Win streak extended to five as short-handed Knicks offense continues rolling

Sam Spiegelman

Break up the New York Knicks.

The Knicks (26-40) notched their fifth consecutive victory with a convincing 116-92 defeat of the Boston Celtics on the road Wednesday night. The victory allowed New York to take sole possession of the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference, just three games shy of the Atlanta Hawks currently occupying the No. 8 spot.

New York didn’t allow the Celtics (22-43) to make a game of it. They jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead then cruised to a lopsided victory. Carmelo Anthony led the way with a game-high 34 points, while the rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. added 22 off the bench.

“We got it going early,” Anthony said. “We shot the ball well early. Defensively, we had it clicking early. They made a few runs, but we finished the game out strong.”

Yet again, the frontcourt was without center Tyson Chandler, as well as forwards Kenyon Martin and Amare’ Stoudemire. Going small, though, was not a problem. Making his first start in a Knicks uniform, Cole Adlrich responded with a double-double — 12 points and 10 rebounds. Off the bench, Jeremy Tyler scored four points and grabbed four boards.

“I thought Cole kind of reminded you of last year’s team, you know when a guy goes down and another guy — the next guy in line — steps in and he plugs in,” Coach Mike Woodson said. “Cole was that guy tonight.”

The Knicks’ small lineup led the offense again, eclipsing the 100-point scoring mark for a fifth straight game. The Celtics, who had limited their last four opponents to 19.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc, allowed New York to shoot almost 58 percent from downtown and better than 52 percent from the floor.

“It’s just with practice, playing with second unit; we all feed off each very well in practice and we read each other well,” Hardaway said. “It’s just being comfortable out there with them, and once you mix everybody up it just flows.”

“Everybody is just coming together now,” he added. “We have 20 games to go, and we just want to win each and every one of them.”

And don’t sleep on the defense. While the offense has been red-hot and receiving a lot of attention, deservingly, the defense has held its opponents to fewer than 100 points in three of their past five games.




398 comments
xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Come on TKB, it's time for a new thread!  Look like Phil coming here is not putting a fire under some people. lol

nixredux
nixredux

Bball IQ is different from personal IQ. When discussing "intelligence" I believe we're talking about on court decision making as it relates to the sport. No need for some on this board to insinuate intelligence based on race or class.

zebeto
zebeto

...woodson wanting a sit down with PJ , reeks of desperation.....dude realy likes being in NY man ...lol


C0P0
C0P0

WTF would this season could have looked like if Cole had gotten real minutes months ago? Can't wait for the day Jackson tosses this dunce out on his rear. 

newyorker9
newyorker9

so Woodson wants to talk to Phil? ha Woody you funny man, the good news is Knicks are planning a press conference for Tuesday to introduce Phil. 


HELL YEAH!!

rgm891
rgm891

Woodson wants to sit down with Phil Jackson and tell him that he wants to coach the Knicks.  Lmao.


Interview: Woodson:  I respect everything you have done Phil and I would be honored to coach the team.  


Jackson:  What happened this season?

Woodson: Ummmm The east is big man.  JR smith 5 game early suspension really hurt our ball club and injuries. 


Jackson: I see that you have no accountability on the basketball court and rely on certain players so much more than others.  

Woodson:  The CAA man.


Jackson:  I want to implement the triangle offense and I know for a fact that you can't run it properly actually at all.  Why should I risk my legacy with you as the head coach of the Knicks?

Woodson:  I believe


Jackson walks out.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@NYPost_Berman: Woodson wants sit-down with Phil Jackson as #Knicks start plans for press conference for Tuesday at Garden

1harris1
1harris1

Couldn't happen to a better basketball organization . Enjoy.

zebeto
zebeto

@carl hill that child support got him desperate ! ...........we dodged a bullet on him for sure !

1harris1
1harris1

He knows he's gone though. He was getting fired regardless of who is calling the shots. According to the Post, he might wind up at Indiana U.

zebeto
zebeto

@Sandro C. Parsons has PJ type of player written all over him . extremely intelligent player .


..needless to say the NYK would be Funner to watch and more upspeed if that hypothetical trade happens .

johneco
johneco

I like Melo.

But I'd argue that CP3 is better.

Griffin probably is too, although their games are too similar to play together.

Wade and Kobe were way better in their prime, but are way worse now.



But those details aside, I disagree with your basic premise.  You build me a team where Melo is the #1 guy, that can beat the Heat and Thunder.  I'm listening.  

C0P0
C0P0

@Jimmy BX  Unfortunately, Melo just sets something off in certain people.

It doesn't matter how good he is, he's just wrong for this team in their eyes. 

Jon Leech
Jon Leech

@C0P0 the coach is just very stubborn a lot of what dantoni was rubbed off on him....cole never looked bad in the minutes ive seen him play he was a number 10 first rounder.....when u losing all season why not try switch things up a little? whats the worse thing that can happen u lose ? whats the saying that trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is crazy?

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@C0P0  Too early to get high on Cole.

Props to him, he played hard and put in the work, but he was being guarded by Bass and Sullinger.

