Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Coach Hot after Knicks Are Ice-Cold

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Coach Hot after Knicks Are Ice-Cold

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PHILADELPHIA -- The sad truth is that after 48 lifeless minutes and a 97-80 loss to the Sixers that wasn't nearly as close as even that one-sided score, the most intensity that came from the Knicks surfaced when Mike Woodson stepped in front of the microphones and cameras after the game was over.

"We just didn't have any effort tonight," Woodson said. "It started right from the beginning - layup after layup. We didn't come to compete tonight and that's kind of disappointing."

Late in the third quarter, the Knicks, down by 22, called timeout. And as the teams headed to their respective benches, J.R. Smith remained on the court, carefully lined up a shot and fired up a jumper that swished through the net as the cheerleaders and in- game entertainment were rushing onto the floor.

It was as if he wanted to prove that the ball actually could go through the net. Smith had missed all seven of his attempts to that point, and he wasn't alone.

The Knicks finally put what seemed like a nearly complete squad on the floor, welcoming Raymond Felton back after a dozen games on the sideline. And the result? The Knicks were blown out start to finish by a miserable Sixers squad at the Wells Fargo Center.

The best-laid plans, uniting Felton and Jason Kidd in the backcourt with Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler in a starting lineup for the first time this season, went horribly awry in the debut.

"Tonight we didn't have it, all across the board -- offensively, defensively," Anthony said. "From an effort standpoint we just didn't have it tonight."

Smith was scoreless, missing all eight of his shots. Shumpert also misfired on every attempt -- 0-for-6 -- and Kidd, while not firing as often, also was scoreless, missing all three of his shots. …

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