With Pablo Prigioni joining the ranks of the injured for the Knicks, Iman Shumpert and the little-used Toure’ Murray will be pressed into service at point guard.
“Toure’, we gotta get him ready to play and probably try to play Iman at some one,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Tuesday. “So we just gotta mix and match a little bit until we’re able to get Raymond [Felton] and Pablo back.”
Prigioni is out at least two weeks with a fracture of his right big toe, while Felton remains out for 2-3 weeks with a strained left hamstring.
That leaves 31-year-old Beno Udrih as the most accomplished point guard on the roster, with Murry likely to get a bump in playing time after seeing action in just nine of 24 games.
“He’s a young player that hasn’t been under the big lights yet, so we gotta give him a shot, just see where he is as a player,” Woodson said. “I think he’s got the skills but this will be something new for him.”
Shumpert is a natural wing player who has struggled of late, but will also be pressed into service at the point.
The Knicks also recalled Chris Smith from the D-League after Smith recently went for 28 points in a game. Woodson had called that a “possibility” when Prigioni first went down.
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.