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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Metta: We can contend for championship

By Ohm Youngmisuk and Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- Metta World Peace still thinks the Knicks have what it takes to win a championship.

Despite being rocked by the Spurs on Sunday, World Peace says the Knicks have the players to contend for a title.

Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace is "100 percent" sure the Knicks have the pieces to win a title.
"I can tell you that we have the pieces," World Peace said when asked if he could do anything to turn things around as a Knicks leader who has won a championship ring with the Lakers. "That is one thing I know for a fact -- 100 percent sure that we have them. It is not translating to victories right now so we got to translate pieces into victories."

World Peace has been cautious to make any major comments about the state of the Knicks and what he has seen thus far. He often has pointed out that he is keeping his eye on the bigger picture and not just what's happening now with the Knicks (2-4).

World Peace was one of four Knicks to score in double figures during the 120-89 loss to San Antonio. Even though the Knicks have started off alarmingly slow in their last three home games, World Peace said he isn't going to say anything remotely negative about the Knicks.

"Sometimes a team comes in and they do what they do and you get it back," he said. "You have another chance. Things should not continuously happen. But sometimes you are in the playoffs you lose by 30 and come back next game ... happens all the time, happened the year we won the championship [in Los Angeles], times we lost by 30 and come back and win.

"So just understanding that, sometimes you got to accept that you're having a bad start as a unit. This is where we are at right now. Continue to stay in the moment and move forward."

Bargnani keeps hitting: Andrea Bargnani followed up his big game at Charlotte with 16 points in 26 minutes. He started at center again and scored 14 points in the first half.

The Knicks, though, fell behind by 37 and Bargnani only ended up playing 8:40 in the second half.

Bargnani is averaging 12.6 points thus far on the season.

Home alone: The Knicks' loss Sunday dropped them to 1-3 at home. They started 6-0 last season and lost their third home game on Jan. 1.

They also lost three straight home games for the first time since Jan. 2012, when Mike D'Antoni was coach.

The Knicks' last home loss by 31 or more was on Jan. 24, 2010 when they lost to Dallas by 50.

No Chandler, big problems: Injured center Tyson Chandler was sorely missed on Sunday.

Last season, Chandler had double-doubles in both meetings last season as New York won both games against San Antonio. He helped hold Tim Duncan to a combined 25 points.

On Sunday, the Knicks were out rebounded by 18. Duncan had just 11 points, but the Spurs didn't need it. They outscored the Knicks, 44-32, in the paint.