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Carmelo Anthony among multiple Knicks ejected in ugly loss to Bulls

Dec 21, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

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The best teams in the league don’t enjoy losing, and they especially don’t take well to getting blown out at home by a team it doesn’t believe is up to that task.

Chicago came into Madison Square Garden on Friday and used its trademark defense to obliterate the team at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Behind 29 points and 13 rebounds from Luol Deng, to go along with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists from Joakim Noah, the Bulls not only won in New York by a final of 110-106, but got under the Knicks’ collective skin in the process.

It was only New York’s second home loss on the season, but it was also the team’s second home loss in its last three games.

Chicago came out and stifled the Knicks offense from the start, getting out to a 15-point halftime lead after limiting New York to just 39 first-half points, while shutting down the Knicks’ trademark three-point attack by holding them to just 2-of-12 shooting in the first two quarters from distance.

The Bulls are an extremely tough team to deal with when facing a large deficit as the Knicks were on Friday, and as a result, New York’s players and coaches were unable to contain their collective frustration as the game continued to be out of reach.

J.R. Smith had 26 points in just under 32 minutes of action before fouling out with just over seven minutes to play. His leaving was legitimate, but with the Knicks trailing by 15 late and the game becoming more and more likely to end in the Bulls’ favor, the dominoes started to fall.

Carmelo Anthony was the next to go, getting ejected 15 seconds later for arguing a foul call with the officials. Tyson Chandler and the Bulls’ Noah were ejected a few minutes later for one of those confrontations where no one was going to throw a punch, but the posturing and the words exchanged left the officials with no choice but to rid the game of the players involved.

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson also was ejected, with the game clearly out of hand and the officials losing control, at least to a certain extent.

The referees weren’t the reason the Knicks found themselves on the wrong end of this one, of course, but the game wasn’t exactly one of the best officiated on the young season.

No, 17 turnovers and a low shooting percentage to go along with a sluggish start are what doomed the Knicks on this night. But the ugly way in which the team handled its performance, by having multiple players and its head coach ejected in the final period when things weren’t going their way was a less than professional way to go out, and not exactly indicative of a team that’s ready to handle the pressures associated with being one of the league’s elite.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Yes, the officials were the difference. Anyone who watched the game objectively (i.e. not a Bulls fanatic), knows that. The Knicks lost by 4. The four ridiculous techs and the ejections make that difference up, before we even BEGIN to talk about all the pulling, grabbing, moving picks, hacks of Anthony, Smith and Felton on drives at the basket and the ticky tack calls on the Knicks because “The Bulls are more physical”. How can you reward a “physical” team by letting blatant fouls go, but when the Knicks match that intensity, even no contact is a “foul”?

    And the Knicks only had 10 turnovers. The Bulls had 17 and they shot virtually the same. The officials were the difference. Period.

    • rodyaugu - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:59 AM

      There were missed calls on both side. Your team got dominated twice by a superior defensive team. The knicks kryptonite is a great rebound and a physical defensive team. Unfortunately for them they play in the eastern conference, where there are many more great physical defensive teams, like the heat, pacers even the Celtics come playoffs time.

    • cmehustle - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      So if your a bulls fanatic your not objective, but if your a bricks fan you are objective? Note taken….

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Bulls fanatics act as if they just clinched a berth in the NBA finals. There is no objectivity with them.

    • gmsingh - Dec 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      So you mean to say when the officials went into “let’s call Nate Robinson for an infraction every 15 seconds” mode they were on the Bulls’ side?

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM


        Not Carmelo Anthony.
        Not Tyson Chandler.
        Not JR Smith.


    • phillynac - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      wahhhhhh…..your team got whooooped. Take it like a man. Did the refs cheat in the Houston game as well?

