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Mike Woodson won’t point the finger at point-guard play for the Knicks’ struggles.
Raymond Felton shot 1-for-7, had three points and seven assists during Monday’s terrible 101-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Pablo Prigioni also only had three points. Both Knicks point guards did not commit any turnovers. But defensively, Felton gave up a backdoor layup to Brandon Knight and Knight’s game-winning 3-pointer came over Felton, all in the final 27 seconds. Knight finished with 25 points.
“I’m not pointing the fingers at anybody,” Woodson said. “If I’m going to point it at anybody, I’ll always point it at myself first as the coach, because I feel like I can take any team, any five guys and win with. That’s just how I feel as a coach.”
Woodson said there’s more to blame than just the Knicks’ point guards, who have come under fire from critics and fans.
The Knicks have been receiving mediocre play from the point guard position all season and could ultimately be the team's downfall the rest of the way. Unless Felton and the other ball handlers improve, the Knicks don't stand a chance with the playoffs only two months away. In terms of fantasy, outside of Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler, the Knicks don't offer much value moving forward.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Addison Russell will start and bat ninth Tuesday.
The team wasn’t going to bring up a top prospect to have him sit on the bench. The Cubs were getting little production out of their second baseman, so they had Russell work in at second base while in the minors. The fantasy potential for this kid is high and owners should consider picking him up, in case he performs like everyone expects. He is going to take his bumps early, so don’t give up hope on the young star. Analysis: Colby Conway
Al Horford said he's good to go for game two.
Horford suffered a hand injury during the fourth quarter of Game 1 but was able to return and play the final six minutes but with his ring and pinky finger taped together. X-rays taken on the hand were negative but Horford expressed that he was in considerable pain. Given that it's playoff time there was little chance Horford would not be on the court for the Hawks Game 2 matchup against the Nets. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba