Opening Tip: Fair to blame Woody?

March, 24, 2014
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Maybe he was just trying to be polite, but Mike Woodson decided to blame himself for the New York Knicks’ hope-crushing loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

“We didn’t handle our business,” Woodson said, “and I’ve got to take full responsibility for that.”

We’ve got to take issue with that.

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Fair to blame Mike Woodson for the Knicks' loss to the Cavs?

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Woodson didn’t allow Jarrett Jack to go off for a career-high 31 points.

He didn’t come out of the locker room listless to start the second half and allow Cleveland to score nine unanswered points.

Woodson didn’t force his superstar, Carmelo Anthony, to miss 10 of his final 12 shots. And he didn't force the Knicks to shoot 5-for-18 in the fourth.

The Cavs' defense accomplished that.

The coach has taken plenty of heat this season for coaching mistake and he's deserved most of it.

Most recently, the coach was criticized for failing to put his starters back in the game against Philadelphia on Friday as the Sixers nearly came back from 15 down.

He was crushed for the Knicks' inability to execute late in a last-second loss to Washington back in December.

He also drew the ire of critics after a sloppy early January loss in Houston and bad home losses to the lowly Sixers and Kings before the trade deadline. All of it was deserved.

It's part of the territoty when you're a head coach in professional sports. But Woodson also seems to get next to no credit when the Knicks win. I didn't hear anyone praising Woody during New York's eight-game winning streak.

Surely, Woodson will get hammered after the Knicks' no-show performance late in Sunday's game.

Some will no doubt use the loss as more evidence that Woody should be let go at the end of the season.

But, to us, that criticism would be off base.

Woody was the least of the Knicks’ worries on Sunday night.

Up now: Ohm Youngmisuk breaks down just how devastating this loss was for the Knicks.

Woodson says the disastrous loss falls on his shoulders.

Kenyon Martin and Andrea Bargnani aren’t any closer to returning to the court.

What’s next: The Knicks will head to L.A. to take on the Lakers on Tuesday.

Question: Do you think it’s fair to blame Mike Woodson for Sunday’s loss?

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.1 3.2 0.8 36.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.3
StealsP. Prigioni 1.3
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3