Melo, Shump downplay 'miscommunication'

NEW YORK -- Both Iman Shumpert and Carmelo Anthony downplayed the significance of an incident caught by television cameras in which Shumpert was yelling at Anthony on the Knicks' bench.

"We had a miscommunication defensively," Shumpert said.

Anthony said he did not have a disagreement with Shumpert. But that's not what cameras showed.

The cameras showed Shumpert being demonstrative with Anthony in the team huddle in the third quarter. Shumpert appeared to be upset that New Orleans' Ryan Anderson was knocking down 3-pointers while being guarded by Anthony.

Curiously, Shumpert did not play after yelling at Anthony.

Shumpert said he was healthy enough to take the floor.

"Of course I wanted to play," he said.

Shumpert has been the subject of recent trade rumors. The Knicks have reached out to several teams in an effort to move the former first-round pick.

Too many 3s: Mike Woodson thought the Knicks settled for too many 3-pointers down the stretch of their loss to New Orleans. New York missed 12 of its final 13 shots in the fourth quarter. Ten of those shots were 3-pointers.

"We have been struggling so badly at the three-point line that shots look very appetizing," Woodson said. "There were times we could have, I thought, showed and dribble penetrated the ball and we just didn't -- we settled."

The Hard Way: One positive for the Knicks on Sunday was Tim Hardaway Jr. The rookie scored a career-high 21 points on 5-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Hardaway Jr.'s five threes were the second most in a game by a Knicks rookie. The record (six makes) and is held by Nate Robinson and Toney Douglas.

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