Quote: J.R. Smith after last nights loss to the Rockets

“Honestly I thought we were down two when I shot the ball … I started hearing Tyson (Chandler) say ‘No, no, no don’t take the shot.’ But at that point it was already released … it was just bad basketball IQ by me.”

-J.R. Smith on his late game gaff against the Rockets




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Mike T.
Mike T.

Washington taking care of business tonight.  Tired of discussions about bad bounces, "puck luck" and outshooting our opponents.  At the end of the day, hockey is a pretty simple game, score more goals than your opponent, and win the game.  Way too little of that lately.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Optimistic and pragmatic? Isn't it more practical to believe that this team is falling apart? Do these guys know what these words mean?

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Hurt their self-esteem and confidence? What the hell is this, Romper Room? Good lord! What a bunch of pansies!

csh205
csh205

The suddeness of last night's loss while not a playoff or series deciding game makes the list given the team's and fans' fragile state along with infamous playoff series ending OT losses in 1978 and 2013 of which I witnessed first hand.

dimaio34
dimaio34

78 is when I started with this team. And I'm so wound up about this season. And last night can't even think straight. But I'll tell ya I have never been behind this team like I am today. I'm getting fired up for fri night

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

So we taunted rangers....they won President's Cup....We taunted the Wild...they are terrible etc etc...they clinched before us...perhaps we should've worried about our own team instead of taunting others before our team accomplished anything

dimaio34
dimaio34

Ok so we had a awesome comeback. Just loved it. Lee is such a great player for this team. A huge blast from boychuk and Tavares is getting major pionts. A bad bad bounce cost this. Nothin you can do about it. I do feel sick to my stomach today and I'm super anxious for this weekend. But I refuse to bash the players. Or the coaches. I'm behind them 100%. I feel these next two games prepare us for a long run at the dance. And I'll tell ya I hope we make these doubters eat their words.

John Falcone
John Falcone

It's completely ridiculous that it's coming down to the final 2 games of the season for the Isles to clinch.  It's not the coaches fault, it really comes down to the players, and their desire to win.


tommy2b
tommy2b

@lobcity I'd rather be 'stuck' with Griffin than make another desperation signing like Amare.

saintknick
saintknick

@lobcity I agree but you'll have to take back some fat contracts to make the $$ work. The goal is to get back fair-value contracts that expire after next season, or big contracts that expire this season.


ALSO, if you are going to trade Melo, it should be FIRE SALE time. Get Chandler off this team - some one will trade young players and/or picks - especially a team in the east looking to match up with Hibbert or Lebron, or in the west focused on Houston. try and give away felton and JR if you can.


Trade stat next season as an expiring contract, or just keep the space open. Play Tyler, Murray, Aldrich, Shumpert, ThJr as much as possible. Let them lose games, I don't care...


REALLY THOUGH - this won't happen. Not a chance so long as Dolan has the playoffs as a possibility. BUT NEXT SEASON... that is when this team might blow up, with or without Melo. Melo would be wiling to miss the playoffs for one season if it was to build a better team in 2015. But he better believe that the Knicks will do so.

hashburry
hashburry

@tommy2b @lobcity I still think Golden State is the best trade partner. They desperately need a player that can score from a semi-post like Melo.  Not sure what players coming the other way make sense.  Curry (it still kills me that he went one pick ahead of the Knicks in the draft) would be a great fit if the Knicks still had Melo, so it is tough to see where the fit is from the Knicks side.

PeteyWheatstraw
PeteyWheatstraw

@BiggieSmalls I don't prefer Blake over Melo, I prefer Blake over trash or nothing. The deal needs to be considered. 


If, sorry when Melo opts out the NYK's need to be 90% certain he will re-sign. I don't believe there are a lot of attractive win now teams out there that have the cap room.

William Lucca Jr
William Lucca Jr

@PeteyWheatstraw @BiggieSmalls I think that Melo will stay with the Knicks and surprise everyone by taking a little less money than he is owed just to bring in another superstar. That's my prediction.

saintknick
saintknick

@PeteyWheatstraw @BiggieSmalls I feel the same way, but do you want to pay Blake 20 mil, or use that money elsewhere? I think any deal where Melo goes to LA requires that the Knicks get players and picks. Though if the last few games are any indication, Melo isn't going anywhere. He's been passing and playing off the ball A LOT since right before and after the ankle. If he's leaving and the ship is sinking, why not just keep jacking up 100 shots and not helping?

William Lucca Jr
William Lucca Jr

@BiggieSmalls Yea trading Melo for Blak Griffin is a no no I think. Blake Griffin is a Elton Brand at best who will regress sooner rather than later.

knicksimon
knicksimon

@BiggieSmalls Firstly, I don't think I need to "look for reasons" to hate on the knicks, they've given me plenty to work with this season.  Secondly, I don't hate the Knicks...why would I bother wasting time on a Knicks blog if I did.  Thirdly, I'm far from a fan of JR.  The guy has been a cancer since the playoffs, from his on court play and decision making, to his party antics and tweets about the organization.  He had no problem showing disgust when Bargs did the same thing a few weeks back, then goes and does exactly that.  Lastly, if he genuinely was trying to take responsibility for his mistake, there was no reason to mention not knowing the score.  He's a professional basketball player, playing on the biggest stage in the country.  He's been in the lineup for countless games during crunch time, throughout his career...all of a sudden he forgets the score?  You're as much of an idiot if you believe he wasn't defending himself from the media and fans.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Biggie,

There were good things last night, especially Shump again. However, can you admit that Woodson is partly responsible for JR not knowing the score? It was out if a time out for goodness sake!!

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

If I am the coach, and my team has had multiple mental breakdowns at the end of games all season, then YES! You are damn right I mention the score during the time out. It's bad enough that Woodson keeps JR on the court in those moments. His trust in JR is his biggest weakness.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I know that professional basketball players should know the score. I'm not defending JR. However, if you are going to send fools like JR out there, with the game on the line, you have to make sure he knows the situation. There have been way too many of these types of mental errors this season. At some point, the coach has to be taken to task for them.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@kenmetskni JR needs to know the score. He doesn't need Woodson for that. Now if you want to talk about terrible lineups being out there too long...yeah that's woodson.

jax13
jax13

That's awesome. They can probably defend p n r better too

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@BiggieSmalls @Victor Triguero  How is JRs deal team friendly? If he could've gotten more elsewhere he would've.  And no team would trade for him right now so how good could his contract be? He brings far more negatives than positives. It worked out pretty well with him on 1 yr deals cause he was playing each season for his next contract. Now that he's set on a multiyear deal forget about it. Maybe in the final yr of the contract he'll suddenly play better as he'll be looking for a new deal the following season.

PeteyWheatstraw
PeteyWheatstraw

@BiggieSmalls @Victor Triguero I agree with u there. We had to make that move because we would not be able to replace JR's salary with another player. JR is bad (right now) but he is better than having nothing.