On Monday, Chandler participated in most of practice for the first time since breaking his right leg. He did not go through the scrimmage portion of practice. Tuesday marks the five-week mark from his injury. The initial timetable given for his recovery was four-to-six weeks.
"It feels good just to be back on the floor and part of practice," Chandler said. "Try and help the guys out and get myself in some better condition."
"Today was just kind of like conditioning day," he added. "Being on the floor, trying to get my timing back, and some light work, minimum contact. The next couple steps are really getting on the floor and practicing and trying to simulate game speed."
Chandler said he hopes to be back before Jan. 1 if he can get his timing down and be able to protect himself. Chandler said part of the problem is the amount of practice time -- or lack thereof -- in the next few weeks. Starting with Tuesday's game against Cleveland, the Knicks have 11 games remaining in the month of December.
"We have to just try to find ways to get involved and continue conditioning and get my timing back, shootaround or somehow," he said.
Chandler said he was "very encouraged" by how he has been able to maintain his conditioning.
Head coach Mike Woodson has repeatedly talked about trying to get his team to adapt to playing without Chandler and not being whole.
"It's been tough for myself to watch from the sidelines," Chandler said. "I know it's been even tougher for my teammates being out there, fighting every night and coming up short. The thing that we have to do is understand it's early in the season, and you have a chance to turn things around. I know everyone's harping on it, and people might get tired of it, but the truth is we're only a couple games out of the division lead.
"When I get back healthy and I'm on the court I know I give my team a better chance. And even when I'm not out there we have a chance to make some ground up our next couple of games."
But Woodson reiterated that he believes he's still the right man for the job and that he will keep working hard to lead the Knicks to the division title.
"Unfortunately, we haven't had a lot of the pieces," Woodson continued of injuries to his squad. "I thought I got to a rotation in those two games with Brooklyn and Orlando which I felt was good, but got to the arena and Kenyon [Martin] couldn't go ... For me, it has kind of been a work in progress. I think I am up for the task."
The Knicks will try to save some face on Tuesday at Cleveland (7-13). Woodson's seat got warm again after the Knicks (5-14) failed to show up and were blown out 114-73 by the Celtics at home.
Woodson was asked how the team's confidence is after the debacle.
"I think it's OK," Woodson said. "I wish I could explain our game the other night. After having two games where I think that we made major steps we just had a game that we just, there was nothing right about it. After watching it on tape and breaking it down, it was just awful."
There was one sign of encouragement at practice as Tyson Chandler went through drills in practice and did conditioning and some banging but did not scrimmage. It was the first time since he broke his right leg that Chandler did this much in practice. Tuesday marks five weeks since Chandler broke his leg. His original timetable for recovery was four to six weeks.
"Today was just kind of like conditioning day, being on the floor, trying to get my timing back, and some light work, minimum contact," Chandler said. "The next couple steps are really getting on the floor and practicing and trying to simulate game speed."
Chandler said he hopes to be back before Jan. 1, so Woodson may have to go a bit more without his starting center. The Knicks coach hopes to have Martin available against the Cavaliers. Martin (ankle) did not play against the Celtics and did not practice but he is listed as probable against Cleveland. Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith both didn't go through contact on Monday as well but likely will be available.
Woodson has to find a way to get his team to play more like it did during last week's two-game winning streak when the Knicks crushed the Nets and Magic by 30 and 38 points, respectively.
"At the end of the day, the players are playing, but I'm still coaching the team," Woodson said. "I've always had the responsibility as the coach to make sure guys are playing at a high level. We've done that for the most part since I've been here. We've had our lapses since I've been here.
"I'm still the head coach," Woodson continued. "And I'm still going to push guys to play at a high level. Players have got to do their part as well. We can't have games like that. That's no fun for anybody."
With the (5-14) Knicks performing well below expectations, Felton, at times, has found himself thinking about basketball at all hours of the day.
Last week, though, Felton took a break from the trials and tribulations of the season to spend time tending to a cause that's just as important to him as any assist or 3-pointer.
