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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

Will Carmelo's minutes become a factor?

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, left, and guard Raymond

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Carmelo Anthony’s minutes could become a factor as the season continues. He went into Saturday’s action leading the league at 40.8 minutes per game, nearly four more than he averaged last season.

The Knicks falling behind big early in games has led to Anthony spending less time on the bench. But they can’t afford to overuse Anthony and burn him out....

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Knicks can learn from Pacers

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks to get past

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The Pacers visit the Garden Wednesday in the first meeting between the two teams since Indiana ended the Knicks’ season in the conference semifinals. The way the Knicks have played they would be extremely lucky to get that far again.

They don’t have the chemistry they had last season, aren’t playing as cohesively and certainly not with the same effort defensively. Not having Tyson Chandler...

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NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 for Tweets

The NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 for directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account, in violation of NBA rules.

Smith took exception to Pistons guard Brandon Jennings’ tweet questioning whether his brother, Chris Smith, belonged in the NBA. Jennings later removed his tweet.

But J.R. defended Chris and wrote he has “no respect” for “lil kids who...

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Mike Woodson unhappy with J.R. Smith's Twitter spat

Mike Woodson is trying to get the Knicks to play well on the court. But he’s also had to spend extra time lately with players off the court, trying to make sure they stay focused, professional and productive.

Woodson met with Iman Shumpert about the ongoing trade rumors involving him before Wednesday’s win over Atlanta. He also had a closed-door meeting with J.R. Smith and Chris Smith about...

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Knicks to start J.R. Smith tonight

J.R. Smith signals after scoring a 3-pointer during

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ATLANTA - Seven games into the season and the Knicks already will use their third different starting lineup.

Looking for a spark and a way to get the Knicks off to a better start, Mike Woodson has decided to insert J.R. Smith into the starting five. It will be Raymond Felton, Smith, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani tonight when the Knicks play the Hawks.

“I’m looking...

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Fast breaks: Love, LeBron, rookies

Minnesota's Kevin Love fights for control of the

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- Kevin Love -- and the people who have him on their fantasy team - probably can't wait for his games against the Knicks. He's averaging 32.5 points, 20.5 rebounds and 11.3 free-throw attempts his last four games against them - that includes a 31-point, 31-board game in 2010-11.

- LeBron James became the fifth player to score in double figures in at least 500 consecutive regular-season games....

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Gregg Popovich won't change

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich speaks

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was second-guessed and criticized for removing Tim Duncan for the last two possessions of Game 6 because he wanted a smaller team to defend the three-point line. Chris Bosh grabbed the offensive rebound and fed Ray Allen for the series-changing three.

Faced with a similar situation in the fifth game this season, Popovich pulled Duncan with 12.8 seconds left and the...

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LI native Danny Green a shooting star

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green reacts after

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North Babylon's Danny Green was the breakout star of the NBA Finals. But his record 27 three-pointers became a footnote after the Spurs couldn't close out Miami in Game 6 and ultimately lost the series in Game 7.

It was a devastating defeat for Green and the Spurs, who visit the Garden Sunday. In the last two games, Green shot 2-for-19 overall and 2-for-11 from three. He was 1-of-12 in Game...

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Knicks have a big need

Tyson Chandler, left, shoots over Chicago Bulls forward

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Steve Mills was asked during the preseason what he thought the Knicks needed.

"Backup center," Mills, the Knicks' president and GM said. "That's something we clearly need to worry about."

This was this long before Tyson Chandler broke a bone in his right leg, which will sideline him four-to-six weeks. The Knicks should have addressed this glaring weakness during the...

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J.R. Smith still has Mike Woodson's support

J.R. Smith looks on in the first quarter

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One of J.R. Smith’s biggest supporters has been Mike Woodson and that hasn’t changed even after the mercurial guard was suspended five games for violating the terms of the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

Woodson considered starting Smith today when he makes his season debut against the Spurs and probably will in the near future. Woodson said he trusts Smith and won’t punish him further. But Woodson,...

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