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    Default The starting lineup for Game 1?

    All indications are that Prigs will miss some time because of that ankle sprain and TC said he feels great and the bulging disc was a blessing in disguise because his legs feel fresh from the rest. So it looks like Copeland may start in place of Prigs.

    All year Woody has played with improvised lineups that have worked but starting Shump at SG and Copeland at SF may be the best combo he's put on the floor to date. Copeland has been impressive playing starters minutes in the last two games and while Woody is non-committal on Cope starting I think it's a ploy not to tip his hand to the Celts. How can he ignore Cope's performance? He may be a rookie not used to playoff pressure but I think you have to use him.

    Starting Lineup

    PG Raymond Felton
    SG Iman Shumpert
    SF Chris Copeland
    PF Carmelo Anthony
    C Tyson Chandler

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    I would much rather like to see Prigs starting but i can live with Shump sliding down at the 2 and Cope getting starter minutes.

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    I like that lineup but I hope Prig an be back by game 2

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    Starting Lineup

    PG Raymond Felton
    SG Iman Shumpert
    SF Chris Copeland
    PF Carmelo Anthony
    C Tyson Chandler
    I like that starting lineup most and better than inserting Kidd as the starting 2. What about:
    felton
    shump
    melo
    martin
    chandler
    (I don't think Woodson would do this with the way Melo has done at the 4.)

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    I kinda like the lineup but hate making a drastic move like this for Game 1...but Cope will space the floor for Melo as well as providing driving room for Raymond on penetrations with his ability to hit open J's. I like Shump at the 2 more than the 3

    But I did like Copeland simply being a spark along with JR to create fits for the 2nd unit which is where we will pull away from Boston.

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    If Prig is not available, here is my starting lineup:
    Felton
    JR
    Copeland
    Melo
    Tyson
    I am not impressed with Shumperts offense at all. His defense is not as good as it was last year due to lack of lateral movement after that surgery i think.
    On the other hand, JR is as good defensively right now, and his offense is about 100 times better. This is my reason to take Shump out from the starting lineup. Its time to start JR.
    Very impeessed with Copelanss offense, he can shoot from any distance, he can drive, he can dunk, he can do pretty much everything offensively and is getting better on D. Sometimes he looks unstoppable, lol.
    I really think he is our second best offensive weapon. Yes, better than JR.

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    Originally Posted by groundpilot
    If Prig is not available, here is my starting lineup:
    Felton
    JR
    Copeland
    Melo
    Tyson
    I am not impressed with Shumperts offense at all. His defense is not as good as it was last year due to lack of lateral movement after the surgery i think.
    On the other hand, JR is as good defensively right now, and his offense is about 100 times better. This is my reason to take Shump out from the starting lineup.
    Very impeessed with Copelanss offense, he can shoot from any distance, he can drive, he can dunk, he can do pretty much everything offensively and is getting better on D. Sometimes he looks unstoppable, lol.
    I really think he is our second best offensive weapon. Yes, better than JR.
    Ok and who should be the go-to-guy from our 2nd unit? JR coming off the bench brought him into the discussion for the 6th man of the year award. It would make absolutely no sense for woodson to suddenly start JR and give up a solid scoring threat from the bench.

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    Originally Posted by uber
    Ok and who should be the go-to-guy from our 2nd unit? JR coming off the bench brought him into the discussion for the 6th man of the year award. It would make absolutely no sense for woodson to suddenly start JR and give up a solid scoring threat from the bench.
    It is time to play for the ultimate award, which is a championship.
    If you can play your best players from the getgo, then you do that.
    This way we dont fall behind on the scoreboard from the beginning.
    Also, if JR takes ill advised shots, or his shot is off, take him out, bring KMart. This way you improve your D, and still have enough offensive firepower.

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    Woody is pretty stubborn about having JR come off the bench but maybe he changes his mind or plays KMart at the 4 instead of Melo. Highly doubt it though, if Cope doesn't rate the start I think Kidd starts in place of Prigs.

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    If i have to guess, Woodson will start Kidd in place of Prig, which would be a big mistake IMO

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    Originally Posted by groundpilot
    If i have to guess, Woodson will start Kidd in place of Prig, which would be a big mistake IMO
    Yeah I am almost certain Kidd gets the start if Prigs is out, judging by how Woodson has used his players in lineups and rotations this season.

    I am 100% fine with JR coming off the bench.....I would like to see how a lineup would do with Kmart at the 4, Melo 3 and Shump 2 but doubt it happens unless Woodson has no other choice.

    As long as we're relatively healthy we're kickin the sht outta the Celtics regardless of who starts IMO anyways. I don't underestimate the Celtics, it's just others underestimate the Knicks IMO.

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    I think Cope is getting better each game. Don't mind him starting or JR with either as 6th man...Can you believe we still get no respect. Bleacher report has this series going 7 games

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    JR has to come from bench, like Terry did 2 years ago.

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    I cant wait man, Celtics @ Knicks 1st playoff game I hope we set the tone

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