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Takeaways from latest Knicks' loss

Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. shoots over Minnesota

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The Knicks are below .500 for the first time since March 2012. But it’s only three games into the season, so it’s not time to panic. Still there are some things the Knicks need to clean up.

Some takeaways from Sunday night’s 109-100 loss to the Timberwolves:

Bad offense led to bad defense:

The Knicks didn’t take care of the basketball and didn’t move the ball enough on offense....

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Knicks-Nets games are spread out this year

Tyson Chandler of the Knicks tries to shoot

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Spreading out the Knicks-Nets games should lead to some intense and potentially important late-season meetings, unlike last season, when they played three times in 24 days and were done with each other on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The three in 24 included the makeup of the game postponed because of superstorm Sandy.

They play Dec. 5, on MLK Day and twice in April, including the next-to-last...

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Fast breaks: New violations, Bogans and Q-Rich, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during

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- The new delay-of-game infraction that the NBA hopes speeds up the game has been slowing it down. If a player touches the ball after a made basket by his team, it’s a violation now. Players often are under the basket or run in for rebounds and instinctively catch or grab the ball as it comes through the net and give it to the ref. They can’t do that anymore.

- The real winners of the offseason...

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Nine first-time head coaches in NBA

Jason Kidd talks with the media following practice

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A record nine first-time head coaches are guiding NBA teams this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: Jason Kidd (Nets), Mike Budenholzer (Hawks), Steve Clifford (Bobcats), Brian Shaw (Nuggets), Michael Malone (Kings), Jeff Hornacek (Suns), Brett Brown (76ers), Brad Stevens (Celtics) and David Joerger (Grizzlies).

Kidd, Joerger and Shaw face the most pressure. Some predict the Nets...

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Tyson Chandler needs help

Tyson Chandler, left, questions referee Monty McCutchen after

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The Knicks’ lack of a post presence besides Tyson Chandler is a glaring weakness that wasn’t really addressed by former GM Glen Grunwald and hasn’t yet by new president and GM Steve Mills.

Despite being a 7-footer, Andrea Bargnani is a finesse offensive player who doesn’t defend or rebound well. He has three rebounds in two games.

Kenyon Martin is on a minutes restriction because of...

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Carmelo Anthony contract situation won't distract Knicks

Carmelo Anthony celebrates at the buzzer after defeating

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Carmelo Anthony says he wants to be a free agent. He says he wants to be pursued and recruited similar to the way LeBron James was in 2010. But he also keeps giving every indication that he’s staying with the Knicks.

Just this past week, in response to criticism from TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, Anthony said he has “a big Rolodex’’ and plans to use it to recruit players to...

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