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Carmelo Anthony is well-known as one of the best scorers in the NBA.
Defense? That's another story.
No one has ever called Anthony a defensive stopper.
But he says he wants that to change. He's 'tired' of hearing that he and the Knicks don't play defense.
"I want to push myself out there on the defensive end," Anthony said on Wednesday after the Knicks' final preseason game. "I get tired of hearing we don't play defense, I don't play defense. I just want to go out there and just do it. I'd rather not [talk about] what I can do out there, I'd rather just do it."
If there's any conclusion to be drawn from the two-game preseason, it's that the Knicks should be vastly improved on defense with Tyson Chandler in the middle.
Last year, they allowed 105.7 points per game -- tied for the third-highest total in the league. They gave up an average of 45.4 points in the paint (fifth highest in the NBA) and were out-rebounded by 3.5 boards per game.
On Wednesday night, the Knicks held the Nets to 82 points (Sundiata Gaines hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to get the Nets to 82). They also limited New Jersey to 40% shooting (15% from beyond the arc) and forced 20 turnovers.
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Carmelo Anthony is well-known as one of the best scorers in the NBA. Defense? That's another story. No one has ever called Anthony a defensive stopper.