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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Like Voltron, Knicks come together as unit

By Ian Begley

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Three key Knicks made their preseason debuts in Friday's finale against the Bobcats.
NEW YORK -- The Knicks appear to be getting whole as the regular season approaches.

J.R. Smith, Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin made their preseason debuts in Friday night's 85-83 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. All three rotation players had missed the previous six preseason games due to injury.

Smith scored 11 points and had three rebounds in 13 minutes. He also hit a 35-foot jumper at the third-quarter buzzer.

Stoudemire had six points on 3-of-4 shooting in 12 minutes. Martin had two points and one rebound in nine minutes.

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Odd men out? Mike Woodson said after Friday's game that he plans to set his regular-season rotation at 9-10 players. That could leave one or two Knicks out of the rotation who expected to play regular minutes.

Metta mania: It was a rough shooting night for Carmelo Anthony (4-for-17) and Andrea Bargnani (2-for-10), but Iman Shumpert and Metta World Peace both shot well from beyond the arc. Shumpert hit four of seven attempts; World Peace made three of seven shots.

Knicks add Ravin: The Knicks have hired trainer Idan Ravin as a player development coach.

Ravin has worked as a personal trainer for Anthony and Smith. He worked with both Knicks extensively in the offseason. His current role will allow him to work with Anthony, Smith and the rest of the Knicks roster throughout the season.

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