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Mike Woodson talks about starting Mike Bibby in the playoffs

Apr 19, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Carmelo Anthony AP

From the NY Post’s Marc Berman:

Don’t be shocked if [Mike Bibby] winds up starting playoff games, with all of Baron’s injuries. Woodson got him 36 minutes in Newark, no limits like with Baron. 8 assists, 1 turnover. That’s what Woody cares about. Bibby has played in 100 career playoff games. That matters to Woody. “In games like this, you need a stable guy out there that can direct traffic. He played a lot of minutes. I thought he was solid all the way through in terms of running our offense.”

Woodson coached Bibby when the 33-year old Arizona product was in Atlanta, so he’s certainly familiar with Bibby’s game. Bibby was picked up by the Heat after the deadline last season, but ended up being a disaster of historic proportions in the playoffs. Bibby averaged 3.7 points per game on 28.1% shooting in 20.8 minutes a game in last season’s playoffs. From a PER standpoint, Bibby had what could be considered the worst playoff run in NBA history. Still, with Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis both battling injuries, the Knicks may have no choice but to hope Bibby can bounce back from last year’s playoffs this time around.

  1. cakemixa - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Didn’t know the Knicks were already guaranteed a playoff spot.

  2. dysraw1 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Bibby is smart and has good court vision, the problem is that he cannot defend to save his life. I remember when Mike was a young player on the Kings he still wasn’t the best defender, but the damage he caused on offense really made him a top point in those days

  3. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    LOL, check the playoffs last year, Mr. Woodson. Michael Bibby was nowhere to be found.

    Ready for the LeBron jokes, but stick to the topic.

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