Without Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, the depleted Knicks were beaten by the Clippers 93-80.
J.R. Smith had 33 points and Kenyon Martin added 12 to lead New York, which went ice cold in second half, shooting just 33 percent.
The New York Knicks visit the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night in Anthony’s first trip back to Denver since forcing his way out of town more than two years ago in a blockbuster trade that reshaped both franchises.
If Stoudemire doesn’t nearly singlehandedly return the Knicks to respectability in 2010, does Carmelo Anthony demand a trade to the Knicks? I think not, but there’s no way to know for sure.
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.
Why is losing unacceptable with the Yanks, Mets, Giants and Jets, but not the Knicks? Has it occurred to anyone that the Knicks are the emblem of mediocrity? Worse, they are largely losers.
Even if the New York Knicks were looking ahead to their game against the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony made sure his team still picked up a victory over the Washington Wizards along the way.
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.
On a night when Stephen Curry couldn’t miss, a big play by guard Raymond Felton helped seal the deal for New York.
Carmelo Anthony has undoubtedly been the “Best Knick in a Leading Role” all season. But he’s not doing it alone.
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.
There’s no other way to say it: Wednesday night’s loss to the Pacers was a disgrace.
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.