Andrea Bargnani's off from beyond the arc

They say you shouldn't draw any conclusions from the preseason.

But if you did, you might conclude that Andrea Bargnani is having an issue with his outside shot.

The New York Knicks' big-ticket acquisition had a tough night from the floor on Monday, going 4-for-12 against the Toronto Raptors.

That's not so alarming. Everyone's entitled to an off night.

But Bargnani went just 2-for-7 when shooting beyond 15 feet. And he has been pretty cold from the outside throughout the preseason.

Bargnani has missed 16 of his 25 attempts from 15 feet and out.

That's a 36 percent clip.

Again, he has played in only five games. So it's foolish to draw any hard and fast conclusions from his preseason performance.

Also, Bargnani was off the court for several weeks in late August and September due to the flu, so he could be working his way back into rhythm.

For what it's worth, Bargnani shot 41 percent on shots between 15 and 23 feet last season and 31 percent from 3-point territory.

New York certainly needs him to hit at a higher clip this season. They didn't trade Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, a No. 1 pick and two No. 2 picks to bring in a guy with a shaky outside shot.

It will be interesting to see how Bargnani shoots in the final two games of the preseason, particularly in Friday's game at Madison Square Garden.

Metta's world: Metta World Peace had a strong night from the outside, going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. He finished with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes off the bench.

Knicks like Ike? Ike Diogu had another strong showing on Monday. The 6-foot-8 forward scored 10 points, pulled down seven rebounds and had two blocks in 29 minutes. Diogu, who is battling for a roster spot, had a bad defensive mistake at the end of regulation when he switched off of Tyler Hansbrough on Hansbrough's basket to send the game to over time.

Big game for Beno, Murry: With Raymond Felton (hamstring) and Pablo Prigioni (illness) out, there was an opportunity for Beno Udrih and Toure' Murry to play significant minutes. Both guards took advantage. Udrih had a team-high 19 points. Murry, who is battling for a roster spot, had 12 points, including a circus shot from 45 feet at the end of the third quarter. He added five rebounds but also had three turnovers.

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