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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Melo preaches positivity for lowly Knicks

By Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks' locker room had a funeral-like feel to it after Tuesday's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Losing to the Bobcats, who had dropped 16 straight road games, to fall to 1-3 was bad enough.

But Tyson Chandler's injury compounded things for the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony hopes the team can team remain optimistic if Chandler has to miss time, but he knows it won't be easy.

"I believe we’ll get out of this. We’ve got to remain positive. It’s easy to go into a dark place right now," Anthony said after shooting 10-for-28 against the Bobcats. "It’s easy to listen to all that negativity that’s going to be coming our way, but we’ve got to stay together as a unit, as a team, remain positive and get through this."

Anthony hasn't shot the ball well in the season's first four games. He's shooting 37 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc.

"There's no need to try and pinpoint this or pinpoint that, we're just not getting it done," Anthony said.

Woodson may scrap Martin/Stoudemire tandem: The Knicks medical staff has asked head coach Mike Woodson to limit minutes for Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin as both deal with nagging injuries. Woodson hoped to alternate both Martin and Stoudemire on a game-to-game basis to keep both fresh.

But that plan may have to be scrapped if Chandler misses time with a right knee injury.

Martin played 18 minutes on Tuesday after playing 17 on Sunday against Minnesota. He said that he'd be fine with playing extended minutes, if that's what Woodson elected to do.

When asked if he was thinking about scrapping the Stoudemire-Martin platoon, Woodson said, "I've got a lot to think about right now."

Century mark: The Knicks gave up 102 points to the Bobcats. They were 11-18 last year when they allowed more than 100 points and 0-2 this season.

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