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Woody: Knicks 'botched' pivotal play in 4th

1/23/2014

Mike Woodson said the Knicks knew which play the Sixers were going to run during a crucial sequence in the fourth quarter. They just couldn’t stop it.

Sixers forward Thaddeus Young was left wide open for a 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining that gave Philly a five-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

“We botched it up. We botched a defensive play on our part,” Woodson said.

The coach said the Knicks knew what was coming based on a previous play. Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony said the team failed to execute a proper switch on a screen, which left Young open.

Iman Shumpert lunged at him as he was shooting, but it was essentially an open look.

“We could have stopped it,” Carmelo Anthony said. “It was just a simple, badly executed play.”

It's yet another instance of the Knicks showing poor basketball IQ -- a recurring theme in some of their losses.

Bargs benched in fourth: Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points against the Sixers on 7-for-12 shooting and was one of the few bright spots for the Knicks. He played just three minutes in the fourth quarter, though as Woodson said, he wanted Anthony to guard Young.

Melo unsure about 2016 Olympics: Anthony was one of 28 players included in the USA Basketball pool of players selected for the next three summers, according to ESPN and media reports. Chandler was also selected. Anthony said he’s not going to participate this summer but didn’t rule out playing in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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