Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Jan 12 2012)
You can’t blame Sixers coach Doug Collins if he has nightmares whenever he sees 7-foot-1 center Tyson Chandler. During the Chandler draft in 2001, Collins coached the Wizards for Michael Jordan, had the No. 1 pick and selected â?? Kwame Brown.So he wasn’t thrilled when he found out…
Carmelo Anthony said he is on a “personal vendetta” to erase the Knicks’ identity as a club that can’t play defense. Anthony heard it all offseason after the four-game playoff sweep to Boston and doesn’t want to hear it again.
This season, the Knicks’ image is changing fast…
All he has to do is turn his head to the right, look at the locker stall right next door, to see how fickle the title can be. Iman Shumpert is the darling of Madison Square Garden right now, a pied piper with fewer than 10 NBA games to his…
After defeating the Sixers in the Garden Wednesday night, the Knicks ought to send a thank-you note to the NBA schedule-maker. There’s nothing like getting to host a red-hot team that is playing a third straight night.
Carmelo Anthony complained to a trainer on Monday about playing with ‘heavy’ legs. He said after Wednesday’s win over Philadelphia that his legs felt “better” but they still weren’t at 100%.
The Knicks play in Memphis on Thursday and then travel to Oklahoma City on Saturday.
Anthony suffered an injury to his right side last Friday against Washington. He spent the day on Sunday getting treatment for the injury.
He is averaging 35 minutes per game, an number that is skewered a bit because he sat out of the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ blowout win over Detroit on Saturday.
The Knicks’ first-round loss to Boston last spring still stings Carmelo Anthony.
“I think that’s in the back of our minds,” Anthony said of the Celtics 4-0 sweep of the Knicks in the 2010 postseason. “For me personally, I was on a personal vendetta because I get tired of hearing it. We get tired of hearing it.”
The Knicks allowed the Celtics to score an average of 107 points per game in two playoff games at Madison Square Garden last spring. Boston beat the Knicks’ soundly in the final two games of series, winning by an average of 19.
Carmelo Anthony has been fully aware of the criticism since he joined the Knicks. He’s a ball stopper. He doesn’t pass the rock. He’s not a good defensive player.
As Anthony said after the Knicks’ 85-79 victory over the Sixers Wednesday night, he takes all knocks as a “personal vendetta.” Before Melo can speak, the stats show that since the Knicks acquired him last February, he hasn’t had much of an effect on the team in terms of quality. In other words, based on record, points allowed, points scored and field goal percentage, the Knicks, so far, are basically the same team as they were prior to Anthony’s arrival, going from two games above .
Raise your hand if you thought the Knicks would be winning games on the defensive end early this season.
If you have your hand up, chances are you just woke up from a coma that was induced in the late 1990s.
Because, even with Tyson Chandler in tow, most fans expected Mike D’Antoni’s Knicks to be outscoring their opponents early in the year — not stifling them on the defensive end.
But that’s exactly what’s happened this week.
Granted, the Knicks were playing two teams at the tail end of brutal stretch of schedule on Monday and Wednesday, but they used strong defense late in both games to walk away with wins over the Bobcats and 76ers, respectively.
NEW YORK – Iman Shumpert has been everything that the Knicks needed since he rejoined the team five games ago. The rookie penetrates, he pressures defenders and he provides enough energy on the court that Carmelo Anthony said the team is feeding off of him.
But there will be growing pains and New York saw a few Wednesday night. Shumpert turned in another solid statline: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. But the Knicks newest fan favorite also committed four turnovers.
Reporters asked Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni what his goals were for his bench after they posted just three points against Charlotte on Monday night.
“Tonight we’re going for five,” he laughed.
Josh Harrellson checked into the game with 4:48 left in the first quarter, and it took him all of 45 seconds to bring truth to D’Antoni’s prediction and make the coach’s sarcasm even more comical. Harrellson first nailed an open jumper and then sank a 3-pointer when Philadelphia collapsed on Carmelo Anthony in the paint.
Carmelo Anthony had 27 points as the Knicks took advantage of a team playing for the third straight night and the fifth time in six days.
A dispute between Time Warner Cable and MSG has meant that a number of viewers can’t watch the Knicks, Rangers and Sabres. A resolution does not appear imminent.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points and made a go-ahead 3-point-play with 5.1 seconds left as Dallas won at home over Boston.
Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers survived their biggest test of the season with a 95-89 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday, proving the home team can stand toe-to-toe with the best of the NBA.
The Los Angeles Clippers couldn’t hit a basket in the final four minutes of regulation. The Miami Heat could barely make free throws. Two tired teams coming off road losses the night before staggered into overtime.
Dwight Howard had 13 points and 13 rebounds and the Orlando Magic survived a late rally to hand the Portland Trail Blazers their first loss at home, 107-104 on Wednesday night.
Andrew Bynum wasn’t on the court the first time the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Utah Jazz.
Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points, Arron Afflalo and Corey Brewer each had 19 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the New Jersey Nets 123-115 on Wednesday night.
Tony Parker hit four free throws late in overtime to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Houston Rockets 101-95 on Wednesday night.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points, driving past Kevin Garnett for the go-ahead layup with 5.1 seconds left and leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 90-85 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-85 on Wednesday night.
The New York Knicks won their Atlantic division showdown against Philadelphia 85-79 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday to claim their fourth successive victory and snap the 76ers’ six-game winning streak.
John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points filling in for injured Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards 78-64 on Wednesday for their third victory in three nights.
Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and the nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks snapped the Philadelphia 76ers’ six-game winning streak with an 85-79 victory on Wednesday night.
Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto by beating the Raptors 98-91 Wednesday night.
Danny Granger scored 24 points to break out of a shooting slump in the Indiana Pacers’ 96-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.