Game 51: Knicks at Thunder, 1 p.m.

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Today at 1 p.m., the New York Knicks travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Western Conference-leading Thunder.

In the teams’ previous meeting on Christmas Day, Oklahoma City blew past New York, 123-94, at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony did not suit up for that contest.

Overall, the Knicks have failed the win the season series with the Thunder since the 2005-06 season. The Knicks’ last win against the Thunder came at Chesapeake Energy Arena in April of last year, when Anthony and J.R. Smith led the team to a 125-20 victory.

Projected Starters (NYK): Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

Projected Starters (OKC): Reggie Jackson, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins




797 comments
Frank Gebel
Frank Gebel

This offense is so stagnant,the ball never moves! its the same every possession! so predictable! Hes supposably a Defensive coach,thats what the knicks are worst at!

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Hollins said he's interested in taking Pistons job, give him a shot

rkj473
rkj473

Post game thread up

Frank Gebel
Frank Gebel

Give the job to Houston then get someone for next year, these guys are just quitting on Mike(except Melo),Mills has a lot of work to do,he must make some kind of moves just to shake things up!

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

We run the same play to start EVERY game, guys. It never works against the good teams and even when it does it's because Melo can make tough shots.

1harris1
1harris1

Maybe I've become numb to it all, but I just can't get worked up about this loss.  Bad teams lose to good teams.  The Knicks are a bad team.


Great, fire Woodson.  We'll get Herb as interim coach, and go 10-21 for the remainder of the year.  Then this miserable season will finally come to a close, and we can read about where Melo will go for the next three months.


Good Times.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

if we're gonna turn this season around which we can still make the playoffs we'll need a new philosophy coaching wise and a couple trades 

out the door is Woodson,Chandler,Shumpert,Felton in my opinion 

if none of the above leave and only Woodson leaves

Herb Williams can't rock 

i rather Allan Houston coach them 

if you notice our coaching staff has vets that played in the 80s 

a lot of the teams on top has coaches that are younger and has younger assistants 

we're not only getting out coached by them cause the game has changed drastically we're making no adjustments when necessary 

it's like Woodson think teams don't got his plays figured. 

hell i watch every game and his system is too predictable. 

HE MUST GO.

newyorker9
newyorker9

in the locker room only melo, smith, fat boy got Woodson back. he lost this team a long time ago, but Dolan doesn't see that

lindro88
lindro88

I love the idea that if Melo leaves he's winning a championship. He's been out of the first round twice in his career. So unless he finds his way onto a team with a great supporting cast, he's going to wind up on a 3rd team, hearing the same things (doesn't make teams better) making 30m less. I'm fine if they trade him, but IMO he's gonna take his max deal, and hope for the best.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

Okay folks, enough gloom for me. Off to the beach for a couple of hours.

Frank Gebel
Frank Gebel

Hey James Dolan ,FIRE WOODSON ALREADY!

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, Shumpert] and [Melo] were open at times but they just wouldn't drop, man."

What did you see from [Reggie Jackson] 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 team [15 points in the fourth quarter] and expect to win."

Why is this team struggling right now?

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

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Tyson doesn't give two fvks about playing help defense on a guard. He's sick of it all.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

As it has been throughout the season (for the most part), the Knicks were outhustled, outcoached, and outclassed.

Shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. 

Melo had an off night. If anyone on this roster deserves one of those it's him. He's been the hardest working Knick all season long.

We all know they Knicks don't do "early games". They put in the work but midway through the 3rd you could tell it was over. After wards, they were disengaged and just sort of went through the motions.


- Defensively...Good Lord. You apply the early swtich...bad sign, why? It leads to bad doubles in worst spots on the floor which opens multiple lanes to attack or to find the open 3. This helps smart coaches, obviously. Why? Because now you can exploit this extremely moronic scheme and pick it apart, because, quite simply, it is way too basic.


- Offensively they did a decent job through 2 qtrs, but as always, the hustle was inconsistent and they came apart halfway through the 3rd. Woodson must've pulled one of his awesome "motivational speeches" in the locker room.


If anyone believes this team can do well in these last 30 games with this guy...You're in for major disappointments.


Time to bounce. The time is now.

Kevin_Canrant
Kevin_Canrant

Next year Thibs will be the coach.

We will sign L. Deng and Lebron and then.........damn my high is wearing off....

Frank Gebel
Frank Gebel

Dolans got to grow a set and clean house instead of asking what to do, do it yourself !

C0P0
C0P0

LOL Melo is going to be on the first plane smoking come the end of this season. 

30m extra isn't enough. Extra dough wasn't enough for LeBron won't be enough for Melo.

