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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

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 concerned about the 2012-13 Knicks

Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against

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1. Health

Amar’e Stoudemire already is out and the Knicks are the oldest team in NBA history, so whether they can hold up for a full season and what they hope is a long playoff run is a big question.

2. Chemistry

Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire haven’t shown they can work well together, and training camp injuries prevented the Knicks from spending a lot of time meshing.

3....

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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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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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Veterans get Knicks off to good start in preseason opener

The Knicks got off to a good start in their preseason debut – literally.

They scored 38 first-quarter points and after squandering, a 17-point lead beat the Wizards 108-101 last night.

Both teams are banged up and with all due respect to the Wizards they could be one of the worst teams in the league, but what you look for in the preseason is how guys play together, what units work, whether...

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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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A more trusting Carmelo Anthony likes his point guards and would rather not play power forward

Carmelo Anthony practices during team training camp. (Oct.

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Carmelo Anthony talked a lot Monday about the Olympics, and how being around all those great players put things in perspective for him. He elaborated on that, saying he just has to trust his teammates more.

It should be easier this year for Anthony considering all the veterans he has around him, and veterans who are relatively healthy.

Last year, the Knicks had Mike Bibby and Baron Davis,...

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