After yet another loss, Melo says Knicks ‘don’t believe in themselves right now’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony may believe he’s a “winner,” but right now he says the Knicks just don’t believe inMelo Suns themselves.

The Knicks fell to 5-24 after losing to the Phoenix Suns, 99-90, Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Their last home win came Nov. 22, five days before Thanksgiving, and they won’t have won a single home game between Thanksgiving and their Christmas date with John Wall and the Washington Wizards.

“I don’t think we believe in ourselves right now,” Anthony said after going for 25 points and 11 rebounds in 40+ minutes in the loss. “I don’t think that confidence is there as a team come the stretch of the basketball game.”

The Knicks were within 85-82 with about 4 minutes left, but the Suns used a 10-4 run to put the game out of reach.

The Phoenix guard combination of Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe absolutely destroyed the Knicks, combining for 57 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. To read more of this story, click here

Recap: Suns 99 – Knicks 90

Recap: The Suns knocked off the Knicks 99-90 behind 25 points from Eric Bledsoe at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.

 

Need to know: Bledsoe went for 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Suns took control of the game in the fourth quarter out-scoring the Knicks 32-22 in the final frame.  The Knicks began the fourth quarter going scoreless until 8:42 of the quarter on a Carmelo Anthony basket. The Suns took advantage with an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter. The Suns never trailed again. Isaiah Thomas added 22 points for the Suns. For The Knicks, Anthony had 25 points on 9 0f 19 shooting and Jose Calderon added 21. The Knicks shot under 40 percent from the floor going 35 of 88 (39.8 percent). The Knicks, with the loss, are now 5-24 and have the most losses in the NBA.

Links: Box score | Recap

Next up: The Knicks are in Toronto on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Free-agent-to-be Dragic says he’s open to Knicks

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Free-agent-to-be point guard Goran Dragic says he’s open to the Knicks — as well as everybody else –NBA: Phoenix Suns at Charlotte Hornets when he gets on the market this summer.

“Every team that is going to be available is going to be an option,” Dragic told Mike Gavin of Newsday before Saturday’s game. “New York has great fan base, great basketball organizations”

A third-team All-NBA selection last year, Dragic entered Saturday’s game averaging 16.2 points and 4.2 assists for the Suns (13-14).

He currently makes $7.5 million but the New York Post reported he could get $15 million per on the open market.

Phoenix also signed his younger brother, Zoran Dragic, with an eye toward re-signing Goran.

Phoenix has a crowded point guard situation with Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas. They also have former Syracuse and St. Benedict’s Prep standout Tyler Ennis.

Dragic was also asked if free agents are scared of playing with Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

“I’m never intimidated,” he told Newsday. “I don’t believe that is the case.”


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

Shumpert hopes to return from dislocated shoulder ‘as soon as possible’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert is glad he didn’t need surgery on his dislocated left shoulder and hopes to make a quick return.

“I want to get back on the court as soon as possible, but it’s just a healing process,” Shumpert said Saturday before the Knicks-Suns game.

Shumpert dislocated his shoulder on Dec. 12 in Boston. He had an MRI the following day and at that time the Knicks said he would be reevaluated in three weeks, which is Jan. 3.

“Just [doing] strength work but I can only shoot with one arm,” Shumpert said.

Shumpert was in tremendous pain the night of the injury, and said he’s relieved he didn’t need surgery. To read more of this story, click here

Today’s Game: Suns at Knicks

The Knicks are home to host the Phoenix Suns Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

The game tips off at 1 p.m. on MSG and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

Quincy Acy, Tim Hardaway Jr., Travis Wear, Cole Aldrich and Jose Calderon are expected to start.

Amar’e Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out, but Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) is available.


Recent Meeting

- Phoenix got off to a fast start in a 112-88 win last March in Arizona. Carmelo Anthony had 21 points and seven rebounds over 40 minutes and Amar’e Stoudemire 19 points and six rebounds over 30 minutes against his former team. J.R. Smith added 15 points. Goran Dragic led the Suns with 32 points.

Melo, Amar’e questionable; Smith doubtful

Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire are listed as questionable to play against the Suns on Saturday.

J.R. Smith is listed as doubtful.

Anthony has been battling a knee injury, while Stoudemire almost sat on Thursday night to rest.

Smith has been dealing with an illness and did not travel with the team to Chicago.

Zenmaster takes to Twitter to battle Barkley

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Zenmaster took to Twitter Thursday night to battle Charles Barkley.

And that was after he tweeted out a response to writer Chris Sheridan.

Phil Jackson wasn’t at the Knicks-Bulls game in Chicago, and he wasn’t at the IZOD Center scouting Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the presumed No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Instead, he watched the Knicks 103-97 loss to Chicago on TV, and had to endure Charles Barkley’s insults as a result.

“Do I have to mute this game? Chuck just remember your fundamental…key to [triangle symbol],” Jackson tweeted.

Barkley, as usual, was having fun ripping the Knicks on TNT and responded to Jackson. To read more of this story, click here