The New York Knicks are in a pickle at the moment. They’re in a seven-game losing streak and have lost 18 from the last 20 games. With a 10-36 record, they sit only one win above the Cavaliers who hold the wooden spoon at the bottom of the East.
The Knicks obviously are not aiming for the Playoffs but at the start of the year, that goal seemed inconceivable. The franchise seemed to be in a ‘limbo’ state with most of the roster being filled by rental players. These players have entered the season on one-year deals, looking to regain value. Not even their veterans are happy, with head coach David Fizdale preferring to play their young players to assess the teams talent for next year.
Don’t get me wrong, the team has plenty of enthusiasm, but they lack a leader or a superstar to build around. Kristaps Porzingis is meant to be that player, but he’s been out the entire year recovering from ACL surgery. Porzingis is also going to become a restricted free agent this summer and the Knicks need to lock him down.
Last night, the Knicks fell short to the Houston Rockets 114-110 in a hard-fought battle that came down to the wire. Down 2 with under 10 seconds to go in the game, the Knicks had the opportunity to tie or win the contest. In heartbreak fashion, Noah Vonleh received the inbound pass and quickly turned the ball over. This resulted in a breakaway dunk from 61-point James Harden to end the game. It’s hard to say where this team goes next year, but there’s plenty of decisions that need to happen.
Side Note: Knicks center Enes Kanter after last nights game, pretty much asked to be traded.
Catch you Monday.