Harris DeckerThis season has been bad, but if you’d like to see “quit” wrapped into a single game, watch last night’s Knicks game again. That was one of the worst games I have ever watched and it’s sad to say that all hope for this season has been lost.
At the end of the first quarter in Los Angeles, the Knicks held a 22-14 lead. The first quarter on its own was very impressive. The defense was smothering and the offense was moving the ball and hitting shots.
All of that hard work vanished in the second and third quarters. In the second, the Knicks surrendered 36 points to a group of players that many fans wouldn’t know from a hole in the wall. Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol all sat out, while guys like Xavier Henry and Nick Young led the Lakers right past the Knicks.
At the half, the Knicks trailed 50-42. Then, the third quarter happened.
In that quarter, the Knicks were outscored 51-31. Those 51 points broke records for both teams. Despite a pedigree of players that includes Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Magic Johnson and Kobe , this star-less Lakers team scored a franchise-high 51 points in a single quarter.
On the other hand, the Knicks had never given up 51 points in a quarter. With horrible seasons abound, it’s now fair to include the 2013-14 Knicks on the list of the worst teams in franchise history.
With so much talent and such a big step forward last season, this Knicks team has officially joined the ranks of the ’01-02, ’84-’85 and the ’05-’06 teams. This may not be the worst team by record, but when you factor in expectations, it certainly ranks near the top of the list.
Down by eight at the half, the Knicks watched that lead open up to 28 by the end of the third quarter and by that time the fourth quarter seemed irrelevant. As did the final score.
A brutal loss to the Lakers with Phil Jackson watching from high above the Staples Center seems like just another game for the 2013-14 Knicks but this one was different. It was record setting for both teams and a complete embarrassment for Mike Woodson as he plays out his final few games as Head Coach of the Knicks.