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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony, Knicks hit new low in loss to Wizards

12.17.13 at 8:08 am ET
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Flames at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Capitals at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Thunder at Nuggets, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Yale at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Florida Gulf Coast at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Elon at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Florida at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Florida vs. Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri State at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wichita State at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ball State at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Guangzhou Evergrande vs. Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The Knicks’ incompetence was on full display Monday night at Madison Square Garden, as they gave away a game to the Wizards in a strange finish.

New York had a one-point lead and a foul to give when, with six seconds remaining, Wizards guards Bradley Beal blew past Beno Udrih — who received no defensive help — and scored a layup to give Washington a 102-101 lead.

“There was absolutely nobody there,” Beal said.

Udrih took the ball out of the basket and started gesturing toward teammate Andrea Bargnani, who apparently was supposed to protect the basket on the play. Despite having three timeouts, the Knicks then quickly inbounded the ball to Carmelo Anthony, who showed no urgency in dribbling the ball up the right side before launching an off-balance 3-pointer that had no chance.

“I probably should have taken a timeout at the end,” acknowledged coach Mike Woodson, adding: “Beno grabbed it and the ball was in Melo’s hands before I could even react, and I should have reacted a lot sooner once the ball went through the bucket. So, that is on me.”

Said Anthony: “If [Woodson] said it’€™s his fault, it’€™s his fault. There’€™s no need for me to talk about that or make excuses for it. He said that was his fault, he’€™ll take the blame, then he takes the blame.

“As players we’ve got to be smart enough to know as well — time, score and situation. In a situation like that we knew we had timeouts, we knew we had fouls to give at the end of the game. We can’€™t leave it on the coach to do it.”

The Knicks are just 4-9 at home and 7-17 overall.

“I couldn’t believe we lost the game tonight,” Anthony said. “We had a chance to walk away with this game. The way we lost the game ‘€¦ we weren’t supposed to lose the basketball.”

Adding to the Knicks’ woes, guard Pablo Prigioni will miss a couple of weeks with a broken toe.

‘€¢ Washington coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he does not plan to resign, following reports that he wants out of a dysfunctional situation, but said he won’t know what’s in store until he meets with owner Daniel Snyder after the season.

“All we can do at the end of the season is communicate,” Shanahan said. “And I think we have that type of relationship where we can talk and be honest to each other.”

Looking toward next year, Shanahan said that Robert Griffin III would enter camp as the starting quarterback, but the team would welcome “legitimate competition” from Kirk Cousins, who is playing now that RGIII has been shut down for the season to protect his health. Cousins threw for 381 yards — more than RGIII’s most productive game in the NFL — and three touchdowns with two interceptions in Sunday’s 27-26 loss to the Falcons.

“The thing that you want on your football team is that you want competition, legitimate competition,” Shanahan said. “The better players you have, the more people compete. When you look behind your shoulder and you know that guy’s pretty good, it makes you work a little bit harder.”

‘€¢ Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito will remain suspended with pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, according to multiple reports.

The team would only say that the sides had agreed to “maintain his suspension” during the league’s investigation into the alleged harassment that forced Jonathan Martin to leave the team and seek treatment. Incognito was suspended Nov. 3. He filed a grievance Nov. 14 seeking to rejoin the team but withdrew it.

Incognito is in the final year of his contract with the team, earning a base salary of $3.5 million ($220,588 per game).

The Dolphins are 5-2 since the story broke (4-2 since Incognito was suspended) and kept alive their postseason hopes with Sunday’s 24-20 victory over the Patriots that improved them to 8-6.

“We are fighters,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Sunday. “We’ve been through a lot. Guys are tough and are able to handle anything that happens on the field.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 17, 1966, which Patriot rushed for 78 yards in a 38-28 road loss to the Jets, giving him 1,458 yards on the season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have no reason left to defend my city and the people in my city. I’€™m kind of just disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that. As far as that goes, other than being in Rogers Arena, nobody will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.” – Bruins forward Milan Lucic, who claims he was the subject of an unprovoked attack while at a Vancouver bar early Sunday morning

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 – Years since the Timberwolves last won in Boston, with their 101-97 loss to the Celtics on Monday night keeping the streak alive

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here’s a compilation of the best Frisbee trick shots of 2013.

The Lakers try to name all of Santa’s reindeer.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jim Nance, who would go on to be named AFL MVP that season

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Temptations lead singer Eddie Kendricks, who died in 1992, was born on this day in 1939.

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