Knicks to make Prigioni decision Monday

The Knicks are calling Pablo Prigioni "day to day" and will make a decision on his availability for Game 2 following practice on Monday.

Prigioni sat out of the Knicks' Game 1 victory over Boston with a sprained right ankle.

Rookie Chris Copeland replaced Prigioni in the starting lineup against Boston and went scoreless.

Coach Mike Woodson said the Knicks offense suffered through bouts of stagnation due in part to Prigioni's absence.

"Pablo was definitely missed on both ends of the floor," Woodson said.

The 36-year-old rookie sprained his right ankle in New York's regular-season finale against the Atlanta Hawks.

If Prigioni returns to the court in Game 2, the Knicks will start him alongside Raymond Felton in the backcourt. Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will start in the front court.

Woodson said he expects Felton to guard Paul Pierce and Shumpert to guard Jeff Green if Prigioni returns. That would leave Prigioni to matchup with Avery Bradley.

"I know what he brings, he brings high energy and he knows how to run a team so we've ... just got to wait for (Monday) to get here to see where we are with him," Woodson said.

NO CONCERN FOR TYSON: Woodson was not concerned about Tyson Chandler's performance in Game 1. Chandler went scoreless in 20 minutes in his first game back in nearly two weeks. Chandler said after the game that he was "rusty" due to poor conditioning but that his neck injury was a non-issue. He had missed 16 of the Knicks' final 20 regular season games due to a bulging disk in his neck.

"I could tell the way he was moving that he didn’t have the kind of pop we’re used to seeing him have. That’s OK," Woodson said. "... Eventually he’ll get his stamina back and he’ll be back up to speed and he'll help us continue to win."

HIGH PRAISE FOR KIDD, K-MART & OTHER VETS: Jason Kidd made two key steals in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win on Saturday. Kenyon Martin contributed 10 points, nine rebounds -- five on the offensive end -- and two blocks to help the Knicks take Game 1.

Woodson on Sunday cited both players' defensive "edge" as one of the reasons for the Knicks' success.

"When you got Jason Kidd on the floor who’s been in as long as he’s been and Kenyon, it makes a world of difference," Woodson said. "... Kenyon made a couple of nice blocks for us. Kidd got a couple of loose balls, some strips for us. Those are all winning plays."

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