He's taking his talents to the LA Clippers to play with a REAL PG and coach. 

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Wicksell  

Don't do that fvcking awful Bargnani deal...do a deal of Novak, Camby, and the 2018 1st-rounder for Lowry.   Trade Felton to Wizards for 2nd-rounders.Trade 2nd-rounders for Tony Wroten. Trade the Amar'e and the 2016 1st-rounder for Jeff Green and Kris Humphries.

Lowry-Shump-Green-Melo-Tyson

Bench: Wroten/Prigioni-Hardaway-Metta-Tyler-KMart/Humphries

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Wicksell  In hindsight we're all geniuses....Because, and maybe most importantly, no one saw such a huge dropoff coming. There was no way. Until the preseason started no one could've foretold the atrocity we watch night in and out.

I would've gone after Collison. He took a huge paycut to go to LA and he's making the most of it. 

I would'ce taken a stab at a vet big.


But like I said, no one saw this coming.

josedolan
josedolan

@1harris1  For the love of god if that happens I hope they put any other asst but Herb... walker or anybody but him! 

josedolan
josedolan

@KnickelusKnickleby  AMEN! Herb is a Dolan's snitch! I have never seen anyone survive 3-4 Head Coaches! 


What does he bring that so special to this team?

lindro88
lindro88

How is this a roller coaster? It's just a bad team having a bad season.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jerry Gee  Woody also has to be able to adjust when he sees how Melo is being played. OKC pretty much sent their whole team to guard Melo. He rarely had good looks at the basket.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@C0P0  my FANDOM will go right with him. i'm tired of all this dysfunctional SHIZZ!!!

C0P0
C0P0

@Hope4TheBest @Wicksell 41 would get us in the playoffs and put us at .500, but we can't put together enough wins for either. Knicks aren't making the playoffs.

lindro88
lindro88

Even than it's a long shot. Winning a title in this league, while Lebron, Durant, and a bunch of other younger stars are scattered around is not gonna be easy. If Melo leaves, it will be because in his opinion he has no chance to win here, and 30m isn't enough to have to spend 6 more years in NY coming up empty.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

I think it's like reverse psychology and it seems to be working

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Good point. I'm sure the next loss will be right around the corner, so we'll tune it up

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Mr.Boots @SheSaidSpikeWho  He was the first to voice his concerns over the constant switching.

He was also the first to be public about not understanding Woodson's "defensive philoshophies".

If I'm a C and I'm asked to carry the entire team and anchor everyone night in and night out, constantly spending time on the perimeter while being required to pick up 15 rbs and 2+ blks a game... I'd go crazy. At the same time I'm being asked to score over 10 a game while doing everything else when my PG play is subpar....

And hold...What's the best part? If I don't do the laundry list of requirements I'll get bashed by the media and fans non stop.


Yeah, I wouldn't be too thrilled about it either.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

No..ur not a fan then dude...if Melo was to bolt NY..its dont let the door knob hit ya...!!

C0P0
C0P0

@Wicksell @C0P0  LOL Don't know how anyone would get the ball? Nor how they could afford it?

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@Wicksell  Have they mentioned how that is exactly going to happen? As I see it, Wade is not opting out as his career is about done, Bosh may not, so how is that going to happen.

BTW, the Heat don't want to pay the repeater tax if they can help it.

Chris
Chris

@Jerry Gee @Kiyan Carter  His boy got triped, a triangle on him on every touched the rock. Good coaching. Woody on the other hand awful def stradjedy, switch every pick so Durant gets looks with Ray on him, or nobody is guarding the corner 3. I have never seen such terrible def in the 60 years watching this team

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Kiyan Carter  

That was because it was a straight-up swap of Wallace-Humphries for STAT.  Adding a 1st-rounder changes things.  WOuld still do the deal if they made us take Wallace instead of Hump.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Jerry Gee @OLDKNICK @josedolan @KnickelusKnickleby  TRUE DAT! THAT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD. THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR STAY POOR.... DOLAN SAYS..... "IT'S GOOD TO BE THE KING" and "WHO GONNA CHECK ME BOO??"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLTB0fL8VGA

C0P0
C0P0

@refguy22 @MeloStat301  Can't blame you man. This organization has sucked my decades worth of loyalty down to the marrow. 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@MeloStat301  DON'T LECTURE ME ON NOT BEING A FAN!!! I HAVE SUFFERED WITH THIS TEAM FOR OVER 20 YEARS YOU AZZHOLE!!!! KEEP YOUR SHIZZ TO YOUR MUTHAFVCKIN SELF!!!