The Knicks gathered for a practice session at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday morning, and the list of sickly players increased. J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin were left behind in the hotel. But while coach Mike Woodson hoped that by isolating the pair he could avoid illness across the roster, the problems were far more troublesome than a fever that could be solved with an aspirin. The coach and players alike were openly bemoaning the inability to stick to the game plan set out by Woodson. And without naming names, the frustration seemed to be seeping through the roster. The Game 3 loss Saturday featured disturbing statistics: Carmelo Anthony taking just 16 field-goal attempts, missing his last seven, and not converting a field goal in the fourth quarter; another game of getting pummeled on the boards; and even the three-point field goals the Knicks have lived by were gone. They attempted and made season lows. The defense, despite its claims of limiting the Pacers to 82 points as a good indicator, was as lost at times as the offense. And all of this left the Knicks to wonder just how they get themselves straightened out in time for Game 4 on Tuesday. "Honestly, I think we’re doing it to ourselves," center Tyson Chandler said. "I watched the tape myself and there’s open looks. We have to be willing passers. You have to sacrifice yourself sometimes for the betterment of the team.
Knicks not following the game plan
North Jersey | May 13