One Knicks’ crisis was avoided.
Carmelo Anthony returned from the family issue that kept him out of practice and will start tonight when the Knicks try to snap a four-game losing streak against the Bucks.
Without Anthony yesterday, the Knicks focused on offense, moving the ball, player movement and creating tempo.
“We’re not running,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Nobody is creating some tempo. We worked on it. We talked about it. We showed it. Hopefully it will stick a little bit.”
After Wednesday’s loss to Phoenix, D’Antoni said the Knicks were “in a little bit of a crisis.” He used that word again a few times at practice – once solicited and another time on his own.
The Knicks’ offense has been stagnant and for D’Antoni – who Amar’e Stoudemire called “an offensive genius,” – this is a crisis. They’re went into this game against the Bucks averaging 93.5 points. The past seven years, a D’Antoni-coached team scored at least 100 points per game.
The Bucks will be without their second-leading scorer Stephen Jackson. He’s inactive, coach’s decision. Jackson missed the morning shootaround.
Baron Davis (herniated disc) spoke at length before the game. He was very evasive about when he would be able to play. He said he hasn’t been cleared for contact yet.
“I would love to be out there,” he said. “I’m just working hard and being reasonable with everything.”
D’Antoni has said Davis could play at the end of January, give or take a week. It remains possible he could play toward the end of next week’s four game trip.