Playing through pain is Melo's gain

Wanna win back the Garden? Keep stepping up while hurt and without Amare, Lin

Updated: April 1, 2012, 3:49 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Nothing advances the cause of winning New York's affection -- or winning back New York's affection -- quite like playing hurt. Carmelo Anthony did not need to review the grainy images of Willis Reed hobbling out of a Garden tunnel that no longer exists to understand that.

If the sacred tunnel was sacrificed at the altar of change, removed in favor of high-priced seats that are part of a higher-priced renovation, the city's no-pain, no-gain ethos remains intact. Anthony knew his team and ...

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