Shootaround Report: Knicks Look To Finish Season On A High Note

By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)

After the Knicks went through their last shootaround of the season this morning at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, coach Mike Woodson and Tyson Chandler met with reporters to reflect on what they both termed a "disappointing" season and plans to finish the final two games on a positive note.

On tonight's game...

Woodson noted that he plans to rest some veterans as the season winds down. "Melo probably won't play and Amar'e will be a game-time decision," he said, "so it'll give Cole (Aldrich) and Jeremy (Tyler) an opportunity to play a little bit." 

He added that Anthony's shoulder was being evaluated this morning by doctors and that he'd know know more on that front before the game. 

Asked how motivated his team will be to compete in games without playoff implications, he didn't believe that would be a concern: "It's a priviledge to play in our league. We have unbelievable jobs. It doesn't matter who plays. They get paid to play, I get paid to coach."

Asked if tonight's crosstown matchup represented a rivalry, Chandler responded, "It's another game for us."

On a "disappointing" season...

Both Woodson and Chandler expressed surprised that the Knicks aren't heading to the postseason. Woodson said: "I haven't experienced a season like this in a long time. It's been tough. It's going to be tough to sit home and watch playoff basketball, that's for sure.

Both also pointed to injuries as a primary factor that put the Knicks at a disadvantage from the beginning of the season.

"Coming out of camp, we weren't sharp," said Woodson. "Based on the injuries -- STAT not being able to go, Kenyon... -- it was an ugly camp and I didn't feel good about it."

When Chandler went down with a broken leg, matters only got worse for the ailing front line. "I thought we played good basketball after the All-Star break, but we dug a hole we couldn't get out of."


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