No coach has faced more injuries to his club than Mike Woodson — not surprising since some Knicks have gray beards longer than Moses’. And now Woodson has to make one last big decision before entering the promised land of the playoffs. With center Tyson Chandler potentially returning tomorrow in Boston, is Woodson actually going to bench the shockingly dominant Kenyon Martin? On Friday, Woodson said the primary goal now is to set a starting lineup and tight rotation for the playoffs in these final weeks, with 14 games left. That process begins with Chandler’s return as starting center. Chandler is close to returning from his bulging disk in his spine. The Boston game hits the one-week time frame the Knicks provided. Woodson said his intentions are to send Martin back to the bench — a shortsighted move considering Martin’s energy, grit, rebounds and garbage buckets in the paint are heavily responsible for the Knicks’ four-game winning streak. The Kenyon-Carmelo Anthony Show has looked dandy. “Guys seem like they are starting to find their groove right now,’’ Anthony said. “Individually and as a team, it seems we’re starting to get our confidence. Slowly but surely, we’re starting to get guys back in the lineup. We’re winning games, we’re playing extremely well, we’re playing very confidently and we’re having fun out there. It seems like we’re starting to get healthy at the right time.... This is the perfect time.” It is the perfect time to keep Martin where he is — setting the game’s tone. The Knicks are playing their best defense since December with Martin in the starting lineupas in Portland when Chandler went down with knee and neck issues.
Knicks must not bench red-hot Martin
New York Post | Mar 25