Wednesday, Felton visited with six members of the New York City chapter of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters club. Felton met three kids and their "big brothers" at the NBA offices and treated them to a pizza party and a shopping spree at the nearby NBA Store. The event was in partnership with the NBA's Give BIG program, designed to highlight the charitable efforts by NBA players and fans during the holiday season.
Felton, the ambassador for Big Brother/Big Sister's New York City chapter, also treated the kids to Sunday's game against the Celtics (though that probably wasn't as fun as the trip to the NBA Store).
So, what did Felton get out of the deal?
"Just to see them smile, that's my prize," he said. "That's all I really care about."
Show up, take a few pictures, shake a few hands and call it a day. But that doesn't appear to be the case with Felton.
In addition to his work in New York, Felton served as an ambassador with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters during his five-year stay with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Working with children is something that he hopes to do for the rest of his life.
"When you finish playing you have to think about what you want to do afterwards," Felton said. "It's not necessarily about money but it's about staying interactive with the world around you. ... This something I love to do. I have a passion for it."
He probably didn't know it at the time, but that passion was engrained in Felton as a young kid growing up in Latta, S.C.
Felton says he took a "different path" than most of his grade school classmates. He avoided trouble and those who found themselves in it.
Instead, thanks to guidance from his parents -- Raymond Felton Sr. and Barbara Felton -- and support from his best friend Jermichael Wright, Felton remained focused on basketball.
Those three -- and other members of the community -- served as early mentors to Felton on his path to winning Gatorade National High School Player of the Year award, a national championship at North Carolina and, eventually, a job with the New York Knicks.
Felton keeps his mom, dad, Wright and others in mind when he interacts with kids from the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
"I didn't have any NBA players around me growing up, but I had local heroes. That was everything (to me)," he said. "So I'm just trying to give what I feel like I received as a kid." And a lucky segment of New York City's youth are benefiting.
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But Raymond Felton doesn't think firing Woodson is the right call -- particularly in the middle of the season.
Felton is fiercely loyal to Woodson. He doesn't think it's wise to bring in a new coach for several reasons. For one, Felton thinks it would be tough to adjust to a new voice while the team is struggling.
"When you're down right now, you'd like to have a person that you understand and you know and try to work at it together," the point guard said. "That's a decision I don't make. I hope it doesn't happen. I really don't. Everybody else in the locker room feels the same way.
"If it was up to us, we'll say 'No, let's figure this thing out together.'"
“There was speculation last week that Woodson would be fired if the Knicks lost to the Brooklyn Nets. They entered the game with an NBA worst 3-13 record.
When you're down right now, you'd like to have a person that you understand and you know and try to work at it together. That's a decision I don't make. I hope it doesn't happen. I really don't. Everybody else in the locker room feels the same way.” -- Raymond Felton, on keeping Mike Woodson
Woodson earned some breathing room with wins over the Nets and Magic last week. But questions over his job security arose again Sunday after the Knicks (4-15) were blown out by Boston.
Woodson is under contract for next season, but many that isn't likely to impede owner James Dolan if he wants to make a change.
Injuries 'hinder' Felton: Felton has been dealing with shooting pain in his hip for the past month.
He doesn't want to use the injury as an excuse, but he said last week that it is affecting his lateral movement and speed off the dribble.
"Once you step on the court, there's no excuses," Felton said last Wednesday. "If your hip or your leg is hindering you moving laterally, then it is what it is. If it's hindering you on the extra quick first step that you normally have, then it is what it is.
"The shooting pain is still there at times even when I walk -- I'm just at the point now that it is what it is. There's no time to complain … I'm trying to block it out out of my head, even when it hits me, I'm just trying to ignore it."
Felton missed four games in late November due to the injury.
Since coming back from the injury, he's averaged 9.8 points and 5.5 points assists per game while shooting 43 percent from the field.
He was asked if he'd consider sitting out to let the injury heal.
"This is not the time to sit out," he said. "I need to be there for my teammates."
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The Knicks are 0-6 in their orange uniforms. The latest setback came Sunday in a 41-point loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
The players, for what it's worth, don't see it that way.
