Oct 20, 2012; Albany, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Steve Novak (16) reacts after making a three point basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half at Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Steve Novak: Time For Sharpshooter to heat up

One thing that has almost been lost in the 5-0 start for the New York Knicks has been the “Discount Triple Check” from Steve Novak.

Nov. 9, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Steve Novak (16) shoots over Dallas Mavericks power forward Troy Murphy (6) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 104-94. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

That doesn’t mean that the Knicks aren’t shooting well as a team though as they have knocked down 42.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc so far, good for the top mark in the NBA.

But Novak really hasn’t been a part of the Knicks’ success.

After opening the season smoking hot by knocking down 5-of-8 attempts from behind the arc, Novak has hit only four three-point shots in the Knicks past four games.

Being that they have all been wins, it is really not that big of a deal, but with road games against San Antonio and Memphis upcoming, Novak knocking down a couple more shots could play a big factor in keeping the Knicks’ winning streak going.

A part of the reason why Novak hasn’t seen many shots attempts, is head coach Mike Woodson hasn’t called many plays for him and he really hasn’t had to at this point. But we haven’t seen Novak running off screens or even many pick-and-pop plays that resulted in open looks for him in the past.

Another reason is that team’s gameplan for him now also.

The Miami Heat were able to take Novak completely out of their first-round playoff series win over the Knicks last season and it looks like he hasn’t really recovered.

But Novak is a weapon.

Saying that, Woodson needs to find a way to keep him involved on a more regular basis.

That begins Thursday night in San Antonio.

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