Embarrassing. That’s the only way to sum up the New York Knicks‘ loss today to the Boston Celtics. Forget about the ball movement; forget about extending that two-game win streak. Getting closer to first place? Ha. The Celtics demolished the Knicks, 114-73, at Madison Square Garden in front of their horrified fans.
The Knicks, who have lost several other games this season, seemed determined to set new benchmarks for futility as they showed an inability to play any semblance of cohesive team ball. The team’s performance on Sunday regressed sharply from their past two performances where they showed a team-oriented style of play to … well, today’s disaster; Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Andrea Bargnani combined to shoot 1-for-19 from the field; the Knicks were outrebounded by 46-26, the Knicks shot a low 34 percent from the field, and their starters contributed only 29 points (a combined 13 percent from the field) — the list goes on.
The Celtics started hot, shooting 55 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range in the first half. That was not the case with the Knicks; the team fell behind 12-0 after missing their first nine shots, then fell behind by 18-1, 32-7, and finally finished the first quarter trailing 34-11. Jordan Crawford led the way, scoring 23 points, while Jared Sullinger score 21 points and three other teammates topped double-digits in scoring.
Today’s blowout put considerable pressure back on Woodson, whose job security has become the object of speculation. And if the team continues their struggles, Woodson’s seat will only get hotter, considering the Knicks’ schedule the next two weeks is considered the easiest in the NBA.