"We could've lost in the white uniforms today, it'd still been the same thing," Carmelo Anthony said on Sunday. "I'm not a superstitious guy. I won't blame it on the 12 o'clock game, I won't blame it on the orange uniforms."
It's hard to ignore just how bad the Knicks have been in the orange alternates.
Their three worst losses of the season, including a blowout home defeat to San Antonio, have come in the orange jerseys.
So that brings us to our Monday morning question: do you think the Knicks should get rid of the orange jerseys? Or should they have to wear them until they win a game in them?
Up now: Ohm Youngmisuk writes that the Knicks should be ashamed after Sunday's blowout loss to Boston.
Carmelo Anthony said it was an "embarrassing" afternoon at the Garden. Which is understandable. It was the third-worst home loss in Knicks franchise history.
But the Knicks players refused to blame Mike Woodson for the blowout defeat.
What's next: The Knicks will practice on Monday to prepare for Tuesday's game at Cleveland.
Question: Do you think the Knicks should get rid of the orange jerseys? Or should they have to wear them until they win a game in them?
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But the players refused to blame Woodson for their awful performance against the Celtics.
"No, it’s definitely on us," J.R. Smith said. "One thing you love about coach is he’ll always take the blame for us, take the heat. But if people weren’t ready to play that’s just on us."
But Woodson seemed to gain some breathing room after the Knicks reeled of blowout wins over the Nets and Magic.
Sunday's loss is sure to drum up more public speculation about Woodson's status.
"I’m always going to take responsibility. I’m the manager of this team. I coach this team. We dug a hole. I’m not happy about that," Woodson said after the Knicks fell to 5-14. "Somehow I got to figure out how to get us out of the hole."
Carmelo Anthony disagrees. He says it's on the Knicks to figure things out.
“He can’t teach effort. I know coach, I know what type of guy he is, so he’s always going to put it on him. But you can’t teach effort," Anthony said. "We’re the guys that are going out there as a team and not giving him the effort and not giving ourself the effort, not giving ourself a chance to win the basketball game. So as much as he want to put it on himself, it’s no need for that.”
Noon? No problem: Did the early start time against Boston (noon tip) have an affect on the Knicks?
"It’s one of those type games that you really don’t like and don’t care for but we have been playing these 12 o clock games for a long time. So we got to be used to them as well," Raymond Felton said.
Stat solid: One positive from Sunday's game? Amar'e Stoudemire had a strong afternoon. Stoudemire had 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting. He made seven of his 10 free-throw attempts.
"I felt great. On both ends I felt like I played solid," said Stoudemire, who missed Friday's game to protect his oft-injured knees. "I've go to watch film to see the mistakes I made. I'm sure I made some mistakes, as well all of us did."
Kenyon out: Kenyon Martin sat out on Sunday due to ankle soreness. Mike Woodson said Martin felt soreness after playing in a combined 45 minutes in back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday.
Martin dealt with lingering soreness in his ankle during training camp. He originally hurt his ankle last April.
No set-backs for Tyson: Woodson said before the game that Tyson Chandler has been running on a special anti-gravity treadmill. But he hasn't started running on the court yet. Chandler has been out for a little over four weeks with a broken right fibula.
The anti-gravity treadmill eases the stress on Chandler's legs whenhe runs.
Chandler's original timetable to return was 4-6 weeks. Woodson says he has not suffered any setbacks.
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After the Knicks' 41-point debacle against Boston, Carmelo Anthony said what most Knicks fans were probably thinking.
"What Boston came here and did was an embarrassment," Anthony said. "To lose like that on our home court, I think everybody should be pissed off."
Sunday's loss was the third-worst home defeat in team history. New York lost to Dallas by 50 in 2010 and to the Pelicans (who were then known as the Hornets) by 43 in 2001-02.
This loss, however, came in a season in which the team had championship aspirations. No need to plan any parades at this point. The Knicks (5-14) have the second-worst record in the NBA.
"It’s a step backwards," coach Mike Woodson said after it was all over Sunday. "I thought we had turned the corner somewhat. I can’t have guys stepping on the floor doing what they did today."
What the Knicks did was embarrass themselves. The starters were outscored 89-29. Andrea Bargnani, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert shot a combined 1-for-19.
