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Woodson isn't worried that Knicks will become overconfident

Mike Woodson calls out to his team during

Mike Woodson calls out to his team during the first half of a game against the New Orleans Hornets. (Nov. 20, 2012) Credit: AP

NEW ORLEANS -- The Knicks started off their last trip by overlooking the Orlando Magic and had to battle to beat them. But Mike Woodson wasn't concerned about the Knicks taking the Hornets for granted Tuesday night.

"I would just like to think our players are above that," Woodson said. "They know what's at stake. No game is easy. It's tough to win on the road. You got to do everything right."

This was before news broke that top overall pick Anthony Davis wouldn't play for the Hornets (3-5) because of a stress reaction on his left ankle. Ryan Anderson started in Anthony's place.

But Woodson is confident the Knicks have enough veterans to take every opponent seriously. The Knicks play in Dallas Wednesday night and then Houston. They're all winnable games

"On any given night, you can be beaten in this league and you can win in this league on any given night if you come committed and ready to play for 48 minutes," Woodson said. "Every team is competitive."


Carmelo's growth

The Knicks' success has put the spotlight on Carmelo Anthony and one of the most popular questions has been what's different about him. Tyson Chandler said everything.

"He's a completely different player," Chandler said. "I think the USA experience did wonders for him. I think he's hungry to take it to the next level and win . . . He's doing all the little things it takes to actually win from practicing hard, focusing at shootarounds, playing defense, communicating on the basketball floor. He's a real leader out there. It's fun to watch.

"He's the biggest part of our success."


Head games

Jason Kidd had a big bandage on the right side of his head, covering the seven stitches he received in Sunday's win over Indiana. He had to wear the headband again that led to plenty of jokes from his teammates.

"We tried everything," Kidd said. "I hate it. I hate that thing."

Kidd returns to Dallas Wednesday night for the first time since he chose the Knicks over the Mavericks in free agency.


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