- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Mike Woodson isn't happy with his team right now.
The Knicks were awful in every phase of the game against the Sixers on Saturday, and Woodson bemoaned their lack of effort in the City of Brotherly Love.
Can they turn it around tonight at home against Atlanta? Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.; here are a few things to keep an eye on:
PHASING FELTON IN: Playing his first game in nearly five weeks, Raymond Felton was a bit out of synch on offense and a step slow on defense Saturday night.
A little rust is to be expected. But the Knicks would like Felton to show progress tonight against Atlanta. They are counting on their point guard to penetrate the paint and create open looks at the rim and on the perimeter, something Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni struggled to do in Felton's absence.
Felton, who broke his right pinkie on Dec. 25, struggled on defense against Philly. Jrue Holiday torched him early on en route to a career-high 35 points and Nick Young scored 10 quick points in the third quarter when Felton was on him.
The silver lining for Felton is that his hand was hit late in the game and there was no lingering pain.
Felton's defensive issues were just the tip of the iceberg for New York, which allowed Philly to hit half of its shots and explode for 31 third-quarter points.
"We just can't have nights like that," Woodson said on Saturday. "That's not us."
One player the Knicks should keep an eye on is Kyle Korver. The Hawks' sharpshooter has scored an average of 20.3 points in his last four games, shooting 65.6 percent (21-for-32) from beyond the arc. Altanta is 13-3 when Korver scores at least 13 points.
AMAR'E'S PROGRESS: On the plus side for the Knicks, who've lost five of eight, is the play of Amar'e Stoudemire.
Stoudemire had his strongest game of the season, scoring 20 points Saturday on an array of moves in the paint and with his back to the basket.
"Amar’e’s been great," Woodson said. "I can’t help but think he’s going to continue to get better."
Stoudemire has scored at least 15 points in his last four games.
Against Boston on Thursday, Stoudemire had 15 points and nine rebounds, including a key fourth-quarter tip in to help the Knicks walk off the floor with a win.
MELO'S STREAK: Carmelo Anthony had an off night on Saturday, missing 19 of his 28 shots.
He scored 25 points to extend his streak of consecutive games with at least 20 points to 28, tying Patrick Ewing for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Anthony can tie Richie Guerin's record of 29 straight games on Sunday against Atlanta.
2dIan O'Connor, ESPN Senior Writer