Jan 26, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Knicks 97-80. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Could Mike Woodson coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team?

Many felt the New York Knicks would end up with three All-Stars when the reserves for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game were announced last Thursday, but it didn’t work out that way as swingman J.R. Smith was omitted from the team.

But there is a chance that the Knicks could still send three to Houston for the game.

Jan 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson gestures during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler won’t be joined by another player, but there is still a chance that Mike Woodson could coach the Eastern Conference team.

Currently the Knicks (27-15) are 1.5 games back of the Miami Heat (28-13) for the East’s best record and if the Knicks overtake them by February 3.

The Knicks have three winnable games by then against the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings, with all three coming at Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks are 15-6 on the season.

Miami has things a bit rougher in that span as they play the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors, with all three games coming on the road, where the Heat are only 10-10 on the season.

It’s doubtful that Woodson ends up coaching in the All-Star Game, but the opportunity could be there if the Knicks take care of business on the court.

If they win their next three and Miami loses 2-of-3, the Knicks will get that third All-Star that they deserve.

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