Originally posted on Basketball Bicker  |  Last updated 11/15/13

Should the New York Knicks be pushing the panic button as they fall to a 3-5 record after a Thursday night loss to the Houston Rockets at the Garden? Carmelo Anthony did it all last night, recording a double-double of 45 points and 10 rebounds, yet the Knicks still failed to come out on top. New York is currently 10th in the conference standings and 1-4 at home. Thus far scoring, rebounding and ball distribution have been a struggle for the Knicks. They currently rank 21st in points per game (94.9), 29th in rebounds (37.6) and 21st in assists (19.4). Most of the defensive struggle can be attributed to the absence of center Tyson Chandler, who’s out 4-6 weeks while nursing a fractured right fibula. The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year is the heart and soul of the Knicks defense. They appear to be lost without his presence and vastly undersized. The only other 7-footer on the roster is the jump shooting Andrea Bargnani. J.R. Smith is still shaking off the rust in his return after serving a league-mandated suspension. He’s is averaging just 10.7 points on an abysmal 25.7 field-goal percentage in his first three games back. So there would appear to be light at the end of the tunnel for the Knicks this season with the return of Chandler and a sharper Smith, right? Not so much so. Even with a healthy Chandler and a resurgent Smith, this New York Knicks team is simply just a very good team surrounded by a league of great teams. An Eastern Conference playoff series win over the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers would be a big upset, and the Knicks would most likely be an underdog against the Chicago Bulls. Unfortunately for New York, their ceiling in 2013-14 may replicate the fate they suffered last season—a second-round appearance and loss. Barring a major move, this season is all but lost, as anything less than an NBA Finals appearance will be deemed a failure. The organization and players seem to be aware of that. There was a hope, a feeling a passion last season—a belief that they could end that New York City NBA Championship drought. Not so much this season. Can the Knicks make things right in the summer of 2014 and 2015? The front office is thinking ahead, giving reassurances to Carmelo Anthony in order to hold onto their superstar as the summer of 2014 approaches. Yahoo! Sports’ Andrian Wojnarowski reported that the New York Knicks are devising plans to pursue Kevin Love in 2015 to play alongside Anthony. They will have plenty of space after finally being able to put Amar’e Stoudemire’s disastrous contract behind them. An unidentified source downplayed Carmelo’s willingness to depart from the Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, saying, “Do you think ‘Melo wants to be known for not winning titles in New York and L.A.?” If Anthony truly desires to win a championship, he should be heavily considering his options. While the Knicks will have the salary-cap space in the next two years, can the organization be trusted to make the decisions needed in order to build a thriving championship-quality team? Recent history indicates otherwise. We will keep our eyes on the action as the drama continues to unfold at Madison Square Garden. The post New York Knicks Headed for Disastrous End to Season appeared first on Basketball Bicker.

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