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Friday, November 9, 2012
Woodson loves 3s

By Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, NY -- When it comes to shooting 3-pointers, Knicks coach Mike Woodson is all in.

Right now, his team has a green light to take shots from beyond the arc, when they're open.

"We’ve had a lot of good shots at the three-point line and we’re making them," Woodson said. "I just hope that continues throughout the season. I would hate to pass up good shots."

The Knicks have set an NBA record for 3-point makes in the first three games of a season (43). They are hitting 45 percent of their attempts (2nd highest percentage in the NBA) and are hoisting up a league-high 31.7 attempts per game.

Woodson used to be against shooting so many threes when he was in Atlanta because, he says, he didn't have the personnel. But with players like Steve Novak, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony and (sometimes) J.R. Smith on the roster, Woodson feels confident that he has players that will take and make smart shots. If that changes, Woodson said he will change his stance on three-pointers.

"My thing there is if you’re going to shoot them you better be able to make them or we got to go to plan B and not shoot them, or do something else," said Woodson, whose had to yell at Pablo Prigioni for not shooting an open three.

NO DEFINITIVE PLAN FOR CAMBY: Woodson knows Marcus Camby will play for the first time this season Friday against Dallas. He just doesn't know how many minutes he'll play or what specific role Camby will fill.

"I know I'm going to try to fit him in there somewhere tonight," Woodson said on Friday morning. "Who he'll be guarding, I don't know. Marcus is a player that can play he can play a number of positions, so it shouldn't be no problem sticking him in and seeing where he is as a player so far."

MELO ONE OF THE TOP BIGS:
According to ESPN Insider Bradford Doolittle, Carmelo Anthony has established himself as one of the top big men in the league with his strong play at power forward early in the season.

Doolittle publishes a weekly "Big Man Barometer" at ESPN Insider and his most recent rankings have Anthony at No. 8, in front of Paul Millsap and behind Marc Gasol.

Writes Doolittle:

"The evidence is mounting that Melo is a 4, whether he likes it or not. If New York continues to play well, it will be very interesting to see what happens when Amar'e Stoudemire returns."

TELETHON FOR SANDY ON MSG: If you're interested in helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy, MSG and the Garden of Dreams Foundation will host a telethon to raise money during the broadcast of Knicks-Mavs on Friday.

Net proceeds will be split between the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the American Red Cross to assist those affected by Sandy throughout the tri-state area.

Starting at 7:00 p.m. during the pregame show, and running through the entire game and postgame show, viewers can call (212) 465-3900 to purchase $100 raffle tickets to win autographed memorabilia and opportunities to interact with players. Winners will be announced on November 19th.

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