With J.R. Smith serving a one-game suspension, the New York Knicks could have used another scoring option as they were looking to close out their first-round series against the Boston Celtics.
Judging by the end of the regular season, common sense would have told you that Chris Copeland would be that guy.
Apparently Knicks head coach Mike Woodson had other ideas.
In what turned out to be a head-scratching coaching decision, Copeland did not play a single minute in Game 4, even with Smith not available to Woodson.
You would have thought that the team benefited from Copeland’s offense, but the rookie didn’t get off the bench for four quarters or overtime.
This occurred while the Knicks shot only 34.4 percent (31-of-90) from the floor and made only 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) of their attempts from behind the arc.
Copeland told reporters afterward that he was healthy enough to play, as he has been dealing with a minor shoulder problem.
Jason Kidd was Woodson’s first guard off the bench and Quentin Richardson for 2:46 even got time in the second quarter. That alone would lead you to believe that Woodson had a problem playing Copeland in Game 4.
Copeland is struggling this series, going scoreless in 24 minutes of playing time.
But the Knicks could have used his scoring ability in Game 4.
If they had it, this series very well could be over.
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