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Knicks lose by 41 points at home to Celtics

Dec 8, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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The Knicks snapped their nine-game losing streak on Thursday with a 30-point win over the Nets, and followed it up with a 38-point victory over the Magic at home the very next night.

Any belief that the Knicks problems were on the verge of being solved, however, was delusional at worst, and short-lived at best.

New York hosted the Celtics on Sunday for a noon tip-off at Madison Square Garden, but essentially didn’t bother to show up. Boston opened the game by getting out to leads of 12-0, 18-1, 25-5 and 34-10 on the way to a 41-point shellacking of the Knicks on their home floor.

There’s something about these Sunday afternoon games at home that simply doesn’t work for the Knicks; they lost in similarly humiliating fashion to the Spurs back on Nov. 10 by 31 points.

New York was without Kenyon Martin in this one due to a sore ankle, and started Tim Hardaway Jr. in his place. But that hardly was the reason for this disaster. When you start the game without a field goal for the first six-plus minutes and fall behind by as many as 25 points in the opening period, it’s due to an embarrassing lack of focus and effort more than anything else.

The Knicks fell to 5-14 on the season, while the Celtics improved to 10-12 — under .500, but leading the dreadful Atlantic Division which means the fourth seed in the dismal Eastern Conference.

  1. phillysports1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM


    • 22yearsagotoday - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Probably in New York.

    • stayhigh_247 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      its officially time to push the panic button. Because of Brad Stevens I just look at the C’s as a mid major college team, you don’t lose to them by double digits , at home! Wow!

  2. 22yearsagotoday - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    evilempire: I feel your pain, bro. Celtics are like the Red Sox: very underrated, but still, the Knicks cannot allow any team to embarass them at home.

  3. milkman1989 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    99% of the plays the Knicks ran in this game were iso’s. And worst of all, some of them didn’t even involve Carmelo AAAAAHHHHHHHH. Keep it going New York, your hilarious

    • 22yearsagotoday - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Add the Nets and it’s like Cheech and Chong.

  4. hojo20 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    12pm is too early a start time for the NBA.

    • redbaronx - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      @hojo20 – you’re right! Knicks players are still clubbing till 4am! Not enough time for them to sleep!

  5. scottychicago - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Woodson getting canned?

  6. JHathwell - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    “The ship be sinkin'”.

  7. phillysports1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Don’t blame it on the 12pm time . They suck

  8. tmdill18 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    In the meantime, while you continue writing articles about the meaningless Knicks, the Pacers won at San Antonio last night and play at the Thunder tonight with a chance to be 4-1 on a brutal West Coast trip.

    • cruzan80 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Get over it. Nobody cares about the Pacers, Spurs or Thunder outside of their cities….& this site knows that. This article is about a team that is next to last in the east yet there are 24 comments (including yours) posted. Thats why theres two articles about the Knicks everyday on this site…

      • redbaronx - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        @cruzan80 – I’m not in Indiana, San Antonio, or OKC. But those teams interest me a lot more than the pathetic Knicks right now. I grew up in NYC and Dolan has taken this team hostage. Staff acts like buffoons, sexually harass women, and signs average guys to contracts they never should have deserved. The Knicks will never be worthy of attention as long as Dolan owns the team.

    • mydoghasfleez - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Their “chance to be 4-1” chg’d to 3-2 right quickly.

  9. jams56 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    You’re not your. Go Knicks!

  10. rodge1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Where are MsWright212 and cantonclown13?

  11. dysraw1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Larry Legend is lovin this. what a total dismantlement no hope of any position not being exposed

  12. 950003cups - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Have they ever won wearing those ugly orange jerseys? Or better yet, have they ever had a lead in a game wearing those orange jerseys?

    • bigzant82 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      lmao good joke

  13. jzone954 - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    It seems like it was only yesterday when Mr Wright and Canton bound were saying how the Knicks were constructed to take out the Heat….👌

    • mydoghasfleez - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Take them out for dinner & a movie maybe. That’s all.

  14. braven4evr - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Guess the Knicks figured the Nets will would be enough to save Woodson…

  15. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Can anyone, someone, anybody please, give the Celtics some credit.. maybe even use the “G” word? They may not have started that way, but with two games now where they’ve come out with 25+ leads in the first quarter. Denver didn’t score until the first 7 minutes into the game if I remember correctly. Maybe you don’t have to give them credit yet.. I think they’ll get all the credit they need over the next few weeks if they keep playing like this. Little team that could.

    • unfly - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM


      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        Well than the most of the teams we’ve faced since the first 2 weeks of the season are just really good at underachieving then. I mean, really good at it.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        From A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcase Sports Net NE,

        “Boston (10-12) has outscored its last two opponents, 83-26, in the first quarter. According to ESPN, the Celtics are the first team since 1965 to outscore opponents in the first quarter by at least 23 points in consecutive games.”

        I mean, thats overachieving well.. I’d say outscoring your opponents like that in the first quarter in multiple games doesn’t happen a lot, but thats obviously an understatement. Couldn’t be a coach that’s bringing the best out in his players strengths, getting them to play well together, drawing up plays that are getting us key points at key times, big wins, and most of all, a system that has kept our opponents from putting up big numbers. And oh yeah, points. Lots of em. Yeah, but I’m sure the other teams we played were just underachieving right? Couldn’t be the Celtics.

      • detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Brad Stevens was the perfect find to coach the Celtics. From now on, a good coaching hire should be known as “dodging a Kidd”

  16. jmmsr1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Woodson has become meaningless to the player…too bad

  17. jmmsr1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Woodson has become meaningless to the players…too bad

  18. ravenswhat - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Woodson and Stevens could not be further apart in career trajectory at this point.

  19. brewcityexpress - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Trade Melo & Smith while you still can! You wont get another Superstar but at least you’ll get a shot!!

  20. mannyicey - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    “Iso-Joe” moves to Gotham! As a Hawk fan, we hated Joe Johnson’s enormous contract because he would melt down, even though the offense was mostly “Iso-Joe.” Now we’re seeing the same thing with the Knicks.

    Oh, and the Knicks aren’t relevant to the NBA, so let’s stop the whole “No one outside the cities care about other teams” madness! NBA fans care about winning teams, not losing teams. Yes, we are also witnessing what happens to the Knicks and Nets; very much like how people witness hit and runs, armed robberies or other crimes. I know for a fact that the Knicks and Nets would pay good money to have the rest of the NBA fans to STOP witnessing those train wrecks because their exposure is leaving them both- well, exposed.

    • redbaronx - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      @mannyicey – Uh….Joe Johnson is on the Nets. Not the Knicks….I know they’re both from New York and pretty pathetic at the moment, but they’re different teams…

      “Iso-Joe” moves to Gotham! As a Hawk fan, we hated Joe Johnson’s enormous contract because he would melt down, even though the offense was mostly “Iso-Joe.” Now we’re seeing the same thing with the Knicks.

      • mannyicey - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM


        In Atlanta, “Iso-Joe” was the term that we used for Mike Woodson’s offense. So my conversation regarding ‘Iso-Joe’ was a dig at Mike Woodson. It shows no creativity and ease to defend.

      • redbaronx - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        @mannyicey – OK, I see what you’re saying. You’re right of course. Same offense with Melo. Lots of isolations.

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