Carmelo Anthony didn’t have to think long and hard about describing Sunday’s 114-73 blowout loss to the Boston Celtics.
“Right now there’s just no need for me to try to pinpoint what happened, what went wrong out there. Good old fashioned ass-whupping to me,” Anthony said after scoring 19 points on 5-for-15 shooting in the loss.
He added: “What Boston came here and did, it was an embarrassment. To lose like that on our homecourt, I think everybody should be pissed off. But we move on. Got Cleveland coming up. Tomorrow’s a new day and we go from there.”
The loss in a noon game on Sunday was especially stunning given that the Knicks had won two straight coming in — by a combined 78 points — and Anthony had seemingly discovered a new way to play, sharing the ball and taking fewer shots.
But that style went out the window right away, as Anthony again dominated the ball early and no other Knick aside from Amar’e Stoudemire (17 points) and Metta World Peace (12 points) finished in double-figures, while all five Celtics starters did.
“I wish I could explain it,” said head coach Mike Woodson, whose team has now lost 10 of 12. “I didn’t see this coming in terms of how we played.”
Woodson spoke to the players for an unusually long time after the game and seemed especially despondent when addressing the media.
“Nobody should be happy about watching something like this today,” Woodson said.
Woodson accepted the blame for the loss himself, but his players said it wasn’t his fault.
“You can’t teach effort,” Anthony said. “I know coach. I know what type of guy he is. He’s always going to put it on him, but you can’t teach effort. We’re the guys that’s going out there as a team and not giving him the effort.”
The Knicks dropped to 2-7 on their home court. Since Halloween, seven NBA teams have won as many games at the Garden as the Knicks.
The Knicks are now 0-6 in the orange uniforms, but Anthony said he wouldn’t use that as an excuse, either.
“I’m not a superstitious guys so I won’t blame it on the 12 o’clock game, I won’t blame it on the orange uniforms,” he said. “Regardless, we could’ve lost in the white uniforms today, so it still would’ve been the same thing.”
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.