Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  28 responses

Carmelo Anthony Calls Knicks’ 41-Point Loss ‘an Embarrassment’

Riding a two-game winning streak into Sunday afternoon’s tilt against the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks failed to show up, and were blasted on their home floor 114-73. Carmelo Anthony and his ‘mates were completely humiliated. Per the NY Times: “It was a concerted effort that produced a 114-73 loss to the Boston Celtics, and Coach Mike Woodson was in the familiar position of attempting to explain, once again, how his team could have looked so unprepared, so unmotivated and so undisciplined. ‘I can’t have our guys stepping on the court doing what they did today,’ Woodson said, his voice trailing to a whisper. The Knicks (5-14), who have lost many other games this season, have used words like ‘frustrated’ and ‘unacceptable’ after previous misadventures. The problem after Sunday’s game was that they were running out of adjectives. Carmelo Anthony had to use nouns. ‘What Boston came here and did was an embarrassment,’ he said. He called it a ‘good old-fashioned’ whupping. To be specific, it was the third-worst home loss for the Knicks in franchise history and the most lopsided result in the league this season. Raymond Felton, Andrea Bargnani and Iman Shumpert combined to shoot 1 for 19. The Knicks were outrebounded by 46-26. They trailed by as many as 45 points. ‘I wish I could explain it,’ Woodson said. ‘I didn’t see this one coming.’ [...] The Knicks shot 34.2 percent, and their reaction in the locker room was an odd mix. While Anthony clearly sounded upset, several teammates — including Felton, Shumpert and J. R. Smith — credited the Celtics’ hot shooting. ‘I wouldn’t say we had a bad effort,’ said Felton, who missed all six of his field-goal attempts. ‘Those guys were on fire. They came in, it was like the basket was the size of an ocean.’ It was a dreaded noon start for the Knicks, who have labored with early tip times. (Exhibit A: Their 120-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 10.) The Knicks were also missing Kenyon Martin, a dependable — albeit aging — defender who was inactive with what Woodson described as a sore ankle. And then there was the small matter of the Knicks’ attire. Despite losing all five games they had played while wearing orange uniforms this season, the Knicks gave it another try. It was a mistake, though their performance against the Celtics probably had more to do with an inability to play any semblance of cohesive team basketball.”

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  • Pancho Cachondo

    New York KnickerSuckers!!!

  • LLC#12

    Great players are lauded for making their team-mates better, but at times, Melo’s presence just seems to make his team-mates worse.

  • i_ball

    I would call there whole season so far an embarrassment

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  • Sizzle

    A team that relies almost exclusively on outside shooting should be prepared for many losses like this. The knickerchuckers have no inside game (aside from When Melo bullies his way inside) and everyone on the team appears to have a green light to take awful shots. I hope they don’t fire Woodson just so I can keep seeing his expressions on the side lines when things are going the wrong way for him….

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    As Salamu Alaykum sister

  • AndyK415

    isn’t that all the time?

  • The Mauve Avenger

    How long until Chandler returns?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    give melo some credit…the effort is there…he’s almost at 10 boards per…I’m looking for positives from the knicks’ season….

  • ClydeSays

    The Knicks don’t seem to have a plan most nights. If the shots fall, great. If they don’t, there is no Plan B. Stevens is doing a great job with the C’s, but I still want 9th seed or worse. Knicks & Nets will have to co-operate by winning some games though…

  • jmm

    As Knicks fans who don’t even have the solace of a draft pick to heal the wounds of this train wreck season, we’re allowed to root for the Trailblazers for the rest of the year, right?

  • Dfrance

    5 of those boards come off his own missed lay ups tho. Lol.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    You’re also entitled to a lifetimes supply of oxycontin to ease the pain. It’s part of the new NBA Cares© program in the New York area.

  • Troop

    Why do the Celts get almost no credit this year? They are much better than everyone thinks.

  • danpowers

    yup, i thin thats legit

  • danpowers

    well, thats how zo used to get most of his offensive boards back then and nobody complained lol. let us knicks fans celebrate the little we have this year

  • danpowers

    too long

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  • danpowers

    at least last season this looked different most of the time

  • AndyK415

    Last year, yes. I just can’t stand how he has never evolved his game to be more of a facilitator or defender. You would think that all of the losing over his career in the playoffs would push him to become a real team leader and therefore a real franchise player.

  • danpowers

    true that. the knicks need another guy to truly lead the team while melo just leads them in scoring to be successful. as long as melo is their only “leader” on the floor, this team is pretty without any “lead” at all lol

  • bike

    Almost smacks of ‘we can tank better than you can tank’.

  • AndyK415

    However, I honestly think that there are not many star players that actually want to play with Melo.

  • TTN

    It was more than embarrassing considering both rosters and the expectations everyone had about the Knicks. It is the NBA and games are played for a reason but 41 points Losses to teams the caliber of Boston? The Knicks need to make a few moves, play Kmart more and pray for Tyson Chandlers speedy recovery.

  • TTN

    I agree with you, I think the Knicks made some wrong moves this past off season. They could have looked Identical (roster wise) to last season if they had made attempts to keep Novak, Copeland, signed Kmart for the whole year and found another guard to replace Kidd. With the guys aforementioned their shooting and record might look better this season.

  • jmm

    Man I’d love to see the NBA Cares commercial for that… which player would they use? Gotta be JR right?

  • loll

    Chandler took NYK Defence with him

  • TTN

    True indeed, Anthony this season is who he has always been, one of the tops in the league in scoring except he is actually grabbing rebounds. Still can’t defend but Chandler not being there makes every bodies defense look non existent. They can play up on anybody when he is protecting the rim.