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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The Knicks have announced that Shannon Brown and Earl Clark have been signed to 10-day contracts.
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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that Carmelo Anthony is being named The Knicks Blog Player of the Week a second consecutive time
Last week at this time, Anthony was coming off a 42-point effort in a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans and a record-setting All-Star Game performance. This week, the statistics remain eye-popping, though the Knicks’ record doesn’t match.
Anthony is averaging 41.0 points per game over the past three games, all of which resulted in the losses. The Knicks fell to Atlanta, which is currently occupying the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference; Orlando, which has 17 wins on the season; and the Dallas Mavericks at home, albeit to a devastatingly clutch Dirk Nowitzki buzzer-beater.
Anthony’s recent offensive surge as upped his season average to 28.2 points per game, trailing only Kevin Durant (31.6 points per game) for the NBA’s scoring title. The difference, of course, is Durant is getting his points in a team atop the Western Conference standings.
This has also been Anthony’s best rebounding seasons. He’s averaging 8.6 boards per game — a career-high and 1.2 more per game than his previous mark while with the Nuggets — and has had three 11-rebound games over the past six. It just seems like Anthony is trying to do it all for the Knicks these days.
What happens this summer remains up in the air, but Carmelo Anthony stated during the NBA All-Star Break he’s willing to take a pay cut
in order for the Knicks to make the necessary moves to compete for a title.
That selflessness and Anthony’s impending free agency is a hot topic among other NBA stars, including Dwight Howard, who was last year’s prized free agent, and LeBron James, with whom Anthony will face off against Thursday night in Miami.
James, who took a pay cut to be a part of the “Big Three” with the Heat four years ago, said he believes Anthony is set on winning.
“What I got out of it is he wants to win,’’ James told The Post at Wednesday’s practice. “Everyone says they want to win, but that’s what it’s about.’’
Howard fled Los Angeles to join up with James Harden and Co. with the Houston Rockets last summer after repeatedly asking out of Orlando.
Though Howard may not be the best role model on how to handle free agency, he did offer up some advice to Anthony: use your head.
“I can’t say (what he’ll do). That’s on him. He’s got to decide. (But) he can’t be what everybody else wants. In this situation, you’ve got to take your heart out of it…So I’d just say for him, take his heart out of it and think with his head and think about business….
“If you don’t win, you’re not going to get all the (off-court endorsement) stuff you want anyway,” Howard told USA Today. “I saw that last year (in Los Angeles). I was in the biggest market for the NBA, and we lost, so those (companies) aren’t going to be coming to you for losing.
“When I was in Orlando, a small market, and we were winning. I was very popular with a lot of different deals on the table. So it’s moreso about winning, and you’ve got to put yourself in a position to where you’re winning basketball games and you’re having fun doing it. Losing is not fun, and Melo wants to win.”
After the New York Knicks trip, it seems coach Mike Woodson is on the hot seat again.
According to Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, if the Knicks continue their losing ways over the next three to five games, Madison Square Garden Executive Chairman James Dolan may finally pull the trigger and fire Woodson, if he deems the team out of contention.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) February 26, 2014
New York (21-36) currently sits 5.5 games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, but faces a tough schedule over the next three games.
The Knicks travel to South Beach to take on the defending champion Miami Heat on Thursday before hosting the Golden State Warriors and taking on the Chicago Bulls. The team also has to face the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves on the road, and is a combined 1-2 against those squads so far.
The “knee-jerk reaction” that Jared reported is getting absurd. This season has been full of disappointments, but if Dolan waits until March to pull the plug, that is simply adding fuel to the fire. If Dolan actually wanted to make a move, he would have done so when the Knicks were still in relative playoff contention…you know…two months ago. If he makes the move during the next 3 to 5 games I’ll be more confused than ever.