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J.R. could be game-changer for Knicks

Smith's emergence would turn Bockers into serious Eastern Conference contenders

Updated: February 20, 2012, 11:15 AM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- No one with any sense can argue against the legitimacy of Jeremy Lin right now. Linsanity was validated again on Sunday inside Madison Square Garden, with the NBA champions serving as the latest victim, but someone else will need to step up for the New York Knicks to truly become a threat in the Eastern Conference.

Contrary to popular belief, his name isn't Steve Novak, 14 fourth-quarter points Sunday and all.

J.R. Smith showed up on the world's biggest stage Sunday ...

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