New York Knicks Fall to NBA's Worst Team Despite Monster Game From J.R. Smith

By Shane Phillips
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith haven’t exactly been the duo that the New York Knicks or fans had hoped. Between one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA and the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, the Knicks have not added up to the so-called talent that is on their roster. Monday night, the dream vision of Anthony and Smith came true as the pair combined for 66 points and 12 rebounds. The catch … New York lost to the worst team in the entire Association.

I’m glad I am not a Knicks fan, because if I was, I would have painfully pulled every single strand of hair from my body due to frustration and agony by now. New York is a team consumed by subpar play and the apparent attitude that mediocrity is enough to cut it. Two players combined for 66 points, over two-thirds the team’s total, and you still lose to, mathematically, the worst team in all of basketball. Smith scores 30 points off the bench and the Knicks lose to the Milwaukee Bucks, 101-98.

Yeah, yeah, Brandon Knight hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to give Milwaukee the lead, but the Knicks should have never been in that situation. When two players score 30 or more points each, that usually leads to a W. It is unbelievable that New York does not have enough players on the roster to support Anthony and Smith. Basically, the Knicks could not come up with 10 other players to score 26 points so they could win.

At this point in the season, New York does not deserve to make the playoffs and Anthony should begin packing up his belongings. Anthony says that he wants what LeBron James has and that is a championship. Well, I have news for you, Melo, you are not going to win a ring in New York. Go ahead, waste away a few more years in the Big Apple, but Anthony is already more than halfway through is career. He cannot wait around forever for the Knicks to stop being incompetent. Just when you think the historic Knicks are beginning to turn their season around, they go out and lose to a team like the Bucks. Anthony, run away while you can, don’t listen to La La.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantNBA, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at

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