New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson described the team’s performance against the Indiana Pacers as awful, and the final score of that game verifies just how awful the Knicks really were. New York has dropped two consecutive games now after winning six of their previous seven, and the team appears to be dangerously close to reverting back to their old bad habits from earlier in the season. The Knicks don’t have much time to lick their wounds as they will be forced to put their uninspired performance behind them quickly before hosting the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.
The majority of the headlines coming out of New York have involved J.R. Smith in some way, shape or form, but with all the attention he gets for being in and out of the lineup, Iman Shumpert‘s struggles have gone under the radar. Shumpert has begun to have trouble finding his shot again and has not posted double figure scoring numbers since the Knicks faced the Miami Heat eight days ago.
Obviously, it is very important that the Knicks quickly figure out what they will do with Smith going forward, but Shumpert has to be more engaged offensively if the Knicks are to be successful for the rest of the season. Don’t get me wrong; Indiana is a team that plays well enough to magnify any inefficiencies their opponents may have, but the Knicks are in the habit of playing the part of their own worst enemy once again.
The Knicks can’t afford another poor performance against the Clippers as the “other” team from Los Angeles is currently on a four-game winning streak. If the Knicks lose another ugly game tonight, it may be time to seriously gauge the trade market before the February trade deadline. The market may not be huge for either Smith or Shumpert, but a change of some kind is desperately needed in New York.
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