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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

J.R. Smith says Knicks need to make a statement

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It’s hard not to agree with J.R. Smith’s assessment of the Knicks after they beat New Orleans Sunday.

If the Knicks are supposed to be a championship contender, they shouldn’t come out flat against the Hornets, which is basically what Smith said.

“We’re playing against a team that’s not going to be in the playoffs and we expect to play better than that,’’ Smith said. “We talk about being...

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