Thursday, May 9, 2013
Woodson not against sitting Smith
By Nick Borges
J.R. Smith is struggling to make shots in the playoffs and in the last five games he's hit just 26.3 (15-of-57) percent of them. Head coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that he might have to sit Smith if his slump continues in Game 3 against Indiana.
"I'll gauge J.R. as we go along and if I feel he's not giving me anything, I could always turn to other guys on that bench," Woodson told ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show." "I feel good about the guys that come in off that bench, just like I feel good about J.R."
If it was up to ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley, he'd allow Smith to work through it instead of benching the shooting guard.
Ian BegleyShould Woodson limit Smith's minutes?
"I think Woodson would be wise to let Smith shoot his way out of it. The way Woodson's handled Smith all year has been different from other NBA coaches. And it's given Smith confidence. If you cut his minutes, you put that confidence at risk. And the Knicks can't afford to have Smith dealing with confidence issues at the same time that he's struggling with his shot. They need him to be a secondary scoring option behind Carmelo Anthony."