A year ago, they didn’t lose their 10th home game until March 7 and finished 31-10 at Madison Square Garden.
“I don’t think it has to do with basketball,” Carmelo Anthony said of the home struggles after he put up 30 points in the Knicks’ 95-87 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. “I think it is in our heads. As individuals we have to get it out of our own heads. We have to start having fun again.”
Boos rained down on the Knicks at stretches of the game, and it seems fair to wonder how long head coach Mike Woodson can last at this rate.
“Whenever you drop games at home it is never a good feeling,” said J.R. Smith, who had 16 points in the loss. “Getting booed at the Garden is something we don’t want to happen. It is frustrating.”
Anthony admitted that this year’s team is still searching for an identity compared with last year’s version.
“You can’t compare both teams,” he said. “Last year we were a different team. We were an established team with an identity from the jump. This year we are still searching.”
Following two horrendous losses in noon starts, coach Mike Woodson imposed a 10 o’clock curfew and installed the team in a hotel.
The Knicks trailed by as many as 19 points before making a late run that cut it to 91-87. They ultimately felt short as former Knick Zach Randolph helped destroy the Knicks with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
The Knicks have now lost three noon home starts by a combined 80 points.
“I take pride in trying to win games at home,” said coach Mike Woodson, whose seat is growing increasingly hot.
“That was the beauty the last two years. We have been slow in that area and that has put us in a hole. If we won half of our home games we would be sitting at the top of our division the way it is playing out. Somewhere along the line, some of these home games we lost, we have to put a string of wins on the road. That is the only way we can get out of this hole.”
The Knicks were destroyed on the boards (56-29) and in the paint (60-28) by a Memphis team missing Marc Gasol.
Andrea Bargnani managed just two rebounds and three points.
“Look at the rebounding…it was  to 29,” Woodson said. “That is embarrassing especially when you start a big lineup. Tyson [Chandler], Bargnani, Melo have to rebound the ball better and we have to do it as a unit. We couldn’t keep them out of the paint and that was the problem.”
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.