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April 22, 2013

Now Knicks have veterans, and a lead on Celtics

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Garnett shot only 4 of 12 in the opener, and the Celtics said they must find a way to get him more involved. That won’t be easy without a point guard who knows how to set up his teammates in the right spots.

They could use a player like Kidd, instead of having to go against him.

“Jason Kidd last night, my gosh, he was unbelievable. He created havoc,” Rivers said, pointing to something he’s heard New England Patriots coach Bill Belicheck discuss.

“These people go to the draft combines and they get all excited about what the guy ran in the 40, instead of looking at the film and see who gets there first with their mind, and that’s what Jason did last night. I mean he had two steals, man, that there’s guys 10 times quicker than him that never would have gotten, but he sees it before it happens and he reacts. And he’s beating people with his mind right now. He beat us last night, for sure.”

That’s what Woodson wanted when he sat down with general manager Glen Grunwald last summer. His wish list included “guys that had a defensive attitude and a little edge about them,” and for at least one game it appeared he has more of them than the Celtics do.

“When you got Jason Kidd on the floor who’s been in as long as he’s been in, and Kenyon, I mean it makes a world of difference,” Woodson said.

“That was the whole reason for adding those guys to our team,” he added. “They have played a major role in our success this season.”

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