Woody to team: Shut up and play

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Shut up and play.

That's the succinct version of what Mike Woodson's been telling the Knicks lately.

The coach is getting tired of seeing his players complain to referees about calls.

"We've got to leave the officials alone and just play -- get back to just playing basketball," Woodson said in an interview on ESPN 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show" on Monday.

Several Knicks, including Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, have been vocal with their displeasure over referees' calls this season.

Woodson wants it to end.

"That's something I'm trying to talk to all the guys about, it's just not Melo," Woodson said after Monday's practice. "... When teams play physical, I want us to play physical and not back away. And that's what the good teams are supposed to do. When teams play us physical, it's OK. You've just got to return the favor and let the officials do their job and hopefully things work out for you. We've kind of been on the back side of that a little bit, where we've lost our composure a little bit.

"We've just got to back away from that because you can't win that battle."

The latest example of a Knick letting physical play or the official's whistle get under his skin came Sunday night against the Sixers.

Midway through the third quarter, Anthony hit Spencer Hawes in the back of the head as the two were fighting for position on a rebound. Hawes angrily approached Anthony but was pushed away by Chandler.

Both Hawes and Chandler received technical fouls and Anthony, in addition, was called for a flagrant.

It was Anthony's first flagrant foul of the season and was a "flagrant 1," meaning he has one point in the NBA's flagrant foul system. Players receive two points for a flagrant 2. If a player exceeds five points, he is suspended for one game.

Anthony also has 10 technical fouls. A player is suspended after his 16th tech of the season. Chandler has nine.

"We've just got to be smart about what we do," said Woodson, who has been whistled for six technical fouls on the season. "... You can't buy into that, you've just got to play."

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