NEW YORK -- Some Knicks fans may be calling for Mike Woodson's job after the Knicks' 41-point loss to Boston on Sunday.
But the players refused to blame Woodson for their awful performance against the Celtics.
"No, it’s definitely on us," J.R. Smith said. "One thing you love about coach is he’ll always take the blame for us, take the heat. But if people weren’t ready to play that’s just on us."
There was some speculation about Woodson's job security earlier in the week after the Knicks won just three of their first 16.
But Woodson seemed to gain some breathing room after the Knicks reeled of blowout wins over the Nets and Magic.
Sunday's loss is sure to drum up more public speculation about Woodson's status.
"I’m always going to take responsibility. I’m the manager of this team. I coach this team. We dug a hole. I’m not happy about that," Woodson said after the Knicks fell to 5-14. "Somehow I got to figure out how to get us out of the hole."
Carmelo Anthony disagrees. He says it's on the Knicks to figure things out.
“He can’t teach effort. I know coach, I know what type of guy he is, so he’s always going to put it on him. But you can’t teach effort," Anthony said. "We’re the guys that are going out there as a team and not giving him the effort and not giving ourself the effort, not giving ourself a chance to win the basketball game. So as much as he want to put it on himself, it’s no need for that.”
Noon? No problem: Did the early start time against Boston (noon tip) have an affect on the Knicks?
"It’s one of those type games that you really don’t like and don’t care for but we have been playing these 12 o clock games for a long time. So we got to be used to them as well," Raymond Felton said.
Stat solid: One positive from Sunday's game? Amar'e Stoudemire had a strong afternoon. Stoudemire had 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting. He made seven of his 10 free-throw attempts.
"I felt great. On both ends I felt like I played solid," said Stoudemire, who missed Friday's game to protect his oft-injured knees. "I've go to watch film to see the mistakes I made. I'm sure I made some mistakes, as well all of us did."
Kenyon out: Kenyon Martin sat out on Sunday due to ankle soreness. Mike Woodson said Martin felt soreness after playing in a combined 45 minutes in back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday.
Martin dealt with lingering soreness in his ankle during training camp. He originally hurt his ankle last April.
No set-backs for Tyson: Woodson said before the game that Tyson Chandler has been running on a special anti-gravity treadmill. But he hasn't started running on the court yet. Chandler has been out for a little over four weeks with a broken right fibula.
The anti-gravity treadmill eases the stress on Chandler's legs whenhe runs.
Chandler's original timetable to return was 4-6 weeks. Woodson says he has not suffered any setbacks.
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