J.R. Smith will start against the Hawks

Your new starting backcourt! - USA TODAY Sports

Okay, sure.

Here is Mike Woodson's latest attempt to prevent the Knicks from falling behind double digits minutes into a game:

Starting J.R. Smith for the first time since 2011-2012 after he looked totally out of sorts in his first game would not be my top choice for a new first unit, especially not at the expense of Pablo Prigioni, but we'll see how it goes. All that lineup needs to do is hit open shots, win the turnover/rebound battles, and contain Jeff Teague, and they'll be okay.

As far as containing Teague goes, there is this:

Not sure that first unit can muster a decent zone, so perhaps it'll wait for later lineups.

Meanwhile, Kenyon Martin's grumbling (and Tyson Chandler's injury, and losing a lot) may have overturned the Knicks' plan to limit his minutes:

Mike Woodson is flailing. I hope he stumbles upon something effective eventually. For now, I'm just happy I can look forward to a new game instead of dwelling on what happened Sunday.

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