Final: Trail Blazers 94, Knicks 90

Despite a late push, the Knicks fell to the Trail Blazers, 94-90, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Least You Should Know

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 26 points, while Nicholas Batum led the Blazers with 20

After requesting more minutes, Amare’ Stoudemire scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench

The Knicks are now 4-12 against the West, and 0-2 against the Trail Blazers on the year. The Blazers swept the season series last year, too.

Portland has beaten the Knicks the past four matchups.

Sam Spiegelman

Close but no cigar.

After holding onto a one-point lead at the break, the Trail Blazers (35-14) exploded for a 30-point third quarter and staved off a late push from the home team en route to a 94-90 victory, sweeping the season series against New York for a second straight year.

After Amare’ Stoudemire’s jumper put the Knicks (19-30) up 59-58 with just over three and a half minutes left in the third quarter, the Trail Blazers embarked on a 19-9 run to close out the quarter and took a 77-68 lead into the fourth.

Portland’s double-digit lead was short-lived, though, as Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith both got shooting the ball in late. With just under a minute remaining in the game, Hardaway’s 3-pointer brought the Knicks to within two.

Queue LaMarcus Aldridge.

The All-Star forward sank a jump shot to give Portland a four-point cushion, then Mo Williams and Damian Lillard went 3-of-4 from the free-throw line to close out the win.

The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony, who scored a game-high 26 points with eight rebounds. Off the bench, Hardaway had 12 and Smith had 18, while Stoudemire backed up his request for more minutes with 15.

Nicholas Batum scored a team-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews had 18-7 and Aldridge posted 15-12. Lillard added 12.


Next Game: The Knicks host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.




74 comments
Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Woodson interview template:

Coach, why was it so hard to get into the flow tonight?

"We had a lot of open looks, but the shots just didn't fall. I thought [Raymond, Pablo] and [Shumpert] were open at times but they just wouldn't drop, man."

What did you see from [Nicolas Batum] tonight?

"He's a great player, and he hurt us tonight. He's a talented guy who's in the mix for MVP of this league and we just couldn't stay in front of him."

Coach, what about the lack of defensive effort?

"I wasn't happy with our defense today. I have to get these guys focused on making stops. That's on me. We can't keep spotting teams [big leads in the 2nd half] and expect to win."

Why is this team struggling right now?

"Well I can't take anything away from [Portland] they're one of the most talented teams in this league. They were just better than us tonight."

zebeto
zebeto

...Melo basicly "green lighted" Dolan to pull off trades/fire woodson ..............Dolan now has absolutly no reason not to . !

zebeto
zebeto

Trade Felton , Shump and Chandler (2 points in 31 minutes SMFH !!!!)


Chandler for Asik !

knicks
knicks

Shump has no touch around the basket. None.

Offensively, he's a lost cause, outside of improving the consistency on his open threes.

We gotta trade him and get another wing defender somewhere, not the hardest thing in the world.

lindro88
lindro88

At no point did I think the Knicks had any chance of actually winning. I think the players probably felt the same way.

Ray Ray
Ray Ray

Players who should be playing are pablo, hardaway, smith, peace, melo, tyler, amare, tyson. But instead felton and shump getting the minutes and only hurting us.

Ray Ray
Ray Ray

Felton does not belong in the NBA. 

Shump gets too many minutes and does not produce. 

Tyson is a 7 footer who cannot even average 10 points?


all these players are playing 25+min for what?

rkj473
rkj473

Anyone who watches the Knicks should realize Shuump doesn't play well with Felton at the point guard spot because Felton would rather pass to Melo, Chandler and Prigs or just shoot the ball rather than pass to Shump. It's no coincidence that those two have been starting in the back court for the majority of the season and Felton has assisted on Shumps baskets about 10 times. That's from your starting back court? There are no words to describe this ineptness.


Sure, Shump garners some of the blame for not being consistent, or shooting poorly or completely being a non factor but his confidence is low. It is no coincidence that Shump's best games have come when Felton is not in the lineup.

dagawd
dagawd

Keep it positive


Knicks will make the playoffs and play the nets..

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Crazy...the Lakers entered tonight's game with 8 players...something happened to two of them and the last one fouled out but had to continue to play bc there has to be 5 men on the court. Lol

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

Imo, there are plenty of ways to make up for weak PG play.


I mentioned it before, but I'll take another stab at it.


- The team was at its best tonight when JR was providing nice dribble-drive offense alternatives with solid execution on the P&R. This allows Prigs to be the Euro playmaker he is and create from the perimeter. With his ability to create space and attack, why not ask JR to assume some playmaker duties as well? We know he can pass, and he's been looking to create for others the last 5+ games.


- Also, if you have weaker PG play, why slow the pace down if your execution in the halfcourt isn't efficient (especially when you have so little possessions due to the pace)? 


- How about getting out in transition? Push up the tempo. Get quick buckets on the break, force the action. Convert turnovers into baskets. This takes pressure away from our PG's and is relied upon smart outlet passes and the athleticism of your wing players.


- How about Melo assuming point forward duties now and again? He's a solid ball handler for a player his size, In Denver he ran the P&R plenty of times with Nene and Kmart. With all the attention he gets, the roll man would likely have an open lane most of the time. 


Yes, we have very limited PG plays, but there are plenty of ways to get around this. It just takes some creativity and vision. Attributes of course, that Woodson lacks (among many others that a solid NBA head choach does have).

