Via the NY Post:
Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said Ronny Turiaf will be his starting center for Game 1, not Shelden Williams, who sprained his ankle last night in the fourth quarter, coming down on a Celtic player’s foot.
Turiaf, who’s had an injury-prone season, missing 19 games, started against Chicago on Tuesday and last night versus Boston.
D’Antoni said the matchups were good for Turiaf, but that things could change if Shaquille O’Neal gets healthy for Boston.
The Knicks don’t really have a legit starting center on the roster.
“We’ll have a three-headed center,” D’Antoni said, adding Jared Jeffries to the mix.
I will continue to ignore the Shaq-is-back talk until the guy plays 20 legitimate minutes in a game. If that happens? Well, we’ll cross that bridge if we come to it.
That said, I like Turiaf starting in this series. I think Shelden Williams should and will see serious minutes, but Turiaf brings that crazy, no-holds-barred, punch-yourself-in-the-head energy that the Knicks are going to need to stay in this series.
Hopefully, Ronny will lead by example and the rest of the guys can feed off of him.
Playoff basketball…So legit.