NEW YORK -- Before Phil Jackson can begin reshaping their future, the New York Knicks are trying to make something of this season. Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20, and the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-94 on Saturday, giving them a season-high six straight victories as they prepare to welcome Jackson back to the franchise. "Weve got to really focus in on whats the task at hand, and thats still trying to make this push and not even looking forward to next season at this point," Anthony said. Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each scored 15 for the Knicks, who easily ended their daytime woes by pounding the team with the NBAs worst record. New York began the day 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the final post-season spot in the Eastern Conference. But the playoff push has taken a backseat to the news that Jackson was coming in to run the Knicks front office -- except in the locker room. "I think our focus is solely on what we have to accomplish to make the playoffs, to be honest," centre Tyson Chandler said. "I know its a lot going on, but as an athlete, you dont pay too much attention to it, because its out of your control, anyway." The Knicks will introduce the 11-time champion as a coach at a press conference Tuesday morning. Jackson will find a team playing its best basketball of a disappointing season. "Better late than never," Stoudemire said. The Knicks shot 55 per cent, led by as much as 25 points and have won six in a row by double digits for the first time since November 1969, according to information provided to the Knicks by Elias. "The easiest thing to do is to start talking about next year at this point in time right now, but the guys on the team seem pretty confident about just staying focused right now, winning basketball games and try to make this push for the playoffs," Anthony said. Nate Wolters scored 15 for the Bucks, who lost their third straight. Brandon Knight and Ramon Sessions each added 14. The Knicks had lost all seven games that began before 3:30 p.m., six by double digits. Things were so bad earlier this season that coach Mike Woodson even had the players stay overnight in a hotel the night before a home game. But with unusually high energy in the arena for a noon tip, whether because of the winning streak or the Jackson news, the Knicks were sharp from the start. New York made 55 per cent of its shots in a 30-point first quarter, then scored 30 more in the second. The Knicks even got a banked-in 3-pointer from the corner by Iman Shumpert, shortly after Milwaukees Ersan Ilyasova missed a wide-open layup. "I thought we had no real defensive presence," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. The Knicks led 88-66 after three. They have feasted on a weak portion of their schedule to hang around in the playoff race, though things turn tougher with a visit from Indiana on Wednesday. Woodson continues to stress that the Knicks can still make something of this season, though the focus on Jackson has turned much of the attention to the teams future. "Its basketball. Teams, they try to reshape, they go through changes and this is no different," Woodson said before the game. "Youre bringing a great basketball mind into your organization and eventually itll be reshaped. So how and who and when, only time will tell." Jackson played for a pair of title-winning teams in New York, including the 1973 squad whose 40th anniversary the Knicks celebrated last season. The drought seems certain to extend at least another year, even if the Knicks can win enough to get into the post-season. They were helped Saturday with the return of starters Chandler, who missed two games for family reasons, and Stoudemire, who sat out the last one to rest. Shumpert finished with 14 points. "We really feel like were going to get that spot," Chandler said. "If we take care of our business, we do what were supposed to do, we feel like weve got a great shot." Notes: The Knicks have won the last five meetings at Madison Square Garden and took a 98-97 overall lead in the all-time series. ... Knight had scored 20 or more in the previous four games. Air Max 270 Light Bone Hot Punch
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In Hamilton, the Tiger-Cats did what they had to do to win. A special teams return for a touchdown, a turnover which created a short field touchdown, and two interception returns for touchdowns. Now that is a skill, an ability for sure, but you cant depend on it; you just have to create it in the moment. Hamilton has a very limited running game due to injury. Without CJ Gable and depending on the concussion status of Mossis Madu, it may be back to Nic Grigsby as the third back. He has similar talent but cant be expected to know the playbook as clearly as you do if you had been performing in it for the last 17 games. I would have liked to see Zach Collaros run more as a quarterback. He is a good athlete and if mobile on purpose it opens up areas of the offence just by the threat of that mobility. Hamilton needs Andy Fantuz back ASAP from injury. He is a different type of target and a physical presence downfield. Fantuz and Bakari Grant are the big receivers. Luke Tasker, Sam Giguere and Brandon Banks are the little receivers and Terrell Sinkfield is the speed receiver. A nice balance of abilities but you need all of them all the time. With Ottawa they close out the season next week. I do feel goal No. 2 has been accomplished: finding a core of players, and goal No. 1, creating an enthusiastic fan base, is genuine. But there is more to go, a lot more. Not sure much you can take from the Stampeders’ loss to Winnipeg because the weather was brutal and the Bombers were experimenting with on field talent. The drama does relate to Jon Cornish and his concussion. Obviously we will not see him until the West Final especially conssidering this was his second concussion in one season.dddddddddddd What could you have possible done to prevent it? What premeditated planned out decision is out there? He hit his head on the turf in an extremely aggressive way on a completely clean and legal tackle. At this point of the year football is like gambling. You roll the dice hoping and even praying to the football Gods (there are more than one) that you avoid injury to all in every way. You have to play and hope for the best and here is hoping Cornish has a complete recovery as he is great for the league and the Stamps need him. Especially the way Edmonton is playing. And speaking of Edmonton, is there a more confident team in CFL football right now? Going into that game that Edmonton won 37-3, the Lions really needed it. Not only to enhance their playoff opportunity but just for their confidence and belief in their ability. It was Edmontons best game when you consider how effective the Lions defense was until that Saturday afternoon. They were first in just about every significant defensive category but did not perform as so throughout the game. They allowed yards rushing and yards passing and on offence they did not throw for over a hundred yards and did not run for much more than 60. I dont think BC is as bad as this one game indicates but I am wondering if Edmonton is just that good? The Eskimos’ efficiency is a good story but the best story is the Montreal Alouettes’ resurgence as a Grey Cup contender. Jonathan Crompton did it again. Nothing spectacular, 13 completions in 26 attempts for 251 yards and a touchdown but the key here is no interceptions. Then defensively Ricky Ray threw for only 209, only seven yards more than the previous game three weeks ago at the Rogers Centre. Defensively, Montreal knows how to play Ray effectively. Interesting fact here is that in Cromptons 251 yards passing, 181 went to Duron Carter. That is only 70 yards to others. Of Crompton’s 13 completions, 11 went to Carter. The other 2 to SJ Green. There is good and bad in that because you know what to defend but can you do it? Tyler Sutton, great game. 135 yards rushing on only 23 carries. Crompton, Carter and Sutton are emerging as reasons for success on the football field for Montreal. And Bear Woods too at linebacker. He is surprise performer No. 4 on this resurgent Alouettes team. All things considered, a Montreal-Edmonton Grey Cup is a real possibility. ' ' '