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        No bitch, we lost fair and square to Houston. What you clowns call whining is precisely why we look at outta town fans as inferior. We know the game better than you yokels and it seems to always shine through in instances like this.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    And before some amateur Hollinger comes out of the woodwork with box score scanning versus having watched the game, it is the calls that AREN’T made, more than those that are called. And most of the Bulls’ fouls and Knicks’ FTs were very late, when the Knicks feverishly came back, following the ejection of Noah (who somehow didn’t draw his first foul until there was 1:24 remaining IN THE THIRD QUARTER). That alone should raise eyebrows just as much as this streak that James has without being called for a single foul. We already know what it is.

    And on that note, Melo gets the least respect of any superstar from the officials. Gets smacked in the face (headband on his neck to prove it) 12-15 times a game, doesn’t even get 1/3 of those calls, and only got TWO tonight.

    You run past Bellinelli, while he flops, with no contact, and he gets two and ones.

    But the refs weren’t the difference?

    Sure coach.

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      “Melo gets the least respect of any superstar from the officials. Gets smacked in the face (headband on his neck to prove it) 12-15 times a game, doesn’t even get 1/3 of those calls, and only got TWO tonight.”

      Not really specific to you, but I decided to do a quick check.
      Looking at “Super Star” guards/forwards known for drawing foul calls, based on the 2012 All-Star roster.

      Free throw attempts this season –
      James Harden = 238 in 24 games = (9.9 per game)
      Kevin Durant = 239 in 26 games (9.2 per game)
      Russell Westbrook = 166 in 26 games (6.4 per game)
      Dang – These guys know how to draw fouls.

      Kobe Bryant = 229 in 26 games (8.8 per game)
      Carmelo Anthony = 159 in 21 games (7.6 per game)
      This group consists of 2 guys with undisputed freedom to shoot the ball at any time.

      LeBron James = 135 in 23 games (5.9 per game)
      Dwyane Wade = 115 in 20 games (5.8 per game)
      Chris Bosh = 123 in 23 games (5.3 per game)
      Third group are the Miami guys, who have to share shot attempts. I expected LeBron’s numbers per game to be higher because he’s shooting less jumpers – hence his shooting percentage being a career high 54%. Amazing that James Harden gets almost twice as many foul shots as LeBron James, but it’s also amazing that James hasn’t been called for a foul in the past 4 games.

      Blake Griffin = 126 in 25 games (5.0 per game)
      Chris Paul = 108 in 25 games (4.3 per game)
      Tony Parker = 109 in 25 games (4.4 per game)
      Fourth and Final group – free throws are lowest in this group, but they come from 2 teams which aren’t as “top-heavy” in terms of shot attempts as the other guys.

      So Carmelo gets WAY, WAY fewer free throws than Durant, slightly fewer free throws than Kobe, but more free throws than LeBron.

      • eventhorizon04 - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:49 AM

        P.S. I’m aware Harden isn’t with OKC anymore. I grouped him together with his former OKC teammates to illustrate how effective that group of 3 is at drawing fouls.

        For context, Harden last year with OKC was given 369 attempts in 62 games (6.0 per game), despite coming off the bench. That’s more than LeBron is getting per game this year as a starter.

        Clearly, with the ball in his hands a lot more, Harden has even more opportunities to draw fouls, and he’s one of the NBA leaders in free throw attempts.

      • djeter220 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

        Also worth noting Carmelo has been playing PF all year, playing closer to the basket more against bigger, more traditional PF’s who play him much more physically to compensate for his speed and quickness.

      • cmehustle - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        Carmelo settles for the jumper Way Way more than Durant. Plus I would say the bricks have more people who shoot for their team then the Thunder do. Durant, Westbrick, Martin, every once in a while Iblaka. Thats about it for them, but on the bricks everybody shoots the rock.

  3. bowens3181 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    LOL at the bitter Knicks fan. Cheer up, the holidays are no time to cry yourself to sleep!

    • stoudemelo - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:28 AM

      Says the guy who watches the :25 clip on sportscenter and thinks he should have an opinion that matters

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:51 PM


    • saint1997 - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:53 AM

      Knicks are better than you’re team mate

  4. mstiger1 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Anyone who objectively watched the game knows that the bad calls evened out. Take off those Knicks colored glasses and you can see.

