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Raymond Felton close to returning to Knicks

Raymond Felton shoots a foul shot during a

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Raymond Felton was shooting around while the rest of the Knicks were practicing. The significance in this exercise was Felton wasn’t wearing a brace, just some tape on his right pinky and fourth finger.

Felton was cleared to do normal basketball activities – shoot, dribble, pass and catch passes – without a brace. The next step for him is to be cleared for contact. It could happen later this...

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

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) goes to

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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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Melo, Amar'e talk about Knicks going to London

Carmelo Anthony, left, and Amar'e Stoudemire of the

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Over here in America, the Knicks play the Pistons at 3 p.m. this Thursday. That's because they're playing in London, part of the NBA's global brand expansion.

Below, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire talk about going to England to play one NBA game.

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Mike Woodson gives suspended Carmelo Anthony shootaround off

Carmelo Anthony celebrates a 3-point basket in the

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Carmelo Anthony wasn’t at this morning’s shootaround to talk about the one-game suspension the NBA handed down yesterday for his actions following Monday’s loss to the Celtics.

Anthony will serve the one-game ban tonight when the Knicks face the Pacers. Mike Woodson said it was his decision for Anthony to miss shootaround.

“He really don’t need to be here,” Woodson said. “He’s not playing...

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Knicks star forwards suspended and sore

Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony look on during

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This wasn’t a good day for the Knicks.

First Mike Woodson said the doctors told him he has to cut back on Amar’e Stoudemire’s minutes because he felt soreness after playing about 28 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Celtics.

Then the NBA hits Carmelo Anthony with a one-game ban after he “attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday's game and therefore a suspension...

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NBA suspends Carmelo Anthony one game for Boston incident

Carmelo Anthony looks on late in the game

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You had to know this was coming after Carmelo Anthony needed to be restrained outside the Celtics' locker room and after he went to Boston's bus looking for Kevin Garnett with all those security and police there.

You had to know after TMZ and other outlets had video of the post-game incidents that this was coming.

From the NBA:

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has been suspended...

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Carmelo Anthony moves on from Kevin Garnett incident

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony addresses the media

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The Knicks’ theme Wednesday was right out of a Manhattan street-corner scene of curious onlookers: Move along; nothing to see here.      Carmelo Anthony, acknowledging that he was “pretty sure” he would be hearing from league security people about his verbal confrontation with Boston’s Kevin Garnett after Monday night’s game, declined to address the subject beyond that.   ...

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Doc Rivers defends Kevin Garnett

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers reacts after

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The way the Knicks defended Carmelo Anthony after Monday night's game, Doc Rivers came to Kevin Garnett's defense about the heated argument that carried over to the hallway outside the locker room and ultimately the Celtics' bus.

"He’s not going to back down, he’s not going to go anywhere,” Rivers told Boston reporters yesterday. “They know it and it bothers them. Kevin’s Kevin, and when...

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Knicks aim for division title, say Celtics still dangerous

Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics reacts in

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The Knicks continue to say they’re not counting the Celtics out despite their unimpressive 16-17 record heading into tonight.

It’s not just that the Knicks aren’t trying to wake up the potentially sleeping giant by saying Boston’s time has passed.

They know Doc Rivers’ Celtics have many players who are battled tested and know how to win – something the Knicks have acquired the past two...

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Amar'e Stoudemire says he meant no knock on Mike D'Antoni

Amar'e Stoudemire looks on during a game against

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Ama’re Stoudemire laughed and said, “Really?” when he was told Mike D’Antoni said Stoudemire threw all of his former coaches under the bus when he said this was the first time in his career he’s being taught defense. 

“It was taken out of context,” Stoudemire said. “It wasn’t really to be exaggerated as much as it was - just from the simple fact Coach Woodson is a defensive coach. He’s...

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