Following the New York Knicks 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday, Carmelo Anthony said the team looked as if they are not even trying.
“We ain’t playing worth a s— right now,” Anthony said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “We got to play harder.
“I am disappointed too in all of our effort. We are just not getting it done. It ain’t nothing that Coach [Mike] Woodson is doing [or not doing]. It ain’t got nothing to do with X’s and O’s out there on the basketball court. We are not getting it done from an effort standpoint. It’s like we are not even trying right now.”
The Knicks (3-6) have now lost five-straight at Madison Square Garden, losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Atlanta at home.
“You just got to do more I guess,” said Anthony, who led the Knicks with 23 points and 12 rebounds. “Just try to go out there and get it done as a team. I am not going to do it by myself. I don’t want to do it by myself. We got to do it as a team. We keep digging ourselves deeper and deeper.
“It’s frustrating. Messed up feeling. Nasty feeling. I really am kind of at a loss for words right now.”
J.R. Smith, in his fourth game back from an NBA-imposed five game suspension after a rehab for offseason knee surgery, admitted he’s playing poorly.
“Excuse my language but I was playing like s—,” said Smith, who went 3-for-18 from the floor. “I played terrible. I’ve been playing terrible since I got back and I wasn’t happy about it.”
Coach Mike Woodson said he will re-evaluate his starting lineup for the Knicks next games against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 19 and Indiana Pacers on Nov. 20.
“I’ve got to go back and re-evaluate some things,” Woodson said, per the NY Post. “I’m not just blaming it on J.R. Offensively, you’re going to miss shots. There are nights you just can’t throw it in the ocean, but there’s no excuse why you don’t give effort defensively.
“I’ll have to go back and look at some tape and do some thinking about our lineup. I’m going to continue to shuffle and do things I think are right by our team to try to find the right combination.”