This afternoon, the Knicks take on the Chicago Bulls at 1pm on ABC. The Bulls have won 8 of their last 9 games while the Knicks have dropped 5 straight. These two teams are heading in opposite directions as the Knicks look to play spoiler inside the United Center. The Bulls look a little different since the last time they played in December. Luol Deng is no longer on the Bulls who have split their season series with the Knicks at a game a piece.
This afternoons matchup tips off just after 1pm.
The New York Knicks are expected to shop Amar’e Stoudemire and his expiring contract to teams that have not yet already used its amnesty clause, according to the Boston Globe. The report names Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Pelicans as a possible target, because the team is looking to shed his long-term deal.
“The Knicks have limited options to improve this summer but a move they are expected to make is offering the expiring contract of Amar’e Stoudemire to a team that has not already used its amnesty clause. That team in turn could trade the Knicks the long-term, unwanted contract of an impact player, such as the Pelicans’ Eric Gordon”
Saying the Knicks are shopping Stoudemire is pure nonsense at this point. Of course Steve Mills (a.k.a. James Dolan) would love to shop Stoudemire, but who is going to take on the worst contract in the NBA? Sure, he’ll be an expiring deal, but do the Knicks want to take on a long-term bad contract for an expiring one?
I’d like the Knicks sit tight, get what they can out of Stoudemire over next season and then have the cap open up in the summer of 2015.
Moke Hamilton, NBA Analyst
In just about all walks of life, good leadership yields above-average results. Want proof? Look no further than the Phoenix Suns. First-year head coach Jeff Hornacek has capably led a young team devoid of any NBA superstars and has made them into one of the NBA’s darlings.
2,400 miles East, down in Miami, behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the HEAT are working on their third consecutive NBA title and are beginning to percolate quite violently.
For that, the franchise can thank Dwyane Wade and his selfless leadership, because he had to both take a great risk and make a selfless sacrifice to make the Miami Dream Team a reality.
In July 2010, as a free agent, Wade was coming off of a season in which he earned the maximum allowable $15.8 million. As a free agent, he was eligible to sign a new deal that would pay him 105 percent of that number—$16.6 million.
With the annual 10.5 percent raises that the league’s prior collective bargaining agreement allowed, Wade could have easily commanded the maximum-allowable six-year deal worth a total of about $125 million.
Instead, he opted to be a bit more prudent.
Carmelo Anthony could follow suit.
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The idea of can it get any worse
seems like the worst cliche in the world right now if you’re a Knicks fan. Every night feels like the bottom and while you’d like to say it can’t get any worse, it seems to each and every night. Last night, one year after Stephen Curry put up 54 points inside the Garden, he recorded his 4th career triple-double and led the Warriors to a convincing win over the Knicks.
A loss to a team like the Warriors shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, they are one of the NBA’s best teams, just 3.5 games out of first place in the Pacific Conference and a sure fire playoff team. Losing to the Warriors isn’t the surprise. The complete lack of fight is more alarming. So is the complete defensive breakdown that we’ve seen throughout this season.
Carmelo Anthony had this to say about the teams defensive effort. “Those are things we can correct…I don’t think it’s about heart…we just have to commit ourselves on that end.” The heart that he is referencing came in response to what J.R. Smith told the media just a few minutes before. “It’s not a mental thing, it’s a heart thing” Smith lamented, hanging his head after the brutal loss.
What was scary on a night like this was how hard Carmelo Anthony worked to try and win a game that they were completely outmatched in, and how ineffective the rest of the team was in supporting him. Anthony led the way with 22 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith added 22 and 17 points respectively. After those three, the rest of the team failed to break double digits.
The teams demeanor on the court was just as bad as the attitude in the locker room after the game. Tyson Chandler got into it repeatedly with Marreese Speights and was eventually ejected from the game. His attitude towards Speights told the story. He got pushed around and instead of responding by playing harder and hitting shots, he responded by getting in Speights’ ear and eventually heading to the locker room early.
In the end it was a loss. A single loss to go along with the other 4 losses that came directly before it. The Knicks are struggling and there is no end in sight.
The Knicks fell to the Warriors, 126-103, their fifth consecutive loss.
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This game was ugly from the very first quarter. The Knicks allowed the Warriors to score at will, giving up 73 first half points, a season high for Golden State. The team left the court at the half with boos raining down in Madison Square Garden.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both scored 25+, combining for 10 3′s. Curry had his 4th career triple-double.
Carmelo Anthony did what Carmelo Anthony does. He scored 23 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and out hustled the entire Knicks team.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was the other notable scorer for the Knicks. He scored 22 points on 6 of 11.
Tyson Chandler was ejected late in the game after getting into it repeatedly with Marreese Speights.
Toure’ Murry played 23+ minutes, the 2nd most he’s played this year. In that time, he scored 8 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds. He also turned the ball over 3 times.
The Knicks take on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors tonight from Madison Square Garden.
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.”
The Knicks fell to the Heat, 108-82, their lost their fourth consecutive loss.
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Overall, LeBron James is 13-12 all-time in head-to-head matches with Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks’ losing streak is now at 4, the third-longest of the season.
The Knicks shot 37.3 percent from the field and 17.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Only three Knicks player scored in double figures (Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith)
The 36-point loss is the second-most lopsided loss (second only to 114-73 loss to Boston)
The Knicks host the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden Friday night at 8 p.m.
Thursday night at 8 p.m., the New York Knicks aim to snap a three-game losing streak on the road against the defending champion Miami Heat.
The Knicks (21-36) sit five games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and tonight’s game against the Heat marks the first of three games against playoff teams, with Golden State and Chicago to follow.
Could it be the Knicks’ last chance to make a run at the playoffs? Perhaps. And it could be the last chance for coach Mike Woodson to salvage his job, which, according to reports, is again on the line over the next few games as the Knicks try to remain in contention.
The Heat (40-14) remain two games back of the Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the East and are playing at a high level of late. The champs have reeled off five consecutive wins, including one without reigning MVP LeBron James in the lineup. James is expected to play Thursday and will wear a protective face mask.
Projected Starters (NYK): Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler
Projected Starters (MIA): Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier
Carmelo Anthony told reporters in Miami that the Knicks’ off-court issues, as well as their on-the-court struggles, will factor into his free agency plans this summer.
“Off the court, on the court, just a lot of things going to have to be put all on the table,” Anthony said Thursday in advance of tonight’s game against the Miami Heat, according to Frank Isola.
“A lot of things are going to be thought about when that time comes.”
Not much has gone right for the Knicks (21-36) this season, and that doesn’t bode will Anthony set to opt out this summer.
The Knicks enter tonight’s game five games back of the No. 8 seed in an Eastern Conference in which only five teams are over .500.
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