On December 8, the Knicks, once again were on the wrong side of the most lopsided NBA game of the season, allowing the Boston Celtics to come into Madison Square Garden and defeat them 114-73.
There are two constants in those two games played. The Knicks played extremely poor quality basketball, and the games took place at 12:00 p.m. on weekends.
Coach Mike Woodson has had enough.
With yet another weekend afternoon game looming on the schedule for Saturday, Woodson has decided to set a curfew for the struggling squad.
“Yeah, we’ve had those troubles and you know, we’re going to all get together tonight and huddle together,” Woodson said after practice on Friday. “I’m not going to let them hang out.
Carmelo Anthony said he was “hearing” the curfew was going to be 10:00 p.m. He also noted that the team stayed together before their disaster against the Celtics earlier this month, but will most likely be on a stricter schedule this time around.
“We’ve done that plenty of times where we stayed at a hotel together, the night before a game. Sometimes it helps sometimes it works. We’ll see about that tomorrow,” Anthony said. “We didn’t do it the San Antonio game. Sometimes it works – early games. Sometimes it don’t.
The six-time All-Star touched on the type of game the Knicks want to have:
“We want to come out the gates (Saturday), establish the tempo, establish the style of game we want to play. We want to win. That’s the goal, to get back winning on our home court,” Anthony said. “I think it’s a mental thing. When you have them early morning games you start thinking too much. Should you go to sleep early? Should you get this amount of rest? I think it’s all mental. Besides it being an early ass game, I think it’s all mental at that point.”
The Knicks (8-17) host the Memphis Grizzlies (10-15) on Saturday at 12:00 P.M. ET. Amar’e Stoudemire will be back in the lineup after sitting out with soreness in his knee. Tyson Chandler will be playing his second consecutive game after recovering from a fractured leg suffered on November 5. Pablo Prigioni (toe) and Kenyon Martin (abdominal) are both out.
All quotes via New York Daily News