For once, it wasn't J.R. Smith's fault. The problematic shooting guard, who was benched in two of the Knicks' previous five games by coach Mike Woodson, actually was a bright…
Iman Shumpert went scoreless in 25 minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers. Afterward, Mike Woodson suggested that the third-year guard may be having a confidence issue. “We haven’t tied his hands. I mean, he’s still playing the minutes and he’s got the freedom to play. I don’t know if he’s down on his confidence or what,” Woodson said. “But that’s something we gotta sit down and talk about here in the next couple of days, because I need Iman to not only defend, but I need him to just play all-around, like he was playing on that Texas swing.
You’d think that a team would feel pretty good about playing eight straight games at home.But the Knicks? Not so much.New York fell to 7-13 at home after Friday’s 14-point loss to the Clippers.They are tied with the Orlando Magic for the second-worst home record in the NBA.So Carmelo Anthony was asked if it feels as if there’s a positive vibe around the team heading into the remaining seven games of this season-long homestand.”No it don’t,” he said.
Kevin Durant drained three 3-pointers in 75 seconds. And when the crowd wanted even more, the NBA’s leading scorer responded.
Rookie Shane Larkin, son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, scored a career-high 18 points, including two free throws with 11.1 seconds to play, and the Dallas Mavericks held on to beat the Phoenix Suns 110-107 on Friday night.
Instead of starting an eight-game homestand with a victory, the Knicks lost their third straight game and were doomed by poor shooting and turnovers.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-109 on Friday night.
These are not the Boston Celtics that Rajon Rondo left behind almost a year ago, a roster of All-Stars just a couple of seasons removed from their second trip to the NBA Finals in three years.
Jamal Crawford was back in the locker room throwing up, a tough way to start a lengthy road trip.
Rajon Rondo, in his first game after almost a year recovering from an injury, missed a 3-point shot that could have sent the game into overtime, and the Celtics lost to the Lakers.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 24 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off San Antonio’s furious rally to beat the Spurs 109-100 on Friday night.
Mike Conley had 25 points and six assists, then grabbed possession of a jump ball in the final 2 seconds to help the Memphis Grizzlies secure a 91-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
So much for Miami’s losing streak. LeBron James & Co. were back in business in a big way.
Trey Burke had 20 points and a career-high 12 assists in his return to Michigan, and the Utah Jazz routed the Detroit Pistons 110-89 on Friday night.
Kyle Lowry scored 24 points, Amir Johnson had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat Minnesota 94-89 on Friday night for their 10th straight home victory over the Timberwolves.
Al Jefferson had 30 points and 16 rebounds, Kemba Walker added 19 points and 10 assists and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Orlando Magic 111-101 on Friday night.
John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists, and the Washington Wizards reached .500 for the third time this season with a 96-93 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Rajon Rondo returned to the Boston Celtics on Friday night for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee almost a year ago.
Not having the services of veteran forwards Amar’e Stoudemire or Kenyon Martin for at least the next two weeks should at least be partially offset by the Knicks not having to travel at all during that time frame. Or so it would seem.
They both opened the season with minutes restrictions aimed at keeping them healthy for the long haul, but Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin now will be sidelined for at least the next two weeks.
There must be some sort of cruel rule at work here. The one that says Doc Rivers can never come into the Garden with his starting point guard healthy and playing at the top of his game.