The Knicks' defense allowed six Celtics to reach double figures. Boston shot a blistering 54 percent from the floor and led by 45 at one point.
"I wish I could explain it," Woodson said after the game. "I didn't see this coming."
The Celtics now lead the Atlantic Division with a 10-12 record. The Knicks are 3 1/2 games back. After winning games on Thursday and Friday by an average of 34 points, many thought the Knicks had turned a corner. Sunday showed they're still stuck in neutral.
The ball movement was stagnant and the perimeter defense was porous. But to Anthony, there was no need to delve into specifics.
"It’s no need for me to try to pinpoint what happened," he said. "[It was] a good old-fashioned ass-whipping to me."
How many more of those can Woodson afford before his job is in jeopardy? Only owner James Dolan can answer that question. For what it's worth, the players refused to lay blame on Woodson after Sunday's blowout.
"It's not on him. It's on the players," Amar'e Stoudemire said. "We had a solid game plan, we just have to go out and execute."
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NEW YORK -- Mike Woodson didn’t see this coming.
Heck, Latrell Sprewell probably couldn’t even have predicted that the New York Knicks would hit the snooze button like this in yet another noon no-show at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks were humiliated by the Boston Celtics 114-73 in a game that was seriously over at tipoff.
“What Boston came here and did was an embarrassment,” a disgusted Carmelo Anthony said. “To lose like that on our home court, I think everybody should be pissed off.”
For two games last week, the Knicks made us feel like they were on the verge of adopting a winning identity with two blowout wins over the Nets and Magic. They said they had their “mojo” back.
But just as Woodson’s seat was beginning to cool, the Knicks put their head coach back in James Dolan’s crosshairs with a 41-point loss to the Celtics, who play hard for rookie coach Brad Stevens and are a respectable 10-12 but certainly not 41 points better than the Knicks.
In the past, the Knicks have sometimes looked like they were being dragged out of bed to play these noon games. But this was absurd considering Crawford, a 38.6 percent 3-point shooter coming in, buried 6-of-12 from behind the arc. Jared Sullinger hit two treys. Boston’s 6-2 Avery Bradley grabbed 10 rebounds and the Knicks trailed by as much as 45 in this game.
And Jason Kidd thought he had seen some ugly blowouts.
There are only a few positives you can say about the Knicks (5-14) after this debacle. They still don’t have Tyson Chandler, who means so much to the team’s defense and rebounding, but he’s no miracle worker. And the Knicks still have a soft portion of their schedule coming up to prove they have a pulse after this.
The question right now is, which Knicks team will we see in the coming weeks. As Slim Shady would say, will the real Knicks please stand up.
Right now, the Knicks are probably a lot closer to the gang that lost nine straight than the juggernauts who buried a total of 33 3-pointers and obliterated the Nets by 30 and the Magic by 38.
The Knicks could build another winning streak with the likes of the Cavs, Bulls, Celtics, Hawks, Wizards, Bucks, Grizzlies, Magic and Raptors (twice) all coming up in the next 11 games.
But they aren’t going to beat anybody if they play like they did on Sunday. Woodson’s starting backcourt of Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert shot a combined 0-for-12 and failed to score a single point. Andrea Bargnani went from taunting Kevin Garnett last week to missing six of seven shots and scoring just two points. Tim Hardaway Jr. got his first start and it was one to forget.
Amar'e Stoudemire came to play with 17 points to give Anthony (19 points) some help. But that was pretty much it.
Much like their rivals who play in Brooklyn, the Knicks can look awfully bad when their shots aren’t falling. The defense stops soon after. The Knicks fell behind 18-1 before the six-minute mark even hit in the first quarter. They were down 25-3 with 3:24 left in the first quarter.
Only the Washington Redskins and Dan Snyder seemed to have a worse Sunday than the Knicks and James Dolan. At least the Redskins' season is nearly over. Dolan and the Knicks have 63 games remaining and hopefully postseason games, as well.
