A few observations from the first half of the Knicks-Magic game:
Under Mike D'Antoni, Carmelo Anthony rarely posted up. He was used to initiate the offense and received the ball on the perimeter. It's been quite different under Mike Woodson. Woodson has Anthony in the post consistently and, so far, it's paying off.
Three of his eight shots have been in the paint and he's operated primarily in the post, taking just two jump shots. He has 13 points, going 5-for-6.
The touches in the paint have also opened up opportunities for others. Anthony has three assists in the first half, though he appeared to be bothered by his groin throughout the half. He rode the exercise bike in the tunnel when he wasn't in the game.
THREE PARTY: The Magic killed the Knicks the last time they were in New York, knocking down 17 three-pointers in an early January win. On Wednesday, roles were reversed. The Knicks drilled 6-of-17 threes, not a great percentage but enough to force the Magic guard the perimeter. New York was able to take advantage, hitting 16 of 24 shots inside the arc. Iman Shumpert had 10 points in the opening half, hitting two threes.
POINTING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? With Jeremy Lin out, the Knicks put the ball in Baron Davis' hands in the first half. Davis produced mixed results. He had two of the Knicks six turnovers -- both on awful passes -- but grabbed five rebounds and had three assists. He also scored nine points. No sign of Toney Douglas yet.
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