5 Takeaways: How The Knicks Build On Lessons Learned Out West

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Chris Copeland and The Melo Effect

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When Carmelo Anthony goes down, the Knicks have to change the way they do things. Duh.

But when he is replaced by Chris Copeland, they recoup a decent chunk of their wing scoring production. More importantly, they can continue to play a style that relies on perimeter shooting and slashing to the hoop. 

Over his last eight games, Copeland has averaged about 20 minutes per, scoring 11.5 points and shooting 42 percent from 3. Like Melo, he has a scorer's mentality and that allows him to fit right into his role in the offense. He might not give you 27 points a game -- few will -- but he did have nights of 13,14, and 15 on the trip. Now that Melo has returned, Cope slides back to the bench, giving Mike Woodson a proven scorer to call on.

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