That should have been an avoidable loss, but sometimes these things happen in the NBA. The Nets, namely Deron Williams, were scorching hot from downtown, and the Knicks had no answer for him.
Jeremy Lin looked visibly tired and didn't have his normal speed and lift to attack the basket. Carmelo Anthony looked rusty, mainly with his drives and jumpshots, but he made an effort to move the ball and had a few nice dimes to Amar'e Stoudemire. Tyson Chandler got caught up in a battle with the despicable Kris Humphries and committed some silly fouls (and a technical foul) and generally got beaten on the boards. The Knicks looked like a group that hasn't played as a unit, which was mostly the case, and they missed the help of Iman Shumpert's defense, especially in that 3rd quarter.
These things happen. New York is 16-17, and lost to a team that relied on 38 points and stunning shooting from its superstar. No excuses, but Deron Williams is one of the best in the league, and some things faltered for the Knicks down the stretch.
Day off tomorrow (during which I hope they practice) before Wednesday's game against the Hawks. Recap tomorrow, ya'll.