Carmelo Anthony couldn’t hit any shots as he ended up with a 6 for 26 performance in a tough 102-96 loss at home last night to the Boston Celtics.
Anthony decided that he wanted to go hit Kevin Garnett instead. Following last night’s highly emotional game, Anthony waited for Garnett by the Celtics team bus while Garden security, police, and Mike Woodson were trying to get him to leave without incident.
Anthony spoke about the incident on Tuesday to the media after not speaking with them last night. While he did admit that he lost his cool, he felt that Garentt “crossed the line” which warranted his outburst.
“ I lost my cool yesterday. I accept that,” said Anthony. “But there are just certain things that push certain people’s buttons. You guys will never know what those certain things are and I would never sit and tell you what those certain things are or what was said yesterday, what was done.
Anthony went a little further on what the Celtics power forward could have possibly said that ticked him off so much.
“There are certain things you just don’t say to men, another man, so I felt that he crossed the line,” Anthony said. “What’s done is done. I accept that. I lost my composure yesterday. For the most part, I have been been very positive this season.”
Anthony and Garentt got into a mini altercation on the court when KG wrapped Anthony up while the two were going for a rebound. Both players received technical fouls as they yelled at each other. After the game was over, Anthony exited toward the Celtics locker room as he may waited for Garnett outside their locker room before waiting outside the bus.
“Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors so that situation was handled,” Anthony said.
Anthony admitted to finally talking with Garnett personally after failing to do last night.
“Absolutely, absolutely and that was the whole mindset and my motive of going back there and seeing him in that locker room and then seeing him on that bus. I just wanted to have a one-on-one conversation with him and talk it out like two grown men.”
Anthony does not think he should be suspended for what he did.
“Nothing happened for me to be suspended. I went, I wanted to talk to ‘KG.’ I think it was something that we both needed to get off our chests to see what really was the problem. It was no altercations, it was just a word in confidence that we needed to have. We move on from here.”
Even though Anthony did score a respectable 20 points, there is no question he had his most frustrating night of the season. If you take away his three point attempts, Anthony shot a putrid 2 for 14 on the night. The Celitcs have had a sub par season so far but may have had their best overall performance of the season as they shut down Anthony.
“I think we got into his body, we didn’t give him a lot of space,” said Celtics forward Paul Pierce. ” When he got into the paint we tried to send another man at him we tried to give him different looks from a zone to a putting a big guy on him. I think that was the key to help making it tough for him.
The defensive scheme got Anthony so annoyed to the point that he wanted to go street on the Celtics. Woodson did stick up for his player but hopes it won’t happen again.
“I’m not disappointed,” Woodson said. “We’ve sat down and we’ve talked about it. Hey listen, Melo’s been playing at a high level. And Melo likes winning. He’s tasted that here. And he’s a big part of why we’re winning and hey, you just can’t have slippage like that. This thing is about team, it’s about the New York Knicks, the organization and the players that are fielded here. It’s not about individuals.”
It’s not the first time that the Knicks have lost their cool. It’s been a disturbing trend for a team that has the oldest roster in the league. Woodson hopes to make sure that will never happen again this season.
“The bottom line is we lost our composure last night and that can’t happen,” said Woodson. “And it’s my job to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
The Knicks will play three games in the next four days starting on Thursday night in Indiana against the surging Pacers.