9-20. 4-12 at home. The New York Knicks kept being the New York Knicks tonight with a 95-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors. They were outscored 29-12 in the fourth quarter in an ugly effort, filled with guess what? Poorly timed switching on defense, missed open looks on offense which eventually led to increased bad shot selection and a stagnant offense. You can blame the loss on the absence of Carmelo Anthony or blame the loss on the Knicks just being a crappy all-around basketball team.
When you look at the Knicks upcoming schedule, things could soon get very…very ugly, even by this season’s standards. Nobody really took the reigns offensively tonight, JR Smith had 17 points on 7-15 shooting and Andrea Bargnani had 18 points on 6-17 shooting but both were ghosts down the stretch. 0 points from Iman Shumpert on 2 shots…c’mon man. 0 points off the bench from Amare Stoudemire or Kenyon Martin. Tim Hardway Jr did knock down four three-pointers, so there’s that but ultimately the Knicks are now at the point where they can only score 83 points at home against the Raptors.
The Knicks can’t rebound and can’t defend already, so if they aren’t going to score they are going to be worse than teams intentionally trying to tank by a decent sized margin. Perhaps it is time to stop thinking about the Knicks catching anybody in the Atlantic and start thinking about how insane it is that they are going to finish behind teams like the Raptors and Boston Celtics in the standings. Apparently, everybody’s job is secure so we should all just buckle down and continue to embrace this nightly incompetence.
We are quickly heading towards the season’s halfway point and the light isn’t going on. One or two changes isn’t going to make a difference. The entire thing needs to be blown up and that should be apparent to anybody who regularly watches this team.
Tomorrow night the Knicks run it back against the Raptors in Toronto. SHOULD BE FUN!