The NBA is a league of tough guys. Big strong men who fight hard and play the game with intensity. So when the Knicks faced off against a team like Boston, it was expected that they would show up ready to compete in this physical matchup .
However, on Wednesday night, after being dominated for most of the game by their opponent (Boston), many fans were booing them as “soft” because they weren’t playing with enough grit or heart. The loss also added fuel onto some recent criticisms about how poorly New York has played considering what expectations are placed upon them coming out of last year’s run to end all runs.
The “Knicks news today” is the latest in the New York Knicks. The team was booed and labeled as “soft” after a blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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The Knicks have been put through one of the toughest periods of their NBA season during the previous seven games. They had three games against the Eastern Conference’s top two teams, the Bulls and Nets, as well as a playoff foe (the Hawks) from previous season and three games against Western Conference contenders, the Lakers, Nuggets, and Suns.
It was also unsightly. The Knicks defeated the Lakers on the road in Atlanta, despite the absence of LeBron James. Aside from that, it was five defeats in a row, including the past three. With Saturday’s loss to Denver, the Knicks dipped below.500 for the first time this season, and are at 11-12.
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This team’s guts, effort, and grind from last season’s amazing stretch run—remember the 12 victories in 13 games in April?—clearly did not transfer over to this season. In its last 20 games, the squad went 16-4. This group has had a less than enthralling start.
In fact, veteran New York Post writer Ian O’Connor has branded them as “soft,” a moniker that no NBA franchise wants to be associated with: “The Knicks of this season are soft,” he wrote.
‘Right now, the Knicks are soft,’ says a source.
“Right now, the Knicks are soft, which is something you are not supposed to be in New York,” O’Connor said following the team’s lackluster loss to the Nuggets on Saturday afternoon. The Nuggets highlighted the Knicks’ most serious flaw: a lack of sustained competitive heart.”
After a game in which the Knicks looked beaten from the start, it was difficult to contest that claim. On its home court, New York never led the game and trailed by as many as 30 points. Only the Nuggets’ good fortune enabled the score to settle at a respectable 14 points towards the finish.
On their own court, the Knicks were booed for their lack of defensive effort. On Saturday, the Nuggets shot 52.4 percent from the floor and 46.5 percent from beyond the arc.
“There’s no magic about it; we got into it collectively, and we have to come out of it together,” said coach Tom Thibodeau. “It’s all of us, players and coaches alike.” When it comes to intensity, where does it originate from? It is the result of putting up full effort and attention. That’s where it originates. So we’ll have to combine those two things.”
The Knicks, according to Tom Thibodeau, must combine effort and concentration:
“When it comes to intensity, where does it originate from? It is the result of putting out full effort and focus.” pic.twitter.com/nA3rmsJpzT
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The Knicks’ effort has been consistent throughout the season.
The good news for the Knicks is that they haven’t laid nearly as many eggs recently. Even amid their current slump, they have fought hard and had chances to win in the last minutes of their past two games.
“During the season, every team has a game, or a handful of games like this,” Knicks guard R.J. Barrett said. “All we have to do now is fight.” All of the X’s and O’s are meaningless at the end of the day. If we want to play defense, we have to battle and fight together the whole game and do everything it takes to win.”
“All we have to do now is fight. All of the X’s and O’s are meaningless at the end of the day. If we’re going to play defense, we’ll have to battle and fight together for the whole of the game, doing everything it takes to win.”
Barrett, RJ pic.twitter.com/EXgh1NuKel
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The Knicks will now travel to San Antonio, Indiana, and Toronto for a three-game road trip that will take place over four nights.
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