The New York Knicks have lost nine straight, and tempers are flaring. Cameras caught Iman Shumpert and Carmelo Anthony screaming at each other on the bench following yet another blown defensive assignment—Shumpert said it was just a “miscommunication.” Per the NY Post: “A shouting match with Carmelo Anthony and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr.’s breakout game may have pushed Iman Shumpert closer to the door. Hardaway is fighting for playing time with Shumpert, who got into a heated rant with Anthony on the Knicks bench during a third-quarter timeout. Anthony didn’t look at him as Shumpert raved. Shumpert, who was then benched for the fourth quarter of the 103-99 loss to the Pelicans, called his tiff with Anthony ‘a miscommunication’ on defense. ‘Of course I wanted to play,’ Shumpert said. ‘Tim was making shots. J.R. [Smith] had it rolling. We were just trying to get a win.’ Hardaway had his career night statistically (21 points), but said he didn’t have a good performance. [...] Anthony declined to talk about Shumpert, who has been on the trading block since the middle of last month.”

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