Lin: Knicks 'D' under Woody can be scary

March, 18, 2012
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Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks are having more 'fun' over the last three games under Mike Woodson It's been well-documented that they're playing stronger defense as well. Here are some statistics to back it up, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Informations Hillary London.

In Woodson's first three games, they Knicks have allowed 93.4 points per 100 possessions.

In Mike D'Antoni's last ten games on the bench, they gave up103.7 points per 100 possessions.

They've also improved their opponent's field goal percentage under Woodson (39 percent), compared to 46.7 percent in the last 10 games under D'Antoni.

They've allowed an average of 37 points in the paint under Woodson, compared to 42.8 in the last 10 games under D'Antoni. And they've forced 60 turnovers in the last three games.

Of course, Woodson was coaching the defense under D'Antoni, so it's unfair to give Woodson all of the credit for the turnaround. Jared Jeffries and Tyson Chandler are back in the lineup after brief absences in D'Antoni's final days. And three games with Woodson on the bench is a small sample size.

But Jeremy Lin senses the team putting forth a greater effort on the defensive end since D'Antoni and the Knicks agreed to 'mutually' part ways last Wednesday, though he didn't equate it to D'Antoni leaving.

"It's everything from defensive rebounding to rotations to blocked shots to talking," Lin said after Friday's win over Indiana. "I've known every screen that's been coming pretty much in the last two games. I've heard it from the big men. They're calling it out. They're active, so it's very collective right now and when that's going, it's scary."

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Ian Begley

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.1 3.1 0.9 35.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.0
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.6
StealsS. Larkin 1.3
BlocksL. Amundson 1.9