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Knicks to start J.R. Smith, move Prigioni to bench

Nov 13, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

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When Pablo Prigioni has been on the court this season, the Knicks have been 8.9 points per 100 possessions better.

So he’s getting benched.

Looking to put some spark in an offense that is 25th in the league so far this season (using points per possession), Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he is putting J.R. Smith into the starting lineup Wednesday in Atlanta, reports Al Iannazzone of Newsday on twitter. That means Prigioni is going to the bench.

Smith will be in his second game back after off-season knee surgery that kept him out of camp followed by a five-game drug suspension that had him on the bench to start the season. In his first game, Smith was 1-of-9 from the field and looked rusty.

However, Woodson has to do something to spark the offense because with Tyson Chandler out for a month or more their defense isn’t going to win them games. 

Prigioni has been solid for the Knicks this season (as he was last season) but their offense does drop 2.9 points per 100 when he comes on the court (it’s early and who he shared some of those minutes with certainly had an impact on that number). Their defense has been much better with him out there, but to make the defense better the Knicks really need a healthy Kevin Martin.

K-Mart will play against the Hawks (Andrea Bargnani will still start at center) and Woodson said he hopes to have him available Thursday as well.

  1. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Good move. I think Felton, shump, JR, Melo, and Chandler is the best lineup.

  2. cg2424 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Have some pride in your body of work.

    • vi3tguy415 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      lolhttp://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/13/knicks-to-start-j-r-smith-move-prigioni-to-bench/?replytocom=251236#respond

  3. vi3tguy415 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    cg2424..are you new??? its Kurt your talking about. as long as they have the same last name, kurt will assume it’s the same player. get used to it bro.

  4. vi3tguy415 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    When Pablo Prigioni has been on the court this season, the Knicks have been 8.9 points per 100 possessions better. AND THEN ” Prigioni has been solid for the Knicks this season (as he was last season) but their offense does drop 2.9 points per 100 when he comes on the court”. SO WHAT IS IT? IS HE BETTER ON THE COURT OR BETTER OFF? IM LOST.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      It sounds to me like their defense is better to the point where the offensive drop doesn’t matter.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      I am sorry reading comprehension is hard for you. The next sentence after the one your quote is: “. Their defense has been much better with him out there…”

      The Knicks overall play is much better when he is on the court even though there is a slight offensive drop so far. However, with Chandler out the defensive dynamic changes some. Is that clear enough?

      • vi3tguy415 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        huh? still lost

      • nbascreed - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Kurt you have NO idea how to communicate advanced stats or indexed or base numbers and get angry when they don’t understand your poor communication.

      • davidly - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        When Pablo Prigioni has been on the court this season, the Knicks have been 8.9 points per 100 possessions better.

        Prigioni has been solid for the Knicks this season (as he was last season) but their offense does drop 2.9 points per 100 when he comes on the court.

        I don’t think it’s fair to lay this off on reading comprehension.

  5. aht66 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Trying to overlook the obvious, but you are right. It’s Kurt or is it Curt or Kirk. Seriously though maybe the pothead can add a boost to the offense as a starter. We someone to feeling score the ball. Kenyon Martin is not supposed to play big minutes, he can fill Tyson’s roll! The Knicks should have signed a quality backup center during the off season.

  6. msw11 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    also it says Kevin Martin instead of Kenyon. We could use Kevin Martin’s offense though so I guess you are right in saying we need a healthy kevin martin

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