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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony thanks Boston writer for MVP vote

05.08.13 at 8:00 am ET

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‘™¦ Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks to a rout of the Pacers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, and then he took a moment to thank Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn for giving him a first-place vote in the NBA MVP balloting.

“As far as the guy in Boston, I don’t know any he catches so much flak for that,” Anthony said, referring to the controversy after LeBron James fell one vote shy of a unanimous MVP. “He has the right to vote for whoever he wants. LeBron won the MVP. Why is everybody so mad that he didn’t win it unanimously? ‘€¦ Thank you.”

Anthony also addressed a tweet from the account of MSG Network Knicks analyst Bernard King that criticized Anthony following New York’s Game 1 loss. King has claimed an associate was responsible for the tweet, which has since been removed.

The tweet read: If Carmelo’s shoulder is hurting that bad — work the paint — drive and dish — become a facilitator — it’s a TEAM game.

Responded Anthony: “I found out about the alleged Bernard King tweet this morning. I didn’€™t think too much about it. I know Bernard very well and I heard he was trying to reach out to me to let me know it wasn’€™t something that he said. He just wanted to apologize. I didn’€™t really pay too much any mind to that at all.”

Knicks coach Mike Woodson defended Anthony earlier Tuesday.

“Melo’€™s had a hell of a season,’€ Woodson said. ‘€œHe’€™s struggling a little bit. But we’€™re right in the thick of things. We’€™re still in the hunt. That’€™s all you can ask for.’€

‘™¦ During Tuesday night’s Blue Jays-Rays game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Toronto starting pitcher J.A. Happ took a line drive from Desmond Jennings off the side of his head. He was alert as he was wheeled off on a stretcher and taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Jennings got a triple as the ball deflected down the right-field line. Happ fell to the ground next to the mound and covered his head with his glove.

“It’s devastating. … I could barely watch it,” Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey said. “You just don’t know what to think, really. It paralyzes you a little bit. And when it sounds like two bats, when you hear the sound off the bat and it sounds like it hits another bat, it’s scary. It’s really, really scary. I just started praying in the spot. That’s all I knew to do.”

Said Tampa Bay’s Ryan Roberts, who was in the on-deck circle at the time: “I just saw it come off the bat hot, and when it hit him I knew it hit him hard. I instantly started praying for him. That’s a situation you never want to see. It’s unfortunate. I hope he recovers and hope he’s back pitching as soon as possible. That’s something in a game you hate to see.”

‘™¦ Former Lions wide receiver Titus Young was arrested twice in about 14 hours, according to police in Southern California. The 23-year-old was first arrested early Sunday on suspicion of DUI. Later that day, Young allegedly jumped over the fence of a tow company in an attempt to get his impounded car out of the yard. He was booked on suspicion of burglary.

Young, drafted out of Boise State in 2011, was released by Detroit in February.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 8, 2004, in a 9-1 victory over the visiting Royals, which Red Sox infielder hit two home runs, one of which was an inside-the-park homer?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This year, this is not the way we wanted to end. It was almost like we were a first-time playoff team going to the box too many times. A lot of guys have been together for a long time. It’s very disappointing because you only have so many chances.” — Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, after his team was swept by the Sharks in the first round of the playoffs following Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime loss

STAT OF THE DAY: 30-2 — Run by the Knicks during the second half of their 105-79 victory over the Pacers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series Tuesday night

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Evgeni Malkin is in the middle of a dust-up following the Penguins‘ 6-4 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night that evened their series at 2-2.

Shaquille O’Neal beats Charles Barkley in a 3-point shooting contest at TNT’s “Inside the NBA” studio, much to the delight of fellow host Kenny Smith.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Philip Bailey was born on this day in 1951.

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