Posted December 21, 2012 on
AP on Fox
The New York Knicks seemed to miss Carmelo Anthony against the Chicago Bulls earlier this month.
They'll have him on the court Friday night when they attempt to improve the best home record in the NBA against Joakim Noah and the stingy Bulls.
A lacerated finger on his left hand forced Anthony to miss New York's 93-85 loss at Chicago on Dec. 8. Without the superstar forward, the Knicks (19-6) turned in their worst offensive performance of the season, setting season lows in points and field-goal percentage (32.1).
Anthony had 43 points and hit a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime to secure a 100-99 win over Chicago (14-10) in the most recent matchup at Madison Square Garden on April 8.
Anthony enters this meeting after scoring 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting - 4 of 8 from beyond the arc - in Wednesday's 100-86 win over Brooklyn. It was unclear if he would even play after missing the previous two games with a sprained left ankle.
"He looked good to me," coach Mike Woodson said. "If he's not 100 percent, I'll take whatever percent he was, because that was awesome."
The same could be said for the Knicks' play at home, where they are a league-best 11-1 while averaging 104.8 points per game and 40.7 percent from long range.
New York is 3-1 on this six-game homestand, which ends against Minnesota on Sunday before it opens a three-game trip against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas.
"It's very important that we finish this home stretch strong before we go out on the road," center Tyson Chandler said. "Coach has preached it through training camp; make sure the Garden is our house, and make sure teams understand that they have to go somewhere else to get a win."
Chandler has heeded that message, averaging 16.3 points and 11.0 rebounds over the last four games. He pulled down a season high-tying 18 boards with 14 points at Chicago two weeks ago, while contending with Noah in a matchup of two of the league's top centers.
Noah, who finished that meeting with 10 points and 11 rebounds, averages 11.0 points and 5.7 boards over his last three visits to MSG.
He was much better than that Tuesday, recording his second career triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists in a 100-89 win over Boston.
"(Noah) is amazing man, great passer," forward Carlos Boozer said. "Probably the best passing big man in the league. Underrated, plays hard, has great court vision."
Noah is also known for being tough defensively, and that's helped Chicago rank second in the NBA in scoring defense (90.3).
The Bulls have held 13 of their last 14 opponents under 100 points, and are yielding 86.5 per game during a 4-2 stretch that started with the win over the Knicks.
Boozer also gives Chicago a strong presence up front, and he's looking to build on his 21 points and 12 rebounds against the Celtics.
He had 12 points and 10 boards against New York earlier this month, but averages 18.5 and 13.3, respectively, in 13 road meetings.
The Bulls have won five of six against the Knicks.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony already had been ejected with his second technical foul about midway through the fourth quarter when the Knicks star forward prepared to walk toward a hallway outside the team's locker room. That's when he saw his coach, Mike Woodson, making his own exit from the court. The pair would soon be joined by center Tyson Chandler, who was ejected along...
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-86 on Wednesday night in the third meeting this season between the city rivals.
After two tight games in Brooklyn, the Knicks turned the first one at Madison Square Garden into a rout by dominating the second half. Anthony, who missed two games with a sprained left ankle...
Bulls big man Joakim Noah will no longer do his customary "six-shooter" celebration after scoring in light of the tragic events that occurred in Newtown.
New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire, who hasn't played all season as he returns from a surgically repaired left knee, will not play Sunday, but will join the team for next week's road trip.
"We did talk this morning in great detail, but nothing has been defined yet in terms of when he's going to return," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said after...
Joakim Noah‘s six-shooter celebration was always a little unsettling, especially considering the Bulls center plays in Chicago, where there is just way too much violence.
However, the Florida alum is putting away his guns for good, and he’s saying he now realizes that it’s insensitive, especially given recent events.
Noah says he’s done with the imaginary gun celebration...
By Dave Buscema, The Sports Xchange NEW YORK -- The battle for New York is in danger of becoming lopsided, mostly because New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is playing at a "scary" level, as Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. The Knicks again asserted themselves over their new neighbors, topping the Brooklyn Nets, 100-86 Wednesday night in the teams' first matchup...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Blame the Christmas carols.
In a "Bah humbug!" moment, Carmelo Anthony jokingly suggested the halftime music messed up the mood, offering that among a couple of reasons for the Knicks' slow start Sunday.
He made sure no excuses were needed at the end.
Anthony scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, rallying New York to a 94-91 victory over...
Not that the world was going to voice it’s outrage over Joakim Noah’s patented “Wild West” type finger guns celebration on the court, but instead of taking any chances of offending anyone after the horrific school shootings that took place last week in Connecticut, Noah has decided to retire his signature on-court celebration.
Noah’s gunslinger routine was a celebration...
Joakim Noah (11 Pts,13 Reb,10 Ast) had his 2nd career triple-double to lead the Chicago Bulls to 100-89 win over the Boston Celtics last night. Chicago has won 8 of their last 11 with Noah leading the way in the absence of Derrick Rose. Noah now has 2 career triple-doubles; the last Bulls frontcourt player before him with a triple-double was Dennis Rodman in 1996.
Since March 2008...
Despite shooting a combined 2-for-10 for 2 points and 6 combined assists over the last 2 games, Joakim Noah and the Bulls will not let his woes turn into some controversy.
“The controversy is, there is even a controversy,” Noah said. ”No one is expecting Kirk to be Derrick. What he brings is a component that is very different, and we need that. He locks up [on defense]...
The battle of the top East centers was cut short Friday night when Joakim Noah of the Bulls and Tyson Chandler of the Knicks were both ejected from the game. Fighting for rebounding position, Noah and Chandler got tangled up, had to be separated and exchanged pleasantries before being tossed in a bizarre game that saw 9 technical fouls and 4 ejections (Carmelo Anthony, Mike Woodson...
On this episode of The Slant, host Brad Stein is joined by Oregon Sports News writer Casey Mabbott. Topics include the future of Tim Tebow, where Chip Kelly will land in the NFL, and whether Carmelo Anthony should win the MVP.
Download & Listen Here
NEW YORK -- The battle for New York is in danger of becoming lopsided. The New York Knicks again asserted themselves over their new neighbors, topping the Brooklyn Nets, 100-86 Wednesday night in the teams' first matchup at Madison Square Garden since the Nets' move to the outer borough. Carmelo Anthony returned from a sprained left ankle to lead the Knicks with 31 points...