Game Recap: Knicks 101 – Celtics 95

Recap: The Knicks broke their 10-game losing streak with a 101-95 win over the Celtics.

Need to KnowCarmelo Anthony was back in action in a big way leading the Knicks to victory with 22 points. Though Amar’e Stoudemire wasn’t far behind netting 20 points and picking up 7 rebounds.

While Boston was on the board first, it wasn’t long before the Knicks took control in the first. The Celtics battled back, but a pair of jumpers from Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second set the pace for New York to lead heading into the half.

The Knicks never trailed in the second half, outshooting Boston 24-23 in the third and breaking even at 26 points apiece in the fourth.

Iman Shumpert left the game with an apparent dislocated shoulder.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Knicks will be back at home on Saturday as they welcome the Toronto Raptors to Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m.

Shumpert suffers dislocated left shoulder

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Iman Shumpert suffered a dislocated left shoulder after reaching in for the ball against Jeff Green during the first half of the Knicks’ 101-95 win over the Celtics in Boston.NBA: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics

The Knicks’ guard appeared to be in great pain and was helped off the court.

“We saw him at halftime,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said after his team snapped a 10-game losing streak. “He was in pain but the first thing he said was, ‘Go get this win.'”

Shumpert will get an MRI in New York and it remains unclear how much time he will miss.

“He’ll have some tests done [Saturday],” Fisher said. “We don’t want to jeopardize the remaining part of his season, so we’ll have to see.”

Shumpert is averaging 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

In Shumpert’s absence, Tim Hardaway Jr. could see increased playing time. Hardaway Jr. went for 16 points in 32 minutes.

When asked about that, Fisher jokingly said, “Tim might not play at all even with Iman’s injury.”

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for and You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

Tonight’s Game: Knicks at Celtics

The Knicks are in Boston on Friday night to play the Celtics.

The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on MSG and CSNE.

Carmelo Anthony tested out his knee at shoot around and will start for the Knicks.

Jose Calderon, Iman Shumpert, Quincy Acy, and Amar’e Stoudemire will make up the rest of the starting lineup.

Recent Meetings

March 12, 2014

The Knicks came out of the gate strong to claim a 116-92 win over the Celtics. Carmelo Anthony posted three 3-pointers to give New York a double digit lead just four minutes into the game. The rest of the team followed suit – Cole Aldrich put up 12 points with 10 rebounds in his first career start for the Knicks while Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith added 22 and 13 points, respectively. The Celtics were without Guard Rajon Rondo and were stumped trying to put a stop the Anythony’s offensive push.

Melo: Leaving Knicks now would ‘just make me weak’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony responded to a report that he’s looking to get out of New York by saying that leaving now would “just make me weak.”

“Come on, man,” Anthony told reporters in Boston before putting up 22 points in a 101-95 win that snapped a 10-game Knicks’ losing streak. “After all the work I did to get here and get back here? If I was to get up and want to leave now that would just make me weak. I’ve never been a person to try to run from any adversity.”

Earlier Friday, Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, called a report that Anthony was considering waving his no-trade clause to escape the 4-20 Knicks “utter nonsense.”

“That’s what happens when you hit the wall of adversity and everything is a snowball effect,’’ Anthony said in response to the New York Post story. “It comes with the territory whether it’s fair or not. The cure to all of this is winning. That’s what we have to do is win some basketball games. I’ve been here before: losing some games and all types of things written about me.’’ To read more of this story, click here

The Knicks Blog Podcast: Melo on the market?

Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton discuss the rumor of Carmelo Anthony waiving his no-trade clause. Plus, the guys chat with Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 to discuss Iman Shumpert’s rapping skills and the situation between Rajon Rondo and Celtics.

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Would Knicks be better if Steve Kerr were head coach?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

At 19-2, the Golden State Warriors are winners of fourteen straight games and subsequently own the best record in all of the NBA.

That’s not a bad showing for a first-time head coach in Steve Kerr.

Of course, Coach Kerr was initially Phil Jackson’s preferred candidate to help lead the Knicks back to greatness, this past summer. Negotiations fell through due to the monetary offer and New York’s resistance to providing Kerr with a longer contract commitment than desired. What’s more, the former Bulls sharpshooter wasn’t completely sold on running the triangle offense in the Big Apple.

Slighted by Kerr, Jackson then turned to former Lakers’ point guard Derek Fisher. To ensure yet another one of his confidants didn’t slip away, Jackson and New York signed Fisher to a five-year contract, which was initially reported to be worth approximately $25 million. 

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Melo’s Agent: Trade rumors are ‘utter nonsense’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony’s agent says reports that his client is considering waiving his no-trade clause in order to bail on the sinking Knicks are “utter nonsense.”

“Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks,” Leon Rose of CAA said by email. “There have never been discussions about trades or wanting to leave New York. Any story, rumor, report to the contrary is utter nonsense.”

The New York Post reported Friday that Melo is considering waiving his no-trade clause, which would require a team to pay him $17.5 million.

Anthony signed a five-year, $124-million deal with the Knicks this past summer, choosing them over Houston, Chicago, Dallas and others.

Anthony has said he believes Knicks President Phil Jackson will get things turned around in the future, but he could not have imagined the team would get off to this disastrous a start.

At 4-20, the Knicks are only 1/2 game ahead of the tanking Philadelphia 76ers. They have lost 10 in a row entering tonight’s game in Boston.

Meantime, amid all the losing, Anthony reportedly threatened teammate Tim Hardaway Jr., although Anthony played that down this week.

“Me and Tim have no problems,” Anthony told reporters. “He would tell you the same thing.”

Anthony is also battling knee soreness that kept him out of Wednesday’s loss in San Antonio, but he said surgery would be a last-ditch requirement.

“I’m not even looking forward to even discussing the surgery or anything like that,” he said this week. “I’ll explore as many other options as I can before I go under the knife and get surgery. … That will always be a solution, an option, but that was the last, last option.”

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for and You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.