Woodson: Kidd to bench, eventually

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike Woodson hasn't made an official decision yet, but he raised the possibility on Wednesday that Jason Kidd will be back on the bench once Raymond Felton returns to the lineup.

Speaking about Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert handling the ball with Felton out, Woodson said the Knicks "eventually have to get back to our original point guard and Kidd coming off the bench, Kidd and Pablo (Prigioni) doing their jobs coming off the bench. We'll eventually get there."

If Woodson goes with Kidd off the bench, then Shumpert will presumably share the backcourt with Felton. That leaves open the possibility of Amar'e Stoudemire returning to the starting lineup at power forward and Anthony shifting to small forward.

Anthony has consistently exploited matchups as a power forward against bigger and slower power forwards this season.

Woodson could opt for Smith or Ronnie Brewer to start at small forward to keep Anthony at power forward. Brewer, though, has struggled mightily with his shot and Woodson likes Smith's firepower off the bench.

FRIDAY FOR RAY: Felton shot on the side late in Wednesday's practice and took "a little light contact," according to Woodson.

It's still unclear if Felton, out since Dec. 25 with a broken right pinkie, will go through a contact practice on Friday. The point guard hopes to return on Saturday against Philadelphia.

The Knicks are 5-6 in Felton's absence.

PRIGIONI QUESTIONABLE: Prigioni did not practice for the second straight day due to a big toe injury and is questionable for Thursday's game against Boston.

If Prigioni can't play, the Knicks will only have one healthy point guard on the roster in Jason Kidd.

"This is the second day now, he wasn’t able to do anything, so we’ve just got to see how he feels tomorrow," Mike Woodson said.

He suffered the injury towards the end of the third quarter on Monday, after he went through a screen against Nets forward Kris Humphries. But the Knicks' training staff determined the injury wasn't serious.

If Prigioni sits, Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert will have to handle the ball on Thursday.

Anthony worked as the Knicks' primary ball handler for stretches of Monday's loss to the Nets. He finished with a season-high seven assists but, as his teammates noted afterward, the role sapped Anthony's energy. He shot 11-for-29 against Brooklyn.

"They’re capable of handling the ball, but that’s not their position," Woodson said.

Anthony is shooting just 40 percent from the field in his last five games, but insists the added ball-handling responsibility hasn't affected his shot.

"As far as my shot goes, that’s not something I’m concerned about," he said.

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