NEW YORK- One of the last things you want to hear from an NBA team is acknowledging a lack of effort, but that’s exactly what you got from the New York Knickerbockers on Saturday night.
It came from the coach. It came from the players. The malodorous negativity wafted through the Knicks’ locker room after a 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. It was New York’s fifth straight loss at home as the Knicks fell to 3-6 overall.
Almost worse than not even trying, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson questioned the toughness of this, his, Knicks team. ”I just though they played harder than we played,” he said. “You’re not going to beat anybody playing soft the way we did.”
Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll agreed with Woodson. “I think tonight we took the fight to them,” he told Sheridan Hoops. “We didn’t let them get into what they wanted, didn’t let Carmelo get a lot of isolations. It was a team effort and the biggest thing going on the road is that you gotta take the fight to the team.”
It seems like the fight is being taken to the Knicks every time they step on the Garden floor. No team has more home losses right now than the Knicks’ five. That includes the bottom-feeding Jazz and Kings, who each have four.
“It is frustrating,” Anthony said after scoring 23 points on 8-for-21 shooting and reprising his role as VoluMelo. “It is a messed up nasty feeling. I am at a loss for words right now.”