- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Most teenagers have a later curfew than the Knicks had on Friday night.
In an effort to improve their performance in games that tip off at noon, Mike Woodson wanted his players to stay together at a hotel on Friday.
New York plays Memphis on Saturday at noon.
According to Carmelo Anthony, the curfew was set for 10 p.m.
"I’m not going to let them hang out," Woodson said. "We’re going to all get together tonight as a team."
If recent history is any indication, the Knicks are going to struggle with the early start on Saturday. In their two noon games this season, the Knicks have shot just 25.6 percent in the first quarter (10-for-39). Their opponents have shot 62.5 percent (25-for-40). They've been outscored by a total of 41 points in the first quarter of the two games.
So it's no surprise that they ended up losing by 31 to San Antonio (Nov. 10) and 41 to Boston (Dec. 8 ) in their two noon games.
"I think it’s a mental thing. When you have them early morning games you start thinking too much," Anthony said. "Should you go to sleep early? Should you get this amount of rest? I think it’s all mental. Besides it being an early ass game, I think it’s all mental at that point."
Some have speculated that the players are out too late the night before to perform well in the early game.
But Woodson doesn't think that's problem.
"I don’t know why we’ve gotten off to such bad starts and hadn’t played well," Woodson said. "I don’t think it’s anything of guys hanging out. I don’t know why that is. We’re going to do something a little different this time, see if it helps."
For what it's worth, the Knicks stayed in a hotel the night before the Celtics debacle. They stayed at their respective homes before the San Antonio loss. So, as Anthony points out, there's no way to draw any correlation between winning and where you sleep at night.
"It’s just a matter of us coming out the gate and establishing that early," Anthony said. "I don’t think it has anything to do with us staying in a hotel or not."
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