Mike Woodson indicated he’s probably going back to smallball Thursday night in the Knicks' do-or-die Game 5 at the Garden, reinserting Pablo Prigioni into the starting lineup.
For the first time, Woodson deviated and started Kenyon Martin at the power forward, shifting Carmelo Anthony to small forward. The big lineup of Melo-Martin-Chandler didn’t help their rebounding woes as the Pacers held a 54-36 bulge.
The Knicks were 16-2 with Prigioni in the starting lineup in the two point-guard alignment that began in Utah March 18th.Prigioni played just 3:26 off the bench as Jason Kidd continued his struggles - going scoreless for the eighth straight game.
Woodson said Shumpert’s iffy status because of his knee made him inclined to try to shake it up as he missed practice for two straight days and the Knicks coach wanted to combat the Pacers' size.
“I’m contemplating doing that,’’ Woodson said after Wednesday’s quick practice in Tarrytown of going back to smallball with Anthony at the 3. “That lineup has been great for us for a couple of months. I went away from it last night to go big and a lot of that was based on guys not being in practice and not too sure about Iman. I didn’t want to bring him off and him being stiff. That lineup has been good and there's a strong chance we might go right back to that lineup.’’
Martin was scoreless in 28:54 and had five rebounds. He was also playing with the flu.