From the “You don’t say?” files: New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith says the team’s 2014-15 season has been a nightmare, yet hopes the Christmas Day against against Washington could start a turnaround.
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Losers of five straight, New York is 5-25 and has lost nine of their last 10 heading into a Christmas Day showdown against the Washington Wizards. The Knicks are next to last in the Eastern Conference, with only the 3-23 Philadelphia 76ers keeping them from the NBA’s Rock Bottom. Prior to their December 12 win over the Boston Celtics, the Knicks hadn’t celebrated a win since topping a then-winless Philadelphia team on November 22.
“I mean, it’s a nightmare, we just gotta wake up from it,” Smith said. “Hopefully try to figure it out, turn it around, whatever it takes. We’re losing by such a small margin we gotta figure out how to win those games.”
Six of their last nine losses have been by six points or less.
Even with the close defeats, Smith still has no idea what is the root at the Knicks’ ineptitude.
“I think that’s the million dollar question. It looks like it’s so many things but at the same time it’s gotta be something real small to change because we’re still in most games. It’s hard to tell right now. If we knew, our record would definitely show it.”
Perhaps the answer lies in the fact the Knicks are a badly-built franchise with little upside. Are we on to something, J.R.?
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