The New York Knicks are showing signs of a very serious issue, one that could potentially hinder their ability to make a run in the playoffs this season.
New York was embarrassed by the Philadelphia 76ers last night, losing 97-80 to a team that has a losing record, but the score wasn’t indicative of how bad the Knicks really played.
J.R. Smith was held scoreless as he, Jason Kidd, and Iman Shumpert combined for an 0-17 shooting night from the field. Carmelo Anthony jacked up 28 shots (only making 9 of them), and Raymond Felton (8 points, 3 assists), in his first game back since Christmas day (hand injury), got lit up for 35 points by Jrue Holiday.
Coach Mike Woodson, understandably, was unhappy.
Unexplainable, though, was New York’s blatant lack of effort. They seemed to have no problem with the beat-down that was being laid on them by a weaker team, and that is a problem.
“We just didn’t have any effort tonight. It started right from the beginning – layup after layup,” Woodson said after the Knicks’ loss, in which they allowed 31 points in the first quarter. “We didn’t come to compete tonight, and that’s kind of disappointing.”
“[Effort] should never be a question. It should be X’s and O’s and missed shots and execution – never an effort thing,” Tyson Chandler said.
Why was there no effort, no intensity, no passion from a team that has showed such promise early in the season?
“That’s a great question. I wish I knew the answer to that one. It’s kind of hard to answer that question,” Anthony commented on the lack of effort.
Hopefully the Knicks find a way to answer it, and get back to playing the type of basketball that has them at the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference.