Knicks lose Prigioni, Chris Smith a ‘possibility’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

With Pablo Prigioni out for at least two weeks with a hairline fracture of his right big toe, the Knicks are now without their top two point guards.

Raymond Felton is already sidelined with a strained left hamstring, and the Knicks may now turn to Iman Shumpert — and possibly Chris Smith — to run the point.

“Pablo is a big loss,” Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks blew it in a 102-101 loss to the Washington Wizards by failing to foul or call a timeout in the final seconds.

ny_g_pablo-prigioni_mb_400“We have to make do right now. There is nothing we can do about that. Guys have to bring the ball up and help at that position.”

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he might turn to Shumpert, a natural wing player, to play some point beginning Wednesday in Milwaukee.

“I am ready for whatever but that is coach’s decision,” Shumpert said.

The Knicks also have Toure’ Murry on the roster, but he has barely played.

Woodson also acknowledged it was possible the Knicks could recall Chris Smith — who is on the roster — from the D-League after Smith went for 28 points in a game on Saturday. Smith is J.R.’s younger brother and Woodson acknowledged in training camp that he was being given special consideration to make the team because of that.

“That’s a possibility,” Woodson said. “Again, we go and evaluate him [Tuesday] in terms of how he’s been playing and we’ll sit and talk about that, but that’s a possibility as well.”

Without Prigioni in the second half, Beno Udrih nearly engineered a victory by going for 12 points and five assists, but he was burned by Bradley Beal for a game-winning layup with 6.9 seconds left.

“There was absolutely nobody there,” Beal said of the final play in which he drove right past Udrih and the Knicks brought no help defense.

The Knicks then failed to foul or call a timeout in the final seconds and Anthony let loose an errant 3-pointer as time expired.

“I probably should have taken the timeout at the end,” Woodson said.

Said Anthony: “If he said it’s his fault, then it’s his fault. There’s no need for me to talk about that or make excuses for it. If he said it was his fault and he take the blame, then he take the blame. I think as players we gotta be smart enough to know that as well, time, score and situation like that.”

Anthony then added: “He’s our coach and we’re rolling with him.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

 




51 comments
chuco
chuco

Kings need a pass first pg to back up thomas how about felton for Thompson 

Marvel
Marvel

Murry a hologram..


woodson is a joke... no offense/defense down the stretch?  no timeout?? 


he needs to be fired.



Gman Gman
Gman Gman

Clyde should coach this team! He make a lot of points commentating the game!

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

“I probably should have taken the timeout at the end,” Woodson said.

Probably? 

and1buckets
and1buckets

So in other words... it's "possible" that the Knicks will look even more dysfunctional than they already have been.

tommy2b
tommy2b

smh it has come down to hoping for Chrismithsanity

Paul Russomanno
Paul Russomanno

Tourre Murray who was great during summer league has barely played a 6'7 PG that can defend....why not talk about him or use him? If we play Chris Smith I might stop watching KNicks basketball because I would be disgusted with the favoritism Woodson shows to JR and now his d league level brother

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

We cannot SCORE!!!


This is not a defensive issue per se anymore.  Yes Beno and Shump should have switched on that last night, but we don't have a guy right now that can consistently give 18-20 a night.  Until that happens, were screwed and Melo will have no help.


Please, yesterday is not the day to criticize Melo since he was efficient and passed out of double teams time and time again last night.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

I am so done with Woodson.  I am still angry at that stupidity.  I wish my son still had his Mr. Potato Head so I could melt that motherfcker down.  

You put Beno on Beal???  Beno???  You need a stop and you don't have a defensive lineup.  Then you don't call a timeout, and you have THREE timeouts?  THREE???


I wish Pablo would break another toe up Woodson's ass. 

Fvck it, have Allan Houston coach this team. I don't care if you bring back Latrell effin Sprewell to coach this motherfcker.  Enough is enough!

rico
rico

If you watched and listened to the press conference Woodson said it would be Toure Murry and some Shump that would get the minutes, 

then Mark Berman chimed in, "what about Chris Smith".  Woodson gave an "anything is possible" kind of answer. He knew he could not be negative so he said "we have to look at all the possibilities".


Adam if you think this was a statement that Woody wants Smith, I believe this blog post is irresponsible and taken out of context. You know the Knicks are under investigation of the Chris Smith BS, when pressed Woody gave a company line, nothing more than that. His body language said "no way".  You write this to stir up the pot which has already boiled over.  Irresponsible Blogism bro.


This ain't a story

lesdiggz
lesdiggz

Csmith, a greater story than Jlin, I read he dropped 28 the other night. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!!! 


EFF it!!! we trade everybody, build around Csmith, wait to see what happens in the 2018 draft.

oh and sign woody to a prepaid contract!

knick4life
knick4life

BTW missed the game last night and won't be watching. Probably won't watch another until Chandler comes back or Woodson is fired. Knicks are painful to watch nowadays. Wonder if Tommy's streak is still alive.

knick4life
knick4life

Better question is, exactly what is Steve Mills doing?

