Last night, New York's 116-108 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, who are now a sterling 4-18 on the road, served as a microcosm of the Knicks' season-long (or is decade-long more appropriate?) defensive struggles.
It's easy, and just a little misguided, to say that the problems stem from head coach Mike D'Antoni. Sure, the Knicks' fast-paced offense saps needed energy and effort from the team on the defensive end, but yesterday's loss serves as a perfect example of how not to play fundamental defensive basketball.
The problems Knicks fans saw last night have been apparent all season, so let's look at the team's five biggest defensive issues from this season, using last night's trainwreck as our guide, and how the team can fix them.