Culture of Hoops

New York Knicks pull within a game of eighth-seed

Baller Mind Frame’s No Layups brings you the hottest NBA stories on the web mixed with personal opinion from our very own Aaron Lanton

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Deny, deny, deny was the Knicks’ defensive strategy against Steph Curry and yet in the closing seconds and with the game on the line, the most dangerous shooter on the floor had the ball in his hands.

And he passed.

“I don’t know, it happens,” Carmelo Anthony said when asked if he were surprised by Curry’s decision. “I do it sometimes.”

When a reporter replied “when,” Anthony laughed and said: “Come on, man, I’m trying to make him feel better. You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

The New York Knicks were in that kind of mood on Sunday night as they overcame a 12-point first-half deficit and defeated the Golden State Warriors, 89-84. The win, sealed when Curry’s pass was intercepted by Shannon Brown with 1.9 seconds left, moved them to within one game of eighth-place Atlanta entering Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz, the finale of their five-game western trip.

“We can’t worry about Cleveland, Atlanta, Charlotte, we control our own thing,” Anthony said after the Knicks improved to 31-43. “We play like we did tonight, play hard and focus on what we have to focus on we’ll be all right. When we have games like we did in L.A. and Phoenix and you look back and think, ‘What the hell are we doing? Do we want it or not?’ Tonight we showed we wanted it.” New York Daily News

Mark Jackson, former Knick great and current Warriors’ head coach, held multiple key players out of the game versus the Knicks including Andrew Bogut and David Lee. Complete coincidence, certainly.

After all of the dramatics, the Knicks are one game away from making the playoffs. Will they actually blow this chance? – AL

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

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