When the New York Knicks search for their consecutive win in a row Saturday afternoon against the Memphis Grizzlies, they will have a new look lineup as Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson will try and go big for a change.
The backcourt will feature starters Beno Udrih and Iman Shumpert, but Woodson has tinkered with the frontcourt a bit by inserting Andrea Bargnani into the starting lineup at the 4.
Carmelo Anthony will move back to the 3 while Tyson Chandler will get the start in the middle.
The decision could have been made to simply matchup better against a bigger Grizzlies frontline. But with Woodson’s job status apparently being evaluated on a game-to-game basis, he better hope the move doesn’t blow up in his face.
In other news prior to Saturday’s noon tip, forward Amar’e Stoudemire will play.
This comes as a further contradiction to Woodson’s statement earlier this week that the team’s highest-paid player would be out “a while.” Stoudemire immediately tweeted a denial of his coach’s assessment, but he says that he and Woodson have “cleared it up and everything is great,” notes Fred Kerber of the New York Post.
The Knicks also will likely be without reserve Metta World Peace, who will apparently miss some time as Woodson said MWP will miss some time.
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