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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

Ex-NBA players praise, critique the Knicks

Shaquille O'Neal poses for photos before he leads

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Here are some of the things TNT analysts said about the Knicks on Thursday night:

Charles Barkley: “They don’t get a lot of easy baskets. I don’t think a team can win a championship shooting jumpers.”

Charles Barkley on Jason Kidd: “He is like a player coach out there. Jason Kidd is one of the smartest guys who has ever played in the NBA.”

Charles Barkley on the return of Amar’e...

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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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Jason Kidd fitting nicely with Knicks, sinks Nets

Jason Kidd celebrates his game-winning 3-pointer with J.R.

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Jason Kidd spearheaded every win the Nets had over the Knicks from the 2001-02 season through 2007-08 and Tuesday night he showed his old team what they could have had.

Kidd was on the Nets’ radar over the summer. But they never truly pursued him. They went in a different direction and ended up with C.J. Watson, who is a good backup and much younger. Kidd appeared heading back to the Mavericks,...

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The world according to Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace, left, argues with referee John Goble

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The Knicks will have Rasheed Wallace tonight after he missed Sunday’s game with a sore left foot. Wallace said he just re-aggravated an old injury in Chicago Saturday. Here’s a little more of Rasheed for you all to enjoy:

What did you think of playing in the Barclays Center last month?

Wallace: “You all still trying to make a rivalry out of it. It’s not a rivalry yet. Atmosphere is like...

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Carmelo Anthony misses second straight game

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony drives against Phoenix

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Carmelo Anthony is shooting for Denver tomorrow night.

Anthony worked out pregame here in Chicago, but that was just to get his conditioning in and some shots up.

He knew he wasn’t going to play with the lacerated left-middle finger that also kept him out of the Miami game Thursday.

“I didn’t really have no plans coming back on this trip because it was so soon,” Anthony said. “As...

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Carmelo Anthony could miss second straight game

Carmelo Anthony goes to the hoop during a

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Carmelo Anthony was in the locker room while the Knicks shot around at the United Center.

The Knicks are calling Anthony a game-time decision against the Bulls with the left-middle finger laceration that kept him out of Thursday’s 20-point win in Miami.

Speculation is he won’t play, but Mike Woodson said Anthony would try to shoot before the game to test the finger.

“We'll just...

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Big win in Miami could be springboard for Knicks

New York Knicks players give high-fives to Raymond

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Tyson Chandler knows the difference between a big win in December and in the playoffs.

But he said Thursday’s win over the Heat can help the Knicks in the postseason.

“It’s important to know how you can beat a team,” Chandler said. “Granted it’s one game, but last year things were very different.

“We got smacked around a little bit by them. It’s important that you take a little...

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Tyson Chandler suggests more rest for Carmelo Anthony

Tyson Chandler talks to teammate Raymond Felton during

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Carmelo Anthony's status for Saturday's game in Chicago probably won’t be known until Saturday.

But it might make sense for him to sit out one more game and let his injured left middle finger heal a little more.

Tyson Chandler suggested that very idea.

“I told him [Wednesday] night, ‘Sit out. It’s not worth it,’’’ Chandler said. “That laceration can easily bust back open and then...

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Heat believe the Knicks are legit

Dwyane Wade looks on during a game against

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The Heat is giving the Knicks the ultimate respect heading into tonight’s matchup that may or may not include Carmelo Anthony.

The Heat hasn’t forgotten what the Knicks did to Miami opening night either.

“In the Eastern Conference you would have to look up and say they’re the measuring stick right now and they would say the same about us,” Dwyane Wade said this morning. “It’s as good...

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Carmelo Anthony iffy Thursday with finger injury

Carmelo Anthony holds the ball before a game

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There was plenty of uncertainty regarding Carmelo Anthony and his status for Thursday’s game against the Heat after he suffered a deep cut in his left middle finger that required five stitches to close.

Mike Woodson made it sound as if Anthony would surely be in the lineup for the game between the two best teams in the East.

“He’s going to play,” Woodson said. “He’ll be ready to play....

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