Another week, another stretch of disappointing losses for the Knicks. First it was a flat performance in succumbing to the Pistons (92-86) on Tuesday night in Detroit, followed by an overtime heartbreaker to an Indiana team that may be the league's best (103-96). The Knicks then began a four-game road trip with flat losses to the mediocre Wizards (98-89) and the surprising Blazers (102-91). The losses, part of a six-game losing streak, brought the Knicks' record to 3-10, leaving them tied for last place in the Atlantic Division with the similarly disappointing Nets. Last year through thirteen games the Knicks were 9-4.

What Went Right This Week: The Knicks were 5.2 seconds and a fingernail away from beating the Pacers, who may be the league's best team.

Had Iman Shumpert managed to contest Paul George's attempt to tie the game without grazing his elbow, the Knicks would likely have had a signature win. Likewise, if Mike Woodson had instructed the Knicks to intentionally foul the Pacers on the ground to avoid allowing them a chance at a game-tying three. But neither of those things happened and the Knicks lost again.

Just as bad as the loss was the "this is my house" performance Paul George put on in the second half and during overtime, scoring 21 points in seventeen minutes of play, leading the Pacers to a win by getting whatever he wanted on offense and making life very difficult for Carmelo Anthony on defense. Anthony played well against Indiana, scoring thirty points and grabbing eighteen rebounds against the league's best defense. But it wasn't enough.

Melo's playing hard, despite the occasional defensive lapse or two, but his scoring average is down to 23.7 from his league-leading 27.3 last season, and his shooting numbers are down across the board, probably due to the fact that he's now the Knicks' only offensive option. He's seeing a lot more double teams then he did last season when the Knicks' deadly three-point shooting and stout pick-and-roll game kept defenses honest. His 9.1 rebound average is kind of neat, but the boards he's grabbing aren't "out-of-area," they're more like "no-one-else-on-my-team-can-rebound," and they aren't turning the Knicks into a winning team. Nothing is, and that's why even "What Went Right This Week" doesn't have anything positive in it.

Anthony is good enough to be the lead scorer on an excellent basketball team and with the right pieces around him can be the number one option on a championship team. But he's not LeBron James (or even Paul George), capable of putting a team playing this badly on his back.

Yes, that was What Went Right This Week.

What Went Wrong This Week: The losses to Detroit and Washington were very disappointing and are exactly the kind of games the Knicks are supposed to win, even without Tyson Chandler who is due back sometime in the first half of December. Playing without Raymond Felton hasn't helped (he's day-to-day), even if he wasn't playing well before the Knicks decided to get healthy.

Beno Udrih, now starting, had a very good game against Indiana, scoring nineteen points on 8-15 shooting, but he's been terrible otherwise. His on-ball defense is bad and his instincts are worse. He's like a shorter, fatter, whiter, left-handed, more European Amar'e Stoudemire. He went 1-7 for two points against John Wall on Saturday night. Wall had 31 points as he flew downcourt in transition every chance he got and exploited the Knicks' poor defense in the halfcourt.

Last year, Pablo Prigioni was a revelation, a sneaky defender and all around mensch who was one of the secret ingredients that made the Knicks' offense function at a high level. This season, something doesn't seem right. Maybe it's the losing, maybe the league's adjusted, but it seems like the sneaky forecheck attempts that were so successful last season are leading to opponent transition baskets more than they used to. Prigioni just isn't the X-factor he once was. To be fair to Pablo, it is hard to be an X-factor when there are no factors B though W.

Udrih and Prigioni aren't alone: JR Smith hasn't been able to get any kind of rhythm going (he's shooting just 32%) and has scored twenty points only once this season despite the Knicks desperately needing him to help shoulder the load (last year he averaged 18.1 points a game, this season just 12.4). Amar'e has shown a flash here and there but hasn't shown any sign of recovering his 2010-11 form even as the team has extended his minutes somewhat. Andrea Bargnani's in a shooting slump (4-16 against Indy, 5-14 in Washington) and still doesn't understand any kind of defensive rotation principles.

As a whole the team can't figure out how to defend the pick-and-roll or help-the-helper and they continue to get abused by opposing point guards. Ron Artest's decision making has been poor and he hasn't played much since returning from a sore knee. Tim Hardaway Jr., who's shown he can shoot the ball and has been one of the lone positives, is in and out of the rotation according to Mike Woodson's medieval rookie training techniques. Iman Shumpert, who suffered through the same rookie pledging protocol and was once the Knicks' most exciting player has gone completely quiet and no longer looks like an elite defender. And Kenyon Martin has played hard filling in as the starting center in Tyson Chandler's absence, but his offensive game is so limited that the Knicks are effectively playing four-on-five on offense. He's also a little short.

To review: it's like the Knicks are playing four-on-five on offense while at the other end their perimeter and help defense are so bad it's also like they are playing four-on-five there. Four-on-five on both ends, that's how you end up with the 21st most efficient offense and the 29th most efficient defense in the league and a 3-10 record. James Dolan and Mikhail Prokhorov should each send the other a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne for Christmas.

Anything Funny?: Apparently, James Dolan banned Woody Allen from the Knicks' celebrity VIP Suite (and no, not because of that). Dolan also spoke to the media for the first time in years and didn't disappoint, just plugging his band to no end and not touching on much related to basketball. He was kind enough to say he won't be re-hiring Isiah Thomas anytime soon. What Dolan doesn't realize is that Knicks fans' fear of Isiah is inversely related to how the team is doing. What's Isiah going to do, come in, manage the Knicks to a losing record and trade away all their draft picks? That's already in progress. At least if he came back the fans could boycott.

JR Smith also made this commercial, which would actually be funny if he was playing well:

Up Next: The Knicks' road trip continues in Los Angeles against Chris Paul and the Clippers tomorrow and the Nuggets and Ty Lawson on Friday in Denver before they return home to take on Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans on Sunday night. It's a point guard league. The Knicks don't have one and the Knicks can't stop them. Something's got to give.

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