Notebook: Smith's slump a 'major concern'
January, 27, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesAmar'e Stoudemire recorded his best game since returning from injury in the Knicks' loss.PHILADELPHIA -- J.R. Smith is in the midst of a miserable shooting slump.
The Knicks' sixth man missed all eight of his attempts on Saturday against Philly.
In all, he's missed 21 of his last 24 shots.
Mike Woodson called Smith's shooting slump a "major concern."
"J.R. is a big part of what we do on both ends of the floor. He didn’t even make a shot tonight (so we've) got to program him back to playing, Woodson said. ".... We're going to need it."
Smith said after the game that he may be overthinking things on the offensive end.
"I couldn’t do anything offensively, from turnovers to not making shots, couldn’t find the right man open. So my frustration was high," he said.
Smith was asked if injuries are playing a role in his struggles.
"I think that’s a copout. We get paid a lot of money to play this game, so, I don’t think that’s an excuse," he said.
NO TEARS SHED: Smith added that he isn't disappointed that he didn't make the All-Star team. Eastern Conference coaches voted for the substitutes and Smith did not make the cut.
"Not really," Smith said when asked if he was upset. "Guys who are having better years than I am (got snubbed)."
GREAT DAY FOR AMAR'E: One positive coming out of Philadelphia was the play of Amar'e Stoudemire.
Stoudemire scored a season-high 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting against Philadelphia. He was extremely effective with his back to the basket and around the rim.
It seems like his timing and confidence on offense has improved with each game.
"Amar’e’s been great," Mike Woodson said. "I can’t help but think he’s going to continue to get better."
MELO FELLOW: Carmelo Anthony extended his streak of games scoring 20 or more points to 28 games with a 25-point effort on Saturday. He is tied with Patrick Ewing for second-longest streak in franchise history. Richie Guerin did it 29 games in a row in 1961-62.
But Anthony struggled with his shot, going 9-for-28 (32.1%). That is the second worst single-game shooting percentage of his career in games with at least 28 attempts. Anthony averaged 24 points per game on 50 percent shooting in his first two games against Philly.
COLD FOR COLLINS: Sixers coach Doug Collins left the bench in the third quarter and was diagnosed with a sinus infection and blocked nasal passage, according to the Sixers. Assistant Michael Curry took over for him.