Before the start of the season, James Dolan told Knicks staffers that he expects the team to win a championship this year.
He may want to tamp down expectations after Sunday's game.
The Knicks were blown out of the gym by last season's Western Conference finalists, the San Antonio Spurs, in a 120-89 loss on Sunday afternoon, getting beaten in every phase of the game in one of the worst losses of the Mike Woodson era.
The Knicks have lost three straight at home for the first time since late January of 2012, when Mike D'Antoni was coaching the team. And there was a brief, faint "Fire Woodson" chant at the Garden late in the third quarter with the Knicks down 30.
Defense rests: There are plenty of reasons the Knicks lost by 31 on Sunday. One was their defense. They seemed to be a step slow from the jump against San Antonio. They fell behind 10-0 to start the game and trailed by as many as 18 in the first quarter.
The Knicks gave up a ton of open shots throughout the game. San Antonio made eight of its first 10 shots. It ended up shooting 54 percent from the field and had a 37-point lead at one point.
Tony Parker torched the Knicks for 17 points and six assists. Long Island's Danny Green had 24 points (6-for-9 from 3) and 10 rebounds. Green, Parker and Kawhi Leonard (18 points) combined to shoot 23-for-33.
Smith struggles: The Knicks were hoping to get a big boost from J.R. Smith. It didn't happen. Smith, playing his first game of the season after a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy, had five points and four turnovers in 21 minutes. Smith missed his first five shots and went 1-for-9 from the field. New York was outscored by 18 when he was on the floor.
Quiet game for Melo: Carmelo Anthony took just 10 shots against San Antonio. He finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and sat out of the fourth quarter. Andrea Bargnani had 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting but pulled down just one rebound in 26 minutes. Not good. The Knicks certainly missed Tyson Chandler on Sunday. In their second game without the big man, who is out four to six weeks with a fractured right fibula, the Knicks were outrebounded by 18.
What's next: The Knicks have two days to prepare for Wednesday's road game against the Atlanta Hawks.
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