There’s not a lot of good news again surrounding the New York Knicks.
They are in the middle of another losing streak. Their frontcourt is again paper thin and ravished by injuries. Their best player seems more frustrated by the day. The list goes on.
However when the Knicks take on the Brooklyn Nets on Martin Luther King Day, they will get a small dose of good news for a change.
Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson told reporters on Sunday (via ESPN’s Ian Begley) that point guard Pablo Prigioni would return Monday and he took that one step forward by saying he wasn’t sure who would start.
Prigioni has missed the past 16 games with a broken toe and it would be nice to see him thrusted in the starting lineup right away.
So far this year Woodson hasn’t been willing to do the smart thing and go small or even turn back to the two point guard lineup that the Knicks had success with down the stretch last season. However he left the door open that he may be willing to change that tune.
“We’ve had some success, as you recall last year, with playing [Prigioni] and Raymond [Felton] both and Melo back at the 4,” Mike Woodson said Sunday. “I’m not opposed to going back small based on what other teams do.”
If he would do that against Brooklyn on Monday, it would shift Carmelo Anthony back to the 4 and move Andrea Bargnani to the bench, a move I recently called for and feels makes a ton of sense as the Knicks are being outscored by 7.2 points per 48 minutes when Chandler, Bargnani and Anthony share the floor.
New York went 15-1 when Prigioni and Felton started together and, based on advanced statistics, the ball seemed to move better when Prigioni was on the floor.
The Knicks only good stretches this season have come when the ball moves and Prigioni does that better than any of the other Knicks point guards.
If Woodson is unwilling to go to a two point guard lineup, you can make the case that Prigioni should start over Felton anyway as the veteran Felton has once again been a disappointment.
We will find out this afternoon what exactly Woodson has up his sleeve.