Game 26: Knicks vs. Grizzlies, 12 p.m.

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The New York Knicks play host to the Memphis Grizzlies for a Saturday showdown at noon ET.

The Knicks (8-17) are coming off a double-overtime victory against the Milwaukee Bucks and have now won two of their past four games. Tyson Chandler has returned to man the middle of the defense, and in his first appearance in 20 games the Knicks’ center went 9-9, a welcomed stat line for the NBA’s 29th-ranked team in terms of rebounding.

Playing a major role in the Knicks’ win was Beno Udrih, who started in place of the injured Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. The veteran point guard contributed 21 points, five assists and four boards.

The Grizzlies (10-15) have taken a step back from the 2012-13 season in which they advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Memphis has dropped five in a row, largely due to their offensive deficiencies without center Marc Gasol in the lineup. The Grizzlies’ offense is ranked 26th in the NBA, averaging fewer than 94 points per game.

Projected starters (NYK): Beno Udrih, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

Projected starters (MEM): Jerryd Bayless, Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randoph, Kosta Koufos

 




456 comments
SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

I think the Knicks players coach themselves. Woodson's adjustments consist of lineup shuffles. His idea of scouting the other team is looking at the starting lineup for the other team and making his lineup decision based on how tall they are. I am so tired of hearing, "well Memphis is big so we're going to start a big lineup." We don't have a big lineup. Tyson and Bargnani are big in theory lol. We were out-rebounded 56-29!!! 


I cant stand to look at Woodson's gaping mouth on the sidelines one more game.

fasheezee
fasheezee

Woosy: "I don't think in terms of 2's and 3's..." What? What does b ball have specific postions for then you bobblehead!!!

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

At first I thought it was outrageous to blow this team up. 26 games in, it's not sounding that outrageous to me anymore.


I don't see a quick fix with a trade. Lowry won't put us over the top. Whatever is happening is systemic and deeply rooted. Everyone in the organization should be ashamed. Top to bottom.

William Lucca Jr
William Lucca Jr

Id make that trade for pau gasol. Didnt they want shumpert and amare for pau and 2014 draft pick?

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

Felton, Metta and a 1st for Lowry. Go get him...

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Guys, this is bad. We look REALLY bad. Injuries, at this point, are just an excuse. It's the same thing every game. We don't do ANYTHING well except take care of the ball. I don't think the coach is going anywhere. I fear Dolan may have an Isiah type love for him. I expect a loss every game now...it helps ease the inevitable pain a bit. If your best player is playing, you should be able to at least have a .500 record regardless of injuries. 

rgm891
rgm891

If we lose to the magic, it has to be over. We certainly aren't beating OKC.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

I'm going out for a bike ride. It's nice to have company for my misery. You guys rock. The Knicks slock.


Later

rgm891
rgm891

This is sad. Someone save the Knicks!!!!!!!!

tifoso6
tifoso6

Fire the coach.  With his big line-up we were out rebounded by a big amount.  This guy does not have a clue.  Murray can play defense, why isn't he out there.   Pathetic.

tommy2b
tommy2b

Can Bargnani and JR both have a good shooting night at the same time?  Too much to ask?

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

0-14 trailing at the half, 0-8 vs West, 4-10 at Msg yet we will wake up tomorrow and the coach will still be here, why? Nobody better?

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

how awful is this that the only reason you keep the coach that there's nobody replace him..

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

uhhhggggg this is really the worst knicks team we had in the last 5-6 yrs

fasheezee
fasheezee

FIRE WOODSON BEFORE WE PLAY OKC SO WE CAN ATLEAST GET THE F-ING BUMP!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Saw Chandler and Prince talking after the game. They were on the same high school team. That must have been a pretty good squad.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Dam grizzlies had lost 5 straight, heading to MSG really does cure all

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

So we go big, but can't rebound, don't space the floor, don't defend yet this coach is so stubborn he forces this lineup that doesn't work. Yet some garbage comeback that had no chance of happening is going to keep the coach. I don't care if there's no replacement. Should never be used as a reason to keep your coach.

