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New York Knicks' point guards must step up play

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05:54 PM ET 01.02 | The New York Knicks are in the midst of their worst slump with losing five of their past eight games. A big reason for the current struggles is that the point guard play has not been as good as it was early in the season. It started with the recent skid of starter Raymond Felton, whose shooting was affected by not only bruises to both hands, but a fractured pinkie finger as well. The injuries have forced Felton to the sidelines for 4-6 weeks and the Knicks have felt his loss in a big way. Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni have taken over and to less-than-spectacular results. Kidd was spectacular in the win against the Phoenix Suns, but the point guard play has been a big reason for the Knicks' last two defeats against the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers.

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January 3, 2013  09:53 AM ET

What Goes Up Must Come Down, Bros.

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January 3, 2013  10:08 AM ET

I think Woodson is running his team to the ground and we haven't even made it to the all star break yet. You cannot get into the playoffs injured and hobbled...and with one of the oldest teams,...i feel like they'll be lucky to make it that far

January 3, 2013  10:36 AM ET

All you haters and perpertuators of drama stay away from my Knicks. We're having a great season. Felton is big part of our team so him being down means we're bound to struggle. Kidd and Pablo have been around longer than the opera show... just to show their age. Of course we'll struggle... we love our team and we love our losses when they are expected. F off Media.

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January 3, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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All you haters and perpertuators of drama stay away from my Knicks. We're having a great season. Felton is big part of our team so him being down means we're bound to struggle. Kidd and Pablo have been around longer than the opera show... just to show their age. Of course we'll struggle... we love our team and we love our losses when they are expected. F off Media.

And we love to hate :-).

Maybe they should start JR while Felton recovers, unless Shumpert is ready to take some minutes off Kidd. Without a healthy Kidd, the Knicks are going nowhere in the playoffs.

January 3, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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No way you thought you were going to lose to the Kings & Blazers at home, no way.

It's a long season and surprises and injuries are all part of the game. We lost to the Kings on their home court after coming back from a 27 point hole. As for the Portland game you can call it. 'STAT came back'. We're not at peak strength yet we're in the thick of things. It will only get better. I don't mind even if we drop to 4 while figuring out chemistry and getting players. If we're healthy come playoff time I like our chances against any team. There's no need to hit the panic button this early in the season. We have to patient and smart with an eye on the prize...

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January 3, 2013  11:15 AM ET
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He is a true NY fan unlike some poster who only thinks that Melo is the only NY team...lolLost criticizes the good and the bad and gives credit where it's due and not just one player in the Knicks, past or present.... Guam Baller out

Thank you bro... takes 1 to know 1.. happy new year!

January 3, 2013  11:28 AM ET

Just like Kobe said, we [ they ] are too old.

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January 3, 2013  11:29 AM ET

I don't believe the problem is with the point guards, those three points that were made during the winning stretch is being defensed now; that's the problem!

January 3, 2013  11:35 AM ET
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So let me get this straight, I've seen people spreading their apple sauce all over the place about Kobe and his ball hoggin, gettin his #'s. But when the Great Melo scores 45 and the Knicks lose, it's all good b/c Melo is ballin! Melo's +/- vs Blazers was only +1. While the old man Kidd was a +10. Not a fan of either L.A. or N.Y., just observing.

Write a book...

January 3, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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So let me get this straight, I've seen people spreading their apple sauce all over the place about Kobe and his ball hoggin, gettin his #'s. But when the Great Melo scores 45 and the Knicks lose, it's all good b/c Melo is ballin! Melo's +/- vs Blazers was only +1. While the old man Kidd was a +10. Not a fan of either L.A. or N.Y., just observing.

Good observation.

But more often than not, NY has won when Melo scores big. Infact they need him to score that much.
Lakers on the other hand, need Kobe to spread it around for them to win.

Both are great scorers.

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