GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks have grabbed many of the headlines for their 3-0 start -- their best start since 1999 -- and their early success brought out some new media faces to practice on Wednesday, even with the upcoming snowstorm.
But for a team featuring many veteran players, several who've won on the NBA Finals stage, the bigger spotlight is nothing new. The Knicks remain grounded and understand they have a long road ahead.
Starting point guard Raymond Felton put things into perspective after Wednesday's practice.
"We can't be satisfied right now," he said. "We're not going to lay it down like, 'We've got everything figured out.' We still got a long way. We still got to get better on defense, we still got to execute better on offense. We still got a lot of things we got to do. We've got to rebound better.
"There are so many things that we need to do to improve that we can't stop where we're at right now. We want to get better, each and every day. That's why we work so hard in practice. That's why we push each other each and every day in practice."
The guys have been playing as a unit on offense and defense, from the starting five to the second unit, but Marcus Camby said it's all about maintaining that same high level of production night in and night out.
With the Knicks having a few straight days of preparation this week, it will be interesting to see how they start and play Friday night. Many guys talk about how staying in rhythm helps their game -- based largely on playing games close apart -- and the Knicks were in that groove from Friday to Monday. Of course, playing at MSG helps, and the Knicks know the importance of winning at home, especially this season with the tighter race for the Atlantic Division crown.
"That's going to be huge. We've got to use the Garden as our friend and our family," Mike Woodson said recently.
If the Knicks come out strong against the 3-1 Mavericks, and build on that energy and efficiency -- and win -- it will add another layer of optimism that they're practicing the right way, have the ideal personnel and chemistry, and are one of the best teams in the league.
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