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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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Knicks shooting for 4-0 start against Mavericks

Mike Woodson said yesterday the Knicks were “kicking around” the idea of making a change in the starting lineup. Then this morning Woodson said the Knicks would “probably go,” with the same starting five against the Mavericks. But …

“It could change before game time based on who they start,” Woodson said. “So we'll see.”

If the Mavericks start Elton Brand – who didn’t play in Dallas’...

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Marcus Camby to play Friday night

New York Knicks center Marcus Camby speaks during

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Mike Woodson said Thursday that Marcus Camby “absolutely” would make his season debut Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

With Camby, who missed most of camp with a strained left calf, in the mix, the big-man rotation will change. Rasheed Wallace’s minutes increased last game and Kurt Thomas’ decreased.

“I got to figure that out — that’s what I’m paid to do,” Woodson said. “I’m...

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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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What NBA GMs think of this year's Knicks

Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks reacts

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Apparently, the NBA general managers don’t think that highly of the Knicks or their offseason moves.

In the annual NBA.com GM Poll, none of the 30 GMS picked the Knicks to win the Eastern Conference title and they were picked to finish behind the Celtics in the Atlantic Division. The Nets and Knicks each had four votes for who is the best team in the Atlantic.

Carmelo Anthony finished...

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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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Amar'e Stoudemire plays tonight, but may sit tomorrow

Amar'e Stoudemire works on free throws during team

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The Knicks will use their third different starting lineup in three preseason games, but the biggest thing for them is Amar’e Stoudemire is playing tonight.

Stoudemire missed the first two games with a bruised left knee. Coach Mike Woodson said he would play against the Raptors and then might be given off tomorrow in Albany when the Knicks face Boston.

“If I’m going to play him some big...

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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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Amar'e Stoudemire out with a bruised knee

Amar'e Stoudemire works on free throws during team

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Amar’e Stoudemire bruised his left knee in practice yesterday and is out for tonight’s preseason opener against the Wizards.

The Knicks are downplaying the injury. Mike Woodson said, “If this was a regular season game he would play.” But after everything Stoudemire went through last season and the age of the team always being an issue, any injury raises questions.

At least at this point...

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