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Amid multiple reports that Knicks coach Mike Woodson is on the brink of losing his job, Carmelo Anthony defended his coach, both on the court and in the locker room.

Anthony poured in 31 points in a 117-90 laugher over his old team, the Denver Nuggets, to halt a three-game losing streak and said the players needed to help the coach going forward.

"We gotta help him, too," Anthony said of Woodson. "At the end of the day, he's the coach. He has his focus, he has his game-plan, his schemes, and we the ones that gotta go out there and execute that. At the end of the day, we can't fight that. We gotta do it."

Anthony confirmed a Daily News report that he met with Knicks owner James Dolan following Wednesday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, although Anthony wouldn't delve into the details of the meeting.

"Yeah, I hope I can meet with the owner sometimes," Anthony said with a smile. "I met with him. It wasn't nothing serious, it was just a generic conversation, just talking. I had tea, he had some tea. That's it, we didn't get into details about anything. It was just a conversation that we had."

Before the game, Woodson took responsibility for the team's situation. The Knicks are currently two games back of the eighth spot in the East.

"I can't point the finger at nobody," he said. "At the end of the day, I'm the head coach of this team and somehow I gotta continue to push this team and get them to believe that we can make the playoffs. That's what we're in it for. We were in it to win the division and that's somewhat slipping away from us right now, but we still gotta push to get in the playoffs."

The Knicks are now 20-30 on the season with 32 games left.

Just to finish at .500 (41-41), they would need to go 21-11.

If you figure that a 39-43 record gets them into the playoffs in the dreadful Eastern Conference, then the Knicks must go 19-13 down the stretch.

Can that happen? Will it?

"It's important to move as high as you can," Woodson said, "but it's important to get in because once you get in, anything can happen in a playoff."

Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for and He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.


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