Kenyon Martin; Photo: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams

Last night at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks were defeated by the Nets, 81-78 (box score), falling behind an insurmountable three games to none. No team has ever recovered from such a defect to win a series, and the Knicks don't look like they can either. They are a team that lacks heart and a team that lacks leadership, a team that makes a lot of money, has vocal, if not devoted, fan base, but a team that is well overmatched.

While there has been plenty of trash-talking this series, the first competitive game was last night. For three games, the Nets have put up, and it's time for the Knicks to shut-up because the Knicks don't have the game to challenge the Nets. "Team leader" Stephon Marbury has vanished in the second half of every game this series. He notched his first second-half field goal all series at the 10:18 mark in the 4th quarter last night. Marbury also missed an important free throw at the end of the game. This is the player that is supposed to lead the team? Good job Steph.

After the game, Marbury said, "We were so close, but so far away." Horseshoes and hand grenades, horseshoes and hand grenades. The Knicks try to avoid the brooms in Sunday night's game at The Garden.