Bargnani starts; Felton good to go

October, 31, 2013
10/31/13
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CHICAGO -- Andrea Bargnani will get his first start as a Knick against the Chicago Bulls.

Coach Mike Woodson said he wants to go big against the Bulls and will start Bargnani along with Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

"I’ve said all along that when we play big teams I was going to go with a big lineup," Woodson said before the game.

Bargnani scored just six points in 17 minutes in his Knicks' debut during Wednesday's 90-83 win over the Bucks. Bargnani shot 3-for-9 and heard some boos early on from the Garden crowd. He will have to shoot better and try to hold his own defensively against the likes of Carlos Boozer.

"I thought he played OK the minutes he was in there," Woodson said of what he saw from Bargnani against the Bucks. "He missed some shots. It’s part of our game. You got to get in there and play tonight."

Bargnani played just 17 minutes off the bench in the season opener.

"His minutes should grow if he doesn’t get into foul trouble," Woodson said.

Felton starts: Felton had an ice bag around his sore hamstring before the game but was ready to go against the Bulls.

Woodson said the team will watch Felton to see how the point guard's hamstring is during the game.

"That’s why Beno (Udrih) is important to our ballclub," Woodson said of the backup point guard. "We went out and got him this summer just in case someone goes down like that."

Woodson said Felton and other Knicks will see their share of Derrick Rose, who was in the starting lineup despite a sore neck.

"I think our whole team will see a little bit of him," Woodson said of defending Rose. "He’s a nightmare for any team. He’s an unbelievable talent. It’s good to him back in uniform. I’m sure the Bulls are excited about that. He had a tough injury and he bounced back nicely. He should be a hell of a match for our team.

"We haven’t fared well in this building so I’m looking forward to seeing what we’re made of this early in the season."

Amar'e a 10: Woodson said Amar'e Stoudemire will play 10 minutes against the Bulls in his season debut. Stoudemire did not play on Wednesday against the Bucks. The team wants to take things slowly with the power forward's knees.

Woodson also said Kenyon Martin, who played five minutes against the Bucks, will be available if needed.
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