Knicks coach Mike Woodson strongly hinted Friday that he would stick with the same rotation and minutes in Saturday's Game 6.
That rotation kept the struggling Jason Kidd and the rusty Amare Stoudemire on the bench for the entire second half. Kidd appears to be barely hanging on at this point in the season while STAT is still adjusting after returning from his second knee surgery of the season. The absence of both players allow Chris Copeland to play a substantial role and the rookie forward gave the Knicks enough of a boost in Game 5 that Woodson said he might increase Copeland's minutes Saturday. It's hard to see either Kidd or STAT having much of an impact the rest of this series.
Appearing on ESPN radio, Mike Woodson reiterated Chris Copeland will remain a part of the rotation.
Copeland was a spark off the pine on Thursday with 13 points (three 3-pointers) to go along with two steals in just 19 minutes, and we wouldn't be surprised if the rookie saw 20-25 minutes on Saturday. His ability to stretch the floor is something the Knicks need, and he's clearly helping the team where it needs assistance.
Raymond Felton (ankle) is "fine," and is expected to play in Game 6 vs. Indiana after receiving treatment.
Felton's been dealing with the ankle issue since the beginning of the month, but he doesn't anticipate taking any time off and that lines up with both the Knicks' expectations and ours. Felton will play through almost anything he can, but the ankle may limit what he's able to do in terms of his mobility on Saturday.
Updating a previous item, Tyson Chandler (back, neck) is "fine," and is expected to play in Game 6 vs. the Pacers.
We never doubted Chandler would play in Game 6, but it's encouraging to hear nonetheless. Of course, we wouldn't expect the Knicks to give much detail on injuries considering the track record with the team, but Chandler will be out there for Saturday's must-win affair.
Raymond Felton was limping in post-game interviews due to ankle soreness but said he expects to play on Saturday.
He did not practice on May 9 due to left ankle soreness. "My ankle is sore but I'll be fine for Saturday," Felton said. He didn't really show much signs of his ankle bothering him during the game and it didn't look like he aggravated it on a specific play. Anyone that has played on an ankle that is less than 100 percent can probably put themselves in Felton's shoes and we're not expecting any limitations on Felton for Game 6.
The Spurs could make a run at Pablo Prigioni in free agency during the offseason, according to the New York Daily News.
Prigioni is known to be close with Manu Ginobili, and the rookie passed up a two-year deal from the Knicks in order to take a one-year deal and keep his options open. It doesn't sound like anything more than chatter for now, but it's a reminder Prigioni could spend just one season with the Knicks.
Kurt Thomas (foot) is undecided about playing next season.
"I'm just concentrating on trying to get healthy," he said. Thomas is off crutches, and the 40-year-old isn't closing the door on returning to basketball next season. "I definitely miss being around the guys. I miss being a part of the playoffs. And I just miss being around basketball. I love the game," Thomas said.