Danilo Gallinari's 3-for-13 shooting performance in two preseason games is enough to have Mike D'Antoni hedging on his statement that Gallinari is "one of the best shooters I've ever seen."

That statement came before training camp, but after Gallinari clanked through a 1-for-7 outing in Friday's 96-82 loss to the Celtics, D'Antoni said with a nervous laugh, "I may have to reassess that."

Conditioning appears to be the main issue, as Gallinari seems to have very little power in his legs after a week of training camp and a week of practice. The 2008 lottery pick, who was inserted into the starting lineup Friday, said he feels good and is not at all concerned about the surprising loss of his usual accuracy. In his injury-shortened rookie season, Gallinari shot 44.8 percent from the floor (56-for-125) in 28 games.

"I'm not worried," he said. "Sometimes that happens . . . but that's not a problem."

Gallinari wasn't the only one terribly off-target in the game. The Knicks were 3-for-25 from the field to begin the game and were 2-for-20 from downtown at one point. They finished 37.7 percent from the floor (29-for-77) and were 5-for-31 from three-point range.


But D'Antoni seemed more concerned about his players' lack of intensity against the loaded Celtics, who once again will contend for the top seed in the East. "We just have to keep our intensity up and take the fight to them," D'Antoni said. "We were a little bit on our heels."

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David Lee, who needed five stitches to close a gash over his right eye, courtesy of an errant elbow from Paul Pierce, said he saw the same self-confidence issue as last season.

"Sometimes when we don't hit shots, we tend to not do as well intensity-wise," Lee said. "That's something we need to correct."