Opening Tip: Crisis of confidence at MSG?

After the Knicks lost at home to the Bobcats earlier in the season -- and lost Tyson Chandler in the process -- Carmelo Anthony said his teammates needed to avoid falling into a "dark place."

Too late.

New York has lost five straight at home for the first time since Feb. 2010. They are three games under .500 for the first time since March 2012. They are very much in a dark place entering Tuesday's game against the Pistons.

Need more evidence?

Mike Woodson's been hearing calls for his job from a restless home crowd, and players and coaches are talking about playing with a lack of effort.

But Anthony added a new wrinkle to the Knicks' issues on Monday afternoon.

In a telling quote, he suggested that players in the Knicks locker room are losing confidence as the team continues to struggle.

"Last year we went through (a rough stretch) during the middle of the season but we had already established ourselves as a team. Our identity, our confidence was sky high so when we took that hit. We believed that we could get back out of that hole in the snap of a finger," Anthony said on Monday. "Now, it’s happened to us early in the season and everybody’s kind of shaken up a little bit, not knowing how to figure it out, not knowing what’s going on. I don’t know if it’s a lot of distractions or things like that but I don’t want to make excuses because we’re just not putting forth the effort."

That's a troubling statement. And it leads us to today's question: Do you think the Knicks aren't confident enough? Is there a crisis of confidence at Madison Square Garden?

Up now: The Knicks sent J.R. Smith's younger brother, Chris Smith, to the D League on Monday.

Mike Woodson and Tyson Chandler ripped the team for a lack of effort after Monday's practice, and Woodson hinted at a lineup change Tuesday in Detroit.

Also, Metta World Peace had fluid drained from his left knee on Monday, sources said. He will miss Tuesday's game against Detroit and may sit out of Wednesday's game against Indiana.

In a bit of positive news for the Knicks (3-6), Anthony said he's not thinking about free agency at this point in the season. He's focused on helping New York dig out of its early-season hole.

What's next? The Knicks take on the Pistons tonight in Detroit.

Question: Do you think the Knicks are suffering from a lack of confidence? Is there a crisis of confidence at MSG?

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