The Knicks have plenty of time to get their act together, especially with the way the Atlantic Division is shaping up. But they managed to wipe out almost all the good they did in beating the Nets and Magic. And more disturbing is the fact they didn't seem to care enough to play defense on Sunday even when they couldn't make shots.
“I wish I could explain it,” Woodson said. “I didn’t see this coming in terms of how we played.”
“It’s a step backwards,” Woodson added. “I thought we had turned the corner somewhat. I never take anything for granted. I’ve been at this too long to even think that way. It just goes to show you if you don’t come out ready to play -- and a lot of that’s on me as a coach. I can’t have guys stepping on the floor doing what they did today.”
The players say this latest Sunday zombie act is not Woodson’s fault. It's on them.
On Monday, Woodson will get back to figuring out how to get the Knicks to play with better effort. His seat will feel a bit warm again and that’s not a good thing for him despite the frigid weather.
Anthony's New York Knicks looked like the last team any free agent would be interested in joining on Sunday. They lost in embarrassing fashion to a Boston Celtics team without Rondo, 114-73.
The Knicks had won two straight prior to Sunday's debacle. But any goodwill gained from those two Ws was lost against Boston.
New York fell behind by scores of 12-0, 25-3 and 32-7 -- and that was in the first quarter. The Knicks trailed by as many as 45.
With the loss, the Knicks fell to 5-14. That's the second-worst record in the NBA.
Certainly not what owner James Dolan had in mind when he said he expected the Knicks to win a title this season.
The Celtics (10-12) have won three in a row and are in first place in the Atlantic Division.
Rondo has yet to play for them this season. Anthony's high school coach told USA Today earlier this week that Melo was recruiting Rondo, a potential free agent, to come to the Knicks.
Offensive performance: The Knicks looked like they'd rather be watching football on Sunday.
They shot just 34 percent from the floor.
The starting five shot a combined 9-for-41.
Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Andrea Bargnani shot a combined 1-for-19. Shumpert and Felton went scoreless, missing six shots apiece.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points, but they were outscored by 40 points during his 32 minutes on the floor.
By the way, the Knicks are still winless in their orange uniforms.
Defense? Disastrous: The Knicks did nothing right on defense against Boston.
They allowed six Celtics to score in double figures.
Boston's starting five outscored New York's, 89-29.
The Celtics hit 56 percent of their 3-pointers.
Jordan Crawford led Boston with 23 points. He hit 8 of his 14 3-point attempts.
What's next: The Knicks visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.
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Awful performance: Here's all you need to know about how bad the Knicks were in the first half against Boston: they cut the Celtics' lead to 17 points, and that was considered progress.
New York trails the Celtics by 27 at the half and was down by as many as 29 in a truly embarrassing performance.
Coincidentally, the Knicks are wearing their orange uniforms. They are winless in their orange uniforms this season.
All fans at this game should request a refund.
Bad from the start: The Knicks were down 12-0 to start the game. They fell behind by 25-3 and 32-7 in the first quarter. Ugly.
Boston already has three guys in double figures, led by Jeff Green's 14 points. Jared Sullinger has 12. The Celtics are shooting a blistering 55 percent from the floor and have hit 7 of 14 threes.
Offensive: The Knicks' 31 first-half point total is a season low. Carmelo Anthony had 11 points on 2-for-8 shooting. Seven of those points came from the free-throw line. Andrea Bargnani also struggled, going 1-for-7 from the field. Raymond Felton was 0-for-5 and Iman Shumpert went 0-for-3.
The ball movement that was prevalent in the last two games is nonexistent. The Knicks are shooting 25.7 percent from the floor and are 1-for-5 from three.
Titanic Division: If they played on another coast or in another time zone, the Knicks would likely be a long way from a playoff spot.
But they're in the Atlantic Division.
Thanks to the mediocrity in the Atlantic, the Knicks (5-13) enter Sunday's game just 2½ games out of first place.
They'll have a chance to cut the lead to 1½ on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Celtics (9-12).
"It's crazy," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said of the idea that his team can be in such close contention.
Sure, the Knicks have endured a nine-game losing streak and had dropped seven in a row at home. But the past two games -- both blowout wins -- have provided an infusion of optimism.
