The New York Knicks are slumping badly this season.
Following their 102-91 loss to the scorching hot Portland Trail Blazers – who now have won 11 in a row, their longest streak since 2007 – the Knicks now have lost six in a row and they are slowly sinking in the Eastern Conference with a 3-10 record.
The team is clearly not working together. The injury of Tyson Chandler left them without a strong presence near the rim, and the bad signings in the offseason are showing the Knicks might need to rebuild sooner rather than later.
The lone bright spot in recent games has been the play of Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks’ superstar turned in another solid effort against Portland scoring 34 points to go along with 15 rebounds. He’s averaging 26.5 points and 10.2 rebounds this year, but if the Knicks want to turn things quickly Melo needs urgent help on both sides of the ball.
Not precisely known for his defensive skills, it can’t be denied that Melo has been putting some extra effort on defense in recent years. Clearly the loss of Chandler is affecting the team, but players like Iman Shumpert, Metta World Peace and Andrea Bargnani should step it up. And on the scoring side J.R. Smith and Amar’e Stoudamire need to start producing.
The Knicks tried to build a team to contend in the East this season, and it’s no secret to say that they won’t be able to reach their expectations. But if they want to push for a playoff spot or simply start winning some games, the rest of the team needs to improve their play.
After all, Carmelo Anthony can’t do everything on his own.