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Brighter outlook -- Knicks or Nets?

The New York Knicks weren't supposed to light up the league this season, but their floor seemed like a low playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. And yet, after Thursday night's game at the Brooklyn Nets, Carmelo Anthony & Co. are just 4-13. The Nets, meanwhile, are 5-14 -- but lost Thursday's game by 30. And they were supposed to be the contending team of the two. Woof. Needless to say, things don't look good in Gotham. Which franchise's outlook is better, if ever-so-slightly?

  • Which team will win more games this season?

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      48%
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      52%

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  • Will the Knicks and Nets make the playoffs this season?

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      15%
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      17%
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      15%
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      53%

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  • Will Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Nets coach Jason Kidd end the season in their current jobs?

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      19%
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      17%
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      29%
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      35%

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  • What is the biggest reason behind the Nets' struggles this season?

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      24%
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      41%
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      27%
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      8%

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever lead a team to the NBA Finals?

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      9%
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      19%
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      72%

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  • Which team has a brighter long-term outlook?

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      62%
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      38%

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Is Carmelo not getting calls?

There tends to be a pattern to the behavior of bad teams in the NBA. There's the part where ownership expresses confidence in a soon-to-be-fired coach, the part where teammates start to blame one another, the part where fans boo from the opening tipoff. We're at the part in the Knicks' season where the referees come up for some blame, specifically with Mike Woodson saying that Carmelo Anthony isn't getting calls that, say, LeBron James or Kevin Durant would get. It's not clear that doing so would have the 3-8 Knicks above .500, but if true, it would certainly be frustrating for them.

  • Do referees treat Carmelo Anthony unfairly?

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      33%
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      67%

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  • Are you OK with referees calling superstars differently than they do other players?

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      79%

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  • What do you make of the Knicks' 3-8 record so far?

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  • Is Mike Woodson on the hot seat?

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      74%
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Carmelo calls out Knicks

Following a loss to the Bobcats, the struggling Knicks held a players-only meeting this week in which Carmelo Anthony called into question the team's effort. Can Anthony lead New York out of their early-season slump? Should coach Mike Woodson be on the hot seat? Are the Knicks even a playoff team this season? Cast your votes below!

Will Carmelo Anthony lead the Knicks out of their early-season slump?

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    45%

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  • Should Mike Woodson be on the coaching hot seat in New York?

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      45%

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  • What do you expect out of the Knicks this season?

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      16%
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      69%
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      15%

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony be playing for next season?

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      36%
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      64%

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  • Will the Knicks have a winning record during Tyson Chandler's likely four-to-six-week absence?

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      28%
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      72%

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  • Which franchise is more likely to bring New York its next basketball title?

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      23%
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      77%

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  • Which team will make the NBA Finals out of the Eastern Conference?

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Five teams that reached the 2013 NBA playoffs have started the new season with less-than-stellar results -- and in the Knicks' case, a serious dose of bad luck thanks to Tyson Chandler's leg fracture. It's still early, but Denver and Memphis seem to have taken a step backward from last season. The Bulls are still getting used to playing with Derrick Rose, who's not yet back at MVP strength. And questions remain about what the Lakers will look like when Kobe Bryant returns. Our 5-on-5 panel has measured the panic meter for all five franchises. Now it's your turn. Vote below!


Everybody hurts

Losing Tyson Chandler leaves the Knicks without their defensive anchor up front and few good options in his place.

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How worried should Knicks fans be?

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    49%
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    43%
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    8%

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Work in progress

The Bulls are still getting accustomed to playing with Derrick Rose after going an entire season without the former MVP.

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How worried should Bulls fans be?

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    22%
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    50%
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    28%

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Mountains of difficulty

The Nuggets added coach Brian Shaw but have yet to show they'll overcome the loss of Andre Iguodala to free agency and Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari to injuries.

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How worried should Nuggets fans be?

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    55%
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    36%
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    9%

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This bears watching

Zach Randolph is off to a slow start, and the Grizzlies' defense has yet to match the standard it set last season.

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How worried should Grizzlies fans be?

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    30%
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    52%
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    18%

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Good enough?

The Lakers are 3-3 but have looked overmatched at times -- and Steve Nash is still hobbled. Is there enough depth to surround Kobe for a playoff push?

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How worried should Lakers fans be?

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    44%
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    29%
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    27%

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The Knicks looked good in the first half of their season opener, leading the Bucks by 25 points at halftime. But that was short-lived as the Knicks had to come from behind in the fourth to win. From there came three consecutive losses, including one to the Bobcats, and a broken leg for their defensive anchor Tyson Chandler. Carmelo Anthony admitted he's been a "bit passive" in the final quarter, but are the Knicks' struggles more than just Anthony's offensive submissiveness?


Slow out the gate

The Knicks haven't lost three straight games after winning their season opener since the 2006-07 season -- a season in which they finished 33-49.

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How worried should the Knicks be about their 1-3 start?

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    33%
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    50%
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    17%

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Extended run

The Knicks have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, averaging 44 wins per season.

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Will the Knicks make the playoffs this season?

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    63%
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    37%

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Offense over defense?

In 106 minutes with Anthony on the court, the Knicks scored 98.2 points per 100 possessions and 87.3 without. In 106 minutes with Chandler on the court, the Knicks allowed 92.2 points per 100 possessions and 105.6 without.

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Which player is more important to the Knicks?

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    78%
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    22%

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Struggling now, struggling later

The Bulls and Knicks are dealing with injuries. The Nuggets have a first-year head coach and new players. Are their records reflective of more than just growing pains?

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Which of these team's slow start is most concerning?

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    35%
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    26%
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    39%

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