NEW YORK – James Dolan and interim GM Glen Grunwald said that coach Mike D’Antoni did what he thought was best for the team and the organization when he resigned Wednesday morning. So far, he might be right.
The Knicks have found the energy that’s been missing in the during the team’s six game losing streak and are running Portland out of the gym, at least for the first half.
MELO’S HOT START: Everyone has agreed that there has been plenty of blame to spread around. But most of it has fallen on Carmelo Anthony’s shoulders, especially since the Knicks are 2-8 since he has returned from his groin injury. But Anthony has been aggressive from the start of the game in D’Antoni’s absence. He has 15 points and already made three 3-pointers, but cooled a bit toward the end of the half shooting 6 for 11.
Anthony even appeared to find some chemistry with Jeremy Lin, who found him for a couple of long outlet passes for easy layups.
IS STAT BACK?: Amare Stoudemire is 7 for 7 from the field with 15 points and 5 rebounds and 3 dunks.
ON THE DEFENSIVE: New York held Portland to 12 points in the first quarter, the second-lowest first-quarter total for an opponent this season. The Blazers are shooting 32.4 percent from the field and Tyson Chandler (4 points, 7 rebounds) has effectively neutralized Portland’s biggest offensive threat. LaMarcus Aldridge is shooting 2 for 8 from the field with 7 points. The Knicks have also forced 14 turnovers.