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Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Friday that neither Bargnani nor Martin have started any on-court activity.
Martin, out since Feb. 3 with an ankle injury, said Wednesday he was getting closer to a return but didn’t provide any specific details. Bargnani has been out since Jan. 24 with a torn ligament in his left elbow.
Amar'e Stoudemire has taken Bargnani’s spot in the starting lineup and is playing well. The Knicks are 12-3 since Stoudemire was inserted in the starting lineup.
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If Bargnani does return, it will be interesting to see if his presence adversely impacts the Knicks’ chemistry.
Melo’s 62 honored: Madison Square Garden honored Carmelo Anthony's record-setting, 62-point performance earlier this season with a visual retrospective at the Garden 366 exhibit on the Madison Concourse.
Anthony's 62-point night on Jan. 24 broke the franchise record previously held by Bernard King, who scored 60 back on Christmas Day 1984. Anthony also broke the Garden record of 61, set by Kobe Bryant on Feb. 2, 2009.
High expectations for Shumpert: Phil Jackson said Thursday that he liked what he saw from Iman Shumpert against the Nets. Shumpert had four steals in the first half to help spark the Knicks to an easy victory.
Woodson also praised the third-year guard and said expectations are high for Shumpert. "Iman didn’t play one game with me, as me being the head coach and I threw him right in as a starter. That’s how much I believed in Iman based on his style of play and what he brought to the table," Woodson said. "That hasn’t gone away. I just expect more from him. I think we all do. If he plays like he did the other night, he impacts the game, he changes the game *#133; so I’m pleased with his play. We’re going to continue to push him, and he’s got to continue to give us more. That’s what we’re looking for."
What’s been the key to the Knicks winning 12 of their past 15?
"It’s just been a lot of things going on with our ballclub," Woodson said. "The fact that [J.R. Smith] is playing better, [Stoudemire's] minutes have grown. He’s playing at a high level. It makes life a little different. We got to continue on that pace if we’re going to make the playoffs."
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