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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

Knicks didn't give Carmelo Anthony the help he needed to beat the Lakers

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks shoots

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Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant were the brightest stars Christmas afternoon in Los Angeles, but it was the two guys that were missing the last time the Knicks and Lakers played who made a difference.

Steve Nash’s brilliance at point guard and Pau Gasol’s big plays late helped lift the Lakers over the Knicks, 100-94.

You knew once Nash came back from his left injury he would have an...

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Mike Woodson said he scared Knicks into playing for him

Mike Woodson instructs his team during a game

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The change in the Knicks has been dramatic since Mike Woodson replaced Mike D’Antoni.

With D’Antoni back at the Garden with the struggling Lakers tonight, Woodson was asked this morning to explain why the Knicks’ play is so different. After thinking about it, trying to find what he wanted to say, Woodson responded:

“Maybe I scared them into playing. I don’t know. I had some things that...

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J.R Smith redeemed himself at the end

J.R. Smith shoots the winning basket as time

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Before J.R. Smith hit the game-winning shot that lifted the Knicks over the Bobcats 100-98, he missed many wide-open looks and made a strange decision seconds earlier that could have come back haunted him and his team.

After stealing a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist pass, Smith appeared to have a layup, but he backed it out and some of his teammates gave him an earful.

Raymond Felton gestured...

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Knicks look forward to rematch with Grizzlies at MSG

The Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay looks for room

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The Knicks are apparently looking forward to the March 27 game against the Grizzlies and looking for some kind of payback.

Last night’s 105-95 Grizzlies' win was a physical contest that really had a playoff atmosphere.

“Hats off to the Grizzlies,” Rasheed Wallace said. “But one thing that we’re saying: they’ve got to come to the Garden.”

In the second quarter J.R. Smith elbowed...

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Ronnie Brewer's knee is sore, but Knicks expect him to face the Spurs

Ronnie Brewer celebrates his 3-point shot in the

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Ronnie Brewer had his left leg in a long black compression device while the Knicks practiced today.

Mike Woodson called it precautionary because Brewer had soreness and swelling in the left knee that was scoped in September. The Knicks are calling him probable for tomorrow’s game against the Spurs.

“He’ll play,” Woodson said. “It’s a precaution. Today we weren’t going to do much anyway....

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J.R. Smith somewhat surprised at Knicks' fast start

J.R. Smith celebrates a three-point shot against the

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J.R. Smith has been one of the key factors in the Knicks’ 4-0 start with not just his scoring, but his overall play off the bench.

Smith admitted he’s a little surprised at the Knicks’ record and how well they’re playing.

“Yes and no,” Smith said after practice Saturday. “I say yes because of how old our team is and the injuries to Iman [Shumpert] and [Amar’e Stoudemire].

“I say...

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3 reasons to be excited for 2012-13 Knicks

Jason Kidd makes a pass during an intrasquad

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1. Depth

Having Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Iman Shumpert (when healthy), Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas means you have depth and the already injury-plagued Knicks may need it.

2. Leadership

Letting Jeremy Lin go wasn’t a popular decision, but the Knicks improved at point guard with more polished and respected players Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo...

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Lineup shuffling and big men updates

Head coach Mike Woodson of the New York

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And so it begins.

Amar’e Stoudemire’s injury has opened up the possibility to Mike Woodson playing different lineups depending on the match-ups.

This is not the ideal situation because you want to have the same starting five as much as possible.

But take tonight for example.

The Knicks could start Raymond Felton, Ronnie Brewer, Tyson Chandler, Kurt Thomas and Carmelo Anthony...

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Two key player return, but Knicks waiting for more reinforcements

Steve Novak speaks at the podium during the

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Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith returned to practice today, but another familiar face was missing.

Steve Novak didn’t practice. The Knicks called it a recovery day. Mike Woodson said Novak was “fatigued” from playing 38 minutes in Saturday’s OT preseason win over the Celtics.

“We gave Novak the day off,” Woodson said. “He was a little tired from the other night, all the minutes that...

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Knicks beat Boston in intense preseason game

Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34), left, shoots over

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This didn’t feel like a preseason game from the very beginning. The Knicks and the Celtics played an intense game that featured both benches standing down the stretch, screaming things at each other and urging on their teammates.

Kevin Garnett really was the catalyst for that. Garnett was up screaming, 'Here we come,” after back-to-back Celtics’ baskets late in the Knicks’ 98-95 overtime win....

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