Smith, Amare sit, but Knicks insist they'll score

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm •  Published: October 1, 2013
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"I think guys just have to do their part, making shots, and when their time comes just contribute everything that they have," Anthony said. "We'll see what happens. Until J.R. gets back, until Amare gets back, we have enough guys that can score the basketball."

He mentioned Andrea Bargnani, the former No. 1 overall pick the Knicks acquired from Toronto in July. But the Italian forward-center played in just 66 games the last two seasons, his scoring nose-diving from a career-high 21.4 points per game in 2010-11 to just 12.7 last season.

The Knicks think he'll regain his form and provide outside shooting that will keep double-teams away from Anthony.

"The main thing is winning, because in Toronto we didn't go to the playoffs for five straight years so I'm starving for winning and get back to the playoffs," Bargnani said. "So it's all about the team. I can score the ball, that's what I do, so I hope my scoring skills can help the team."

New York also signed Metta World Peace, but he hadn't even averaged in double figures for two straight seasons before rebounding with 12.4 points per game last season.

Still, Woodson thinks this team has enough options that it can be more balanced than the 2012-13 squad that set an NBA record with 891 3-pointers but often became stagnant when the outside shots weren't falling. He said Anthony, Bargnani, World Peace and eventually Stoudemire can all play in the post.

"It gives us a better threat this year," Woodson said, "where we don't have to always live on the perimeter and be able to explore mismatches, which is kind of nice."

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