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Friday, November 8, 2013
W2W4: Knicks at Bobcats

By Ian Begley

Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Friday's game against the Bobcats:

Can Melo help right the ship? With Tyson Chandler expected to be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured right fibula, the Knicks will likely need to outscore people to win games.

That means they'll need more from Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is shooting just 37 percent in the first four games of the season.

He's coming off of a 10-for-28 night against the Bobcats.

Could his shoulder injury be an issue?

Anthony tore his rotator cuff and labrum in his right shoulder last April. He opted to rehab the injury over the summer and has said his shoulder is feeling fine.

For what it's worth, Mike Woodson thinks Anthony and the rest of the Knicks are simply missing shots that they hit last year.

"We've just got to stay the course," Woodson said. "Some of those shots are good shots."

Bargnani is center of attention: Andrea Bargnani is expected to play more center with Chandler out. If recent history is any indication, this could spell trouble for New York (1-3).

Bargnani has been known as a sub par defender throughout his career and this year is no different.

In Bargnani's 84 minutes on the floor this season, the Knicks have given up 116.3 points per 100 possessions. With Bargnani off the floor, that number drops to 84.5. Four games is a small sample size, of course, but those numbers don't bode well for New York.

So sorry: It's rare when an athlete offers a public apology to fans, but that's what Ray Felton did on Thursday. In an interview on ESPN 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show," Felton said he and his teammates apologize to fans for the Knicks' slow start. It's only the fifth game of the regular season, but given the Knicks slow start and Felton's apology, this game feels pretty close to a must win.

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