Talk about making a habit of it. The Knicks beat another pretty good team-strange I know to speak of the Paper Clips that way but they have been this year-and again did it with a team effort and ball distribution.
At this point I assume Woodson has earned graduation from being an interim coach to permanent. This team has won no mater who has played-or hasn't-game after game.
They have beaten the Magic twice, the Bulls with Derrick Rose, Atlanta twice, Boston, and now the Clippers.
Tonight J.R. Smith led the team with 21 points. Then came Anthony with 17 points with 6 rebounds.
Next was Steve Novak with 14 points-as usually he was on fire from three point land going 4 of 7; what's news is he actually took one shot from inside the arc. Not surprisingly that one he missed.
Baron Davis had 12, Chandler had another solid game with 11 points and 6 rebounds and finally Stoudemire with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Landry Fields scarcely missed double digits himself. The team is now 17-6 under Woodson.
I can't get over losing Lin. But even without him this is a formidable team that never says die. I don't think Miami or Chicago looks forward to playing them.
The Knicks claim not have any preference of who they play and Anthony says he will sit out Thursday's finale against Charlotte:
"But the Knicks don't seem to care about finishing with a higher seed, with Anthony saying he doesn't expect to play Thursday in the regular-season finale, and players insisting they have no preference which East power they play in the first round."
''Right now it really doesn't matter,'' Anthony said. ''Whoever we play, we'll have to start on the road anyway, so we just want to start just preparing for whether it's Chicago, whether it's Miami, just get ready to go.''
It really doesn't matter much-there is a narrative out there that the Knicks match up better against the Bulls anyway. In any case this is Charlotte. They've beaten teams like the Bulls and Orlando shorthanded. So Charlotte doesn't sound so daunting.