He should get minutes on top of Tyler, that's clear.

But he's gotta keep up the same level of play. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@rgm891  

Woody does have a a contract to coach for next season. It is not unreasonable to want to speak to your new boss. Perhaps Woody doesn't want to spend a year in exile collecting checks and would like to have a position of some sort next year.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rgm891 If Woody is smart, he would be begging Phil to stick around as an assistant for a major pay cut to maybe help Kerr.   It still won't matter because Phil will send Freido on that boat ride.


Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@carl hill  

You need to take some memory pills. D'Antoni had a winning record last season with the Lakers. 

rgm891
rgm891

@carl hill  If he does leave, I hope he goes to the bulls.  So we can beat him year after year in the playoffs.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

By the time phil finishes with morey, Harden, 3 picks, and parsons willbe on the knicks

chudogz1
chudogz1

They must think Dolan is still the GM and looking to FLEECE him again

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint @xmenreturnYep finally there's some hope for our team with Phil coming aboard and we have a thread here longer than a game day against the Heat or Nets.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Kiyan Carter  

"“(Winning a championship is) the only thing I care about. Anything else is irrelevant to me as far as when it comes to basketball,” Anthony said after practice in Greenburgh. “A championship is the only thing that’s on my mind.

“That’s my motivating factor."

C0P0
C0P0

@Jon Leech

Exactly! 

It's not like what the coach was doing up to  2 weeks ago was WINNING games. LOL

C0P0
C0P0

@VerySilentJay @C0P0  LOL Not high on him, just curious on what the record would have been if Cole had some real minutes months ago. 


Not a great debate or anything, know what I mean? Considering the Celtics did hand this team a 40+ loss this season, it wasn't a gimme'. So I wouldn't downplay who he was against.  Especially, without Chandler, Stat, K-Mart or STAT, Cole getting 12pts, 10 Rebounds and 3Blks toward another "W" mattered. 


Although it can never actually be answered, I find it quite a reasonable question to ask. How could it not?


rgm891
rgm891

@xmenreturn @rgm891  The only way Woodson has any shot of staying is if he gets the triangle offense tattooed on his chest to study it in the shower everyday.  

chudogz1
chudogz1

@ orlando_knickfan. That's some strong Zen. They are not parting ways with Harden any time soon tho

rgm891
rgm891

@xmenreturn @Seth Nadler  What a beautiful thing that's going to be listen to.  I didnt care about Melos decision before PJs rumors and I certainly can careless even more about his decision now.  If Pj cant convince him no one can.  Shows where his mind is truly is.

zebeto
zebeto

@carl hill i rather keep Melo ,,,but if he wants to leave ....then getting back a Parsons and a T.Jones wouldnt be a bad consolation prize .

zebeto
zebeto

@carl hill @zebeto http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/6466/chandler-parsons 

for only 2 yrs NBa experience and being a 3 or 4th option for HOU....dude puts up numbers ....kid is only going to get better with time .....maybe wont become a 1st tier superstar , but i think he'll def be a 2nd tier . 

rgm891
rgm891

@Knicks_Fanatic @rgm891  Absolutely man.  It's going to be an incredible accomplishment if he pulls this near impossible task off.  I see some players getting moved this offseason, whole new coaching staff.  And see where this brings us into 2015.  I am curious to see which players phil wants to keep on this team in terms of our younger players.  I cannot wait.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@rgm891  

Finding a coach is the low hanging fruit for our new GM. Clearing out the roster will take a few years.

rgm891
rgm891

@Knicks_Fanatic @rgm891  Let's just enjoy this huge steal while we can man!!!! Tuesday's press conference will be amazing.  One step at a time

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@rgm891 @Knicks_Fanatic 

Next year we are going to field pretty much the same players, have no cap space or draft picks, Phil better do something to earn all that money!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@carl hill @xmenreturnLMAO! U too?  Tommy Dee threatened to ban me too many times.   

Pringles had so many people strung out on that sugar candy b-ball!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@carl hill @xmenreturnLOL  Yep, i used to get killed on this blog for calling out that dude. 

I had Dagawd for some support but it was quite lonely. lol


solar_lion
solar_lion

@smiggybalz What a monicker. Like wearing an "I'm stupid" sign on your forehead. The nihilism of some Knicks fans is ridiculous. And they call NY Knicks fans the most intelligent. I've read some dumb ish on this blog.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jerry Gee @Jesus Blas@carl hill 

That's going to be the interesting and dicey move for Phil

1. Does Phil try to convince Melo to stay to rebuild around?

2. Does Phil try to convince Melo to stay so he can trade him later?

3. Does Melo opt out?

4. Does Melo stay and force Phil to move him so that he doesn't lose any money?

I say it's #3 or #4. 


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rgm891 @xmenreturn@Seth Nadler I hear ya but it's got to be rough for him not having Phil contact him directly before the deal is made.  I do kinda feel for the guy as a player but as a Knick Fan, it's bizness.

People worrying about whether Woody mets with Phil is total nonsense.  That's like Freido requesting  a meeting with his brother when he should be enjoying the boat ride while he can.