NBA Notebook: The Knicks are Searching for Answers

Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers bewildered the New York Knicks. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/Full Image 360
Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers bewildered the New York Knicks. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/Full Image 360

The New York Knicks are currently in an unexplainable slump. On Wednesday night the Knicks made a pit stop in Los Angeles to play the Clippers, and the visit didn’t go to well.

For the Knicks, basketball isn’t fun, at least for the moment; they have lost seven straight games. After a double-digit loss against the Clippers, New York held a 20-minute closed-door meeting to discuss their (3-11) start of the season.

“We talked. Everybody talked,” Anthony said. “The players had a meeting, the coaches — everybody had a meeting after the game. We had to talk. We’re trying to figure it out together. We have to put four quarters together. We got to do it for one another. Right now the game is not fun for nobody. We’re just not making it happen.”

The Knicks bench has been missing in action this year. In fact, Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford had 13-points alone, and the entire Knicks bench only produced 13-points.

Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said he wouldn’t point the finger at one or two players. He insisted that it takes a team to win basketball games. But Carmelo Anthony said the team needed more from Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith. Both players had an awe-inspiring season last year, but have been uninspiring thus far.

“They have to figure it out, and we have to help them figure it out,” Anthony said. “I really don’t know how we do that but we’re going to keep trying and we’re going to keep trying to figure this out. Them guys have to figure it out on their own, too, and along the way, we all have to be there for one another. The easiest thing would be for us to go our separate ways and separate this team in the locker room but we have to be here for one another right now. The hardest thing to do right now is to remain positive. I know it’s tough but we have to do that.”

Meanwhile, the Clippers seem to be moving in the right direction. After beating the Knicks they improved their record to 11-5, the best in the Pacific Division. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has a lot to be thankful for heading into the holidays. He’s seeing progress game by game on the defensive end. The past two games the Clippers have held their opponent under 90 points.

One noticeable veteran player who’s earning playing time is Antawn Jamison.  Jamison played 15 minutes against the Bulls scoring 11 points.  He played 16 minutes on Wednesday finishing the game with 6-points on three-for-eight shooting. The Clippers are hoping they can continue their winning ways with point guard Chris Paul in the lineup. Paul suffered a strained right hamstring in the third quarter of the Clippers’ game against the Knicks.

Despite exiting the game early he told the media the injury isn’t serious. “I just strained my hamstring a little bit but I’m all right,” Paul said. “I went to the back and I was on the bike watching the game. I came back and I told Doc if you need me I could go. It’s a little tight but I’ll be ready Friday.”

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