PeteyWheatstraw
PeteyWheatstraw

I get that Murry is not a natural PG but a converted PG. BUT at the very least he can defend the position better than all of our PG's except maybe Pablo and that's debatable. I smell Woody's brain Farts all the way in Queens and it stinks. His time is up.

knick4life
knick4life

The only explanation I can come up with is that Toure is more of a combo guard who can't set up an offense. Offense hasn't run that smoothly in the few stints he's been in. Why they would turn to Chris Smith though is beyond me, but it may explain Murry's lack of PT.

David Ortiz
David Ortiz

I have seen him moving around the bench, cheering on his team , he even got in a couple of games . He is definitely not a life size action figure

Pete Pirone
Pete Pirone

Is Toure' Murry a figment of our imagination?

dullah
dullah

I truly believe Woodson is TRYING to get fired...

David Ortiz
David Ortiz

Sounds like the head coach zoned out. The knicks lost the game. Im grateful Woody wasnt driving an MTA train

knickfan2
knickfan2

NBA reportedly decides Knicks' Chris Smith deal was above board:

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/11/19/5121486/chris-smith-knicks-league-investigation-nba#comments

"Within the Knicks coaching staff, there is a belief that Smith doesn't even have D-league talent, according to a recent report by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski."

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I hold Woj's sources and reporting in high regard. If the coaching staff feels that way about Chris Smith, and he's about to see court time ahead of Murry, then this confirms our suspicions...CAA is calling all the shots. Knick fans don't deserve this.

rgm891
rgm891

Chrs Smith is our answer. What has the world come too. This team is so lost.

latichever
latichever

Worst New York sports year ever.

Pablo hopping on one leg better option than lil bro.

knickfan2
knickfan2

This just keeps getting better and better.

Chris
Chris

You bring in Chris Smith and leave Murry sitting on the bench you are watching the dumbest organization in the NBA

Marvel
Marvel

@chuco 

will Woodson still be the coach? if so,what's the point.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@Gman Gman He couldn't coach today's players, no way.  Guys from that era could not deal with the prima-donna's of the modern NBA.  THey would choke someone.

Muhammad Gretzky
Muhammad Gretzky

@NYKnickerBocker 

It's interesting how the blame goes directly to Woodson not calling a timeout and not Melo. If my all star takes the ball out and races to damn near the halfcourt line with 4 seconds of a 6 second clock, I'm not inclined to call a timeout because my thinking is my all star can get even closer to the bucket with the rest of 4 seconds remaining. Easy. I'm not thinking he's going to slow down. Why race to take the ball out in the first place to only stop with the rest of the 4 seconds to go? Even JR was confused at the end. The guy is only about the dramatics and taking the incredible shot trying to be the hero. If you don't see your nine year all star vet to be the issue in those situations like in Denver I don't know what else to tell you.

Chris
Chris

@OLD_KNICK Hi guy had to change my handle a bit to post. I hate this site right now (chrisb)

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@rico 

He didn't say we have to look at the possibilities.  Woodson said Chris Smith IS a possibility and  they would have to look at progress reports.  He should have said we have Beno, Murry and Shump here and show some confidence in his team.  Murry was probably listening to this ish thinking he has an opportunity to contribute and then said Chrish fvckin' Smith???  You have to be kidding me!

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@illmatix 

Woodson has been exposed.  He doesn't have the help of Sheed, Kidd, Thomas...

We all know that person at work that doesn't to ish and just gets other people to do it.  That's what those vets were to Woodson.  They are gone and no one knows WTF to do.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@knick4life 

He's also a player that can get our out of shape PGs some rest here and there.

ds2488
ds2488

@Pete Pirone To Mike Woodson he is.  His last name isn't "Smith" so therefore he doesn't exist.  

Chris
Chris

@Muhammad Gretzky Hey s for brains, Melo plays Woody coaches, all the tos come from the bench in the NBA sans jump ball situations. Nice try, you Woodys Dad , Woody or just a hater

rico
rico

@NYKnickerBocker @rico He didn't bring it up and from his answer he was never going to bring it up. He had to answer like Smith was part of the team, for Dolan himself and JR. Duh!

knickfan2
knickfan2

I doubt if Stern does anything. The league investigated it and said nothing underhanded transpired with his signing.

knickfan2
knickfan2

I didn't want to believe it. Denial is a muthaf'er. Lol.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@rico@NYKnickerBocker 

It was a post-game interview. Everything he said was an answer to a question.

What he should have said is, right now we have to look at who we have on the bench.  I expect all my guys to be prepared.  Murry, Beno, Shump have to all step up.  

Admittingly,  it was a loaded question - but Woodson fell for that trap easily.