Maybe it was when they fell behind by 11 early in the third quarter and a small pocket of fans at Madison Square Garden started chanting "Fire Woodson" at head coach Mike Woodson. Maybe it was when they fell behind by 20 with three minutes to play on an uncontested Atlanta dunk and heard throaty boos from the home crowd.
Either way, one thing was clear by the time they walked off the court: The team looks seriously flawed and hasn't shown any sign of improving.
Awful defense: The Knicks allowed the Hawks to shoot 56.4 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point land. Atlanta finished with eight players in double figures, led by Jeff Teague's 16 points. Backup point guard Shelvin Mack had 12 points and 12 assists.
J.R. struggles:J.R. Smith didn't do much to help the Knicks on Saturday. He had 7 points on 3-for-18 shooting in 36 minutes. He missed 8 of his 9 3-point attempts. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points on just 8-for-21 shooting. Overall, the Knicks shot 37.8 percent from the field. Amar'e Stoudemire had another rough night, scoring five points in 14 minutes. The Knicks were outscored by 16 when he was on the floor.
Home struggles: The Knicks (3-6) have lost five consecutive games at home for the first time in the Woodson era. They last lost five straight at home in February 2010.