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Takeaways from latest Knicks' loss

Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. shoots over Minnesota

Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love during the first half. (Nov. 3, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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. Raymond Felton had 12 assists, but too often the Knicks dribbled and shot, or made one pass and then shot. They committed 16 turnovers and made silly fouls all night. Minnesota shot 38 free throws - 25 more than the Knicks.

Tim Hardaway Jr. shot too much:

The rookie has had some good moments, but he isn’t shy. Forget his thunderous dunk, he shot 3-for-12, including 0-for-7 from three. Mike Woodson probably should be reining in Hardaway Jr. a little more.

Andrea Bargnani should have been more involved:

Woodson is looking for a second scorer to help Carmelo Anthony, who is not off to a good start and fizzled at the end for the second straight game. Bargnani shot the ball well, hitting 6-of-10. But he only played the first 4:41 of the second half and that was it. He has only played 3:49 in the fourth quarter through three games.

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