  5. beardown2489 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Drose gets the no superstar calls whatsoever! Shut up with the Melo respect card. It’s garbage. He’s a soft player for the most part. He’s gotten better lately but he’s created his reputation already. Bummer for him.

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      During his MVP season, Derrick Rose shot 555 free throws in 81 games.

      That works out to be 6.9 free throws per game, which is actually pretty low considering he’s the #1 scoring option on his team by far. That’s lower than what guys like Durant (who has to share shot attempts with Westbrook), Kobe, Carmelo, and even James Harden are getting this year.

      So yeah – fair to say that Rose doesn’t get as many trips to the free throw line as other guys, though that’s partly because as a point guard, a lot of his trips into the paint end with a pass, not a shot attempt.

    • djeter220 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      Calling Melo “soft” is a pretty clear indicator you haven’t actually watched him play.

  6. jhuck92 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Spot on, Brett. The Knicks didn’t show poise or discipline and are looking like the Heat of 2010-11. When they’re winning, everyone is all smiles. But when they’re losing, everyone points fingers and gets ejected. Say what you want about the officiating, the discipline under pressure is definitely a part of this ugly loss.

    • southbeachtalent - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      I don’t remember anyone of the big three getting ejected, plus that year was the first of them being together, the Knicks core has been together for 3 years now.

      The way the Knicks have been winning is not sustainable, plain and simple.

  7. stayhigh_247 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Mr Wright u are delusional, the Knicks were gettin spanked from the tipoff. And im not a hater i think the Knicks can make it to the finals, but they got beat at their own game. Tyson tryna punk Noah, laughable. The Bulls came to play, the Knicks thought it was gonna be an easy W, didnt work out for em. The Bulls arent the Nets…,just sayn

    • djeter220 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      Pretty sure the Knicks weren’t expecting an easy W against the team that gave them a sound beating a couple of weeks ago.

    • rodyaugu - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

      The knicks game is all about shooting 3s and isolation, which will not win them a lot of games in the playoffs. I don’t know what you talking about when you say they got beat at their own game. The bulls played them just like the heat did in the playoffs last season. The bulls shutout their 3 point game, and routed melo to the weak side help when he drived and the rest is history. Teams are beginning to adjust to the knicks style of play, it’s up to them now to make their own adjustments, or their run will be short lived like Linsanity.

  8. themagicfanguy - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    @mrwright maybe if the Knicks stopped whining every time someone barely bumps them and kept their composure the refs wouldn’t have been a problem…
    They got outplayed and out hustled from the very beginning. A great start to the season and they’re already stating to act like an “elite” team full of divas.

    • rtfinch - Dec 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      it works in miami, other teams figured they’d try.

  9. lemfax - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

  10. lameasish - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Melo gets smacked in the face 12-15 times a game wright212?!?! Everyone knows you are nuts but this is pushing it even for you.

  11. rickyspanish - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    The downward spiral is starting earlier than I thought this year.

    • rodyaugu - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      Defenses are adjusting to their game. The rest of the Association will use that game as a blueprint to defend the knicks as a result their run will end like linsanity.

  12. asublimeday - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Wait til Rose comes back, then you’re really gonna be falling apart.

  13. kavika6 - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    What? Tyson Chandler picked a fight? That lovable and friendly guy? (obviously I’m being sarcastic)

  14. bobthedude - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    All of these pbt writers are a joke. The pft guys are what keeps this site going. Half the things you guys post have grammatical errors and most of it is just fan rambling. Zero professionalism. The Knicks lost by four points tonight. Everytime the Knicks lose you guys babble on and on about how the Knicks were exposed and yadda yadda yadda. Did you really expect these guys to go undefeated? Give me a break. Stop riding florio’s coattails and run your posts by an editor once in a while.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:53 PM


  15. JustMeMike - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Look, the refs certainly didn’t help the Knicks tonight, but that is not why they lost. Never mind the final differential – the game was never that close except for the opening three minutes.

    Where was the interior defense? As we’ve seen lately, opposing guards penetrate nearly at will. Look at what Jeremy Lin did the other night.

