Mike Woodson didn’t want to wait until today to view the final minutes of last night’s game against the Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Soon after Toronto had claimed a 100-98 victory, Woodson headed straight to the locker room and turned on the video to review the final minutes.
At least it wasn’t a lack of effort that doomed the Knicks. It was a lack of execution during the most important stretch of the game that resulted in their fourth-straight loss and fifth defeat in six games.
“I thought our shot selection was awful. We were in the penalty and we settled,” Woodson said. “We had opportunities to take the ball to the rim and make plays. But we settled and they made the plays down the stretch and we didn’t.”
No, it wasn’t a disaster of a loss like the one against the Pacers two nights ago, when the Knicks were lifeless at both ends of the court. But it was a stinging defeat nonetheless for a team in desperate need of a win. The Knicks are long past the point of moral victories. A team with championship aspirations can’t feel good about being outplayed in the final 1:29 when the game was tied 95-95.
Among the miscues that irritated Woodson was Carmelo Anthony giving up the ball to Raymond Felton, who missed a 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining. And Anthony, after an inbound play designed for him to shoot, passed the ball to Tyson Chandler, who was fouled with 21.4 seconds left and the Knicks trailing 97-95. Tyson missed the front end of two shots and the Raptors iced the game from the free-throw line.
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