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A new season and a new lineup

Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton of the Knicks

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On the eve of the regular-season opener, Mike Woodson sounds as if he’s ready to change the starting lineup he used most of preseason.

Andrea Bargnani appears out of the starting five and Carmelo Anthony, who had played his more natural small forward during the preseason, is expected to slide back to power forward when the Knicks open up tomorrow against the Bucks.

“I didn’t expect it,”...

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Knicks' last roster spots up for grabs

Mike Woodson talks with Toure' Murry (23) and

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The Knicks still have four preseason games remaining and they clearly have some decisions to make regarding their last roster couple of roster spots.

Twelve players have fully guaranteed deals. C.J. Leslie and Jeremy Tyler have partial guarantees.

But Tyler is rehabbing from foot surgery and Leslie hasn’t stood out through these three preseason games. He’s averaging 2.3 points and 1.7...

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J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert battling for the starting shooting guard spot

J.R. Smith poses during Knicks media day in

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Providence - Mike Woodson said Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith will compete for the Knicks’ starting shooting guard spot this season.

Woodson said Shumpert has “the jump” because he’s healthy. But he still wants to see more from the third-year guard.

The competition may not come until the end of preseason or into the season as Smith continues his rehab from two offseason surgeries on his...

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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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Carmelo Anthony has fluid build-up in his knee

Carmelo Anthony sits up after falling during the

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Mike Woodson said the MRI on Carmelo Anthony’s injured right knee showed he has “some fluid build-up” and that’s what’s causing the stiffness.

Anthony wasn’t at the Knicks’ morning shootaround and is out for Thursday's game against the Pistons.

“Rest will probably be the best thing for him,” Woodson said. “He’s got to make that commitment. If he wants to sit down...

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Jason Kidd expects to return Friday

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith celebrate after Jason

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Jason Kidd shot around at practice today and expects to play tomorrow against Milwaukee after missing last night’s game with a sore lower back.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Kidd would play and would start with Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

Kidd said he didn’t have any tests done and he just got treatment on his back the past few days.

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Jason Kidd is out tonight with back issue

Jason Kidd of the Knicks talks to reporters

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Jason Kidd won’t play tonight against the Magic because of a sore lower back. James White will replace Kidd in the starting lineup.

This will be the fifth game Kidd will miss this season because of a back issue. He missed four games from Nov. 26-Dec. 2 with lower back spasms.

Kidd aggravated his back in Thursday’s win in Boston, but he played in the Knicks’ back-to-back Saturday and...

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Raymond Felton will return tonight

Raymond Felton goes up for a layup in

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Raymond Felton passed his last test and was cleared to play tonight. Jason Kidd’s back felt much better when he woke up and he will play tonight. And Mike Woodson will unveil a new starting lineup against the 76ers.

Felton and Kidd will start in the backcourt with Iman Shumpert at small forward, Carmelo Anthony at power forward and Tyson Chandler center. This starting five could prove effective,...

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Knicks with and without Raymond Felton

Raymond Felton shoots a foul shot during a

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A look at the Knicks' numbers with and without Raymond Felton, who is expected to return to the lineup Saturday against the 76ers.   With Felton Without Felton W-L 20-8 6-6 Points per game 102.3 97.3 Assists per game 19.5 19.3 FG percentage 44.8 43.1 3-point percentage 39.3 35.7 Anthony's scoring average 28.5 30.8 Anthony's FG percentage 47.2 41.4 ...

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