The New York Knicks got humiliated by the Indiana Pacers, 117-89 on Thursday night in front of a national television audience. To say Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was upset would be an understatement.
Anthony once again was the Knicks only semblance of offense during the loss. Afterwards, Anthony called the loss embarrassing, and then called out Mike Woodson for being out-coached by Frank Vogel and failing to make adjustments.
“They made adjustments the way they played the pick-and-roll, the way they packed the paint and stayed with our 3-point shooters,’’ Anthony said. “They made that adjustment. We didn’t make the adjustment back to it.’’
After a brilliant 6 of 8, 18-point first quarter, Anthony ran out of gas and the Knicks’ barely defended the bigger Pacers, who took a commanding 63-48 halftime lead and sailed home in the second half.
“It’s an embarrassing loss,’’ said Anthony, who finished with 28 points. “I don’t think no team is 30 points better than us. No way I believe they’re 30 points better than us. I don’t accept that. It was a frustrating loss. You’re on the road. I felt we could’ve played a lot better and harder. This was a big game against a big-time team and we didn’t bring it.’’
This isn’t the first time whispers of Vogel out-coaching Woodson have come up.