Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Apr 18 2012)
Avery Johnson has fingered the killer of ‘Linsanity.’ Hint: it wasn’t knee surgery or Carmelo Anthony or Mike Woodson. According to Johnson, a dominant performance from Deron Williams halted the craze that swept the nation.
Maybe the Knicks will be a dangerous playoff opponent. If they shoot like they did against the Celtics Tuesday you can be sure of it. The more the Knicks shot, the more they made. And made. And made.
The main event, even with Steve Novak shooting the way he did and J.R. Smith shooting the way he did, was Carmelo Anthony playing the best game of basketball he has played since becoming a Knick.
Once Amare Stoudemire returns from his back injury, perhaps Friday night in Cleveland, hes not going to be coming in off the bench for Mike Woodson.
Amar’e Stoudemire’s return no longer seems to be a question of if but rather when and how. The Knicks are cautiously optimistic that Stoudemire could play as early as Friday in Cleveland.
The recent presentation to the N.B.A.’s board of governors suggested that the league might become the first of the four more established major leagues in the United States to allow its players to wear advertising.
San Antonio made amends for last week’s stinging home loss to Los Angeles by trouncing the Lakers 112-91 on their home court on Tuesday.
Tony Parker had 29 points and 13 assists, Tim Duncan had 19 points and eight rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season, 112-91 on Tuesday night.
Carmelo Anthony had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the New York Knicks made 19 3-pointers to keep alive their Atlantic Division title hopes with a 118-110 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
Rudy Gay had 28 points and nine rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies withstand a weak start to the fourth quarter and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for the eighth straight time, 91-84 on Tuesday night.
Brandon Knight had 28 points and seven assists, and the Detroit Pistons routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-77 on Tuesday night in one of the NBA’s most lopsided games of the season.
Danny Granger scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to their sixth straight win, 102-97 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
Ray Allen’s injured right ankle kept him out of the Boston Celtics’ lineup Tuesday against the New York Knicks, who could get Amare Stoudemire back on Friday.
The Nets are playing their final home games before moving to Brooklyn, where they hope their fortunes (and fan base) will improve.
Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our “Opening Tip” segment.
Today’s Burning Question: If you were interim coach Mike Woodson, would you start Amare Stoudemire or have him come off the bench?
Jared Zwerling says you have to start Stoudemire. Ian Begley says you have to bring him off the bench. Here are their arguments:
BEGLEY: OFF THE BENCH
If you look at Amare Stoudemire’s resume and his contract, the idea of bringing him off the bench sounds ludicrous.
Some people may want to see Amare Stoudemire come off the bench when he returns from a back injury, possibly as early as Friday.
Mike Woodson isn’t one of them.
“Absolutely, he will start,” Woodson said of Stoudemire.
Woodson recognizes that Stoudemire doesn’t have great numbers playing with Anthony, but he said it’s on him to “make it work.”
The rationale for bringing Stoudemire off the bench is two-fold. Statistically, Stoudemire has struggled while sharing the floor with Anthony.
One is a Midwestern white guy who is outgoing and has no tattoos. The other is a laid-back black dude from inner-city New Jersey who has plenty of tattoos.
While they are complete opposites in person, they share a bond from the practice court to NBA arenas. For Steve Novak and J.R. Smith, they’re all about the 3-point shot — the shot that completely derailed the Celtics Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
“They put on a shooting clinic,” Tyson Chandler said.
Debby Wong/US PresswireIn one respect, interim coach Mike Woodson is just like any other Knicks fan these days: he’s having a good time watching Carmelo Anthony play basketball.
Woodson had a front-row seat on Tuesday for another dominant performance from Anthony. He had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists (all team-highs) to lead the Knicks to a critical 118-110 win over the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics.
“It’s kind of nice to watch,” Woodson said.
Baron Davis had a tough night on Tuesday.
He had to get an IV before the Knicks game against the Celtics because of a stomach bug. Then he hurt his left hamstring in the third quarter.
“I tweaked it a little bit,” said Davis, who missed two games in March due to an injury to the same hamstring.
He played just 18 minutes in the Knicks’ 118-110 win over Boston but said that he’d be able to play Wednesday against New Jersey.
Davis, 33, has been the Knicks’ starter at point guard in Jeremy Lin’s absence.
Carmelo Anthony continued his dominant play, registering his first triple-double as a Knick, but he also got the help he needed from his teammates to beat a quality playoff team Tuesday night.
Boston’s attempt to clinch the Atlantic Division crown in the Knicks’ house Tuesday night came crashing down under a hail of 3-pointers and a rare offensive explosion by Mike Woodson’s Knicks.
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