Posted December 03, 2013

Carmelo Anthony: Knicks ‘playing to lose’

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Carmelo Anthony (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony is shooting a career-low 42.3 percent from the field. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

The losses keep piling up for the Knicks.

They lost their ninth straight — a 103-99 decision to the Pelicans — Sunday night to fall to 3-13 and 1-7 at Madison Square Garden.

After the game, Carmelo Anthony said the Knicks are “playing to lose” and appear to be “a little tense.”

“I think we’re playing to lose rather than playing to win right now,” Anthony said. “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.

“We just can’t seem to get it together,” Anthony, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds, continued. “We can’t seem to figure it out.”

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The Knicks’ nine-game skid is their longest since 2006 and their seven-game slide at home is a franchise record. They’re also tied with Milwaukee — who New York beat for its only home win — for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Only the Jazz (3-15) have a worse winning percentage.

“I thought coming down the stretch, we played on our heels,” said head coach Mike Woodson. “The [eight-game losing streak] we were looking at here was staring at us in the face [and] instead of relaxing and just playing, we just didn’t make one play.”

Added Anthony: “I don’t know what we have to do as far as coming together as a group. I don’t know if we’ve got to sit here for hours and talk and get it all out, but we’ve got to do something.”

Anthony leads the team with 26.3 points per game and a career-high 9.9 rebounds, but he is shooting a career-low 42.3 percent from the floor. He also got into a heated exchange with Iman Shumpert during a third-quarter timeout on Sunday, according to The New York Post.

The Knicks visit the Nets on Thursday night.

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7 comments
Octavio
Octavio

This guy has to be a pure joy to have as a teammate.

Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury
Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury

This is the worst decade to be a New Yorker. Knicks, Jets, Nets, Giants, Mets, Yankees, Rangers.. Can it get any worse? Yet this has been the best 10 years to be a Bostonian. New York has been cursed in Sports since September 11th,2001. It's True

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I said Melo was the most over rated player in the NBA when he was in Denver. Events since he was traded to New York have proven that. He is not in the upper echelon of the NBA. Can you imagine any team with Kobe, LeBron, Paul, Rose, et al, being 3 and 13? Never happen. Next stop for the Melo and La La crybaby tour - LA. That should be amusing.

marsof
marsof

carmelo is a great scorer. he's def one of the top players because of his consistency. but definitely not the ideal player to build a franchise around. if the spotlight is on any other players on the team he gets jelly. he is a ball hog. in today's basketball, the success of a team isn't dependent on one player. it has to be team work. melo thinks he is too good to play defense. melo's perception of the knicks and their success is "I" not team... in my opinion he is nothing but a chump

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

Carmelo is a ball hog with no court awareness..... there is a reason why he will retire without a ring....

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Novaks contributions were underrated. Woodson comes in, kisses Melos arss, team signs Chris Smith 'cuz we a family', JR is your go to guy and you wonder why chemistry ain't right. Knicks are a laughing circus of clown acts that just keeps on giving. What's next, bringing in Melos sister?

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

How's that Bargnani trade workin out for ya, NY?  Lololol