After the final buzzer and the boos died down, Carmelo Anthony stood alone quietly for a long moment by the Knicks bench, soaking in the harsh reality Saturday night.
The Knicks had just lost their fifth straight game at the Garden — a disastrous 110-90 clunker to the Hawks.
Anthony was not quiet in the locker room, making alarmist remarks after the club fell to 3-6, allowing the Hawks to shoot 56.4 percent and score 48 points in the paint. He said the club isn’t “trying.” Anthony all but hit the panic button, even suggesting the team may soon dig themselves too deep a hole to recover.
“I’m disappointed in all our effort,” Anthony said. “We’re not getting it done from an effort standpoint. It’s like we’re not even trying right now.’
“We can’t worry about the boos. We got to play harder. We’re not playing worth a [expletive] right now.”
The last time the Knicks had lost five in a row at home was February 2010, when they broke down the team for cap space in advance of the LeB