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Notes from Knicks morning shootaround

3/28/2011

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- A few bullet points from today's shootaround, the first the Knicks have had this season at their practice facility:

Carmelo Anthony called tonight's game against the Orlando Magic a "must-win."

• Team president Donnie Walsh said he told coach Mike D'Antoni not to get "overwrought" by the team's tailspin. The Knicks have lost six in a row, tying a season-high, and nine of 10.

• D'Antoni said he is undecided on tonight's starting lineup and would make up his mind during the afternoon. All 15 players are available. He hedged when asked if he would continue having morning shootarounds before home games, noting it is a long drive (made longer by morning traffic) for Amare Stoudemire from his apartment in the West Village to the practice facility in Westchester.

• Stoudemire blew by the media like he was Matt Carroll attacking the rim against the Knicks' interior defense, thereby providing no explanation for a precipitous dropoff in his scoring during the slump.

Some numbers to ponder while we await tonight's 7:30 p.m. tipoff: Stoudemire has scored in the teens in three of the last four games. In the 10 games prior to the big trade, he scored 20 or more 10 consecutive times. He had two consecutive games in the teens (18 points against both the Spurs and the Thunder on Jan. 21-22), but before that he scored 20 or more points in 26 consecutive games, including a nine-game stretch of 30 or more points from Nov. 28-Dec. 15).

ESPNNewYork colleague and comrade Ian Begley (needing followers on Twitter) spent a lot of money to come up here from Manhattan in a taxi to cover the shootaround, and he'll be filling you in further in this blog later this afternoon after he gets done transcribing with his fancy digital recorder.