A sick feeling is emanating through the Knicks. The offense is struggling, their playoff hopes teetering and key players are missing practice.
New York woke up Sunday morning and learned the illness that J.R. Smith fought Saturday had spread to forward Kenyon Martin.
Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points to lead the Knicks, who led only once in the game for a total of 76 seconds.
J.R. Smith missed the Knicks morning shootaround because of a fever and may not play Saturday night at Indiana.
Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for flopping in Game 1 against the Pacers.
Expecting Amar’e to be a 30-minute contributor isn’t realistic, but his ability to score in the low post for 10-15 minutes per game could prove invaluable
The chances that coach Mike Woodson ends up looking good for this decision are slim to none.
Amar’e Stoudemire will likely be limited to about 10 to 15 minutes per game if he is able to return during New York’s playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.
The Knicks finally broke 100 points and had 20 assists in the game. They finished with an offensive rating of 120 for the game, reminiscent of the type of numbers that they were putting up during their April winning streak.
Nobody ever really stops Carmelo Anthony. Not in his mind, anyway.
“I think for the most part, from the start of the game and throughout the whole game, I think we played with a sense of urgency today,” Anthony said after the game. “We played the way we’ve been playing as far as competing at the highest level.”
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game.
The Knicks have to continue to play small, and play their game. Now isn’t the time to panic. Not yet, anyway.
The Knicks will not concede they have a “big” problem — yet. Check back if they lose Game 2 on Tuesday night.
The ball needs to move better. The stars need to shoot better. The Knicks don’t win this series if Raymond Felton is their best player on the floor. It’s that simple. This ain’t the Celtics anymore. These are the Pacers. This is for real.