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Mike Woodson is 'a little irritated,' by the Knicks' lack of effort and considering another lineup change

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Mike Woodson is planning to change his starting lineup tomorrow night against the Pistons.

The Pistons start a Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond frontline so Woodson said he “might match to their bigness.”

It’s a safe bet that Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin will start up front with Raymond Felton and either J.R. Smith or Iman Shumpert.

Woodson said...

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Will Carmelo's minutes become a factor?

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, left, and guard Raymond

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Carmelo Anthony’s minutes could become a factor as the season continues. He went into Saturday’s action leading the league at 40.8 minutes per game, nearly four more than he averaged last season.

The Knicks falling behind big early in games has led to Anthony spending less time on the bench. But they can’t afford to overuse Anthony and burn him out....

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Knicks to start J.R. Smith tonight

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ATLANTA - Seven games into the season and the Knicks already will use their third different starting lineup.

Looking for a spark and a way to get the Knicks off to a better start, Mike Woodson has decided to insert J.R. Smith into the starting five. It will be Raymond Felton, Smith, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani tonight when the Knicks play the Hawks.

“I’m looking...

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Mike Woodson plans to start big again

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Mike Woodson seems committed with starting the big lineup – for now.

Woodson said he probably would stick with the five that opened last night against Minnesota: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony tomorrow against the Bobcats.

The Knicks fell behind 40-19 at the end of the first quarter, but Woodson said he doesn’t think it’s because of...

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Takeaways from latest Knicks' loss

Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. shoots over Minnesota

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The Knicks are below .500 for the first time since March 2012. But it’s only three games into the season, so it’s not time to panic. Still there are some things the Knicks need to clean up.

Some takeaways from Sunday night’s 109-100 loss to the Timberwolves:

Bad offense led to bad defense:

The Knicks didn’t take care of the basketball and didn’t move the ball enough on offense....

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Tyson Chandler needs help

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The Knicks’ lack of a post presence besides Tyson Chandler is a glaring weakness that wasn’t really addressed by former GM Glen Grunwald and hasn’t yet by new president and GM Steve Mills.

Despite being a 7-footer, Andrea Bargnani is a finesse offensive player who doesn’t defend or rebound well. He has three rebounds in two games.

Kenyon Martin is on a minutes restriction because of...

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Carmelo Anthony contract situation won't distract Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony says he wants to be a free agent. He says he wants to be pursued and recruited similar to the way LeBron James was in 2010. But he also keeps giving every indication that he’s staying with the Knicks.

Just this past week, in response to criticism from TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, Anthony said he has “a big Rolodex’’ and plans to use it to recruit players to...

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A new season and a new lineup

Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton of the Knicks

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On the eve of the regular-season opener, Mike Woodson sounds as if he’s ready to change the starting lineup he used most of preseason.

Andrea Bargnani appears out of the starting five and Carmelo Anthony, who had played his more natural small forward during the preseason, is expected to slide back to power forward when the Knicks open up tomorrow against the Bucks.

“I didn’t expect it,”...

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Knicks banged up with regular season nearing

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TORONTO – Andrea Bargnani’s stiff back loosened up just in time for him to hear the boos in the city he called home for seven years.

Bargnani, who's back tightened Sunday, will play Monday night when the Knicks face the Raptors. He’ll start up front with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. The backcourt could be Beno Udrih and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Raymond Felton (strained left hamstring)...

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Amar'e Stoudemire: Carmelo Anthony's contract won't be distraction for Knicks

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Amar’e Stoudemire, who left the Phoenix Suns in 2010 when he signed a five-year, $100-million deal with the Knicks, doesn’t think Carmelo Anthony’s contract situation will be a distraction this season.

But his advice to Anthony is to not talk about his impending free agency.

“I dealt with it before,” Stoudemire said. “What I did was I kept it quiet until the actual summer. I think it...

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