Knicks have now lost four consecutive games while rivals go 7-1 in 2014.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has conceded that his team ‘didn’t even fight’ during their blowout loss to city rivals, the Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks lost by 23 points at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, which resulted in four straight losses for New York who are now tied with Cleveland for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.
Having appeared to have turnd the corner at the start of the year, the Knicks are now 15-26 for the season, and will be pushing at least secure a top-eight finish.
It is a far cry from their form last year where they were competitive and challenged the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for the top seeding in the East, as they are now on pace to win just 30 games this year.
“I didn’t think we would be in this situation,” said Anthony, as reported by ESPN. “I don’t really know how to deal with situations like this. I’m learning. This is the first time for me.
“That’s the only thing that kind of bothers me: Today we didn’t even fight. I felt like we didn’t fight as a team,. Them guys from the jump ball just came in and it felt like they owned us.”
Tyson Chandler’s post-game comments were interpreted as a dig at the coaching staff, but the center was keen to avoid causing controversy and insisted that fault should be with both the coaches and players.
Nevertheless, the question has been brought up again as to whether or not Anthony will stay in New York beyond this year, as he is expected to test free agency this summer.
The All-Star forward believes that confidence is a big issue for his team at this stage, and if they are to make the playoffs, they will need to rediscover it and produce on the court on a consistent basis otherwise their season could be over earlier than expected.