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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Notebook: Melo says shoulder will be fine

By Jared Zwerling

Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony said he may sit out of Monday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
With 2:27 left in the third quarter on Sunday, Pacers forward Sam Young hard fouled Carmelo Anthony, bruising his left shoulder. But the Knicks' star still took the foul shots he was given.

"I was going in one motion and he kind of ripped my arm back," he said afterward. "My first instinct was to grab my shoulder. It was weak at that point when I first shot the first free throw, so I had to get my bearings back and kind of shake it out a little bit."

After the game, Melo didn't complain of too much pain.

"It's sore, just from the contact," he said. "I'll be fine. There's nothing for me to worry about."

Melo finished the third period, but he sat out the entire fourth to receive treatment. Mike Woodson said he was available to return if need be.

Now, the focus is rest for Anthony.

"I'm going to take it day by day," he said. "I don't think I'm going to play tomorrow [against the Bobcats]."

THE NEED FOR SHEED: Woodson said before Sunday's game that Rasheed Wallace could see some minutes on Wednesday night against the Hawks -- the final Knicks' regular-season game.

The fact that Wallace is close to returning is music to Anthony's ears.

"We'll get another body," he said. "At this point, it's just about getting bodies back ... We see it day in and day out how much work he's putting in to get back out there on the court. So we're looking forward to having him back, especially right now. It's a crucial time."

Copeland said "it's extremely important" for not only Wallace to return, but also the other Knicks' big men who have been dealing with injuries recently.

"Having them back will be a turning point for us," he said.

A VISION FULFILLED: When Raymond Felton first signed with the Knicks in 2010, he and Amar'e Stoudemire dreamed of teaming up together to make a deep playoff run.

Now that Felton will be competing with the Knicks in the playoffs -- he was part of the Anthony blockbuster trade in Feb. 2011 -- he feels the opportunity is extra special.

"Definitely," he said. "I never wanted to leave the first time, so I was heartbroken. But I'm back, happy to be here and this season was great -- by far one of my best seasons."

WISE KIDD: You can never look at the amount of points Jason Kidd has in a game to value his true impact. Against the Pacers, while he didn't score, it was five assists, four rebounds and and four steals that helped propel the Knicks to victory. With his wisdom and awareness, he always seems to be in the right place at the right time -- and he never backs down from a challenge.

Case in point: In the third quarter when Lance Stephenson drove to the basket, Kidd ripped the ball right out of his hands. Later in the period, he threw an alley-oop pass to Anthony for a dunk, and then he stole a pass from D.J. Augustin, pushed the ball up the court and dished to Melo for a 3-pointer.

Overall, it was Kidd's heads-up defense that helped make the difference in the game. That's Woodson emphasis to the team as they turn to the playoffs, especially as his Pistons team in 2004 upset the Lakers by making stops.

"Playoff basketball, you’re going to have to defend," he said. "You’re going to have some nights where it opens up for you offensively, and you make a lot of shots. But it’s going to come down to defense and possessions, offensive possessions, milking the clock and getting the best high-percentage shot that you can get, and hustle plays and rebounding the ball."

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