Memphis Snaps Five Game Losing Streak With Win Over Hapless Knicks

Published on: 21st December, 2013


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New York — The Memphis Grizzlies came into today’s noon matinee at Madison Square Garden mired in their own tailspin, having lost five games in a row and ten of their last thirteen. The chances of Memphis ending their losing skein this afternoon seemed miniscule since the game was being played on the once-intimidating home court of a very desperate Knicks team in serious need themselves of turning its own struggling season around. And in so doing, perhaps saving Mike Woodson’s job as their head coach.

Everything was set up for a Knicks win. A Grizzlies team weakened by injuries to their All-Star center, Marc Gasol, forward Tayshaun Prince, and guard Quincy Pondexter could not possibly provide much of a challenge for the Knicks on this particular afternoon.


It was Memphis who showed heart and hustle while the Knicks continued on their path of destruction, with the Grizzlies outplaying the Knicks in every aspect of the game in winning, 95-87 in front of a Garden crowd that seemed more disheartened than in the mood for the lusty booing Knicks fans have demonstrated during previous coaching regimes. There were no “fire Woodson” chants as there had been during the Mike D’Antoni, Larry Brown, and Isiah Thomas years.

But, things with the Knicks have reached the dire stages, make no mistake about it. The Knicks home record now sits at 4-10 but it’s in the way they are playing, without fire and without spilling their guts, that has fans feeling uncomfortable with the product they are watching.

Last season, their record at Madison Square Garden was 31-10. Suffice to say, the Knicks will not achieve a home record during this 2013-14 season that will approach last season’s successes. As things are going, with their overall season record now at 8-18, the 54-win season of last year followed by a first-round victory in the playoffs is nothing but a pipe dream.

For Knicks fans, it just seems too early in the year to be reconciled to mediocrity.

For one of the first times this season, Woodson, at his post-game press conference chose to start naming names of Knicks players he felt contributed to the loss in which the Grizzlies had a 56-29 rebounding advantage and outscored the Knicks 60-28 in the paint. One supposes if Woodson feels the ship is going down, he’s not going alone.

“That’s embarrassing, especially when you start a big lineup,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani needed to rebound better.”

Memphis received 25 points and 15 rebounds from Zach Randolph while Tony Allen added 19 points and eight boards.

“This was going to be a tough one. It is not easy winning here,” point guard Mike Conley said. “For us to come in and win says a lot.”

It does say a lot but perhaps what is being left unsaid are the thoughts Jim Dolan, the Knicks owner, may be having about his team and his coach’s future. Dolan sat in his seat near the Knicks bench for several moments after the final buzzer, listening to the boos of another sellout crowd. One wonders if he felt as disheartened as the fans seem to be.

How many more games will Woodson get to coach  the Knicks?

How many more games will Woodson get to coach the Knicks?

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