With Boston, Toronto and Philly rebuilding and Brooklyn in the midst of its own struggles, the Knicks have to feel good about their chances to win the division for the second straight year.
A win Sunday will only bolster those feelings.
Which Melo will we see? Carmelo Anthony's transformed his game over the past few days.
On Thursday against Brooklyn, Anthony scored 19 points on 12 shots. On Friday against Orlando, he had 20 points on 10 shots.
Instead of hoisting 20-plus shots, Anthony opted for an efficient approach.
He totaled 22 shots in the past two games after averaging 22.2 through the first 16. He's shooting 49.4 percent in victories and 41.8 percent in losses.
"I wanted to try to do something a little different to see if it worked," Anthony said. "Me scoring 30 wasn't working."
The result was an increase in ball movement and open shots on the perimeter.
The Knicks hit 16 3-pointers against Brooklyn and 17 against Orlando. They won both games by 30.
Has Anthony unlocked a new formula for success for the Knicks? Let's see what happens on Sunday.
What about Amar'e? Amar'e Stoudemire is expected to play Sunday after missing Friday's game for precautionary purposes.
Woodson has said he'd like to use Stoudemire more frequently in pick-and-rolls rather than solely in the post. That's something to keep an eye on Sunday.
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"C'mon, man. In my book, that's tampering," he said.
Anthony will opt out of his contract at the end of the season and test free agency. He's said that he wants to retire as a Knick. But with New York's slow start, some have speculated that he could sign elsewhere next season.
Steve Smith, who coached both players at Virginia's Oak Hill Academy, told USA Today that Anthony was recruiting the point guard to play with him in New York.
"Whether he stays in Boston or not who knows. I know, talking to Melo, he's recruiting Rajon to come to New York," Smith said in the interview. "Melo thinks he'll come too. You never know about that stuff though. I think either way, Rajon will be fine."
Rondo's contract is up after next season. With the Celtics seemingly in rebuilding mode, there is speculation that they will trade their veteran star before they risk losing him in free agency.
Knicks 'unleashed': Perhaps the Brooklyn Nets created a monster.
The inspired Knicks, who crushed the Nets by 30 on Thursday in Brooklyn, continued to look like a juggernaut as they flattened the Orlando Magic by 38 on Friday.
“At some point it was going to get unleashed,” point guard Raymond Felton said when asked if the Nets unleashed something in the Knicks. “Brooklyn is just a team that got the first wrath of it. Everybody else is going to have to feel it later on, too. But one game at a time.”
The Knicks look like a completely different team than the one that had lost nine straight going into Brooklyn. Anthony said a big part of the reason why is that he has shot and scored less on purpose.
“I wanted to do something a little different to see if it worked,” Anthony said. “Me scoring 30 wasn’t working.”
Instead, Anthony, who's averaging 25.9 points and 9.9 rebounds this season, is deftly passing out of double-teams. He has shot a combined 14-of-22 and scored a total of 39 points in the past two wins. During the Knicks’ nine-game losing streak, he averaged 28.6 points while taking 23.2 shots a game.
The Knicks have been moving the ball, and they buried 16 of 27 3-pointers against the Nets, with six players scoring in double figures. Against Orlando, the Knicks went 17-of-34 from behind the arc and had seven players in double figures.
“I knew it was going to eventually happen,” Felton said of the Knicks’ offensive explosion. “I’m glad that it did. It was a good night to happen in Brooklyn, and then we came back tonight and showed that it wasn’t a fluke.
“We came out tonight to really prove that,” he added.
NEW YORK -- Iman Shumpert is angry "at the world."
And that seems like a good thing for the Knicks.
Shortly after telling MSG Network's Tina Cervasio that he was "pissed off ... at the world," Shumpert took the court and scored 10 points in 25 minutes in the Knicks' 38-point win over Orlando.
"Honestly, I'm just kind of pissed off, that's all. So you just play like that," he said. "I felt like people were laughing at my team and I don’t like it."
Shumpert also seems to be bothered by his name being dangled in trade rumors. The Knicks had been in talks with several teams over the last few weeks to move him.
