If you ask J.R. Smith, the Knicks look like a team that has essentially quit on the season.
“We’re not playing like a team that’s fighting to make the playoffs,” Smith said after New York’s 26-point loss to Miami.
The loss dropped the Knicks to 5 1/2 games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 24 games to go. New York has lost seven of eight and is a season-high 16 games under .500.
Smith was asked about the difference between the team’s play now and in early January, when it beat Miami at home.
“We played with a chip on our shoulder, we played with more aggressiveness,” Smith said. “We’re not playing like that.”
The Knicks’ playoff hopes are on life support at this point.
Mike Woodson acknowledged as much when he said “everything has got to go right” for New York to make the playoffs.
“There’s no room for error,” he said.
But if you listened to Smith on Thursday, it sounded like the Knicks may have already given up.
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Raymond Felton went 1-for-7 and had two points in his first game since being arraigned and charged with two weapons-related felonies.
What’s next: The Knicks will take on the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Question: After Thursday’s loss, do you think the Knicks have given up on the season?
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