Marvel
Marvel


@VerySilentJay

 so if thjr isn't  one of our top 3 players, name them so I can lol





one of your 3 will be an overpriced bum for sure



thjr >>




fasheezee
fasheezee

Woody sux big bodacious ballz bigtime. FIRE THE F-ING BUM ALREADY!!!

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

Well, this is a fine lump of coal in our Knicks stocking.

Joe Kurioo
Joe Kurioo

FIRE WOODSON. this guy is a clown 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@CL4nyk First you start with a coaching change. See how a new staff and leadership helps this team.

See how new mentorship allows Shumpert to mature and start developing and how it helps Timmy with his decision making and defense.

Try your hardest to make the playoffs so we don't give away a lottery pick and take your chances there.

Wait until the team's big contracts to reach their expiring year, then trade everything.

I believe in the talent here, I just don't believe on the coach. At all.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho Melo can't do it alone. He's not an LBJ type of player. He's the one Knick player that's aguably played the hardest throughout the season, but there's only so much he can do with his given skillset.


- His coach makes no efforts to give him easy looks. His strategy is to dump him the ball with 7 seconds to go, have the rest of his players do nothing, and have Melo bail him out.


- JR's struggling big time (even though today he was pretty decent), and when there's no guy to help you out consistently, the trust and communication is lost. If a coach doesn't have good man management, which Woodson doesn't, this isn't addressed because he doesn't know how to.


- When your coach is too stubborn to understand when to pull players and give minutes to those who are helping, as a unit, it's tough to win when 3 out of 5 players are struggling while getting strong minutes.


- AB started well, but it's clear that he depends on a PG that can give him good P&P and P&R situations.


- Defensively, Woodson has no idea what he's doing. There's no trust, no help defense, no rotations. Nothing. The one decent thing I see is that there's less switching, but the lack of chemistry and cohesion, along with a coach that doesn't adjust, is just murdering this team.


- As far as hustle goes, that's both on the players and the coach. It is unacceptable for a professional to NEVER show up. This team just isn't capable of putting in the work of 48 minutes. When you get played millions, it's unacceptable. On the other hand, it's ridiculous that you're an NBA coach and you don't have it in you to motivate and inspire your players to rise.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@Knicks_Fanatic But he was a +4. Aren't you the stat guy? LOL!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Marvel Despite all the struggles, Melo, Chandler, and JR are light years away from a rookie that right now is a shoorer who struggles on D and doesn't rebound well at his size.

knickster
knickster

FIRE WOODSON - bring an outsider to coach. We need fresh blodd before the young players are permanently damaged.

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

@VerySilentJay@CL4nyk 

Woodson needs to go, no doubt about it, but I think the losing culture goes deeper. I think Bargs brought some over from Toronto too.

 And the fate of what would have been the Knicks draft pick this year should have absolutely no impact on decision making.

And what if we lose Melo for nothing?

I'm not saying blow up the team right now, but I no longer think it's an option that should be off the table.

William Lucca Jr
William Lucca Jr

O i couldve sworn it was for amare instead, but i guess not....

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@OLD_KNICK @SheSaidSpikeWho Exactly. I didn't expect a championship team at all since we didn't address any of our needs in the offseason. I certainly didn't expect this though...and it feels like it's just going to continue. 

knickster
knickster

I have been saying it for a while...

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@CL4nyk @VerySilentJay It really is impressive how a new coach can change not only mindsets, but cultures.

When Chandler got here, he singlehandedly changed the team's way of viewing the game.

It's all about hustle, leadership, and influence. Chandler has that over the team.

Clearly, last season the vets had a lot of that, giving the team maturity and balance.

Now that they're gone, Woodson's man management. leadership, and motivation capabilities have been completely exposed.


Obviously if there's even a whiff that Melo's not resigning as a FA, you trade him before the deadline, but our FO's too stupid to understand that this has to be addressed as soon as possible.