To say the Knicks came out flat would be an understatement, and although they played hard enough to get themselves back in it, they were never able to take a lead, as they fell to the Mavericks for the second time this season.
A rough start to the season gets even rougher for the Knicks, who face four more playoff teams this week.
Nobody thought the Knicks were going to be NBA champions this season, but nobody though they were going to be one of the worst teams in the league either. Although their record is ugly right now, the New York made it clear that the 10-game losing streak Knicks are a team of the past.
It was a chess match, and even though it took a while, the Knicks were able to declare “checkmate” for the first time in over two weeks.
The Knicks had won their previous games in San Antonio entering the night, meaning that they were only due to regress to the mean. They did, and now that their losing streak has hit double digits and the team is reportedly turning on itself, panic has officially taken over New York.
It took the Oklahoma City Thunder just a touch over seven minutes to build enough of a lead to last the rest of the night. Defining this game as the worst loss of the season would be an understatement.
It’s not who you play, but when you play them, and while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been practicing for the last few days, why rush them back for a game against the Carmelo Anthony-less Knicks? Please?
It was a back-and-forth game in Texas and it wasn’t until overtime when a team pulled away. The Knicks, who were without Carmelo Anthony for the first time all season, hung around the entire game, never going up or down by double digits.
The Knicks were roughed up against the Rockets on Monday, and he next leg of their three-game trip won’t be any easier. Without Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks will be hard-pressed to keep pace with the Mavericks, but that’s why they play the games.
The Texas Triangle was a temporary turning point for the Knicks last season, and although they’ll only be seeing two-thirds of it on this week’s upcoming road trip, they could use a rally once again.