    Zero offensive rebounding. Once the Knicks jump shots are launched, I regularly saw 4 Bulls under the net and no Knicks.

    In the face of the Bull’s stifling defense – Kidd and Novak can’t get a shot off. Which simultaneously killed the Knick’s vaunted pick and roll for Chandler. Melo did try time and again to take the ball inside, and to the rim. but the defense always dropped and bottled him up so he struggled.

    Smith played well on the offense but not on the defense (those tickey-tack fouls are not just the ref’s fault – give Smith some blame as well).

    I also think Kidd is effective in slapping the ball away and intruding into the passing lanes, as is Prigiono – but Pablo has to be more forceful with the ball.

    Knicks need Shumpert back and soon. As for Stoudemire he’s going to get Rasheed’s minutes, and hopefully he will make the Knicks better.

    in truth the Kniocks shot poorly in the second quarter and on the early third quarter. When Melo isn’t having his best game, the Knicks will struggle. Ditto Felton. He ended up with 21 but the majority were in garbage time in the 4th qtr.

  16. rickyspanish - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    bobthedude is dropping knowledge. I agree.

  17. midnite2020 - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Tonight I watch the game from start to finish and honestly those refs should be fined and suspended until they sit with the league and review that game tape anytime j.r. Smith fouls out before any bull has 4 fouls something seriously wrong has happened

  18. rayray5227 - Dec 22, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    All these PBT writers really are a joke.

    • sabatimus - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:18 AM

      Yeah really: “used its trademark defense to obliterate”? By giving up 106 points?

  19. asublimeday - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    All of these pbt writers are a joke. The pft guys are what keeps this site going. Half the things you guys post have grammatical errors and most of it is just fan rambling. Zero professionalism. The Knicks lost by four points tonight. Everytime the Knicks lose you guys babble on and on about how the Knicks were exposed and yadda yadda yadda. Did you really expect these guys to go undefeated? Give me a break. Stop riding florio’s coattails and run your posts by an editor once in a while.

    Florio and his staff of chimps make just as many errors and are just as opinionated, if not more so on both fronts.

  20. Gordon - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    The Knicks were just frustrated that someone actually played defense against them.

    After they last lost to the Bulls, Felton proclaimed the Bulls did nothing special because the Knicks just didn’t hit their 3’s.

    Fast forward to this game, where they miss their 3’s. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, right Ray Ry?

  21. dysraw1 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    i love it when a coaches response is hey i coached a bad game. which is what’s as close to the truth as your gonna get. and furthermore i don’t want to hear about the officiating. my coach taught me as a kid to never let them take a game away from my team by involing myself in that aspect of the game, is something as adult veteran players these guy should really understand. by the way i owe the Bulls an apology, they are definitely better than i thought would be without D.Rose. big up to Tom having guys ready to execute. his brilliant game plans

  22. goldkj - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Mr. Wright, you don’t speak for New York fans but thanks anyway. Bulls have less talent but more coaching/execution. Their style of play is more suited for playoff type basketball. The Knicks will struggle against good defensive teams, especially in the playoffs. The final score doesn’t indicate what an ass whooping this was. You can expect more of that down the stretch.

  23. yousuxxors - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Knicks came out flat missing good shots. You dont come back against a good defensive team like the bulls especially when you act like little girls not professionals. The bulls always get them off tgeir game like that. They need to act men not little girls.

    • gmsingh - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Hey, if the basketball thing doesn’t work out for the Knicks they can always go to work in a brick factory.

  24. GIRL ON SPORTS - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Reblogged this on Girl On Sports.

  25. jnoah13 - Dec 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    The thing you idiots arent realizing is that just cause one team has more fouls does not mean they didnt deserve the fouls. It doesn’t mean the ref’s are calling fouls only on the one team just to fuck them over. The stupidity on these comments amazes me. Carmelo gets away with the elbow on his faceup every time, hows that for a superstar call. Just like blake doesnt get called on the forearm with his contact dunks and dirk gets away with the knee on his fadeaway.

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