Mike D'Antoni scolds David Lee for lousy 'D'
BY MATT GAGNE
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Saturday, December 27th 2008, 1:02 AM
Mike D'Antoni called a timeout just nine seconds into the fourth quarter of Friday night's 120-107 loss to the Timberwolves and started yelling at the Knicks to play better defense following a quick layup by Sebastian Telfair, who scored 14 of his season-high 20 points in the period.
David Lee received the brunt of D'Antoni's criticism, as Telfair blew by him to give the Timberwolves a 21-point lead.
"Deservedly so, it was my fault," said Lee, who finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with just over eight minutes left. "Sebastian got an easy layup, and he (D'Antoni) let me hear about it.
"Our defense has to get better," Lee added. "Everybody from top to bottom. It is not on one guy. We need to play with more energy."
The Timberwolves had their way on offense, shooting 51% from the field and 54% from beyond the arc as seven players finished in double figures - including three with 20 or more points.
"There were a lot of little things that didn't work out," D'Antoni said after the Knicks' worst losing streak of the season reached five games. "We have to go back to work and dig ourselves out of this hole."