- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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On Wednesday night, the Knicks and Nets wrap up their preseason schedule with a tilt at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum.
Of course, they'll do it for real in Brooklyn in eight days. But for now, this will have to suffice.
Here are a couple things to keep an eye on:
CARMELO AT THE 3 or 4: Mike Woodson said he will wait until he sees the Nets lineup to decide whether to put Anthony at the 3 or the 4 on Wednesday. The coach added that it doesn't really matter which position Anthony plays, but the numbers say otherwise. Anthony was fantastic as a 4 last year in April when Amar'e Stoudemire went down with a back injury. He will likely play power forward for the first week or so of the season as Stoudemire heals from a ruptured cyst in his left knee.
The Nets could go small with Gerald Wallace at the 4 or go with their traditional lineup, which features Kris Humphries at power forward. You'd think that Anthony would take advantage of the slower Humphries on the offensive end, but he may have a tough time keeping Humphries off of the boards. We'll see.
DE-FENSE? The Knicks have had stretches of success on defense during the preseason. But they've also had stretches of ineptitude. In five games, they're allowing opponents to shoot 47.3 percent from the floor. That's not great. Played out over a full season, that would have the Knicks ranked 28th in the league. (FWIW: I prefer the defensive efficiency stat, but FG percentage was readily available this afternoon).
So it'll be interesting to see if the Knicks can get stops against Brooklyn on Wednesday.
2ND SCORING OPTION? With Stoudemire out, the Knicks would benefit from finding a second scoring option. It's something they lacked last season when Stoudemire missed 13 games late in the regular season. Anthony carried them on offense, but on several nights there was no supplementary option. Will someone step up on Wednesday? Chris Copeland? Raymond Felton? J.R. Smith? We'll see.
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