Amare Stoudemire rips team

Updated: February 10, 2011, 9:32 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't the only one with harsh words for the Knicks' players after their 116-108 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.

Amare Stoudemire criticized his teammates after the game, unhappy with their focus and effort.

"We're not playing hard; we're not getting loose balls. Seems like we're afraid out there," he said. "I said it before the game. We've got to have supreme focus.

"I guess they figured I was talking to the wall because we didn't come out with any focus," Stoudemire said, according to the New York Daily News.

"You can tell before the game. You can tell by facial expressions and body [language] that guys weren't ready to go," he added.

Stoudemire had 23 points but found himself in foul trouble. Meanwhile, the Clippers got contributions from all players and built a 20-point lead in the third quarter.

"We definitely can't have that going into our next game," Stoudemire said, according to the Daily News. "... Right now, we're just going through the motions."

The Knicks host the defending champion Lakers on Friday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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