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Are the Knicks tanking?

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM

The Knicks currently have a 3-13 record that ties them with the Bucks for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo is putting up his normal 26 points per game, and Melo is actually leading the Knicks in rebounding with 9.9 per game. Is the loss of Tyson Chandler causing all of this? I know Tyson is the defensive anchor and the guy who cleans up the offensive glass, but the Knicks should be better then 3-13.

The Knicks don't have bad defensive numbers. Their in the middle of the pack with points allowed and they have a decent opposing field goal percentage of 45%. The Knicks added Ron Artest and Andrea Bargnani to the fold, but it hasn't worked out to their benefit. We all know about the other issues with Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert on the trading block. So that leads to me think that the Knicks are tanking. Maybe it wasn't the plan when the season started, but now maybe they have already given in.


"I think we're playing to lose rather than playing to win right now," Anthony said after the Knicks' 103-99 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. "When you lose games the way we've been losing them at home, on the road, you start thinking a lot. You start playing a little tense, you start playing on your heels."

Sunday night's loss left the Knicks at 3-13. They are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst mark in the Eastern Conference.

"We just can't seem to get it together," Anthony said after scoring 23 points and grabbing ten rebounds. "We can't seem to figure it out."

Melo hinted at tanking in some ways. He said, "we're playing to lose", and it seems that way at this point. Melo's persona and career may take a hit if the Knicks are unable to fix the season. I have a feeling that they won't. That's my feeling and with the Knicks being in the Eastern Conference they'll probably be fine.

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