There’s usually at least one underperformer on every team, whether it’s because he’s failed to live up to the hype, regressed or just been going through a rough patch. Here are seven from the local teams.
Things are bad, and usually these types of circumstances prompt James Dolan to swoop in and do something ill-conceived.
The Knicks’ shooting-guard position was supposed to be a strength this year, but so far it has been an absolute disaster.
Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each scored 28 points to help the New York Knicks snap a seven-game losing streak with a 109-93 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
The ball never got to Carmelo Anthony, who appeared to be calling for it. “If I forced it into him, what kind of shot will he really have — a turnaround, fadeaway?” Smith said.
There’s an adjustment that has to happen, but as coach Derek Fisher and president Phil Jackson have both said, the team isn’t making basketball plays when the system affords the opportunities.
The New York Knicks are still laboring with their new triangle offense and that could make it challenging for them to extend a three-game win streak in Brooklyn.
In the fourth quarter, with the Knicks down double-digits, the shooting guard hit Glen Rice Jr. in the groin. Rice Jr. immediately fell to the ground, though it’s unclear whether the shot was intentional.
Copeland, a 6-foot-8 small forward, played for the Knicks in 2012-13 before signing a two-year, $6 million contract with the Pacers in July of 2013. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season.
Cleveland, after waiting months to celebrate LeBron James’ return with a rip-roaring party, was in a state of shock following a 95-90 loss to the Knicks on Thursday night.
“Embarrassed? No, I am not embarrassed,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. “We will get better. I believe that.” But it’s not about to get any easier.
I’m landing the Knicks at 43-39, getting the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It will be a good start to the Jackson and Fisher era.
Here are the 10 things that will determine the Knicks’ success this season, in order of importance.
“Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before.”
As far as Phil Jackson is concerned, Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks’ only star, but that doesn’t mean he and his teammates together won’t be able to run the triangle offense efficiently.