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Monday, October 14, 2013
Fewer double-teams on D?

By Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks ranked a dismal 19th in opponent field goal percentage last season. Making matters worse, they were 25th in opponent's 3-point percentage last season. Those are two recipes for disaster on defense.

Many observers chalked this up to the amount of double-teams the Knicks used last season. The doubles-teams, when executed with the wrong personnel, left opposing shooters open on the perimeter and left the lane open for drives to the rim.

Well, Mike Woodson hopes to put an end to that this year.

He said Monday that he'd like to use fewer double-teams in 2013-14.

"If you watched our team early on [last season] before the injuries started to creep in, we didn't double in the post because we had six bigs," Woodson said. "All those bigs could play guys one on one so that kept us out of rotation. And I would like to get back to that where we don't have to double as much. We only try to double key guys -- the LeBrons, the Kobe's, the Wade's, the Durants."

AMAR'E RUNNING, NOT SCRIMMAGING: Amar'e Stoudemire's status remains up in the air for the season opener. He ran with his teammates on Monday but did not participate in the 5-on-5 scrimmage. Stoudemire underwent a knee procedure over the summer -- his third in the past 12 months -- and he hasn't taken any contact on the floor in preseason.

MELO EXCITED, NOT NERVOUS, TO PLAY IN BALTIMORE: Carmelo Anthony will play in his hometown of Baltimore for his first time as a pro on Thursday when the Knicks face the Wizards in a preseason game. Anthony grew up in Brooklyn but moved to Baltimore with his family when he was seven.

"I think it will be a different type of feeling looking in the crowd and knowing that I know probably three-fourths of the people that will be at that game. Because Baltimore is that type of small community where everybody knows everybody," Anthony said. "It's just a different feeling playing in front of the people you grew up with, seeing old friends, family."

Anthony was asked if he's going to be nervous playing in front of so many familiar faces. He laughed.

"Nervous? I haven't been nervous since my son was born," he said.

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