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2013-14 Record: 3-6
Conference Standing: Tied for 11th
It must be something in the water. The Empire State is home to the NBA's two biggest disappointments of the 2013-14 season.
The New York Knicks' problems feel different, though. Serious flaws have appeared that make it difficult to buy this team's ability to recover.
Since Tyson Chandler suffered a fractured fibula on Nov. 5, this team has been handing out express passes to the rim like desperate theme-park promoters. The Knicks have given up 104.2 points a night without Chandler after allowing just 94 over their first four games.
No one expected the Knicks to go on without a hitch after Chandler's injury. But seeing this frontcourt suffer without a 31-year-old who has a history of injuries shows how thin the team's margin for error is.
Yet even with these floodgates opened, the New York Times' Beckley Mason wrote that "the real problem may be at the other end of the floor." Part of the problem, Mason writes, is that "the Knicks’ 3-pointers and free throws attempted, key indicators of offensive effectiveness, are down significantly."
Despite taking fewer triples (25.4, 28.9 last season), New York is converting a lower percentage of its attempts (33.6, 37.6 in 2012-13). Turns out there's more to this offense thing than relying on Carmelo Anthony to create on the low block.
To add insult to, well, insult, the Knicks have been outscored by eight points per game since holding a players-only meeting on Nov. 5. Is there a monthly limit on these player pow-wows?