Jeff Teague scored 16 points to lead eight players in double figures, and the Atlanta Hawks sent the New York Knicks to a fifth straight home loss with a 110-90 victory Saturday night.
The NBA has fined controversial Knicks guard J.R. Smith $25,000 for his Twitter exchange with Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings.
There is a growing, ornery murmur among New Yorkers, and, really, it goes to the source. It’s directed at Jimmy Dolan. People are sick of his moves, his mouth and his product.
J.R. Smith is protective of his younger brother, Chris, and he showed it on Twitter on Wednesday night following the Knicks’ victory over the Hawks.
The Knicks now have to live up to James Dolan’s expectations. The addition of J.R. Smith to the starting lineup seems to suggest head coach Mike Woodson understands his owner’s sense of urgency.
J.R. Smith’s return from suspension couldn’t prevent the Knicks getting thumped by the Spurs 120-89.
Last week I wrote about how Chandler might be the Knicks’ most irreplaceable player, so naturally less than a week later he fractures his leg and will miss anywhere from a month to a month and a half.
A source has told ESPN that owner James Dolan expects the 2013-14 New York Knicks to win the NBA title this season.
The Knicks’ season starts Wednesday night against Milwaukee at MSG, with Carmelo Anthony perhaps back at the power forward spot and J.R. Smith not in the arena.
Mike Woodson has plenty of options for his opening night lineup against the Bucks.
Finally back on top of their division, all the New York Knicks keep hearing is that they are going to fall back. Second in the Eastern Conference last season, now they’re supposedly second-best in their own city.
With Smith and Anthony on the court together, the ball often stops, which would hurt the ultra-effective Felton/Chandler pick-and-roll. Smith also doesn’t apply the smart, heady defense that’s needed with the rest of the starting five.
Smith wants the starting nod from coach Mike Woodson. That said, if the Knicks reprise his role as the go-to guy off the bench, he’d be OK with that, too.
Woodson will have a lot of flexibility when it comes to finding the proper offense/defense balance. He can go with a dual point-guard lineup with Prigioni or start a bigger two-guard like Shumpert or Smith.
The Knicks’ head coach said Wednesday that J.R. Smith needs to “grow up and do the right things” after the sixth man was suspended five games by the NBA for violating the anti-drug policy.