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Carmelo Anthony will continue playing through shoulder issue - for now

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks reacts to a

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Carmelo Anthony plans to continue playing through the discomfort in his right shoulder as long as the Knicks have a chance to make the playoffs.

That, of course, could end Friday night.

A loss to the Raptors and a Hawks’ win over the Nets, who are supposed to rest some main guys, would eliminate the Knicks from the playoffs.

“I’ll deal with that when that time comes,” Anthony said...

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Playoff push: Knicks just 3.5 games back

Knicks rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. goes to the

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The Phil Jackson narrative dominated Knicks headlines since Friday.

But something else developed over the weekend. The Knicks gained ground in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot. After wins on Friday and Saturday night, the Knicks are just 3.5 games back of the No. 8 seed heading into Monday night's game against Philadelphia (15-47) at The Garden.

Here's how the current NBA...

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Knicks working on buyouts for Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih

Metta World Peace looks on during the second

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ATLANTA – The Knicks are working on buying out the contracts of Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.

World Peace announced on Twitter that his agent and the Knicks were in discussions on a buyout. League sources confirmed that Udrih’s agent, who also represents World Peace, was negotiating a buyout for both players with the Knicks.

World Peace, a Queensbridge native and former St. John’s...

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Raymond Felton says he's fit, not fat

Raymond Felton calls a play against the Lakers

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Raymond Felton said the trade rumors didn’t bother him but talk about his weight did and still does.

Felton has struggled this season on both ends of the floor, which led to the Knicks shopping him around the league. But they couldn’t make a deal before Thursday’s trade deadline, so Felton will finish out the season with the Knicks.

At different stages in hisNBA  career, Felton...

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All-Star break means more talk of Carmelo Anthony's future

Carmelo Anthony battles against Los Angeles Clippers guard

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The first part of the Knicks’ season featured more trade rumors and reports that Mike Woodson was close to being fired than actual wins.

Both should continue through the All-Star break and into next week.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 20 and the Knicks are 20-32 heading into the break. So expect rumors of Woodson being on his way out to persist and trade talks to heat up.

It’s...

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Carmelo Anthony voted All-Star starter

Carmelo Anthony after hitting a three point shot.

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Carmelo Anthony was voted to start in the NBA All-Star Game for the third straight time as a Knick.

Could it be his last?

Anthony has said he will opt out of his contract in July and become a free agent. The Knicks hope to re-sign Anthony and can offer him $34 million more than any other team. But the Knicks’ struggles this season could make Anthony look to join a team with a better...

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Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely with torn ligament in left elbow

Andrea Bargnani is fouled by DeAndre Jordan. (Jan.

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Andrea Bargnani is out indefinitely after an MRI releaved a torn ligament in his left elbow, the Knicks said.

Bargnani sustained the injury in the third quarter of last night’s loss to the 76ers. The 7-foot forward drove and was fouled as he went up for a dunk and landed hard.

Bargnani, who has started 39 games, is the Knicks’ second-leading scorer, averaging 13.3 points per game. He’s...

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Mike Woodson gets defensive - again

Mike Woodson of the Knicks reacts during a

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Mike Woodson continues to play defense better than his players.

Woodson defended Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony, who have been openly critical about the team. Woodson defended his defensive scheme. And during his weekly spot with 98.7 FM ESPN Woodson said he’s not going to let the media tear the Knicks apart.

Actually the Knicks are doing a good job of that by themselves.

They...

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Mike Woodson indicates J.R. Smith will play tonight

J.R. Smith (8) reacts after scoring during the

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Mike Woodson said if J.R. Smith isn’t with the program he should get used to sitting at the end of the Knicks bench.

“Put it this way, he’s going to have to be with it if he’s going to want to be a part of it,” Woodson said after Thursday morning’s shootaround. “As a coach, it’s my job to make sure that that happens.

"He’ll be back in uniform tonight. We expect him to come in and...

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Pick the Knicks starting lineup

Carmelo Anthony smiles during the second half of

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Decide who should start for the Knicks by picking the player who should take the floor at each position.

The Knicks are on a roll and now it's your chance to keep it going by deciding who you would start if you were in Mike Woodson's shoes.

Iman Shumpert over Tim Hardaway Jr.? Andrea Bargnani over Amar'e Stoudemire?

You be the judge.

Fill out my Wufoo form!...

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