GREENBURGH, N.Y. —
“I thought we came out, we held our own the start of the game, had nothing to do with who started at the 4 or the 5,” Woodson said.
“Melo’s played big guys all year. Last I checked, statistics-wise we’ve been pretty damn good this year with Melo playing at the 4 spot, so I don’t see any reason to change at this point right now.”
But something is affecting Anthony.
The NBA’s leading scorer has made just 35 of 110 shots over his last four games and his shooting percentage for the postseason is down to 38 percent overall and 26 percent from 3-point range.
Point guard Raymond Felton wondered if the Pacers were targeting Anthony’s sore left shoulder that he wore a strap over in Game 1 to keep in place. Teammate Kenyon Martin said he didn’t think Anthony should have to “wrestle and tussle” with West and that perhaps the Knicks should start a bigger lineup. (He would be the obvious candidate to start).
“I think K-Mart is coming from a concerned standpoint as a teammate from me getting beat up so much, but we’ve been going through and dealing with the same thing all year long,” Anthony said.
“I’m fine. I’ve been bruised up, beat up all year long, so as far as them guys targeting the shoulder, I can’t worry about that.”
Martin is only an inch taller and weighs less than Anthony, who shifted from his normal small forward spot to the power forward last season when Amare Stoudemire was injured and stayed there this season when Stoudemire remained out. The Knicks flourished with the small lineup and an emphasis on 3-point shooting.
“Kenyon is no bigger than Melo, that’s kind of how I look at it,” Woodson said. “We’ll just gauge it and see how it goes tomorrow and if we’ve got to make that adjustment, I’ll be the one to make that call.”