There’s not much left to say about the New York Knicks at this point in the season. New York has become the laughing stock of the NBA, losing 12 of their last 14 games. During that stretch, they’ve given up a humiliating 106 PPG. They’ve lost six in a row and have an embarrassing record of 21-39. But yet, the Knicks still sit only six games out of the eighth and final playoff spot. That proves how weak the Eastern Conference truly is.
The Knicks lost 109-90 to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon, a game in which they were down by 21 at the end of the first quarter. It’s no secret that the Knicks don’t play good defense, but this goes beyond the issue of a defensively-stunted team. New York shows less and less effort consecutively. I don’t know if it’s a statement for management to fire coach Mike Woodson or if the team just doesn’t get along well.
Either way, there’s no denying that the Knicks stepped onto the court Sunday in Chicago with the expectation of losing badly.
For a while, Knicks games were must-see. It was interesting to watch them unravel in games, make a little comeback and then lose in an exciting finish. Now, they’re simply the sacrificial lamb for any team they play. They are an automatic win for opposing teams, and there’s no explanation for the horrific product they’re putting out on the court each night.
These players were playing poorly and unable to gel together but now, they don’t seem to care about winning another game this season. There aren’t two or three or even four players you can blame for this poor effort — it’s the entire team. Ironically, the only guy who seems to care enough to give some effort in the games is Carmelo Anthony. Maybe Carmelo is just auditioning for possible suitors when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
For James Dolan to expect fans to continue watching this team and showing up at Madison Square Garden is a joke. Dolan is going to need to shake things up this offseason for fans to even think about buying tickets to a game. The Knicks will be on the road at the Detroit Pistons tonight, who are right in front of them in the standings with two more wins. You’d think New York has to snap out of this tailspin eventually and win a couple of games, but that day doesn’t look like it’s going to come.
With a lot of basketball left to play, 22 games to be exact, the Knicks have given up on their coach, on their fans and on themselves.