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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Quiet Murry makes another loud statement

By Ian Begley

Martell Webster, Toure Murry
Toure' Murry continued a strong preseason with another standout performance Thursday.
BALTIMORE -- Toure' Murry is the kind of guy who does his talking on the court, and he made a loud statement on Thursday night.

Murry poured in 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting in 25 minutes for New York in a 98-89 win over Washington, leaving Carmelo Anthony, for one, impressed.

"He's a quiet guy, under-the-radar, [and] willing to learn each day. He comes in the gym, he works. His future is bright," Anthony said. "I'm a big fan of Toure'."

Mike Woodson has said the Knicks will keep at least one of the three big men they invited to training camp. The way Murry is playing, Woodson and the Knicks' brain trust may have to strongly consider keeping a guard as well.

"This is two back-to-back games that he played great," Woodson said of Murry. "I think once he actually learns the league and what defensive concepts are about, he's going to be a pretty good player because he's got the knack to score as well. He's a big point guard, two guard that can handle it and make plays and that's kind of nice in this league."

Murry's in a tough spot because the Knicks have three point guards on the roster. But Anthony suggested that Murry could be a perfect fit as a young player that the organization can develop.

"He's definitely a guy who can learn within the system playing behind Raymond [Felton], Pablo [Prigioni] and Beno [Udrih]," Anthony said. "If it happens, I think it would be big for him."

KNICKS LIKE IKE: Ike Diogu also had a strong showing on Thursday. He scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 23 minutes. Josh Powell continues to rack up blocked shots, finishing with two in 19 minutes against Washington. Cole Aldrich played just 3:33.

On Diogu, Woodson said, "I like that fact that he's physical and he can score a little bit and he's a good rebounder, so that's a plus for me."

HAPPY HOMECOMING: Anthony had had 22 points, five rebounds and four assist in 29 minutes. He was playing in his hometown of Baltimore for the first time as a pro.

"It was a great feeling being able to just come in and have that connection with the community. I was once one of them kids that grew up here so I can relate on a very different level," said Anthony, who spent Wednesday night hosting a renovation and basketball clinic at his community center in Baltimore.

SIT 'EM? Woodson said he wanted Felton (15 minutes) and Tyson Chandler (six) to rest on Thursday. He expects them to play 30-plus minutes on Monday against the Raptors.

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