Mike Woodson didn't want to talk about the two technical fouls Rasheed Wallace received on Sunday, but many of Wallace's teammates thought they were called because of Wallace's reputation -- not because of what was actually said on the court.
"I think so. He’s the only guy in the league that gets technicals for saying, 'ball don’t lie,' so that should go to show you right there," Tyson Chandler said.
Wallace picked up career technical fouls 316 and 317 late in the first quarter on Sunday for arguing a foul call.
He played just 1 minute, 25 seconds in the game, the quickest ejection of his 15-year career, according to Elias.
Wallace appeared to argue with officials after he was whistled for a foul on Phoenix forward Luis Scola.
He then apparently yelled "ball don't lie" after Goran Dragic missed his technical free throw and was ejected.
Wallace, 38, continued to argue with officials as he walked off the court flanked by security.
"I didn’t think it was that much for him to get kicked out," Carmelo Anthony said. "He needs to trademark 'ball don’t lie' though. I tell you that."
Wallace has been ejected 30 times, according to STATS, LLC, 26 times in the regular season.
On the season, Wallace has four technical fouls, one behind Anthony and Demarcus Cousins, who entered play Sunday tied for the league lead with five.
COPELAND-SANITY: With no Wallace and no Marcus Camby (sore left foot), Mike Woodson called on Chris Copeland -- and he didn't disappoint. In just 10 minutes (all in the second quarter), he filled up the stat sheet with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and one block. To punctuate his production, he had a ridiculous one-handed put-back dunk halfway through the second quarter.
"At the end of the day, I am thankful to be here," he said. "I am glad coach put me in the game and I was able to help out. I was trying to stay aggressive. I am a scorer. I was trying to attack, read the defense and see what they were going to give me. I was playing my game."
In the second half, Woodson went with Novak before Copeland to start the third quarter to get another seasoned shooter on the court. The coach also went with Kurt Thomas as Tyson Chandler's backup, so the Knicks rookie wasn't able to play.
CHANDLER CONTINUES OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION: Entering Sunday, the Knicks starting center had upped his averages to 16.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in his past six games.
Today, Chandler went off again, recording a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. He was especially effective on the offensive glass, grabbing a game-high six.
"He's been gobbling up a lot of missed shots and putting them back as well," Woodson said. "And he's finishing around the rim, and he's making his free throws, so that all adds up to a solid performance for him.
PROTECT THE BALL, PROTECT HOME COURT: The Knicks tied a sesaon-best with only seven turnovers on Sunday. Starting point guard Raymond Felton set the tone with 23 points, seven assists and no turnovers. On the defensive end, as far as forcing turnovers, the Knicks had a season-best first quarter, as the Suns had nine in the period.
The Knicks are now 7-0 at home. Only the Heat are better at 8-0. In the Western Conference, just the Jazz are perfect at 6-0.
THE FINISHING TOUCH: Even though J.R. Smith was a season-worst 1-for-11 from the field, his two free throws at the end to put the Knicks up, 105-99, helped clinch the game.