that problem, coach Mike Woodson put J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert through a pick-and-roll crash course Tuesday in practice.

"Our offense has struggled somewhat in terms of how we were playing early in the year,'' Woodson said. "We scored enough [Sunday against the Hawks]. ... But I've got to get [Steve] Novak more involved. J.R. had a nice game rebounding from the Philly game, but I've got to get Novak some more touches somehow.''

If his two athletic guards can get to the rim, it will both take the pick-and-roll burden off Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni, and create shots for Novak.