November 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni (9) controls the ball during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Pablo Prigioni Taking Advantage of More Minutes

With starting shooting guard Jason Kidd likely to miss a third straight game Friday night against the Washington Wizards, someone has to step up and replace the veteran’s production.

Nov 28, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni (9) drives for the basket around Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings (3) during the second quarter at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The man to do exactly that is Pablo Prigioni.

Prigioni started to receive more minutes with Kidd on the shelf and turned in his best performance in a New York Knicks’ jersey Wednesday night in Milwaukee. Prigioni scored 11 points with seven assists in 28 minutes off the bench.

But while it’s nice to have Kidd in the lineup, Prigioni may be the next best thing for head coach Mike Woodson.

Although he is a rookie, Prigioni at 35 isn’t that much younger that the future Hall of Famer and even though he is an NBA rookie, Prigioni isn’t short on experience.

Similar to Kidd, Prigioni is a team first guy. Winning is the only thing that matters.

Prigioni is unselfish and playing with confidence. Similar to Kidd, he’s a playmaker, but someone the defense has to pay attention to as he can knock down the perimeter shot as well.

His success against Milwaukee shouldn’t come as a surprise. Prigioni certainly has looked the part early on. He’s been an asset defensively and he certainly proved that he’s capable of being a quality backup point guard on this team.

Sometimes all you need to do is give a guy an opportunity, which could be the case with Prigioni, who before the Milwaukee game had only been averaging 14 minutes per game and even received a DNP this season. But given the opportunity, Prigioni is experienced enough to take advantage of it.

Against the 1-12 Wizards, with Kidd likely out of the lineup, Prigioni will likely be given the opportunity once again.

He has the confidence of his coach and now the Knicks have just another weapon at Woodson’s disposal, which is scary.

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