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Knicks ready to face Pacers without Anthony

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Knicks ready to face Pacers without Anthony

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Carmelo Anthony had an excuse for not being at the New York Knicks' shootaround Thursday morning. His coach told him to stay at the hotel and take it easy.

The Knicks star forward will get even more rest Thursday night, thanks to the NBA.

Less than 24 hours after Anthony was given a one-game suspension for Monday's confrontation with Kevin Garnett, the Knicks were preparing to face Indiana without their leading scorer. Amare Stoudemire is expected to play only about 20 minutes as he continues to work his way back from knee surgery.

No, this is not how New York wanted to go into a nationally-televised game against the Central Division leaders. But Anthony's suspension left them no choice.

``I'm sure he's disappointed, but again it happened and we can't go back,'' Woodson told reporters. ``He's got to live with it, and he'll rebound from it. Carmelo is a true pro and he'll deal with it.''

Anthony contended he went toward the Celtics' locker room after losing to Boston and later waited for Garnett outside Boston's team bus because he wanted to discuss Garnett's choice of words during a fourth-quarter altercation. Anthony had said he didn't believe he would be suspended because he said he was just looking to talk to Garnett.

NBA executive vice president of operations Stu Jackson ruled otherwise.

Woodson learned of the decision Wednesday night, after the team arrived in Indy to face one of the league's hottest teams. Indiana is 11-3 in its last 14 games and beat defending champion Miami 77-67 on Tuesday.

``We've got to move on and live for the next day,'' Woodson said. ``There's not a whole lot we can do as an organization.''

The options are complicated by Stoudemire's situation.

After playing a season-high 28 minutes in Monday's loss to Boston, Stoudemire reportedly experienced soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. Woodson acknowledged Thursday that he would closely monitor Stoudemire's minutes against the Pacers -- even though Stoudemire seemed undeterred by that notion. He's expected to play about 20 minutes.

``I think it was more having three games in four nights. I just don't want to overdo anything,'' Stoudemire said. ``We'll see how it is tonight. Carmelo's out, so I might get more minutes.''

The Pacers expect to see the Knicks make some adjustments. For instance, swingman Paul George said he believes New York will go to guys like J.R. Smith and Jason Kidd more often and will take more than 3-point shots than usual.

But even without Anthony, the Pacers believe this game will be every bit as tough as they thought it would with Anthony.

``They're different but every bit as lethal,'' Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. ``They being first in the East is as much about Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd and the experience they have as it is about Carmelo Anthony.''

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, July 16, 10 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The five best quarterbacks the Redskins will face in 2018

This week we’ll be looking at the best of what the Redskins will face during the 2018 season. Today the quarterbacks are up. They are roughly ranked by Football Outsiders’ DVOA, although I did some juggling based on offseason moves and other factors. 

Aaron Rodgers, Packers—An injury-plagued 2017 season actually pushed Rodgers near the middle of the pack in DVOA. But we know better than that. We have every expectation that he will be back throwing for around 4,000 yards, 35 touchdowns, and a half-dozen or so miracle comebacks. The Redskins had better hope they have a big lead late in their Week 3 game. 

Drew Brees, Saints—The last time Brees failed to pass for over 4,000 yards in a season we were in the first year of the second term of George W. Bush and Joe Gibbs was in the second year of his comeback stint with the Redskins. Brees gives the Saints a chance in every game and nearly every situation (as the Redskins found out in New Orleans last season. 

Matt Ryan, Falcons—The first $30 million man in NFL history is everything you want in a quarterback. He’s productive, with at least 4,000 passing yards every season since 2011. Ryan also is durable; he hasn’t missed a game this decade. The only thing he is missing is a ring but he didn’t call passes when the Falcons were set up for a clinching field goal and he wasn’t on the field when Tom Brady shredded the Falcons defense in the fourth quarter. 

Carson Wentz, Eagles—The Redskins experienced their share of frustration in trying to deal with Wentz last year. They weren’t the only ones as Wentz was a prime MVP candidate before he missed the last three games and the playoffs with a torn ACL. I am not buying into the notion that there will be any quarterback controversy in Philly. When Wentz is healthy, Nick Foles will step aside. 

Deshaun Watson, Texans—Perhaps the hype train was getting a little bit out of hand for the rookie last year. After all, the Texans were 3-3 in his six starts and he was on pace to throw 21 interceptions. Still, he should be a good one. His mobility is a huge asset and we have seen the problems that the Redskins have had dealing with quarterbacks who can scramble in the pocket and take off and run. 

Best of the rest: Cam Newton, Panthers; Jameis Winston, Bucs; Marcus Mariota, Titans; Dak Prescott, Cowboys; Andrew Luck, Colts (if healthy)

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Timeline 

Former Redskins kicker Chip Lohmiller, who outscored the entire Baltimore Colts team in the 1991 season, was born on this date in 1966.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 10
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 24
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 47

The Redskins last played a game 197 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 55 days. 

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