Concerns abound as the New York Knicks have started the second half of the season with a loss—their fifth in a row. This ongoing implosion has wiped the team’s preceding five-game win streak from memory.
The Knicks are on the outside of the playoff picture—several games off the Charlotte Bobcats’ eighth-seed pace and even further away from the Toronto Raptors and the relative safety of an Atlantic Division title. Let’s repeat: the Bobcats and the Raptors.
Forty-two games sure do go fast—and so do 27 losses.
Fifteen wins? Only four teams have fewer. Take away that streak from last week, and the Knicks would have just 10. Only the Milwaukee Bucks have fewer.
The Knicks are just one loss away from 28—last season’s total—and they’ve already dropped 15 at home, five more than last year.
When ESPN’s (subscription required) SCHOENE projection system predicted a “37-45, 2nd in Atlantic, 7th in Eastern Conference” finish for New York back in mid-October, who knew it was being so optimistic?
The Knicks may not be the worst team in the NBA, but they might as well be, given everyone’s preseason expectations—even tepid ones, like those 37 wins.
And they could be the worst by season’s end, or they at least won’t make the playoffs, if they don’t get a handle on...just about everything.