Nov 10, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to go around San Antonio Spurs power forward Boris Diaw (33) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: Slow Start or Struggling Trend?

The Knicks lost to the San Antonio Spurs 120-89 on Sunday afternoon. But even then, the score wasn’t indicative of how bad the Spurs beat up on the Knicks.

San Antonio led by as many as 37, outshot the Knicks 54 percent to 38 percent and beat them up on the glass 51-33.

After the fact, Carmelo Anthony had a little chat with the media.

[via the Associated Press]

“It was embarrassing for us to come here on our home court and lose a game like this,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. “It wasn’t about losing the game, it was just how we lost the game. We didn’t compete today and it showed out there on the court.”

To start the season, hasn’t this been happening a lot though?

The Knicks are 2-4 and have losses against the Bobcats, Bulls and Timberwolves – not exactly the cream of the crop in the NBA right now. Yes, the T-Wolves are probably a playoff team if they stay injury free. And the Bulls will be a contender once D-Rose gets himself right, but those are should be games the Knicks win at this point in the season.

There’s a fine line between a slow start and when it starts to become a trend, I believe. And right now if feels like the Knicks are starting to walk on that line.

They’ve already had a key injury (Tyson Chandler) and a come-to-Jesus players-only team meeting. What’s next?

Do they need to make a trade to find a way to shore up their front line, would that be a quick fix? By the way, that Andrea Bargnani trade is looking worse by the second for the Knicks.

Obviously, Anthony can’t be happy and he shouldn’t. Not right now. Remember, he can opt-out after this season. So far, the Knicks aren’t showing much to offer apart from its great city.

Honestly, it could get worse before it gets better for this Knicks team. New York faces Atlanta (twice), Houston, Detroit and Indiana over the next five games. Can the Knicks come out of that stretch 3-2? Maybe. I think that’s the best they’ll get out of it, the way they’re playing right now.

I think it’s imperative that the Knicks get something going pretty soon, and I’m not talking about shipping Iman Shumpert out for a big.

Right now, I’d still call it a slow start but sooner or later, if this awful play continues, we could be looking back and saying that this team just isn’t that good. Ultimately, this could be a trend but I’m just not ready to label their slow start as such right now.

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