At least the Knicks are making progress. Normally a 84-79 loss to the Clippers like the Knicks suffered Wednesday wouldn't be cause for celebration. This loss isn't either, but at least Gothamist saw some signs of life in the Knicks. Of course, everything is relative for a team that is 6-12.
First, the Clippers are not the laughingstock they've always been. They improved to 13-5 with the win over the Knicks and lead the Pacific division. Will they contend for a championship? No, but there's little shame in losing on the road to them. Still, the Knicks should not be proud of their fourth quarter. They didn't score a field goal in the final 3:40, and they blew an 11-point halftime lead and an eight point lead heading into the fourth quarter. They wasted a rare double-double from Eddy Curry, and saw thus-far impressive Channing Frye come away with only six points. Larry Brown's starting lineups seem to change nightly (this was his 12th in 18 games), but the Knicks cannot afford to have Malik Rose, Antonio Davis and Mo Taylor combine for 53 minutes and 12 points. At least Taylor picked up 10 rebounds. The Knicks will try to snap Phoenix's eight-game winning streak Friday.