Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Mar 25 2012)
NEW YORK — When Tyson Chandler became a Knick in early December, he did so because he believed the team had what it took to win a championship. For a player who was coming off of a title run with the Mavericks, he didn’t want to have it any other way.
Even when the Knicks struggled in January, losing nine of 11 games, Chandler’s championship dreams with the Knicks didn’t fade away.
At the time, Chandler said, “In all honestly, I still feel like this is a team that can win a championship.
Been there. Done that.
But a double-oop? Whoa! Don’t see that too often.
But with 2:29 remaining in the Knicks’ 101-79 blowout victory over the Pistons, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert pulled off the rare double-oop.
Smith and Shumpert got out on a 2-on-1 fastbreak in transition. Smith threw a lob pass to Shumpert, but it was too far away from the rim, so Shumpert looked back and passed to an elevating Smith for a one-handed slam that brought the Garden crowd to its feet.
NEW YORK — It’s an image Knicks fans don’t want to remember: Amare Stoudemire laying on his stomach on the court by the Knicks’ bench during Game 2 of the their first-round matchup against the Celtics last April.
Stoudemire missed the second half of that game and the Knicks went on to lose, 96-93, going down 0-2 in the series. Eventually the Knicks would get swept, during which it was determined that Stoudemire had pulled a muscle in his back. It was an injury that needed the 2011 offseason to fully heal.
New York won for the sixth time in seven games since Mike D’Antoni’s departure as coach, but Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin left the game in the third quarter with injuries.
Only in Los Angeles, where the Lakers and the Clippers have shared Staples Center since 1999, do professional teams in the same major sport play doubleheaders in the same arena.
Jon Scheyer, whose dream of playing in the N.B.A. was delayed by an eye injury, joined the Maccabi Tel Aviv team under Israeli citizenship granted when he, a Jew, immigrated.
Luol Deng made a follow-up shot at the buzzer in overtime and the Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors, 102-101, on Saturday night for their N.B.A.-leading 40th victory.
Luol Deng’s buzzer-beater in overtime gave Chicago a 102-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors at the United Center on Saturday as the Bulls earned their fourth consecutive win and their NBA-leading 40th of the season
David Lee had 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists and rookie Klay Thompson scored a career-best 31 points to lead the short-handed Golden State Warriors past the Sacramento Kings, 111-108 on Saturday night.
The Chicago Bulls edged the Toronto Raptors 102-101 in the final second of overtime to win their fourth consecutive game and their league-leading 40th of the season at the United Center on Saturday.
Lucky? Maybe. Luol Deng’s timing was awful good, too. He grabbed a shot that had been blocked and put it in the basket just before the buzzer sounded Saturday night, rescuing the Chicago Bulls and giving them their NBA-leading 40th victory.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, Jason Terry added 24 and Brandan Wright had a career-high seven blocks to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets 101-99 in overtime Saturday night.
George Hill scored a season-high 24 points coming off the bench and the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 125-104 on Saturday night.
DeJuan Blair scored 23 points and Tim Duncan had four key points down the stretch as the San Antonio Spurs beat the short-handed Hornets 89-86 on Saturday night.
Tyson Chandler had 15 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds, and the New York Knicks rebounded from their first loss under Mike Woodson by routing the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season, 101-79 on Saturday night.
Deron Williams had 19 points and matched his season high with 14 assists and the New Jersey Nets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 102-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.
Joe Johnson scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 95-92 on Saturday night.
The Knicks’ Tyson Chandler is leading the league with a 68.2 field-goal percentage, nearly 10 percentage points ahead of the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum.
Woodson wants to win, even if it means suppressing his own coaching instincts by starting Jeremy Lin and keeping the pace quick.
Amar’e Stoudemire’s back woes have returned, and Jeremy Lin is now banged up too â?? a pair of alarming injuries to a pair of critical Knicks players.
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The Knicks were sharp enough to take down the lowly Pistons, 101-79, Saturday night at the Garden, although there might’ve been a heavy price for the sixth win in seven games under Woodson.
A win is a win for the Knicks and the energy was good. The “bummer,â? as Mike Woodson tagged a bad loss Friday in Toronto, looks more like a baby step backwards now than a downhill slalom.
The Knicks have lost nearly every time Jared Jeffries has been sidelined this month. They must try to do better this time without his interior defense.