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J.R. Smith has monster night… until the shot that matters most (VIDEO)

Mar 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

With Carmelo Anthony out, the Knicks needed points — enter J.R. Smith. The veteran swingman was firing away and hitting difficult, contested shots all night long. Smith ended the night with 36 points on 14-of-29 shooting.

But with the game on the line Knicks coach Mike Woodson called Smith’s number and he took one of those difficult, contested shots again. And the Thunder got the win. The lesson here, kids, is you don’t want to live by the low-percentage shot attempt.

  1. acdc363 - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Yeah Knicks fans gotta be disappointed with the way that one ended. I was hoping he’d make the shot just for the sake of epicness but Westbrook guarded him well.

  2. beagle11 - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Dear Mike Woodson,
    The honeymoon is over.
    New York Knicks Fans

    • LPad - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Mike Woodson is 55-28 and 83 games as a Knicks coach. Speak for yourself.

      New York Knick Fan

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        yeah, I don’t know who this guy is speaking for. I love when non-Knicks fans pull this.

      • beagle11 - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Your right, he’s a good coach, but a 55 win season is not something that puts you beyond reproach or criticism. He hasn’t figured out a way to get his 3 best players on the court at the same time, thats on him. The team didn’t score a point for the last 1:39 last night, also on him. Amare sitting on the bench for most of the 2nd half against Miami was also a tremendous mistake.This is NY, we have the Yankees and the Giants here, I’m not happy with a 55 win season, this team has the talent to contend. He’s gotta go if they lose in the first round.

    • badintent - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Right, You got on the Knick bandwagon at the start of the season, now you jumping ship. Only the Spurs and maybe the Thunder do 60 games this seasonWoodsen is a front runner for coach of the year, dealing with two new lline ups in 2 years and a serious upgrade on the team’s defense numbers..You sound like one fo the millions of Laker fans callling for Mr. Brown’s head , Mike D heads, Howard’s poussy, etc.If you don’t like the Knicks, go back to Brooklyn and root for Willams and the Nets. Kudos to Willams for his 9 3s too, The Nets fans(more bandwagon ) would suit your style

      • beagle11 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        I’ve been a Knick fan for 30 years, you sound like a Mike Woodson fanboy.Is he a good coach? Yes. Does he get to skate by on his hot start to the season while the team is hovering around 500 in the new year? NO. And don’t give me the improvement on D, The knicks were top 10 in the league last season before Dantoni was fired. If your gonna sit there and tell me all of his in game decisions are beyond reproach or questioning than your clueless. This team has been playing very mediocre since the new year.

      • beagle11 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        And I’m in no way calling for his head. I just think when a team shows it has the talent and potential to start a season off at 18-5, the head coach of this team should be put on notice when they follow it up with 20-17

  3. davidly - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Neither team moved the ball very well. This game is a classic example of the negative effect one player’s taking more shots than the team has assists has on team offense. In spite of Durant and Westbrook taking 20 and 22 shots to the teams 16 assists, they won anyway. A big reason why is because Felton, Stoudemire, and Smith took 16, 16, and 29, respectively, to the team’s 10 assists.

    In the clutch moments at the end of the game, it’s nice to see a team actually move the ball around and get an easy shot, instead of having one guy hold the ball for 7 seconds and shooting.

  4. burm61 - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Woodson is a helluva coach. They played well with Melo and the most energized I’ve seen them since the early part of the season. Thunder are just the better team.

    • pglive21 - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      He’s a decent coach. He’s running the same system as he did in Atlanta except he has a better isolation player who can post up more easily in Anthony. He’ll put together a good regular season record and probably get the Knicks to the second round of the playoffs but that is pretty much his ceiling.

  5. nbascreed - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I don’t understand the headline. JR played his tail off. A missed good look (and nice juke) at the end of the game doesn’t make his night “not monster”. Sorry. There’s way too much second guessing that goes on by analyst and reporters. And candidly I was disappointed that Woody openly criticized JRs last second shot. Russell Westbrook is NO SLOUCH DEFENSIVELY. And JR is D-Wade circa 2006 with blow by speed and handles. Sure there was a lane, but Rusty covered it up pretty quickly. JR countered with a nice back to the basket hesitation and got off a good look. He missed. He’s made two more difficult game winners this year.

    I conclude that 50% shooting against one of the best teams in the league is sufficient for a Monster Night.

  6. nbascreed - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    *isn’t D-Wade

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    That last play was not designed for JR to iso and hold the ball. He just decided to take and hold for the final shot. Russ’ lateral movement was shaky, they were in the penalty. You have a size advantage over him. Absolutely no reason for that type of final shot.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      And you forgot to mention how the refs favored the Thunder…

    • beagle11 - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      That was so tough to watch

      • beagle11 - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        The dream shake 18 ft from the basket was god awful

  8. pantsfreezone - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    This should be the Knicks mantra.

    The New York Knicks: Good until it matters.

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