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Oh, don't worry; the New York Knicks did plenty of talking after dropping a home tilt to the Philadelphia 76ers by a final score of 110-106. It's just that none of the Knickerbockers—not J.R. Smith, not Carmelo Anthony and not Mike Woodson—actually said anything.
Check out these blurbs from The Associated Press (via ESPN):
Smith: "This is the time right here to make up ground and we're not. We're playing better on the road than we are at home and it should be the other way around if anything."
Anthony: "I really don't know what it is, why we can't play well on our own home court. This should be the time where we gain some momentum, gain some confidence as a team playing here on our own home court, but that don't seem like it's the case right now."
Woodson: "We've got to believe that we can win a game."
Anybody see any actual, concrete answers in that cliche-ridden tangle of verbiage? Yeah, me either.
The Knicks lost a game at home to a team that, on average, loses by 8.4 points per contest—the second-worst differential in the league. These Sixers are actively trying to lose basketball games, and even they managed to take a victory from New York.
Credit Evan Turner for a career-high 34 points and rookie Michael Carter-Williams for working through an ugly night from the field to finish three assists shy of a triple-double. But otherwise, blame the Knicks team that was out-executed, outcoached and outplayed by one of the league's very worst teams.
That's it. We're done here. The Knicks have no answers, and there's nothing left to say. Check back for more empty updates on Jan. 24 when the Bobcats visit MSG.