Melo & Woodson: Knicks can beat Heat

February, 19, 2013
2/19/13
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James-AnthonyJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesCarmelo Anthony says the Knicks can halt the Heat's run toward back-to-back championships.
The Knicks were manhandled by Miami last year in the postseason. But this year is different, according to Mike Woodson and Carmelo Anthony.

Both player and coach are confident that the Knicks can beat the Heat in the postseason.

"I truly believe that. We've had two games against the Heat that we're extremely successful," Woodson said on ESPN 98.7's "The Stephen A. Smith Show", referencing the Knicks' 2-0 regular season record against the Heat. "...They're playing on a high level right now and I'm sure they'll continue to play that way the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs. But I think (if) were in a seven-game series with them, I truly believe we have an opportunity to beat them."

When asked on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show," Anthony added: "I have no doubt about it ... you don't expect me to sit here and say no do you?"

STARTING FIVE: Before the All-Star break, Woodson suggested that he may tweak the Knicks' starting lineup.

But after thinking it through over the weekend, Woodson has decided to keep things in tact.

That means Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd will start in the backcourt and Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will start in the frontcourt.

[+] EnlargeRaymond Felton and Jason Kidd
Layne Murdoch/Getty ImagesMike Woodson will maintain his starting backcourt of Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd.
Woodson mulled benching Kidd and re-inserting Ronnie Brewer into the starting five.

That move would have bolstered the Knicks' defense and lessened the minutes of Kidd, who has been struggling with his shot of late.

But after thinking it through, Woodson decided to keep things status quo.

"I think I like where it's been," he said in a response to a question from Kurt Thomas, who snuck in the media scrum to jokingly ask a question. "I had a few days to think about it and we're 8-5 with the lineup the way it is right now, with (Shumpert) being back. In a couple of those games, I thought we were right there and probably should have won but, hey, we didn't. So I'm not going to panic and make any unnecessary changes that I don't think we need at this point."

That means Shumpert will remain at small forward. Inserting Brewer would have given Shumpert a chance to shift to shooting guard, his natural position.

It also means Amar'e Stoudemire will continue to come off the bench.

"I mean, that's the coach's decision," Stoudemire said. "That has nothing to do with me. I feel great and ready to play, but that's the coach's decision."

STATS TALKS DORNER TWEET: Stoudemire caused a bit of an uproar over the weekend when he touted Christopher Dorner's manifesto as a 'must read' on Twitter.

Dorner, a former LAPD officer who was fired in 2009, allegedly killed three people before dying last week in a manhunt, penned a rambling message saying he would bring harm upon the LAPD and their families for being wrongly fired.

Stoudemire on Sunday tweeted a link to Dorner's manifesto and said, "Interesting. This is a must read !!"

He was asked on Tuesday why he chose to send the tweet.

"It’s (the) information age. Anytime, for my Twitter handle I try to feed information to the people," Stoudemire said. "That’s what my Twitter is all about, giving out information for everyone to read and that’s what I did."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 9.6
AssistsR. Felton 5.6
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2

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