Knicks blown out in the second half to a masked LeBron James, Heat

Sam Spiegelman

After trailing by five points at the break last night in South Beach, the New York Knicks (21-37) were outscored 55-32 in the second half of Thursday night’s loss to the Miami Heat, begging the question of what happened to all of the team’s energy.

Midway through the third quarter, the Heat engineered a 23-3 run to close out of the frame, one in which the Knicks offense just went stagnant. During the stretch, the team made one layup and 1-of-2 free-throw attempts, but missed five consecutive shots and opted not to play any sort of defense. They allowed LeBron James to rack up 12 of game-high 31 points during that run, while the Knicks mustered all of 14 in the frame as a team.

“It got out of hand,” said Carmelo Anthony, who scored 29 points but was one of only three Knicks to score in double figures on the night. “That’s where we lost the game.”

From there, Miami’s lead mushroomed to 87-64, and given the Knicks’ energy level in the quarter the game was all but over. And with the loss, the Knicks dropped to 5.5 games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Of course, the Knicks have a chance to bounce back tonight when they host the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden, but the game will be over by the first quarter if they come out as empty and lethargic as they looked against the defending champions in that second half. The Warriors are 17-13 on the road and Steph Curry has proven he likes to play with the New York City spotlight shined upon him.

Anthony put forth yet another fantastic offensive performance, but had to watch from the sidelines as his squad dropped its fourth consecutive game and fell further back from playoff contention. Anthony said winning a championship is the most important factor when determining his plans in free agency this summer, so does an embarrassing loss to the Eastern Conference’s elite play a factor.

“I think it’s pretty much numbing to him now,” J.R. Smith said. “The way things are going, that’s not good for anybody.”

Reports in the middle of the week indicated if the Knicks do indeed fall out of playoff contention during this three-game stretch, which included the Heat and continues with the Warriors and the Chicago Bulls, coach Mike Woodson’s job is in jeopardy.

But Anthony is looking big picture. The Knicks have dropped five of six out since the All-Star Break concluded, not a promising beginning to a march to the playoffs.

“It’s been critical,” Anthony said. “As soon as we came off the break those games were critical as well. It just so happens with these, however many games we have left, all these games are critical. We have to approach these games . . . I don’t want to say life-or-death situation, but it is what it is. These are games we have to try to win.”




219 comments
newyorker9
newyorker9

I wonder if ESPN is going to cut off the Knick game in the 4th Quarter just like TNT did last night...

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

I wonder if we will get a game thread tonight.

newyorker9
newyorker9

Amare is out tonight....thank god

bloops
bloops

-Best perimeter defender retires.

-Second best perimeter defender comes off knee surgery, loses all confidence in offensive game.

-Best defensive front court player off the bench, constantly injured, age finally a decisive factor.

-6th man and Ok defender comes off knee surgery, doesn't regain athleticism till end of December.

-Defensive anchor breaks his leg beginning of the season, forcing inept newly acquired player to man the 5.

-Our true max player is incapable of guarding 3's, thus permanently ushering in a gimmick small ball lineup that only worked last season because of good perimeter defense and and healthy Chandler.

-Felton and Prigioni, two of the slowest footed athletes in any level of basketball in the USA are manning the backcourt full time.

-Switching with atrocious defenders is futile.

-Best perimeter defender this season, when games mean the most, F's up knee...AGAIN

-Entire team is a defensive calamity.

-injuries injuries injuries

-Coach

Front offices are responsible for retooling rosters, but all sides, player, front office are to blame for this perfect storm. This team was doomed from the start. This experiment is over. Be happy 2015 is as close as it is.

Remember, as good as things are (last season), they can change quickly for the worse, BUT they can also change just as quickly for the better.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Mike Woodson should not be allowed back at Madison Square Garden! Ever again! Unless he has a paid ticket to get in like the rest of us!

buddhabing
buddhabing

Knicks are a dead team walking. The more they embarrass themselves the closer they get to Melo hitting the road and setting out for greener pastures. Couldn't happen to a nicer owner.

bloops
bloops

"I think Melo should leave and go to Chicago or Miami" signed...KNICKS FANS

Knick fandom has hit a new low...

