NEW YORK – The Knicks keep running out of players and resources, but Mike Woodson is demanding that players fill in the holes and avoid leaving everything up to Carmelo Anthony.
“Melo, he’s not going to beat this team by himself,” the interim head coach said. “Everyone’s going to have to do their part. First of all, our energy level and us playing at a higher level, that’s got to happen.”
With Amare Stoudemire out for Game 3 and probably Game 4, New York will need some help in the frontcourt from Jared Jeffries, who has been nursing a sore knee. Woodson decided to move Steve Novak to the starting lineup just before the game, allowing Jeffries to limit his minutes off the bench.
“He won’t be able to play a lot of minutes but I’ve got to get something out of him as well. … If I can get 20 minutes out of him, that will help me, I think."
Rookie Josh Harrellson could even see some increased time. The forward saw nine minutes when the Heat blew out New York in Game 1 but can provide the Knicks with a big body in the paint and another outside shooting threat. He’s also young and can handle heavy minutes, if needed.
“He’s free to play as many minutes as the coach will play him,” Woodson said. “He start played well as of late in the season, so there’s a chance that he coach see some action as well.”