Knicks stayed at hotel Friday night before Saturday’s noon tip-off

Dec 18, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson talks to forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and guard J.R. Smith (8) during the first overtime period against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. New York won 107-101 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have had some embarrassing efforts during their afternoon weekend games, which has led to head coach Mike Woodson attempting to shake things up a little bit.

Today, the Knicks host the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden, so head coach Mike Woodson had the team stay together in a hotel on Friday night in hopes of getting the team more rested and prepared before their noon tip-off.

From Nate Taylor of the New York Times:

Knicks Coach Mike Woodson, desperate for his team start a winning streak, decided to have has players stay in a hotel Friday night, before Saturday’s noon game at Maidson Square Garden against the Memphis Grizzlies. Woodson said he hoped it would help the team be rested and prepared for tipoff and fare better than its previous weekend afternoon debacles. …

“I’m not going to let them hang out,” Woodson said of his team, adding, “I don’t know why we’ve gotten off to such bad starts and hadn’t played well. But we’re going to do something a little different this time and see if it helps.” …

“Sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t,” Anthony said. “We’ll see about that tomorrow. I don’t think it will have anything to do with whether we stay in a hotel or not, but that’s what Coach wants us to do and we’re going to do it.”

It is an odd change, but one that may be crazy enough to work.

Woodson gave the team a 10 p.m. curfew, so we will have to see whether or not the rest and preparation will keep the Knicks from getting off to another disastrous slow start.

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