( 4UMF NEWS ) Carmelo-Less Knicks Lose To Pacers:
Carmelo Anthony was missed about as much as the Knicks missed the basket Thursday night. Yes, that much.
Anthony’s one-game suspension amounted to a 48-minute exercise in offensive futility for Mike Woodson’s club, which wasted a chance to steal a win on the road because it imploded on the one end of the court where Anthony dominates.
“It’s frustrating,” J.R. Smith said, “without that crutch to lean on.”
The Knicks, who finished with a season low in points, went scoreless for seven minutes in the fourth quarter, missing 11 straight shots, and never recovered as the Indiana Pacers rallied for an 81-76 victory that was every bit as ugly as the score.
“I don’t know if we were fatigued or we ran out of juice,” Woodson said. “It was a struggle all night.”
The Knicks fell to 23-12 overall and 3-4 without Anthony, who will be available for Friday night’s home game against the Chicago Bulls. Anthony was suspended for confronting the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett off the court following Boston’s victory on Monday. Anthony traveled with the Knicks to Indiana and watched the game on television from his downtown hotel room.
He would have been better off watching “Nick at Nite” as opposed to these Knicks, who struggled since point guard Raymond Felton broke his finger on Christmas Day. During Thursday’s nationally televised game, the Knicks scored 14 and 16 points in the first and fourth quarters, respectively.
Overall, they shot 35% and made just 4-of-20 three-pointers. How bad was it? Someone named Ian Mahinmi, a bench warmer on the Mavericks’ championship team two years ago, outscored the Knicks 11-8 over the first 10 minutes of the final period.
Injuries are starting to mount for the Knicks, which isn’t that surprising considering they are the NBA’s oldest team. Tyson Chandler is playing with a sore neck and believes he will play on Friday. But Marcus Camby appears to be headed to the inactive list after reinjuring his left foot early in the second half. Camby, who has played in just 14 games, left the arena in a walking boot and on crutches.
Rasheed Wallace missed his 13th straight game with a stress fracture in his left foot, and Amar’e Stoudemire, who recently returned from knee surgery, is being limited to 21 minutes. On Friday, Woodson let Stoudemire play 31 seconds above that limit as the forward scored nine points on 4-for-11 shooting. Even Smith, who led the Knicks with 29 points but shot 10-for-29, reported left knee soreness afterward.
“Playing shorthanded was a factor,” Chandler said. “Guys are not used to playing with each other. Give the Pacers credit. They played really well defensively against Miami and against us. They are for real.”
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