Mike Woodson did not rule out the possibility that Andrea Bargnani, who has been in a bit of an offensive funk recently, could be removed from the starting lineup.

Putting Bargnani on the bench would allow Carmelo Anthony to play power forward.

“That’s a possibility,” Woodson said before tipoff on Friday. “I know we were great last year with Melo at [power forward] and Melo hasn’t had an opportunity to play a lot of four this year based on, you know, Bargnani, and having Kenyon and Amar’e. You’ll probably see more four now that those guys are out. Bargnani could possibly come off and back up Tyson at the center spot.”

It's interesting that Woodson didn't totally dismiss the possibility of bringing Bargnani off the bench. He's been committed to starting a big lineup of Tyson Chandler, Bargnani and Anthony along the front line when all three players are healthy.

After the Knicks' loss to the Clippers on Friday, Woodson suggested that he may make a change to the starting lineup.

“Either I got to change the lineup or we just got to get our starting five clicking,” Woodson said.

Earlier Friday, Woodson said that he would base his lineups on the opponent. He went with the Bargnani-Chandler-Anthony trio against Los Angeles' big front line. But the Knicks' backcourt of Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert combined for just five points, prompting Woodson to talk about a lineup change.

The coach is not considering starting J.R. Smith instead of Shumpert, so Bargnani would be the next logical candidate. With Pablo Prigioni set to return Monday, maybe Woodson subs Prigioni for Bargnani and goes with the two point-guard lineup that worked well for the Knicks last season?

Bargnani’s production has tailed off of late. He’d scored just 8.5 points in 28 minutes per game in his last five games entering play Friday. He had 13 points (5-for-12 shooting) in 36 minutes against the Clippers.

“I don’t think he’s getting a lot of the good looks that he had early on and he’s missed some good shots that he’s taken too as well,” Woodson said before the game, adding that he did not wish to single out Bargnani.

“I wish everybody could step up,” Woodson said. “... There’s been struggles all over the place.”

Woodson hinted that he may use a smaller lineup with Anthony at power forward more often now that Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin are out for at least the next two weeks.