Not content with letting James Dolan guarantee victories, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson — confidence unshaken by Wednesday’s ‘Melo-free capitulation to Oklahoma City — tells the New York Post’s Mark Berman he believes his 9-19 club will win the Atlantic Division. This season. Without the other teams being abducted by aliens.
“Do I see some light at the end of the tunnel? I do,” Woodson said. “I think eventually we’ll get where we need to get, based on our last 12 games. Eventually we’ll get healthy and we’ll see how it all plays out.”
“The beauty of all this is nobody’s running away with it in [the Atlantic] division,” Woodson said. “I’m pushing our team to win our division still. We won it last year. I expect us to win it this year.’’
J.R. Smith said the club is not “executing’’ the defensive game plan and realizes the loss to the Thunder made Woodson look lousy.
“Whoever is in that head seat, we have to pay attention to and listen to him and got to know he wants the best for us,’’ Smith said. “When we play like we did [Wednesday], it doesn’t look like that.’’