So ummm, Danny Granger, about those “very winnable games”?
The Knicks defeated the Pacers Friday night at Madison Square Garden, 115-100. Tyson Chandler led the Knicks with 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Darren Collison led the Pacers with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Carmelo Anthony (16 points, seven assists, two rebounds and a +15) played one of his best all around games of the season, while deservedly hearing a mix of boos and cheers during the 121-79 victory for the Knicks. They played tenacious defense and have not scored in the 120s this season.
Mike D’Antoni and the New York Knicks have come to a mutual decision to part ways.
Yahoo reported that the two sides had “conflicting visions of the club’s future.”
Mike Woodson will asume the head coaching role, in the interim.
On a sports day where the news should be about the NBA Trade Deadline, NFL Free Agency and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Knicks fans woke up to news of Carmelo Anthony requesting a trade, a rift among the team’s top executives and questions about the job status of coach Mike D’Antoni. Welcome to New York City!!! First, let’s mention how we even got here:
The Knicks played better defense than they had during their previous five losses, but could not make plays that they needed to down the stretch, which led to the Bulls getting the 104-99 win.
A stat that proves that the Bulls wanted it more is that they pulled down 56 rebounds (22 offensive) to only 38 for the Knicks (9 offensive). To emphasize that last stat, the Bulls had 18 more rebounds than the Knicks! The Bulls are the second best offensive rebounding team in the league, but the Knicks should have known this when they read the scouting report.
A week that was seen as a barometer for the Knicks has finally come to an end with the team losing all four games. The latest loss was a 119-114 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, who now sit just two games behind the Knicks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Amar’e Stoudemire led New York with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Compton native Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 25 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
The Knicks lost to the Celtics, 115-111, in overtime, in a game they definitely could have won.
New York is now one game below .500 and has not defeated the Celtics in Boston since Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson and David Lee were all on the team.
Tonight, the Knicks battled back from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Cavaliers by 17, 120-103.
After getting back Shumpert, Harrellson and Davis, the Knicks believed that had one of the deepest teams in the league, and tonight, they backed that notion up.
The Knicks lost 102-88, in Miami to the Heat, as Lin had his worst game of the season. He had as many turnovers (eight) as points and only shot 1-11 from the field. This is not shocking because Miami is the best defensive team that Lin has faced and he was due for an off game.
Well that was easy.
Tonight, the Hawks came into Madison Square Garden with less energy than a middle aged man at a Justin Bieber concert. The Knicks dominated from the tip off and cruised to a 99-82 victory. The ball moved well all night and multiple Knicks contributed to the scoring. Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak led all scoring with 17 points each. Landry Fields, 16, Carmelo Anthony, 15, and JR Smith, 12, also scored in double digits for the Knicks. With the game out of reach late in the 3rd quarter, the Knicks’ key players got plenty of rest before tomorrow night’s showdown in Miami.
The Knicks lost 100-92, to the New Jersey Nets, as the Nets made 15 3-pointers to only five for the Knicks. It was the first game back for Carmelo Anthony, and Baron Davis finally made his season debut.
That was Linsane.
In their toughest matchup of the Jeremy Lin era, the Knicks pulled out a gritty 104-97 victory over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. In a back and forth game, the Knicks trailed Dallas by three going into the fourth quarter. New York finished off the third quarter on a 7-0 run and had the momentum going into the final twelve minutes of the game. In the fourth quarter, the Knicks’ outside shooting woes seemed to disappear. The 29th ranked three point shooting team in the NBA hit six shots from outside the arc to bury the Mavericks.