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For most of this season, Mike Woodson has bemoaned the availability of practice time for his team. Whether it was because of injuries or because of required rest for his plus-30 roster, Woodson has given the team more off days than work days between games.
But it seems that might be over. The team will practice today when earlier this season it might have had a day off with two days between games. Raymond Felton pointed to the need to keep this team on the court rather than on the couch.
"When you're not able to practice," Felton said, "you kind of get more relaxed."
Felton and Tyson Chandler both spoke enthusiastically about a more aggressive approach promoted by Woodson on both offense and defense. He wants Felton to push the ball at every opportunity -- even going as far to tell Felton that if teammates don't run with him, to take it to the basket himself -- and Chandler is also being unleashed as a help and trap defender, which is something he loves to do.
"Put it on me," he told Woodson. "Allow me to be aggressive."
Chandler felt the team's trap defense, which started in Toronto on Friday will awaken this team.
As Felton put it, playing aggressive puts them "back in a physical state."
After an 18-5 start, which saw the Knicks playing at a high level, the team appeared to put it in cruise control through the middle of the season.
With 29 games left and into the stretch run to the playoffs, it's time for the team to ramp up the intensity.