Five Takeaways: Knicks Open Preseason With A Win Over Boston

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3. Carmelo Is Ready and Willing

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NBA veterans have been known to pace themselves during the preseason, but Melo showed no desire to take it easy and went hard at defender Gerald Wallace several times throughout the first half. Getting some burn against a strong defender like Wallace will help Carmelo ramp up and start the season fully in game rhythm.
 
He came out hot, draining three of his first four attempts, and established a nice rapport with Andrea Bargnani from the jump. It's encouraging to see Melo locked in and leading by example, something that can only be exciting for Knicks fans.