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Do you think Dolan is punishing Mills by making him watch road games?

buddhabing
buddhabing

You never hear a peep out of the people Dolan mistreats or fires. From Marv Albert to various coaches and executives. You'd think at least one would speak out and give a peek into the dysfunctional world of MSG. Anucka Brown was the only one to speak up and she only did it because she filed a lawsuit against the company. Does Dolan have that many resources that he can intimidate people to keep quiet?

frankieboy
frankieboy

Best thing that can happen to this franchise is losing Melo for nothing. Let Dolan see that his moves have cost this beloved franchise any future and hopefully bios next hitting will be one of 100% trust and control

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

And the Knicks are bad, really, really bad. They are 21-36 overall, 12-19 at the Garden, and six games out of the eighth seed in a dreadful conference. Worse yet, in the likely event they miss the playoffs, the Knicks will ensure that the first-round pick they sent to Denver in the Anthony trade becomes a lottery pick in a deep draft.


Yet none of this is Melo's fault. He's never missed the playoffs as a pro, and his most recent performance -- 44 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists -- is fairly indicative of the kind of season he's having. Anthony brings it every night, and it doesn't matter. Felton and Smith can't make a shot, Tyson Chandler doesn't defend like he used to, and the roster is so flawed that the Knicks would buy out another half dozen players beyond Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih if they could.


And what other organization in pro sports would've signed up for Steve Mills the Sequel after the original was such a smash hit at the box office? Only Dolan's Knicks would do that, and also weaken their appointed head coach, Woodson, the year before by encouraging him to dump his agent for a representative the Garden is far more comfy with.


Woodson succeeded Mike D'Antoni with a stronger emphasis on defense, and with an oft-stated plan to hold his players accountable for their actions. But is it any wonder that the Knicks were so quick to tune out Woodson in Year 2, following a successful Year 1, after seeing him do next to nothing whenever a significant player messed up? Is it any wonder that Woodson was left to make a punching bag of poor Udrih the way D'Antoni was left to scream at another Knick who couldn't hit back, Landry Fields?



Via ESPN NY

kidrobot
kidrobot

By the way- been watching the Steve Nash documentary "The Finish Line" on Grantland - it is fascinating.  Nash is going to be released by something called the "stretch provision".  Essentially the Lakers can waive him and his $9.7M salary would be cut into thirds spread across three seasons. So next year, he would only count $3.275M toward their salary cap and ditto for following 2 years.  He would still be accounted for eventhough he isn't playing.  Is that not something we could do too, say to Felton?  I wouldn't want to do that to Amare because he would eat up too much space the following 3 years- ($8M per)

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Melo leaves and he'll all the foul calls he was suppose to get lol

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

It is really a shame that the Knicks have fallen this far. And if you want to place blame, you cannot single out Mike Woodson. Equally culpable are Glen Grunwald, Donnie Walsh, Scott Layden and even Ernie Grunfeld for establishing a culture of impatience that has failed to produce dividends other than a second-round ouster in the playoffs last season against the Pacers.


To facilitate their pipe dream of getting LeBron James as a free agent in 2010, the Knicks dealt Crawford to Golden State for Al Harrington just a couple weeks into the 2008-09 season. Randolph was shipped to the Clippers for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley on the same day- Nov. 21, 2008. Lee stuck around through the end of the 2009-10 season – but only because he was viewed as asset because he had an expiring contract.  When he became a free agent that summer, his biggest suitors were Golden State and the LA Clippers. At the time, the Knicks were thrilled to replace him with Stoudemire.

Bad trade, bad trade, bad decision.


http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2014/02/26/sheridans-mvp-rankings-why-the-knicks-stink-and-melo-isnt-worthy

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Boy!! Losing has all you dude's panties in a bunch! Lol Everyone relax. Enjoy the space between games. We have plenty of time to be pissed off later on.

rgm891
rgm891

@Knicks_Fanatic Lmaoooo.  It's not a punishment receiving millions doing nothing.

rico
rico

@buddhabing  i guess you didn't read my posting quoting mary last night?


about 3pm

rico
rico

@SheSaidSpikeWho  Not many coaches are known for being "nice guys"


Greg Pop….famously not-nice

Riely- Pat the Rat - would sit rookies for 1 year no exceptions. 

Larry Brown- great coach, classic low-life

Red Holtzan- a humanitarian yes, a nice guy to his players? Not so much

Red Aurbach_ See Red Holtzman


and on and on.



