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    Game 29: N.Y. Knicks @ Phoenix Suns, Wednesday, 12/26/2012 7 MST / 9 EST

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    (20-8)_______@_______(11-17)




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    Raymond Felton - Jason Kidd - Ronnie Brewer - Carmello Anthony - Tyson Chandler






    Goran Dragic - Shannon Brown - Jared Dudley - Luis Scola - Marcin Gortat


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    The New York Knicks got off to their best start in decades due in large part to consistent 3-point shooting. They've recently struggled to hit from outside, and the team's recent slide looks like no coincidence.

    The Knicks will try to avoid rare consecutive losses on Wednesday night when they visit the Phoenix Suns.

    New York has employed the league's most 3-point-oriented offense all season, firing a league-high 29.2 3-pointers a game. The Knicks (20-8) have also been efficient, making 11.5 to shoot 39.5 percent.

    But the team's long-range shooting has gone cold, with New York connecting on 31.2 percent over the last five games, contributing to three losses in that span.

    The Knicks' 100-94 loss against the Lakers on Christmas marked the second time this season they lost three times in a five-game span. They've yet to drop three in a row.

    A victory to open this three-game trip was within reach with New York holding a nine-point lead in the third quarter, but it was limited to 16 fourth-quarter points -- two shy of a season low -- and hit 9 of 26 from beyond the arc. The 34.6 3-point percentage was actually the team's second-best during the last five games.

    Carmelo Anthony scored 34 and J.R. Smith added 25, but the duo combined for only 12 in the final quarter.

    "We missed a lot of easy shots ... shots that we normally make," said Anthony, who ranks near the top of the NBA at 28.3 points per game, the second highest average of his career.

    "There were some plays that we thought should have went our way down the stretch, but for the most part, we fought. I'll take this effort any night. If we continue to play with this effort, we'll win a lot of games."

    The Suns (11-17) come in having lost two in a row after winning four straight. They matched a season-low point total in a 103-77 home loss to the Clippers on Sunday.

    Phoenix, too, has struggled from long range recently, going 8 of 36 (22.2 percent) in the last two defeats. The Suns also committed 16 turnovers against Los Angeles, which could prove costly against a Knicks squad averaging a league-low 10.8 turnovers per game.

    "They can afford to turn the ball over a few times," said center Marcin Gortat, as the Clippers also had 16 turnovers. "Our team can't fall for that. We have to run what the coach is telling us to run and to execute."

    New York continues to await the season debut of former Sun Amar'e Stoudemire, who likely won't return until after the this trip, which concludes Friday at Sacramento.

    Stoudemire hasn't played after undergoing left knee surgery in the offseason, but shot some before Tuesday's game against the Lakers.

    "I'm not quite there yet, but I'm making progress," said Stoudemire, who averaged 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds last year. "I've just got to stay patient and stay ready. We've been doing extremely intense work, as far as cardio."

    Marcus Camby, who appeared in only six of New York's first 26 games because of a sore left foot, played on Tuesday for the first time since Nov. 26. He had four points and four rebounds in eight minutes.

    The Knicks beat the Suns 106-99 on Dec. 2 behind Anthony's 34 points. They ended a seven-game losing streak in Phoenix with a 121-96 rout on Jan. 7, 2011.

    Source: ESPN
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    I think we're going to win this game and win it convincingly.
    Not saying I want to, but NY is slumping

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    Au contraire King. As a matter of fact I'm almost certain that at some point during this stretch, that it's sure to have a negative impact on the team, we will see the Beas start at 4.

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    Working tonight, did not tape the game so I'll just read on here for the updates. True NY iz slumping but so are we. I see a loss

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    Close after 1. Like what i'm seeing from Dragic shooting the ball.

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    No more W!!!! The only way I want this team to win is if Dragic goes on a 22ppg 10apg 2spg stretch which means we have a star PG or Beasley averaging 25ppg 8rpg 4apg which means we have our next superstar.

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    my heart dropped.

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    That looked painful.

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    Beasley to PG!!! **** it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    Beasley to PG!!! **** it!!!
    whoa.. what's happening bro? i'm at work so i don't know what's going on..

    you sound excited (or is it angry)

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    Neither I'm just like IDGAF let's go #1 overall. Amyways Dragic took a really nasty spill on a foul by JR Smith. It looked bad but he was up walking(sort of).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    Neither I'm just like IDGAF let's go #1 overall. Amyways Dragic took a really nasty spill on a foul by JR Smith. It looked bad but he was up walking(sort of).
    i'm more realistic, #5

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    Dudley on a roll lately. Confidence is sky high. Career high 34 tonight with 5 minutes left.

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    I say he gets to 40 and we win.

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    Smith of course. Lets see Duds with the GW.

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