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Mike Woodson takes the blame for the Knicks failure

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The stars were out in force on Sunday to see the New York Knicks take on the Chicago Bulls and they were treated with a Knicks win, as the home team cruised to a 100-89 victory at Madison Square Garden.

The home team lost the first quarter by three points, but bounced back to win the second and third before dropping points in the fourth, but Woodson's team had enough in them to see the game out.

But compared to last season the Knicks will be beyond disappointed on where they have finished up this year, with Mike Woodson failing to deliver a satisfactory campaign considering the team at his disposal.

And, speaking after the game, coach Woodson stated to ESPN that he'll take all blame for his side's failure to deliver this campaign:

"Nobody was expecting this. You can point the fingers but it's my responsibility as the coach to get this team in the playoffs and I didn't get it done."

The 54-year-old coach took over the Knicks in 2012, and in his first season clinched the Atlantic Division title along with leading the team to second place in the Eastern Conference having won 54 games in the season.

The Knicks also made it to the Conference semi-finals last year before losing to the Indiana Pacers 4-2, and fans were in high spirits heading into the current season.

But their hopes were short lived as injuries and bad form put pay to any success this year.

Woodson made the call to bring in Andrea Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors in a swap deal worth three players, but the Italian power forward suffered an elbow injury ruling him out for the season, with the move back firing on the Knicks coach straight away. 

As well as Bargnani missing due to injury, centre Tyson Chandler missed a huge chunk of the current season due to a fractured fibula he picked up in November.

Even with the injury plagues at the club, New York still had the talents of Carmelo Anthony in their ranks and the 29-year-old has been averaging 27.4 points a game in a season in which he  has played on average the most minutes per game in his career.

Along with Anthony at the franchise, draft pick Tim Hardaway Jr. has been a good signing for Woodson; averaging ten points per game in his first season, as the 24-year-old point guard recently scored 20 points in 26 minutes against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

The Knicks have two games remaining against the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors and all Woodson can do now is to go into the next two games with no fear and hope that he gets the chance to go ahead next campaign with an injury free roster. 

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