2006_02svaughn.jpgMaybe the Nets shouldn't be so quick to beg for consistency. As they took care of the Knicks 96-83 on Wednesday, the Nets witness the downside of such a characteristic: regularly poor play. New Jersey won for the 12th straight time at home; the Knicks have lost 13 of 14 and can't win without Stephon Marbury (0-7 without him). The Nets appear ticketed for the playoffs and homecourt through at least one round; the Knicks continue to improve the Bulls' draft pick (they get the Knicks' selection this June, whether it's in the lottery or not).

Gothamist was hardly surprised by this latest performance. Jalen Rose led the Knicks in the third game with the club, but his outlandish contract won't be justified until he helps the Knicks win. Vince Carter had three acrobatic finishes at the basket and continues to look stellar when he's not hurt (or at least telling the media he is). The Knicks look lost and no closer to a solution. Trading for Kenyon Martin or Earl Watson of Denver, as has been rumored, doesn't inspire confidence in Gothamist.

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