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To help Amar'e and the second unit defensively, Woodson made a subtle rotation change. Did you notice it? More:
Though starts have been an issue for the Knicks, Woodson has been reluctant to make a chance to the starting lineup. But he did tweak his rotation to help in an area of greater concern: soft second quarters.
So he made a change in Tyson Chandler's shifts during the game. While Chandler used to play the entire first quarter, then rest to start the second quarter until about the seven-minute mark, now he plays half the first quarter and starts the second.
That puts him on the floor with the second unit, when Steve Novak is often attacked at the four spot. Chandler's presence helps in pick-and-roll coverage and, most importantly, with communication. The second unit has sorely missed Rasheed Wallace, who was a big part of the defensive consistency in the early part of the season.
Kenyon Martin is soon expected to take up that role, and, along with the impending return of Marcus Camby, that should allow Chandler to return to his usual minutes rotation.