Mike Woodson isn't just hoping for good health in 2014, he's praying for it.

Woodson became the second Knick in the last eight days to use the word "pray" when talking about the health of the team. It says plenty about the state of the 9-21 Knicks -- physically, mentally and spiritually. Perhaps divine intervention is the only thing that can save them.

Carmelo Anthony, who missed the last three games with a sprained left ankle, went through "a little" contact in practice Tuesday. The Knicks hope he plays Thursday at San Antonio. But Woodson said "it's going to be impossible" for injured point guards Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni to play on the three-game Texas trip.

"We got to hope and pray that Raymond and Pablo will be back in a uniform soon because we need those two guys," Woodson said. "We do."

Felton said he "heard a pop" when he hurt his right groin on Dec. 23 in Orlando. Afterward, Felton told reporters, "Pray for us," referring to him and Anthony, who sprained his ankle that night. Neither has played since. Prigioni has missed six games with a broken big toe.

Prigioni would seem closer to returning than Felton. Woodson said they need to practice before they can play. With three games in four nights in Texas, the Knicks likely won't practice.