Chris
Chris

@Brostoevsky  Pure jiberish. My wife could have given a better interview

solar_lion
solar_lion

@lindro88 Clearly a psychic mind reader. But yeah. I didn't think they'd beat the Blazers.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Jerry Gee Glad to not have to read the sissy cry of the all to pervasive negative nancies on this blog. I agree. Team needs better coaching overall. And yes, Woodson is riding Melo like a mule.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Ray Ray Spot minutes for the latter are ok, if they for some strange reason are on, then maybe more than spot minutes.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Ray Ray Woodson loves him some underperforming vets. It's  a placebo. He hasn't yet realized that vets don't guarantee, wins, competitiveness, or effort. Yet he seems to think they do. He is so slow and clueless its depressing.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@rkj473 Felton doesn't like passing to Bargs either. Bargs would pick, roll, be totally open in the paint waving his arms and Felton would take a bad shot or pitch it out to the perimeter.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@rkj473 Yep. A good article was posted a short while back on that phenomena. Still Woodson like the block head he is compounds his errors by continuing to play Felton w/ Shumpert. A coach who claims his team's defense is good b/c they keep teams under/around 100 clearly has not a clue of analytics. I thought the brain trust (FO) was supposed to be mare analytically inclined.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@dagawd They competed tonight. I didn't think they would. Need to beat the Nuggets.

Chris
Chris

@zdiddy4nyk  Amarie should be starting at the 4, Melo 3, either JR or Har 2 andPablo 1, what other team in the NBA starts 1 or 2 scorers? How do you win if you are constantly coming from behind because you have 1 scorer on the court who can be doubed or triangled with no reason to worry that others will beat you

bluprint13
bluprint13

Didn't get lost on defense??? Did you see him play in the 4th.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk  Amare should thank JR. Most of his points came because of his playmaking.

I'm happy Amare worked on his post game, but his bread and butter is off the P&R and P&P. That's what he should do constantly.

Too many isolation plays for him, which often leads to turnovers or  forced shot.

A couple of times here and there you do it.

But thrive doing what you're really good at.

Chris
Chris

@VerySilentJay  How about letting Melo play the 3 and use some pindowns to post him, and angled picks like everyone else in the league does. Amarie and Tyler and Ty, along with maybe 5 minutes of the game with Melo at the 4, and only when a non post up 4 is playing

bigdishing
bigdishing

@VerySilentJay  I was thinking the same thing about JR--even give him the point duties. He's been great lately, but is just too erratic to have the ball every possession. I still think it's a huge upgrade over Felton. When JR drives, good things happen. When Felton drives, it scares no one. And Felton is just lost on D. You can see the other teams just picking on him. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@kneggyknik  Well...his stupidity now is in full effect.

He doesn't escape this one.

You insult Melo, you insult Dolan.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Sandro Guedes @zebetoIf J.R. is increasing or recovering his trade value as an off the bench scorer, then I'd at least take feelers to see if I can get something back for him straight up. Why get so little back for all those players if you might be able to get more. Are you Donnie Walsh.

knickfan2
knickfan2

#animal #monstrosity #ape

Lmao! Lmao!! Lmao!!!

Chris
Chris

@solar_lion @rkj473  Mills and Dolan? We have no analytics people that I know of. Did Dolan go to college?

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@Jimmy @zdiddy4nyk Nothing like a specious argument built upon stereotypical Strawmen.


Let me counter with the same. JR critics, because "haters" is a subjectively loaded term that limits objective dialogue, are knowledgeable fans who are tired of plays showing a lack of B-Ball IQ, poor impulse control, a lack of focus, and believe that JR's minutes should reflect his contribution to the team effort on a game to game basis.


BTW, still waiting for you to post some creds that back up your ego-based displays of condescending basketball "knowledge."

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jerry Gee @VerySilentJay  If you play 40+ minutes every night, sure. 

I'm not saying that he should do it for strong stretches, but definitely give him a couple of minutes here and there.

Also, if you have plays where he can score in easier fashion, that saves energy you can use for other purposes.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@XpectTheWorst  

Woodson has been exposed. His stock has turned to sht. Once he gets canned, he'll have a tough time getting a HC gig. Then again, if Pringles can...

Personally, I think every player that's struggled, in part, is because of Woodson. No player gets away without blame of course.

But for example, if you're a PG, how can you be productive when the offense consists of 2 plays (P&R and isolation "sets", which really shouldn't be called this, it's just "let's dump the ball to Melo so he bails us out") + hoisting contested shots like madmen?

How can you be of help defensively if your coach forces switching upon you and you're stuck defending bigger guys most of the time? 

How can you be productive if your coach tells you to defend the opposing team's bets defensive player instead of using a better defender than yourself?


Obviously Felton's play has been awful. But Woodson's approach to the game has killed many players on this team.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Sandro Guedes @solar_lion@zebetoWhen healthy J.R. is a very good scorer of the bench. And in case you haven't been watching -- or just watching your trade machine-- he is a capable set up man, and likely could do as much of both with a good coach and organization. So you take feelers and make phone calls. Pulling a Donnie Walsh, in the 2009-2010 season is not due diligence in my book.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@OLDKNICK  Now you did it. You've trashed one of his strawmen. He'll have to lash out at old men now.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk @VerySilentJay  Well, you gotta take your chances.

We can apply this to many NBA players as well though.

Imo, you help him thrive offensively as long as you can and in the most efficient fashion.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@VerySilentJay   4/5ths of the starting five had a total of 14 points...but let's keep doing the same thing...JEESCH ! 

VSJ...you have some have some good points.

rgm891
rgm891

@kneggyknik  Woodson just entered the Danger Zone with that move.  That was not a smart move hahaaha.