Opening Tip: Give up on the Knicks?

You’ve hung in there with this team all season.

Through the incessant Carmelo Anthony rumors, the Raymond Felton gun arrest, the Mike Woodson gaffes and the Phil Jackson courtship.

You’ve been there through it all.

But you can be excused if you feel like giving up after what happened on Tuesday night.

It sure looked like the Knicks did.

In a game they had to win, the Knicks gave up a franchise-worst 51 points in the third quarter and allowed 101 in just three quarters in a 31-point loss.

That the defeat came at the hands of a Los Angeles Lakers team without Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol made it that much worse.

The loss left the Knicks three games behind the eighth-place Atlanta Hawks with 11 to go. New York is four games back in the loss column.

And the schedule doesn’t get any easier from here. After Wednesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, the Knicks play nine of their final 10 games against teams in playoff contention.

So the season didn’t end on Tuesday night. But between the loss Sunday to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tuesday’s debacle in L.A., the Knicks let a prime opportunity to gain ground on the Hawks slip through their hands.

Up now: Phil Jackson was on hand in Los Angeles and talked briefly to Anthony in the locker room at morning shootaround.

What’s next: The Knicks will take on the Kings on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.

Question: Did Tuesday’s loss cause you to give up on the Knicks’ season?

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