New York Knicks: Defensive Report Cards for Amar'e Stoudemire and Co.

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New York Knicks: Defensive Report Cards for Amar'e Stoudemire and Co.
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There was a lot of noise when the Knicks recently tailspinned into a six-game losing streak, and again when they broke out of it, winning two in a row, the latter against the Miami Heat.

But a little more quietly, the Knicks are stinking again, losing four of their last six, including, ugh, dropping one to the L.A. Clippers at home on Wednesday night.

The Clippers, still one of the worst teams in the league (Blake Griffin or no Blake Griffin), came into the Garden averaging 99 points per game, but scored 116 against New York, including 17 in the last four and a half minutes.  That's worthy of a nose-pinching, for sure.

In fact, the Knicks gave up the following number of points in the four losses: 111, 113, 100 and 116.  They gave up 103 and 106 in the two wins.

The Knicks are, egad, 29th (next to last) in opponents' points allowed.  They yield 106.2 points per game.

It's great the Knicks are relevant again, but fans can forget about any sort of deep playoff run with this kind of defense - if New York even makes the postseason.  What?  Yes.

The Knicks need a win tonight against the visiting Lakers to stay over .500.  And don't look now, but they're just 4.5 games from the ninth slot in the East.  In seventh and eighth, the 76ers and the Pacers are nipping at the Knicks' heels, just 2.5 and 3.5 games behind, respectively.

The Knicks need to turn their defense around and quick.

With that in mind, if the Knicks are considering any trades before the deadline (Feb. 24, 3PM ET), they may want to take an inventory of their best defensive players - and keep them.

Here are all 13 Knicks players ranked and graded according to their defense and how this might come into play come trade time.

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