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Saturday, December 21, 2013
Halftime Report: Grizzlies 50, Knicks 40

By Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- Here are a few observations from the first half of Knicks-Grizzlies:

10 p.m. Curfew? Not early enough: Maybe the Knicks should have set a 9:30 p.m. curfew. The team struggled for stretches in the first half against Memphis and is down 10 after two quarters. They walked off the floor to boos.

Mike Woodson's club was down 8-2 to start the game and the coach called a timeout to regroup. New York then woke up to take a three-point lead in the second quarter. But they were outscored 10-5 in the final 2:34 before the half.

Shump struggles: Iman Shumpert's shooting struggles continue. He was 0-4 in 10:43 of the first half. He has scored a total of 17 points in the past seven games. Woodson was asked before the game what Shumpert needed to do to get going and he replied simply, "Make shots." That's been a problem recently for the third-year guard.

Hip hop Toure': Knicks rookie Toure' Murry is playing on a sore ankle and doing an admirable job out there. He has two points and an assist in seven minutes. The assist was a nice behind-the-back pass to Tim Hardaway Jr. for a dunk. Beno Udrih also found Hardaway Jr. for an alleyoop in the first quarter. You can't accuse Hardaway Jr. of not playing without energy this afternoon.

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