The Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony duel was postponed, though J.R. Smith filled in nicely – for three quarters.
Raymond Felton scored 26 points, and the New York Knicks pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Detroit Pistons 87-77 on Wednesday night despite Carmelo Anthony’s absence.
The Knicks are an arrogant basketball team. It should have cost them a win on Monday night, and they were lucky it didn’t. It could cost them this season if they don’t figure it out soon.
Exhale, Knicks fans. Carmelo Anthony insists his mysterious, nagging knee injury isn’t all that serious.
Carmelo Anthony tripped, stumbled and fell. The New York Knicks picked themselves up and won without him.
The Knicks looked great in the first half on Sunday. It was November all over again. It was beautiful basketball. Then the second half started.
For all the talk about Anthony, if the Knicks don’t get consistent performances out of a good percentage of their second-tier players, they aren’t going to win. It doesn’t have to be every guy every night, but they need a few to play well every night.
Carmelo Anthony has undoubtedly been the “Best Knick in a Leading Role” all season. But he’s not doing it alone.
The Knicks were sharp enough to build a couple of big leads and turn away the runs Philadelphia made, handing the 76ers their eighth straight road loss.
Everything else will take care of itself if the Knicks start to guard people. It’s all that matters. It’s everything.
Woodson can’t just expect Melo to elevate his team on the floor. Anthony is a great player and a gifted scorer, but he doesn’t automatically make a team a champion. The coach needs to see — from film, numbers or gut — the writing on the wall.
The Indiana Pacers looked ready for the playoffs. The New York Knicks looked like they wanted a longer All-Star break.
Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire created a mini-controversy Sunday when he touted Christopher Dorner’s rambling manifesto as “a must read” on Twitter.
For Knicks fans, there might be some rumors over the next two days — but don’t expect any movement. Sometimes, that’s for the better.
Stoudemire has some explaining to do after calling alleged killer ex-cop Christopher Dorner’s rambling manifesto “a must read” on Twitter.
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