Starters for Game 4 tonight at Indiana: Felton, Shumpert, Anthony, Martin, Chandler.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) May 14, 2013
In the two days since the Pacers won Game 3, much of the talk has surrounded what adjustments the Knicks would make. They had major struggles on both ends, shooting just 35% (while taking an uncharacteristically low 11 three-point attempts) and allowing 20 second-chance points on the 18 offensive rebounds Indiana grabbed.
Well, now we know the change: Kenyon Martin enters the starting lineup, Pablo Prigioni heads to the bench, according to the Knicks.
New York will start Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert (who sat out practice yesterday with a sore knee), Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler.
According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, this lineup has never played together.
It may be that the way the Pacers hurt the Knicks on the glass is what precipitated the change. Roy Hibbert, in particular, did damage, getting several tip ins. It was a big topic of discussion at Knicks’ practice on Sunday.
“Second-chance points hurt us again, like they did in Game 1,” said Woodson, “and that’s just individuals [not] putting bodies on guys and blocking out and securing the ball. So we’ve got to clean that area up big time before we get into Tuesday’s game.”
One reporter asked whether Woodson had considered if Marcus Camby might be answer.
“I can’t play 13 guys,” said Woodson. “I mean, shit, I’ve got enough bigs in there. They just gotta do their jobs in terms of blocking out. We had Amar’e and Kenyon in when they had their two bigs in. Are Kenyon and Amar’e big guys? I like to think so, so they’ve gotta get in there and bang. We’ve got to mix it up a little bit and rebound the ball. It takes five guys to rebound the ball, and we’re not getting that done.”
Tyson Chandler pointed to the Knicks inability to rotate properly, mentioning that Hibbert was able to get some of his put-backs because New York’s bigs were unable to drop down and box out Roy after Tyson rotated to help on Indiana ball handlers.
“I think Hibbert may have scored [on] like three or four post-up moves,” said Chandler. “A lot of it was putbacks, and that’s rotations. If one guy follows the assignment, the next guy [has to] follow the assignment. It can’t be one or two guys out there. It has to be an entire team. That’s where we’re falling short right now, and that’s the reason they’re getting a lot of their easy buckets around the basket.”