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Knicks quiet at trade deadline, plan to win with who they have

J.R. Smith celebrates a basket against the Portland

J.R. Smith celebrates a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers. (March 14, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Knicks’ roster has changed so much since December they decided to stand pat at the trade deadline and try to win with what they have.

Only Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, Iman Shumpert, Josh Harrellson, Bill Walker and Jared Jeffries were technically on the roster when camp began.

Since, the Knicks added Baron Davis, Mike Bibby, Steve Novak, Jeremy Lin, J.R. Smith and Jerome Jordan.

When Anthony was asked about today's trade deadline he said, "I wasn’t planning on going nowhere. We didn’t have no plans on making any trades. This is the team that we have. This is the team we’re going to stick with."

Stoudemire said Garden chairman James Dolan addressed the players before last night's game and said there would no movement.

“Mr. Dolan was perfectly clear in his message that no one is going anywhere,” Stoudemire. “We need to give this team a chance to succeed and that’s what we’re going to do.”

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The Knicks have a tough home-and-home back-to-back starting tomorrow against the Pacers. Danny Granger called the games “winnable.” That really isn’t a big deal because the Pacers are 25-16 and the Knicks 19-24. Indiana should look at these as winnable games.

But when Granger’s tweet was relayed to Anthony and Stoudemire they took it as a challenge.

“He’s got to be careful in what he asks for,” Stoudemire said. “I don’t think he’s in a position to speak too boldly right now. We’ve got something to say about that tomorrow.”

Anthony said, “We shall see. I’m glad you told me that. They got to come in the Garden tomorrow. We will accept that challenge.”

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