The Knicks home loss on Sunday was their third-worst in franchise history. It’s hard to believe that things could be much worse than that, but the 2009-10 squad knows differently.
Up until 2010, the worst home loss in Knicks franchise history belonged to a 43-point thrashing led by Baron Davis and the Charlotte Hornets during a Martin Luther King Day matinee. Mike D’Antoni and company would have begged for a 43-point loss on January 24, 2010, when the Dallas Mavericks came in to Madison Square Garden and downed the Knicks by 50.
Remember, the 2009-10 Knicks were more focused on the Summer of 2010 than anything else. The roster was a haphazard collection of reclamation projects, like Jonathan Bender and Bill Walker and free agents to-be, like Al Harrington and well, just about everyone else. It was a team featuring more bad knees than healthy ones and was led by a Chris Duhon and David Lee pick and roll. Coach D’Antoni put the icing on the cake by conducting a free-flowing offense without any regard for the defensive side of the floor.
Still, this was the last game on a five-game East Coast swing for the Mavericks and they came to New York that day down two starters. Jason Kidd didn’t even make the trip to the Big Apple, and their starting center, Erick Dampier was sidelined with injury. Dallas came out firing and kept it up all game, ending with seven players in double figures. Jared Jeffries pathetically led the Knicks with 14 points. Wilson Chandler and David Lee ended the game with a plus/minus of -37. Fans spent much of the second half chanting “Let’s Go Jets!” At one point, the Mavs were up by 53.
Ironically, this loss was also an afternoon game. For the future, the organization needs to scrap matinee games, especially if the team is going to be wearing orange jerseys.