Carmelo Anthony's troublesome left shoulder was wrapped in ice, and somewhere Mike Woodson was likely applying a cold press to his head. That’s the kind of night it was for the Knicks and their coach.
Disaster was averted on opening night at the transformed Madison Square Garden because at the most crucial moments, the Milwaukee Bucks went back to resembling a franchise headed to the NBA draft lottery while Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Pablo Prigioni made enough plays to grind out a win that was neither inspiring nor encouraging. Look at it this way: the building looked a lot better than the team James Dolan believes can win the title this year.

“We let our foot off the gas,” Anthony said after the Knicks defeated Milwaukee, 90-83, Wednesday night despite blowing a 25-point lead. “We had a lapse in that third quarter. At the end of the day, they are professionals and an NBA team. They never gave up.”
In their first game since being eliminated by Paul George, Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers last May, the Knicks nearly lost to a subpar team featuring a third-string rookie point guard, Nate Wolters, playing major minutes down the stretch. Woodson’s club actually fell behind, 81-80, with 3:13 left before Chandler’s put-back dunk ignited a 10-2 run to close out the game.