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Tip-off was just after noon Sunday, but the Knicks didn't show up until the second quarter. And even that was a brief appearance as the Knicks endured their lowest point under Mike Woodson. Looking zapped of energy, flat and as if they didn't care, the Knicks trailed by 45 points in the fourth quarter in a 114-73 loss to the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. NY Newsday
"What Boston came here and did was an embarrassment," Carmelo Anthony said. "To lose like that on our home court, I think everybody should be [ticked] off. "Right now, it's no need for me to try to pinpoint what happened, what went wrong out there. A good old-fashioned [butt]-whipping to me." NY Newsday
The Knicks were booed during a performance that reflected poorly on Woodson. As well as the Knicks played in winning their previous two games by 30 and 38 points -- which seemed to earn Woodson a little reprieve after a nine-game losing streak -- this could put the heat back on him. The Knicks are 5-14 overall and 2-8 at home. NY Newsday
"I'm not happy about how we played," Woodson said. "Nobody in that locker room, our fans, nobody should be happy about watching something like this." NY Newsday
Four games played. Averaging 1.8 minutes of playing time in those four games when the outcomes had been long decided. Only 21 years old and learning to navigate being a professional basketball player as a rookie. Such a player would seemingly be a candidate for the NBA Development League. But thatís not the case with Pistons rookie Tony Mitchell. Detroit Free Press
The Pistons might send rookie point guard Peyton Siva down when Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum return from injury. Bynum isnít traveling with the team while he rehabs his injured hamstring. Detroit Free Press
The 76ers are saying that Michael Carter-Williams is fine. It turns out, however, that his right-knee problems are being caused by an infection. The rookie point guard spent Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital because of soreness and a skin infection on the front of the knee. The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder is being treated by infectious-disease specialist Neil Fishman and the team physician, Brian Sennett. He is listed as day-to-day after missing his second consecutive game, Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia Inquirer
"When you looked at it during the overtime, you realize that there was something going on a little bit more than a sore knee," Brown said. "But at this stage, he's in good hands. In relation to how long that's going to take place, I don't know." The 11th overall pick out of Syracuse did not practice Thursday. He went to the hospital later that day while his teammates flew to Charlotte for Friday's game against the Bobcats. Philadelphia Inquirer
The Sacramento Kings recalled center Hamady Ndiaye (Ah-meh-dee enj-eye) from the teamís NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, it was announced today by General Manager Pete DíAlessandro. Ndiaye will rejoin the Kings squad in Utah for tonightís game against the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Ndiaye recorded seven points (2-4 FG, 3-6 FT), a team-high-tying seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 24 minutes starting for the Bighorns in Renoís first win of the season, a 129-122 victory over the Santa Cruz Warriors last night at the Reno Events Center. Sacramento Bee
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