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Knick players think Garden crowd should cheer Jeremy Lin tomorrow

Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin tries to shoot around

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Jeremy Lin makes his MSG return tomorrow night with the Rockets in what should be another interesting night at the Garden.

Lin was tremendous last season, one of the greatest sports stories ever. But his departure led to feelings of anger, sadness, indifference and in some cases relief.

Right now, the Knicks look much better off for not matching the Rockets’ three-year, $25.1 million...

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Hand injury doesn't slow Raymond Felton

Raymond Felton prepares to pass during a game

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Raymond Felton was on the floor, his injured thumb in serious pain. But Felton said he wasn’t coming out.

Felton is playing with a bone bruise and contusion in his left hand.

It’s most painful around the thumb and when he got hit, there was definite concern on the Knicks’ bench and on the court. Tyson Chandler immediately rushed to Felton to see how he was.

Felton got up and stayed...

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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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Marcus Camby is out with plantar fasciitis

Marcus Camby meets with the New York media.

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Marcus Camby is out at least the next two games because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Camby said he had an MRI during Sunday’s win over the Suns and it revealed the extent of the injury.

“They said I had some plantar fasciitis in my foot,” Camby said. “They said monitor it and get some treatment on it.

Camby has been out of the rotation, but he has been working out on...

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Raymond Felton will play through the pain

Raymond Felton (2) drives past the Orlando Magic's

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Anyone who saw Raymond Felton grimacing and struggling to get dressed in the locker room because of the pain in his left hand after Sunday’s game probably figured he wouldn’t play tomorrow.

But Felton is a physically tough player who doesn’t want to miss any time, especially in what some might consider an easy win for the Knicks in Charlotte Wednesday.

Felton and the Knicks don’t view...

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Knicks focusing on the big picture, the big prize

Raymond Felton of the New York Knicks goes

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The Knicks continue to talk about being professional and putting team before self.

That mentality has helped them to an 11-4 record without two key players in Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert.

Raymond Felton said having a veteran team and having the big picture in mind have keyed the start.

“I’ve been on a team where a lot of guys were playing for contracts,” Felton said “It’s...

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Carmelo Anthony says he never had a problem with Jeremy Lin

Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin, right, goes to the

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Jeremy Lin hugged and talked to his old teammates before and after the Rockets destroyed the Knicks 131-103 last night.

Prior to tip off, Lin hugged Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, then went to the Knicks’ bench and shook hands with Mike Woodson.

The depiction has been that Anthony and Lin weren’t close professionally and personally. But Anthony has tried to disprove...

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Mike Woodson said letting Jeremy Lin go wasn't a hard call

Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson talks with

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HOUSTON -- Mike Woodson addressed the Knicks’ decision not to match Jeremy Lin’s contract offer from the Rockets for the first time Friday, and said it wasn’t a hard call.

“That’s a business decision,” Woodson said after the morning shootaround. “I don’t think it was difficult. We just decided to go in a different direction, based on the guys I thought I liked in terms of Raymond [Felton],...

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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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3 fun facts about Raymond Felton

East's Raymond Felton shoots a layup past West's

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Three things you may not have already known about Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, who is the subject of a feature story in Thursday's NBA preview section running in Newsday.

1. He was teammates with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire in the 2002 McDonald’s All-American game played at Madison Square Garden. Felton had five points and four assists helping the East Team to the win.

2....

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