NEW YORK — The Knicks fell to 4-10 at home after Saturday's 95-87 loss to Memphis. It took all of last season to lose 10 home games for the Knicks, who finished 31-10 at Madison Square Garden in 2012-13.
Carmelo Anthony suggested that the Knicks needed to overcome some sort of mental block to win at home.
"I don’t think it’s nothing that has to do with basketball at this point. I think it is in our heads, it’s a mental part of it," Anthony said. "As individual players, we got to get out of our own mind, our own head. Just start, I don’t know what you go to do, but just start having fun once again and playing basketball and not trying to worry about too many other things that is going on out there."
So what's the difference between this team and the veteran-laden squad that was so good at home last season?
"You can’t compare both teams but last year we were a different type of team. We were an established team from the jump," Anthony said. "We had an identity from the jump, and right now it seems like we are still searching for it this far into the season."
Mike Woodson believes his team could be at the top of the Atlantic Division if it had taken care of business at home.
"It's tough, because again, I take pride in trying to win games at home," the coach said. "I think that was the whole beauty of taking this team over the last two years: We established something here in the Garden. It's been so slow in that area this season, it's really put us in a hole. I mean, you win at home, just one-half of our games at home, we’d be sitting at the top of our division, the way it's playing out right now."
At 8-18, the Knicks are three games behind the first-place Celtics (12-16).
ISSUES ON D: The Knicks shot just 42 percent from the floor Saturday. Anthony scored 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting, but the other four Knicks starters combined for just 17 points on 6-for-25 shooting.
But Anthony had a bigger problem with New York's defense, which allowed 60 paint points.
"I could care less about offense right now," he said. "It is just on the defensive end, we are very inconsistent right now." ... Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. played with great energy on Saturday, scoring 16 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He had two emphatic dunks in transition. On one drive, he banged knees with a Grizzlies player. He was limping a bit after the game but said his knee was fine ... J.R. Smith had 16 points and seven assists.
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