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Metta World Peace finds Zen

Knicks forward Metta World Peace drives the basketball

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Metta World Peace has been a voice of reason – somewhat – during the Knicks’ struggles. He said playing for Zen Master Phil Jackson with the Lakers taught him not to overreact.

“I played for Phil, so I’m used to calm,” World Peace said. “Concerns are not my strong point. Solutions are my strong point. Staying in the moment is a strong point. I’m always trying to find solutions.”...

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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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NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 for Tweets

The NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 for directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account, in violation of NBA rules.

Smith took exception to Pistons guard Brandon Jennings’ tweet questioning whether his brother, Chris Smith, belonged in the NBA. Jennings later removed his tweet.

But J.R. defended Chris and wrote he has “no respect” for “lil kids who...

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Mike Woodson unhappy with J.R. Smith's Twitter spat

Mike Woodson is trying to get the Knicks to play well on the court. But he’s also had to spend extra time lately with players off the court, trying to make sure they stay focused, professional and productive.

Woodson met with Iman Shumpert about the ongoing trade rumors involving him before Wednesday’s win over Atlanta. He also had a closed-door meeting with J.R. Smith and Chris Smith about...

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Knicks to start J.R. Smith tonight

J.R. Smith signals after scoring a 3-pointer during

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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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J.R. Smith still has Mike Woodson's support

J.R. Smith looks on in the first quarter

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One of J.R. Smith’s biggest supporters has been Mike Woodson and that hasn’t changed even after the mercurial guard was suspended five games for violating the terms of the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

Woodson considered starting Smith today when he makes his season debut against the Spurs and probably will in the near future. Woodson said he trusts Smith and won’t punish him further. But Woodson,...

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Patrick Ewing will coach against Knicks tonight

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing salutes the fans in

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Patrick Ewing has wanted the opportunity to coach a team, but he didn’t want his first time to be this way or against his old team.

Ewing will make his NBA head coaching debut Friday night when the Knicks play the Bobcats. Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night after not feeling well and is undergoing further tests.

Clifford suffered...

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Mike Woodson plans to start big again

Andrea Bargnani drives against the Chicago Bulls' Carlos

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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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Knicks-Nets games are spread out this year

Tyson Chandler of the Knicks tries to shoot

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Spreading out the Knicks-Nets games should lead to some intense and potentially important late-season meetings, unlike last season, when they played three times in 24 days and were done with each other on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The three in 24 included the makeup of the game postponed because of superstorm Sandy.

They play Dec. 5, on MLK Day and twice in April, including the next-to-last...

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