The Knicks probably should eliminate their orange uniforms and noon starts at home. It will be better for them and for Mike Woodson’s job security.
Sunday’s game tipped at 12:10, but the Knicks didn’t show up until the second quarter. By then it was far too late for them to make it interesting against the Celtics, and the Knicks never did. It got worse and worse.
Looking zapped of energy and flat, the Knicks trailed by as many as 45 points in the fourth quarter and suffered a humiliating 114-73 loss to Boston at Madison Square Garden this afternoon. The Knicks were booed early and often in a performance that didn’t reflect well on Woodson.
As well as the Knicks played in winning their prior two – which seemed to earn Woodson a little reprieve following a nine-game losing streak - this could put the heat back on their coach. The Knicks dropped to 5-14 on the season and 2-8 at home.
They won those two games by a total of 68 points. It looked like the Knicks were going to fall behind by that much Sunday.
The Knicks, who were without starting center Kenyon Martin due to ankle soreness, were down 12-0, 18-1 and 25-3. These are not the championship-caliber Celtics of a few years back either. This is a rebuilding Boston team without best player Rajon Rondo. But the Knicks made them look like legit contenders, showing no resistance on defense and no continuity on offense.
The Atlantic Division-leading Celtics - at 10-12 – shot 53.5 percent from the field and 56 percent from three. Jordan Crawford had 23 points and Jared Sullinger 21 points – not exactly Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett – for the Celtics, who were up double figures the last 44:52 of the game.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 19 points, but shot 5-for-15. Starters Andrea Bargnani (1-for-7), Iman Shumpert (0-for-6) and Raymond Felton (0-for-6) combined to shoot 1-for-19 and score two points.
Shumpert said before and after Friday’s win over the Magic that he was mad at the world and that led to him playing better. There are a lot of people who should be mad at him and the Knicks after this.
The Knicks’ last noon game was Nov. 10 against San Antonio. They trailed that one by 18 in the first quarter and as many as 37. The Memphis Grizzlies probably can’t wait until they visit the Garden on Dec. 21 for their noon start.
By then, Woodson might not be the Knicks coach and their orange uniforms burned. The Knicks generally wear them on Saturdays and Sundays at home, and are 0-6 in them.
Kidding aside, the uniform had nothing to do with how badly the Knicks played. It was the guys in them.
The Knicks missed their first nine shots. Their first point was a technical foul shot by Anthony 4:40 into the game. An Anthony dunk with 6:15 left was their first field goal.
But Anthony never got going. Really, no one did. Amar’e Stoudemire and Pablo Prigioni were the Knicks’ best players on this afternoon.
Stoudemire was 5-for-7 with 17 points in 21 minutes. Prigioni had four assists and ran the offense in the second quarter when the Knicks looked as if they could make a little run. They got it down to 17 – 46-29 – with 4:02 left in the half.
But the Knicks were outscored 20-2 over the next 7:22 ending the slim hopes they had for climbing back into it.
To open the second half, Woodson took a little stand. He started Stoudemire and then 3:03 into the third quarter he pulled Felton and Shumpert. It didn’t do much good, though.
The Celtics continued to run away from the Knicks, likely putting the heat back on Woodson.