They all have hubris and attitude, they kind of have to.  If calling out Beno is the undoing of Woodson then we are in strange times.




buddhabing
buddhabing

@SheSaidSpikeWho  That's how come i'm not too harsh when criticizing Woodson. The guy is working for a maniac. Any semblance of stability goes out the window when you sign a deal with the devil like Woodson did with Dolan. Then again it's his fault for agreeing to lick Dolans' boots. Should of told him to take a hike when asked to change agents.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@OLDKNICK  Dolan is a creep. His own life gives him fits everyday. Folks tend to think money solves all ills. If Dolan NEEDS to run a team that he has no clue how to run then something is lacking inside him. He is probably a tortured soul who has no one he trusts and no friends. His psychological issues are affecting this team in a myriad of ways and if he refuses to give up power the Knicks are doomed.

Sandro
Sandro

@kneggyknik

Leave.

Should've been traded before the deadline, hope is sign and traded in the off-season.

newyorker9
newyorker9

@kneggyknik  I want Melo to retire as a Knick. I really don't wanna see him play in another uniform. 

chudogz1
chudogz1

@SheSaidSpikeWho... AGREED... 100%........ But WoodRow needs to go... We need a complete do over up top in the organization

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@SheSaidSpikeWho I agree with that sentiment...but I just read this in the article:


Crawford was once a Knick. So was David Lee. And Zach Randolph. And Channing Frye.

Any of those guys might make a nice second option for New York behind Carmelo Anthony, whose epic scoring nights are going for naught as the season slips away from the Knicks amid a flurry of off-the-court action – from Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih getting bought out to Raymond Felton getting arrested for having a semi-automatic firearm to ‘Melo uttering another blast of venom that must be put through an interpreter to decide whether it was a red flag that he plans to leave.


Really?? Frye..Crawford legit second options?? Sheridan was reaching with that.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho  LOL.

So true. But I gotta tell ya, losing has me bitter as sh!t.

Worst of all, I work in sports, and even in South America I get crap for being a Knick fan.


It truly is some depressing sh!t.

newyorker9
newyorker9

@Jesse Brand  also, Woodson says Felton will start out defending Curry..WTF??? LOL Woodson you funny

newyorker9
newyorker9

@Elvis Maduro @OLDKNICK  I ain't saying s$hit, look what happened to that psycho kid...dolan got power even online lol

rico
rico

@Elvis Maduro @kneggyknik  C'mon I know it's frustrating but if you want him to leave for his own sake then maybe you should get a new hobby yourself Kneggs

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@MeloStat301 @SheSaidSpikeWho 

Crawford was getting over $10 million a season back in those days. Everyone applauded when Lee left town, claiming his stats were inflated by D'Antoni, and Zbo was getting max money and not the player he is today.

People clamor to blow up the Knicks and trade everyone away except for Melo and THJ. Of course, when the we did that in 2008-09, everyone is calling that strategy a bad move. It's a tough town.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@rgm891 @SheSaidSpikeWho  Most definitely! When it comes to sports, the "woman" creeps out of some men lol. Sensitivity, moaning, crying, complaining. I do it too though lol. 

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@JerseyFan1 Yes, but legally they are separate entities and there finances are not related any longer.

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

Dolan father is the head honcho for Cablevision.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@rico Rico, MSG is a separate entity from Cablevision. Canceling Cablevision will have zero effect on MSG finances.

rico
rico

@newyorker9  cancel cable and don't go to knick games.


sadly that and the real answer would be IF NOBODY SAID A WORD, not a post on a blog, none of this. IF we all went away he'd have nothing.


They say the only thing worse than being talked about is NOT being talked about.  Dolan would get his cummupance of none showed up, people didn't watch and nobody commented.


chudogz1
chudogz1

@ rgm891.... Fan since 1987-1988.... Run while u can.. U will be thinking about what I'm telling u now in like 20 yrs saying why the F didn't I listen;).... But were not as bad as the JETS

rgm891
rgm891

@SheSaidSpikeWho @rgm891  Im a youngling compared to u haha.  U have been a Knicks fan longer than I have been on this earth.  I am 22 now and I started following the Knicks religiously when I was 10.  Only 12 years.