Woodson on Melo: 'I need to help him more'

March, 24, 2012
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Ever since Mike Woodson took over for Mike D’Antoni, Carmelo Anthony hasn’t been as consistent from the field.

Anthony went 6-for-12 in Woodson’s head coaching debut, but in the last five games he’s shooting 37.1 percent -- including 2-for-16 from 3-point range.

"Melo knows his game. And I’m trying to adjust to Melo, and I gotta help him more," Woodson said prior to Saturday night’s game against the Pistons.

"That’s the bottom line."

Despite averaging a team-high 20.1 points per game for the Knicks this season, Melo is shooting a career-low 39.9 percent from the floor. His previous low was 42.6 percent his rookie year in 2003-04.

"I’m not too concerned about Melo’s offense as I am the whole team based on how we played [in the 96-79 loss in Toronto]," Woodson said. "That’s something we gotta overcome."

Anthony has hoisted up an average of 13.7 shots per game since Woodson took over -- almost four below his season average.

"I don’t think he’s complaining about that by any means, but as a coach I gotta help him and help everybody," Woodson said.

Anthony hurt his right shooting wrist on Jan. 12 in Memphis, and has struggled ever since.

Baron Davis would not comment on his postgame altercation with Jose Calderon.

"I ain’t got nothing to say," Davis said.

• Woodson was an assistant with the Pistons in 2004.

He said he enjoyed his time there -- they won the championship that year -- "but [Saturday night] I don’t wish them that well."

Prior to landing a job as a Knicks’ assistant, Woodson interviewed with Minnesota, Houston and Detroit in the offseason, but "struck out three times."

Woodson said he respected those organization’s decisions to go in another direction. After all, everything seems to have worked out.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2