Knicks near break, won’t blame fatigue for slump

The Knicks wouldn't blame fatigue for their struggles against the Wizards and Clippers. Credit: Getty Images
The Knicks wouldn’t blame fatigue for their struggles against the Wizards and Clippers.
Credit: Getty Images

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is an optimist, which would explain why he seemed a little flummoxed when asked if losing two of their last three games was a sign of things to come.

“You look at it as two [losses] out of three, but I think we’ve won seven of our last 10 games. That’s how I look at it,” Woodson said. “We’ve got a big, important game [tonight] before we go into the break, so we’ve got to finish it off. Then, we’ll go and sit for three or four days and kind of rethink how we can be better.”
Woodson does not believe fatigue is weighing down his team’s performances — no matter what recent losses to the Wizards and Clippers may have shown down the stretch.

“If that was the case, I don’t think we’d be in the position we’re in today,” Woodson said, dispelling the fatigue factor. “We’ve got 82 games just like everybody else. We’ve got a solid roster, [and] I like the makeup of our team so, no, I wouldn’t use fatigue as an excuse.”

Woodson said he thinks the real culprit isn’t fatigue, but instead the Knicks’ defense, or a lack thereof.

New York allowed an average of 104 points in their two recent losses, meaning the defensive intensity has waned a bit in his eyes.

Amar’e Stoudemire has never been known for his defense, but he’s bought into Woodson’s defensive philosophy.

“We have offensive juggernauts, guys who can score the ball. We have guys who can score and lots of weapons we can use,” said Stoudemire. “I feel we have a great team on both ends, [and] we know it all starts on the defensive end.”

Ultimately, said Woodson, the Knicks have done mostly everything right. He took pride in noting that his squad has led the Atlantic Division wire to wire so far. Some rest during the All-Star weekend, and some fine-tuning once they return will do the Knicks some good, allowed Woodson.

“We still have a lot of season to play and guys have to be committed to our cause, [but] our team has been pretty committed,” Woodson said. “For the most part we’ve been pretty good this season in terms of our play. I’m happy with where we sit today in terms of being at the top of our division. I’ll take that.”

Knicks notes …

» Tyson Chandler went through a half-practice so he could get treatment on his ankle. Woodson said Chandler is fine and he’ll definitely play on Wednesday: “He didn’t hurt it, but it was a little sore. He went through our conditioning part of practice, and then it was a little sore so we pulled him out. He’s just getting some treatment on it.”

» Stoudemire agreed with both Woodson and Carmelo Anthony in that the Knicks are perfect just the way they are, as he eschewed the Iman Shumpert trade rumor: “We’re confident in the guys we have. And we still have guys that are still recovering from injuries. We’re solid where we are and just need to keep improving on what we’re doing.”

Follow Knicks beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Thousands protest in New York over Eric Garner…

The Reverend Al Sharpton led thousands of chanting but peaceful activists in a march across Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner.

International

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated.

National

SpaceX rocket terminated in Texas test flight

A Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 9 rocket suffered an anomaly shortly after launch on a test flight, triggering its automatic termination system.

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

Music

Arcade Fire concert review, Massachusetts, Aug. 19

Arcade Fire take the opposite approach of "Shut up and play the hits," and it works in their favor on the "Reflektor" tour.

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

NFL

3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…

NFL

3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

Wellbeing

Asics is giving away free gear around NYC…

Asics wants to see you on the court - and in the stands for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday - by giving away free…

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…