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Woodson: Knicks on same page

INDIANAPOLIS -- New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson insists that his team is "absolutely" on the same page a day after Carmelo Anthony appeared put off by Tyson Chandler's criticism of the Knicks' offense.

Anthony said Monday that he wanted to discuss privately with Chandler the exact meaning of his remarks, which insinuated that the Knicks were playing selfishly on offense.

Neither Anthony nor Chandler were made available to reporters on Tuesday morning. So it is unclear if the meeting took place.

Woodson declined to address the Anthony-Chandler issue in detail. But when asked if his team was unified heading into Tuesday's Game 4 in Indianapolis, Woodson said, "Absolutely, absolutely."

The Knicks trail the Pacers, 2-1, in the best-of-seven series.

Kenyon Martin also said that the Knicks' locker room was not fractured heading into Game 4.

"We're not divided. We need to go get a win," Martin said. "There ain't no time for whatever was said [between Anthony and Chandler]. So we need to stay together in this locker room. I think we are. But we need to go out and get a win."

Questions about team chemistry arose Tuesday after Anthony said a day earlier that he wanted to talk behind closed doors to Chandler about his critique of the offense.

"I really don't want to go back and forth about that because I really don't know exactly what he was talking about. But if he feels that way ... we'll discuss that among ourselves and figure that out," Anthony said on Monday.

Chandler bemoaned the Knicks' lack of ball movement after they scored 71 points in a Game 3 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.

"I watched the tape myself and there's open looks," Chandler said Sunday. "We have to be willing passers. You have to sacrifice yourself sometimes for the betterment of the team, for the betterment of your teammates. So when you drive in the paint, you draw, you kick it. We need to do a better job of allowing the game to dictate who takes the shots and not the individuals.

"I'm not saying that anybody is doing it maliciously. I think it's moreso a situation, you want to take over the game or you want to make a big shot, where you have to just stick to the game plan. Good teams win basketball games. Unless you're a great, great, great individual, and we've only had a few of those come through."

Chandler did not call out any of his teammates by name. But Anthony and J.R. Smith are the players who most frequently operate in isolation to create their own shot.

Anthony appeared a bit put off by Chandler's comments. However, before he addressed the issue with reporters on Monday, he insisted that the Knicks were on the "same page."

"We're good. As far as mentally and everybody being on the same page and everybody staying confident, everybody is where we should be," he said.

Martin said Tuesday that it was inaccurate to blame the Game 3 loss solely on "one or two" members of the team. The Knicks shot 35.7 percent in Game 3.

Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Smith and Jason Kidd combined to shoot 5-for-24.

"We know we didn't shoot the ball well as a unit. It wasn't just one guy or two guys. It was a team. It's a team thing, man. So we know we need to make shots. We need to defend better. We need to rebound better," Martin said. "It ain't just making shots. We had [15] turnovers. They had 18 offensive rebounds. I think a lot of that played a factor in the loss as well. it's not just making shots."

Anthony on Monday called Game 4 on Tuesday a "must-win" and a "gut-check" game for the Knicks.

"I'll come out a little bit more aggressive come tomorrow because we don't want to go home and I don't want to go back to New York down 3-1," said Anthony, who shot 6-for-16 in the Game 3 loss.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.