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Carmelo Anthony says Knicks ‘didn’t compete’ following 31-point loss to Spurs

Nov 10, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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A noon tip-off time for Sunday’s game in New York between the Spurs and the Knicks is far from normal by NBA standards, but it’s beginning to appear as though we might be able to count on performances like the one we saw from the home team in this one.

San Antonio was ready from the start, while the Knicks never did seem to rise to the occasion.

The Spurs led by as many as 37 points before settling for a 120-89 victory that was as lopsided statistically as it was on the scoreboard. San Antonio shot almost 54 percent from the field while holding the Knicks under 38 percent, and beat New York on the glass by a 51-33 margin.

Afterward, the Knicks weren’t exactly full of excuses, and instead largely just admitted to not bothering to show up.

From the Associated Press:

“It was embarrassing for us to come here on our home court and lose a game like this,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. “It wasn’t about losing the game, it was just how we lost the game. We didn’t compete today and it showed out there on the court.”

Embarrassing is an apt description, and the Spurs added a little bit more of it when they had Tim Duncan — a career 69.3 percent free throw shooter — head to the line in the third quarter after Mike Woodson was whistled for a technical foul. Duncan, of course, calmly sank the shot.

The Knicks are just 2-4 now to start the season, while the Spurs remain one of the league’s best after improving their record to 6-1. New York doesn’t need to panic just yet, as the team has been close in its other three losses. But bringing a complete lack of effort to any game is certainly cause for concern.

  1. thomaskouns - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I’m not a Carmelo fan per se, but he’s right.

    Dolan is the worst owner in the NBA. Best market (yes, TV and revenue wise) better than the Lakers and they haven’t been to the finals in over 15 years.

    Anyone who would hire Isiah I would be should be skeptical of….

    Forgot, he hired him twice…

  2. kb2408 - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Melo is gonna leave the Knicks. Of course, if he chooses to stay he will retire without a title. Maybe he can convince Lebron to join him in NY. Or, even better yet, maybe they can join forces and take their talents to the LAKERS.

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Sounds like a great idea, but only if LeBron hits the gas and hightails it when Melo stops at the gas station to take a piss break halfway on the road trip to LA.

      • kb2408 - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Malt, honestly I don’t want to see Melo in L.A. either. I just don’t think he’s a winning player. HOWEVER, if he could be Robin to LeBron’s Batman in L.A. I could see it working. Melo and Kobe? No.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      LBJ would join 29 other teams before joining the Knicks, he wants to win.

  3. kingzwithringz - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Looks like Woody will be fired.

  4. milkman1989 - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Having watched that sorry excuse for a game, im worried for the knicks, they look baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. Saying that, Carmelo was absolutely TERRIBLE (not just in this game) and needs to look at himself as a “Elite” player

  5. knightrider1755 - Nov 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Where are the comments from the Knicks fans who usually flood this site with Knicks excrement?

  6. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 10, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I saw the 1st half and it was painful. I really wanted the Knicks to win but they just didn’t deserve to..

    I wish I could see Pop coach Melo and JR and see how many ridiculous attempts are eliminated. Woodson being outcoached is the biggest understatement of the century.

  7. spacemaker101 - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Melo to the Bobcats!

  8. yousuxxors - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I feel Dolan is chasing melo to the Lakers

  9. elcapitanfiscal - Nov 10, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    It doesn’t help that melo is shooting 40% from the field..

  10. apkyletexas - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Spurs are playing stifling defense again this season. I think a lot of teams are going to feel embarrassed.

  11. antistratfordian - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    I feel for Melo. But then again he didn’t choose the Knicks because they gave him the best opportunity to win – he went back to New York mostly for sentimental reasons. Maybe this time around he’ll make a wiser career decision.

    He can always live in New York after he retires.

    • nokoolaidcowboy - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      He didn’t come for only sentimental reasons. His wife played a part in his decision because she wanted to get her acting career off the ground. She felt NY, and albeit her reality show gave her more exposure.

      NY is a bust for Lala so if she feels LA is a better market, perhaps then he will go there. Or of course live bi-coastal.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        They both came back for sentimental reasons – both Brooklyn born.

        If she was concerned about continuing her screen acting career she would’ve stayed in Los Angeles.

  12. jolink653 - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    This team just will not attack the rim, settling for contested jumpers and bad shots for the majority of their possessions…if they can’t get better shots, they won’t win…they also need a point guard that can penetrate the defense and cause some mismatches and better scoring opportunities, something Felton seems way too hesitant to do…they are just not a good team right now

  13. 950003cups - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    First off. Dolan is a drug addict. What did you expect?

    Second. LeBron ain’t ever coming here. If he wants to come for money, we’ll get outbid by Brooklyn anyway.

    Third. THEY STINK!!!!!!!!

  14. cruzan80 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    It’s November…..

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      But Melo will still chuck up a lot of shots and miss a lot of shots in Dec, Jan, Feb, March and April too…

      • cruzan80 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        You hope….

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        No hoping about it… He’s played TEN seasons… He has a clear track record. He’s taken OVER 14,000 shot attempts in his career.

        He is currently ONLY in 201st place on the all time NBA true shooting percentage leader list.

        Will he have some good games shooting? Of course. He’ll have some games where he shoots 12 for 16 etc…

        But we’re talking about a KNOWN quantity after 10 plus seasons and over 14K shots…

  15. johngalt1783 - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Teams with Bargnani in the locker room and on the court have a habit of not competing.

  16. skinsfanwill - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    This Knicks team is just not built to win. They literally have two people on the whole team that are dedicated to playing defense. and one of them is out for a while. Melo could be a great scorer if he didn’t fall in love with jump shot. He was one of the best post playing wings to ever play the game. He needs to go back to it. Get people off the court by getting them in foul trouble. Take advantage of the mismatches and play some dang defense. JR Smith is a nut. There isn’t a bad shot that he doesn’t like. This is the prefect formula for losing.

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