Mike Woodson’s big lineup plays small in latest loss

New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is trying.

Trying to save his job that is.

Dec 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson during the first quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

You have to hand it to Woodson as he is trying different things, but no matter what he tries, it is simply not working.

The latest tinkering to his rotation came during Saturday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. With Tyson Chandler back in the lineup, Woodson attempted to go with a big lineup by inserting Andrea Bargnani at the 4 and moving Carmelo Anthony back to the 3.

The results, like everything else Woodson has tried this year, were disastrous.

The Knicks were outrebounded by 27 and outscored by 32 points in the paint in a 95-87 loss to Memphis. That’s not exactly what Woodson likely had in mind when he decide to “go big.”

Even worse was the fact that the Knicks quickly fell behind 15-8 after seven minutes. They were outrebounded 10-4 in that stretch and allowed 12 points on shots within three feet of the rim.

Bottom line is that is embarrassing.

Even worse, New York was outrebounded 16-8 with Bargnani, Anthony and Chandler playing together. The Knicks gave up 26 points on shots within three feet of the rim and scored just two with their big trio on the floor.

The Knicks are now 0-4 on the season when Woodson has started Chandler, Bargnani and Anthony and have allowed 121.5 points per 100 possessions and scored just 98.5 points per 100 in the 54 minutes Anthony, Chandler and Bargnani shared the floor.

To be kind, that’s pretty lousy.

On the season Woodson has used 12 different starting lineups in 26 games.

Judging by the results on Saturday, the one he used against the Grizzlies should have been used for the final time.

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