New York Knicks-
Breaking the Losing Streak:
The Knicks had a one-two punch against Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony, 10-14, for 71% shooting with 28 points. He also had 9 rebounds and 3 assists. J.R. Smith, 10-16, for 62% shooting with 28 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 4 assists. This broke the losing streak with a win over the Nuggets, 109-93.
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley,
Anthony on the Team’s Defense:
“I thought in that second quarter we played great defense, buckling down, keeping them out of transition. It led to our offensive end,” said Anthony, who made 10 of 14 shots from the field. “Once we got stops on the defensive end, we felt confident enough to go down there and make some shots and run our offense and do what we had to do.”
Nuggets top performers: Arron Afflalo 18 points, Ty Lawson 17 points, and Kenneth Faried 16 points.
Progress has been made in the New System (Triangle Offense):
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley,
Anthony on the Adjustment of New Offense:
“I’m getting there,” Anthony said late Sunday afternoon. “Every game I’m starting to become a little bit more comfortable with my role.”
After the win over Nuggets the offense seemed to flow. Over his past six quarters, Anthony has made 20 of his past 27 shots, scoring 58 points.
Knicks Coach Derek Fisher on Anthony getting more comfortable within the new offense,
“Just finding a better balance for himself,” Fisher said after Anthony helped the Knicks snap their seven-game losing streak on Sunday. “When is it his turn to be the prolific scorer that he is? When is it time for him to take a step back and allow the offense to work so that his teammates can find some rhythm? I just think as each game goes by, he’s getting more aware of when those times are.”
“He’s getting used to the amount of movement in the offense and where his shots come from within it,” Fisher said afterward. “I think, those factors, he’s just got a better hold of them right now.”
Phil Jackson Talks with Anthony:
Jackson and Anthony spoke prior to last Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Anthony on their Conversation,
“We had a great conversation, a very positive conversation,” Anthony said after practice on Monday. “It gave me some clarity whether it was in the system, whether it was things I should do out there for myself, whether it was things I should do out there for the players, for my teammates … I took it extremely well.”
“In my mindset, I’m thinking about it as if it’s any offense,” Anthony said. “Go out there and still play my game within the system that’s being implemented. I’m still learning the system, I’m still getting better at it. Each day I’m still challenging myself to figure some things out. I know it’s going to take some time but, as of right now, I’m becoming more comfortable as the days go on.”
Andrea Bargnani Set to Return Maybe Saturday vs. Philadelphia 76ers:
Saturday may be the return of Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks line-up. He started practicing again on Monday.
Coach Fisher on Bargnani’s Return:
“Whenever he’s back, his versatility is huge for us on both ends of the floor,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said after Monday’s practice. “I think he can guard multiple positions and offensively he can play multiple positions. He’s another guy on the floor that defenses have to think about how they want to cover him. He makes the game easier for Carmelo [Anthony], J.R. [Smith], Iman [Shumpert]. So we’re excited to get him back soon hopefully, and start to kind of rebuild our team again once we get some guys back out there.”