As they get ready to flip the calendar to February, the Knicks are in pretty good shape: 12 games over .500, 1½ games behind Miami for first place in the Eastern Conference and 1½ games ahead of Brooklyn for first place in the Atlantic.
But Mike Woodson wants to see his team clean up a few things Wednesday against the Orlando Magic.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Garden. Here are aspects of the game Woody will be keeping an eye on, and a couple other themes:
PERIMETER D: The Knicks have allowed their opponents to shoot 55 percent from the field over the past two games, playing the kind of defense that would make even Mike D'Antoni blush.
Woodson's concern about the Knicks' perimeter defense -- or lack thereof -- is understandable.
"You’ve got to take pride in guarding your man who has the ball," Woodson said.
Woodson likes White's defensive prowess. He will likely be matched up against Orlando's J.J. Redick, who is averaging 18.8 points on 50 percent shooting in the past five games.
BETTER BALL MOVEMENT! The Knicks got a Wall Street-style bailout from Carmelo Anthony on Sunday against Atlanta. Anthony scored 42 points and tied a single-game franchise record with nine 3s to save the Knicks on a night when they allowed 50 points in the paint.
Woodson will take the win, obviously, but ideally he would like to see the Knicks move the ball better rather than rely so heavily on Anthony. You'd think that the ball movement will improve with Raymond Felton back. That's something to monitor as Felton plays his third game since returning from a broken pinkie.