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Carmelo Anthony can improve, says Knicks GM

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony stretches during the first half

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Carmelo Anthony had his best NBA season, but Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said he could be better.

“I don’t think you can say that Carmelo can’t improve,” Grunwald said Tuesday. “I think he can improve, and I think he works very hard and I think he will improve.”

Anthony led the league in scoring, averaging 28.7 points per game, and committed to defense more than he ever had....

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Video: Carmelo Anthony says Knicks will be better next year

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony talks to reporters at

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The Knicks packed it in Monday following their Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that ended their season.

Being the Knicks' superstar, Carmelo Anthony said he knows the Knicks' shortcomings fall on his shoulders.

"Being the face of this team, it comes down to me. I accept that. I love that challenge. I love that pressure. I embrace that."

"We...

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What went wrong for the Knicks?

Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert (55) and Paul George

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Five ways the Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers went wrong for the Knicks:

1) Chandler bombs

Tyson Chandler didn’t play like a former Defensive Player of the Year or All-Defensive First-Team center against Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Chandler totaled 36 rebounds and 29 fouls in the six games, while Hibbert averaged 13.3 points and 10.3 boards.

2) Anthony...

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J.R. Smith questionable tonight, but Carmelo Anthony says he'll play

J.R. Smith looks on during the final seconds

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Knicks went through shootaround this morning without J.R. Smith, who Mike Woodson said had a 102-degree temperature.

The Knicks are listing Smith as questionable tonight against the Pacers. But Carmelo Anthony removed any question about Smith’s status for the pivotal Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series that’s tied at 1-1.

“J.R. is going to play tonight,”...

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Mike Woodson: 'This is a major, major game for our ball club'

Mike Woodson talks to J.R. Smith during the

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Mike Woodson didn’t minimize the importance of Tuesday night’s Game 2 for the Knicks.

“This is a major game for us tonight,” Woodson said. “We don’t want to go to Indiana down two games. So this is a major, major game for our ball club.

Yet, Woodson said he’s telling his team to not feel any pressure down 0-1 against Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Woodson isn’t getting...

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Video: Carmelo's post-Game 5 presser

If you have a little more than two minutes to spare, you can watch the entire post-game interview from the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony after a Game 5 loss to Boston....

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Flip Saunders breaks down what makes Celtics a tough match-up for Knicks

Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders watches the final

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ESPN analyst Flip Saunders broke down the Knicks-Boston series on a conference call and said you “don’t ever count them out,” with respect to the Celtics.

Saunders was an advisor for the Celtics last season and coached Kevin Garnett for years in Minnesota so he has a good perspective.

“As Doc has always said, this team is always built for the playoffs,” Saunders said. “What I mean by...

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Bernard King is a Carmelo Anthony fan

Bernard King with the University of Tennessee.

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Bernard King, who earned induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last Monday, is an Anthony fan. He was in Atlanta the night Anthony had a chance to duplicate King's 1984 feat of back-to-back 50-point games for the Knicks. Anthony finished with 40.

"He’s playing the best basketball of any player in the league," King said. "He has such versatility. He can...

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Carmelo Anthony could be overlooked for All-NBA first team

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony holds the ball before

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Carmelo Anthony could lead the league in scoring and finish in the top three in MVP voting and still not make the All-NBA first team.

Voters have to pick two guards, one center and two forwards for the All-NBA teams. LeBron James and Kevin Durant likely will be named first-team forwards. If the league had gone the same route as it did for the All-Star Game -- eliminating the center position...

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Tyson Chandler's neck remains an issue, concern

The Knicks probably won’t have Tyson Chandler tonight when they try to clinch their first Atlantic Division title since 1994.

Chandler is listed as doubtful with a bulging disc in his neck. But Mike Woodson said Chandler is “sore” and “needed rest today.”

“He’s a little beat up,” Woodson said.

Chandler’s injury seems like something that could linger and is definitely a cause for...

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