The New York Knicks and Boston Celtics tip off in about one hour. However, the Knicks will have some lineup adjustments, according to Mike Woodson. Kenyon Martin is out with a sore ankle, and thus, Amar’e Stoudemire and Metta World Peace will both play in Martin’s place. Additionally, the Knicks’ starting lineup will have a few tweaks as Woodson will start Ray Felton, Tim Hardaway Jr., Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, and Andrea Bargnani.
A few notes:
- It’s not surprising Martin has to sit — it’s surprising it hasn’t happened sooner. Martin was on minutes and games restrictions to start the season, expected only to play every other night. Since Tyson Chandler’s injury, those restrictions have basically evaporated. His body isn’t in the right shape to play a ton of minutes, so taking today off is a good idea. Perhaps even next Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers before playing the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
- Stoudemire has looked better in recent games, and he should do well in an offense that spaces the floor (provided that the Knicks continue to hit threes and create that space). However, in long stretches, Stoudemire and the Knicks haven’t fared well. Ditto for World Peace, who has had minimal impact in recent weeks.
- Is Woodson open to giving Cole Aldrich minutes? I hope so.
- In 33 minutes this season, the four-man combo of Felton, Shumpert, Hardaway Jr., and Anthony has a -1.7 net rating, and they don’t shoot the ball particularly well. Add Tyson Chandler to that lineup, and the team has an insane 38.5 net rating. Today’s starting lineup currently has a -79.1 net rating.
Lastly, in his pre-game presser, Woodson said Tyson Chandler is getting closer to returning. He hasn’t begun running yet, but he’s been on the floor working out and shooting. We’re close to five weeks in the initial 4-6 weeks recovery timetable.
Tip off is at noon.