"Nobody wants to be traded," J.R. Smith said. "To be in the situation he’s in with a hell of a team and the teammates that we have, it’s tough to go through that."
Shumpert has handled it well the past two games. On Thursday against Brooklyn, he had 17 points, hitting five of his seven 3-point attempts. He's also pulled down 10 rebounds in the past two games.
"I think energy on the defensive end is causing shots to fall," he said.
Whether it's anger, or an increased energy on defense, the Knicks clearly like what they see from the third-year guard.
"If he’s playing like he’s playing, he can be mad at the world," Woodson said.
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New York (5-13) snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a victory over the Orlando Magic, winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.
They last won at home Oct. 30. They last won back-to-back games on April 12-14 -- the final week of last season.
Sharing the ball: For the second straight night, the Knicks had a balanced attack on offense.
Carmelo Anthony led the team with 20 points on 10 shots. Six other Knicks were in double figures.
New York had the same approach on Thursday in a win over Brooklyn, when six players hit double figures and Anthony led the team with 19 points.
The ball-sharing on offense led to quality looks on the perimeter for the Knicks.
New York hit 17 of its 34 3-point attempts Friday; the Knicks made 16 3-pointers Thursday.
Tim Hardaway's fifth triple gave the Knicks a 40-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Good timing? The Knicks seem to be getting it together on offense at just the right time. They play their next nine games against teams that entered Friday at .500 or below.
Solid night for Smith: J.R. Smith had 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, arguably his best game of the season. Raymond Felton had 14 points and five assists. One negative for the Knicks? They allowed Orlando to hit six of its first seven 3-point tries. Orlando would finish 10-of-25 from beyond the arc, however. The Magic were led by Arron Afflalo's 20 points.
What's next: The Knicks play Boston on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Celtics also won Friday and are in first place in the Atlantic Division, 2 1/2 games up on the Knicks.
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"He didn't feel like he was ready," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "We're going to be cautious of that."
Stoudemire had hoped to play Friday after a strong game on Thursday against Brooklyn. He scored 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting and had four rebounds against the Nets.
Another interesting note on Stoudemire: Woodson said he wants to use Amar'e more in the pick and roll rather than keeping him in the post. Last season, Stoudemire operated primarily in the post, scoring 14.3 points per game in 29 minutes.
Woodson said he spoke with Stoudemire recently and decided to implement him more in the pick and roll. Stoudemire established himself as one of the top big men in the NBA while running the pick and roll with Steve Nash.
"I've changed it a little bit," Woodson said. "I'm trying to give him more freedom."
METTA OUT OF ROTATION? It sounds as if Metta World Peace will be the odd man out in the Knicks' rotation in games in which Stoudemire plays.
Woodson said on Friday that he has shortened his rotation to nine men.
World Peace was in the rotation for Friday's game because Stoudemire was out but Woodson said that wouldn't be the case when Stoudemire was healthy.
"I can't play everybody. I'm not promising everybody minutes," Woodson said. "It's what you do with the minutes that you're out there."
World Peace was, well, at peace with the decision.
"When you're focused on winning, you don't have time to focus on minutes," he said.
World Peace has played a total of 14 minutes in the three games prior to Friday's contest against the Magic.
The 33-year-old had fluid from his left knee drained twice earlier this season but said his knee is healthy.
He signed with the Knicks as a free agent over the summer after being released by the Lakers. World Peace said he understood coming into the year that he'd be playing behind Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, among others.
"I don't have time to really focus on minutes or to focus on anything else that doesn't really have to do with winning," he said.
IMAN 'PISSED': Iman Shumpert told MSG Network's Tina Cervasio before the game that he's been "pissed off" lately.
"Honestly, I'm just kind of pissed off, that's all. So you just play like that," Shumpert told Cervasio before the game.
Cervasio asked Shumpert who he was angry with.
"Everybody," he said. "Mad at the world."
The Knicks probably hope Shumpert can stay angry because he had his best game of the season on Thursday against Brookyln, scoring 17 points and hitting five of his seven 3-point attempts.
Shumpert has appeared frustrated by his name being mentioned in trade reports. That's probably why he said he's "mad at the world."
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