Opening Tip: Starting five

October, 31, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Mike Woodson started two point guards to start the season opener against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

But don't expect to see that lineup every night.

Woodson plans to tailor his starting lineups to the Knicks' opponent early on this season.

"It's going to be based on match ups," the coach said.

That means Woodson may trot out a bigger starting lineup featuring Iman Shumpert at shooting guard and Carmelo Anthony at small forward against Chicago on Thursday.

The constant lineup changes could impact the Knicks' point guard rotation. If the Knicks start Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni in the backcourt a 2-point guard lineup, Beno Udrih has a role as the primary ball handler in the second unit. But if the Knicks play a traditional lineup, there may be fewer minutes for Udrih.

The alternating lineups also may impact the Knicks' defense. Both Woodson and Chandler said during the preseason that having a set rotation would help the team's defense. But if lineups are constantly shifting, it may be tough to establish any set rotations or lineup combinations.

So you have to wonder if the lineup changes will New York's ability to get stops.

We should find out more on Thursday night.

Up now: It wasn't pretty, but the Knicks took care of Milwaukee to earn a win on opening night.

That will likely make owner James Dolan happy. Dolan, according to sources, told staffers recently that the Knicks have enough talent to win a championship this year. So losing to Milwaukee on opening night wouldn't have been a great way to prove the owner's point.

Metta World Peace's debut with the Knicks was largely uneventful. But he created a buzz before the game by taking the subway to Madison Square Garden. Felton hurt his hamstring on Wednesday but expects to play against Chicago.

Lastly, Ian O'Connor writes that the Knicks need Iman Shumpert to blossom if they have any shot of contending this season.

What's next: The Knicks will take on Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. Ohm Youngmisuk will be on hand for us.

Question: Do you think Mike Woodson should switch his starting lineups based on match ups or should he stick with one consistent starting five?

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
23.9 3.4 0.6 35.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Smith 3.5
StealsJ. Calderon 2.0
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.4