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.

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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.

99 comments
Wicksell
Wicksell

What did Woodson say about Melo in the postgame?

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.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

Chandler played some great defense on Aldrige tonight!!  Chandler on the right team is still a very good NBA defensive player.


It is not his fault that he has to play small ball in a starting lineup of two 6 foot PG (Prig and Felton), a 6'4" SF (Shump) and a 6'7" PF (Melo) in a switching defense scheme!!


Add Chandler to a front court with Durant and Ibaka, or Bosh and Lebron, or Aldrige and Batum, etc and nobody would complain about his defense. 

dagawd
dagawd

Keep it positive


Knicks will make the playoffs and play the nets..

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

I think Shumps offensive game can get better.  He has not had a full off-season to work on his game.  His first year was the lock out, 2nd year was recovering from major injures and last summer he had a minor surgery.  I feel he is a Wesley Matthews type player, who will be a good defender with decent offense....a 2 way player.  I would try to still keep him.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

As long as we play JR in the backcourt with Prig...Prig can be successful, as our main PG.  JR ability to dribble penetrate and create for teammates will compensate for Prig lacking this ability.


Where are the JR haters???


Only Knicks fans will hate on a player, when he is injured or not 100% healthy...TRUTH!!

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

Being the worlds biggest hater of the Knicks giving Amare that contract...I have to admit, he look great tonight.  He was boxing out, didn't get lost in the PnR defense and rebounded very well.  But, most importantly, he had some serious bounce to his step.


This dude Amare is a hard worker and that is why, I will never understand how he doesn't normally give the effort to box out.


I hope, he plays like he did tonight for the next 2 season!!!


bockers
bockers

11-17 at home.So much for the home court advantage.

Chris
Chris

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

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@zebeto  Where is the link? If anyone posts stuff on TKB without a link or source it is like pissing in the wind.

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.

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?

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Jimmy @zdiddy4nyk  Just for the record JR is a suburban kid that comes from an middle class family and he went to private school. JR Smith is the farthest from ghetto. He knows nothing about that life.

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."

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@bluprint13 I can normally count multiple bad defensive breakdown due to Amare.  He was above average tonight on the defensive end!!

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.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@VerySilentJay @zdiddy4nyk True...but, Amare's knee has been through more than most people can recover from and still play at this level.


However, we just got to get the best out of Amare until he can no longer hold up and the PnR is his bread and butter.



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.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@VerySilentJay @zdiddy4nyk Agree...Amare has a very difficult time establish post position against good defender.


In a PnR or PnPop he is very effective.  My only worries is when he set the pick, because of his bad knees.  If he is setting the pick against a rugged defender, who fights through the pick...that could be the end of the season for Amare.