The New York Knicks have always seemed to rely on an excuse of some kind for their poor play this season. Injuries have been the most reliable reason for their disappointing performances, but it is past time to hold these Knicks accountable for their poor play. Obviously, playing without Carmelo Anthony against the Oklahoma City Thunder made for a tough situation, but had Anthony played the results would have been the same.
There were only three Knicks to eclipse double-digit scoring numbers while the Thunder had five players reach that feat. It has been painfully obvious that the Knicks rely heavily on Anthony to carry the scoring burden for the entire team, but New York is supposed to be a better defensive team than they showed yesterday.
The most disappointing aspect of the Knicks’ 29 point loss to the Thunder was their inability to guard the Thunders’ guards as Russell Westbrook became the fifth player in NBA history to record a triple-double on Christmas Day. All season long, the news coming out of New York was the team needed Tyson Chandler to return to the lineup to improve their defensive prowess. Unfortunately, New York has allowed an average of 105.5 points per game to their opponents in the four games since Chandler returned.
The Knicks haven’t been at full strength for the majority of the season, but their effort in the majority of their games has left much to be desired. This team got exposed on Christmas and their playoff prospects are dwindling fast with their current roster. If New York does indeed make the playoffs, expect for them to be bounced in the first round at best.