Apr 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Steve Novak (16) reacts after scoring a three pointer during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 90-80. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Playoffs: Knicks Steve Novak doubtful for Game 6

The story of the regular season for the New York Knicks has been injuries and now that the 2013 NBA Playoffs are well under way, why should things change now for the Knicks?

Knicks’ sharpshooter Steve Novak played only three minutes because of back spasms in Wednesday’s Game 5 loss and it looks as if Novak will be unavailable for Friday’s Game 6 in Boston.

ESPN’s Ian Begley is reporting that Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson has confirmed that Novak is doubtful for Friday.

Apr 15, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks small forward Steve Novak (16) shoots the ball during the first half against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Arena. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Wilson-USA TODAY Sports

Novak hasn’t offered up much production during the postseason, averaging only 3.0 points per game, in only 8.2 minutes per game.

Why Novak or Chris Copeland hasn’t been on the floor a bit more is a bit of a mystery.

While neither are capable of defending anyone, having another shooter on the floor is huge for the Knicks’ offense as it will open up driving lanes for Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and the rest of the team.

Similar to last year’s playoffs, Novak hasn’t helped the Knicks much after having a productive regular season.

He’s made only three shots from behind the arc and the Knicks need much more from him if he’s going to get any minutes at all.

But for now, the Knicks will have to go for at least one more game without a potential weapon off the bench.

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