The New York Knicks have struggled to a 2-4 start.
Although they got swingman J.R. Smith back from his five-game suspension, they were blown out by the San Antonio Spurs 120-89 Sunday.
Not only do the Knicks have the pressure of playing in New York, but their owner is now guaranteeing regular season victories, telling reporters the Knicks would defeat the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.
The Knicks used a starting lineup of Andrea Bargnani, Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Iman Shumphert against the Spurs, but head coach Mike Woodson may soon change their starting five.
“I’m trying to get a good rotation down and I’ve had some struggles with that. I haven’t found the rotations that I want yet,” Woodson told Ian Begley of ESPN New York. “So I’m going to keep working my butt off to get us where we need to be and then guys gotta step up and play.”
Woodson told reporters he is considering inserting Smith or forward Metta World Peace into the starting lineup.
“We’ll see,” Woodson said. “I’ll tinker with a little on [Wednesday] and I’ll let you know.”
The Knicks and Hawks will tip off at 8:00 pm EST Wednesday and the game is on ESPN.