"I think we're playing to lose rather than playing to win right now," Anthony said after the Knicks' 103-99 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. "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."
Sunday night's loss left the Knicks at 3-13. They are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
"We just can't seem to get it together," Anthony said after scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. "We can't seem to figure it out."
The Knicks were surprisingly upeat after Friday's loss in Denver, talking about how they had played better and thought they had "turned a corner." But they blew a lead to the Pelicans at home after New Orleans lost Anthony Davis to a fractured hand. It was a miserable loss and sent them 10 games under .500. The East is so bad they are still very much in the playoff hunt after a month, but their dreams of winning 50-plus games are fading by the second.
They can only withstand so many failures before management, ownership or both start demanding changes. Patience is a virtue, but it's also a commodity that's short on supply in New York.