While the Knicks had a rare home loss in Game 1, there was more of a bitter feeling in their mouths because of how they faltered. It wasn't about missed shots or controversial calls. As Carmelo Anthony put it after the defeat, "They outplayed us, outworked us."
The Knicks carried that anger to Game 2, fueling them to victory. Iman Shumpert described those emotions Wednesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show."
"I think it was more of a must-win as in we felt like we let that first game go," he said. "I don't think we felt pressured; we felt just a little pissed off that we didn't play hard enough that first game. We were just desperate to make that showing that we're the better team."
On why the team didn't play hard enough, Shump said, "I don't think we played laxed; I just think that Indiana came out and made the extra effort. We settled a little bit as far as getting a loose ball here and there, and those points at the end of the game just added up on us."
Here are a few other interesting nuggets from his radio appearance:
The putback dunk: "The Garden gets pretty loud when you've got something that special. That came off the rim perfect. I don't think I'll ever get a tip to come off the rim that perfect."
His words after the dunk: "In a nutshell, I was saying, 'We've got to send them home.'"
Playing on the road: "I like when people boo me. I'm already a guy that likes to play with a lot of fire, but if you give me something to be extra about it, I feel like the best comes out."
Anthony's Game 2 performance: "He was really patient I thought yesterday, just letting the game come and helping other guys get into a rhythm early on. I felt like his patience really paid off because the second Indiana relaxed on him, he just really took over the game. And once he gets it rolling, there's really no stopping him."
J.R. Smith's shooting woes: "One thing you never have to worry about with J.R. is some confidence. J.R. believes every shot he shoots is going to go in, and that's what makes him a great guard in this league. ... We're not going to stop passing J.R. the ball. ... We definitely have confidence in him to do what he's been doing for us all year."
STAT WON'T PLAY BIG MINUTES IN GAME 3: Amar'e Stoudemire remains on track to return on Saturday night for Game 3. But Mike Woodson said in an interview Wednesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio that the power forward won't get much playing time.
"We won't be able to play him big minutes," he said. "But we're going to play him and expect him to do his part when he's on the floor."
Shumpert also chimed in on Stoudemire's return during his radio appearance.
"Any time Amar'e comes to play with us, it's never going to upset anything," he said. "Will we have to work him back in? Yes, but Amar'e has never been detrimental to this team. He's always been a big plus. ... He's been working so hard to get back to where he was."