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Mike Woodson frustrated with J.R. Smith, Knicks in general

Feb 22, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

New York Knicks' head coach Mike Woodson directs his team against the Orlando Magic in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

There’s a lot of frustration with the Knicks right now — they are 1-4 in their last five, the most recent loss an ugly loss at the hands of the Pacers. In those five games the Knicks have surrendered 112.9 points per 100 possession — 9.5 worse than their season average and second worst in the NBA in that stretch. It’s been ugly

All that frustrated bubbled over with stupid plays against the Pacers — J.R. Smith was the leading offender almost getting into a fight with Lance Stephenson then getting ejected in the second half. But he was joined by Raymond Felton (technical for throwing an elbow), Amare Stoudemire (technical for arguing with officials), Tyson Chandler (argued with officials but didn’t get technical) and so on.

Mike Woodson is frustrated, reports the New York Post.

Asked if he had spoken to Smith about his behavior, an angry Woodson said: “I’m not happy about how we played and how we carried ourselves professionally on the basketball court. We can’t do that. I’m not going to tolerate that. I’m just not.’’

Carmelo Anthony was not as direct but he wasn’t thrilled.

“I’ve seen guys today, guys were angry,’’ Anthony said. “Not angry but kind of upset. As a team we let ourselves down. It was kind of an embarrassment.’’

Now is when the serious contenders start to crank it up. Look at the Heat, winners of nine in a row. Look at how the Spurs dismantled the Clippers Thursday night and are 6-1 on their rodeo road trip.

The Knicks fancy themselves contenders but they need to get back to playing defense somewhere near the level they did last year — on the season they are 15th in the NBA in points allowed per possession and in their last 10 games they are bottom 10 in the league. That will not get it done. Even if their offense is clicking their defense needs to be top 10 to have a chance past the first round of the playoffs.

There’s time to fix it. And being professional is a good first step.

  1. creek0512 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Look at the Pacers, who humiliated the Knicks into their complete loss of composure.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      no need to worry, they know they played bad.
      they need to start playing some defense.
      they need to make a good little run over the next few weeks.
      the thing about Woody is he WILL bench somebodies ass.
      Novak is MIA.
      K-Mart is a well needed inforcer body banger, I think, he may
      be mad at Miami too.

  2. cosanostra71 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    J.R. is just #TryinToGetThePipe

  3. Cereal - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    He’s frustrated ? How do you think I feel, I’m a Wizards/Bullets/? fan

    • dopekidz83 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      As a Suns fan, I’m right there with you

    • philadelphiafan - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Try having Andrew Bynum on your team.

      • fanofevilempire - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        just look at the picture of his half braid hair, that’s a good laugh right there

  4. mojo2028 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    This is not the first time the Knicks have lost composure in a game. They lack a real leader in Melo. He needs to lead by example because he is the first one to start yapping at the officials when things are not going his way. Start on the defensive end.

  5. zerole00 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    It seems like the effort level has dropped significantly from the beginning of the season, especially on the defensive end.

    • grayring - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      No, the Knicks were far exceeding there expectations, and their talent at the beginning of the season. They’re just coming back to the middle now. This is who they are.

  6. dacapt704 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I’ve got faith in Woodson, he’ll get things fixed. All this yappin at the refs has to stop, get em back to playing gritty defense like eariler in the season and KEEP THE BALL MOVING on offense.

    • dysraw1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      i couldn’t agree more, this is N.Y theres no crying to refs here. thats that bs.

  7. dysraw1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    now is gut check time. teams want our position in the i said earlier we still haven’t seen a lot of teams yet. so optimism remains level its frustrating watching these guys, because they are unaware the the playoffs started wednesday night. better start to get yourselves in that mode or its 1st round an good night again

  8. exhelo1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    It’s all D’Antoni’s fault.

  9. badintent - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Doc Rivers called out the Celtic last month and they turned it on , playing better D.. coach Mike is just doing the same thing. J.R. is have a Metta week or month ………I hope K-Mart will set the tone in practice with some bitch slap on J.R.. Getting back Sheen and or Camby would help too.The rebounding has been terrible.

  10. jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    D-Fence! The Knicks have no “enforcer”, like the great Charles Oakley used to be. Walt Frazier was a great defender as well, and was a consistent force on offense. Even John Starks played better all around basketball than anyone on these Knicks except for Carmelo. Patrick Ewing was way better than Chandler.

    • rushbacker - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Patrick Ewing was better than Tyson Chandler? Who knew?!

  11. goirishgo - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Tough situation when your best player is not a leader.

  12. yousuxxors - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    shump needs to start and get his form back because we miss his lock down perimeter defense. they also stopped hustling like they were in the beginning of the year. takes effort to play defense. kidd needs rest. i also want to see more pick n roll and stat in starting line up. melo plays so much better off the ball like ompliyics and all star game. let stat be the centerpiece and have him play off him. when its just the melo show because no one else is playing good we lose. chandler and melo only ones who show constant effort. ball movement needs to get better. i think woody will solve this.

    • badintent - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      You’re right. And I think Coach Mke will put in a hybrid of your offense scheme. We still need to have guy on the block for kickouts to Novak on the wing and allowing Felton to drive on the off set using a Chandler pick to create a lane or a kickout.J.R. needs to sit his ass if he don’t get with the program, his Kobecrap don’t work for this team ball rotatation offense.

  13. nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    I wanted to believe.

  14. yousuxxors - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    yea pick n roll with stat, chandler sitting under hoop, melo in post and a apot up shooter. i think that will be the best offense for them. they have to stop switching into mismatches on defense.

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