The Knicks have become a punchline of sorts in the NBA, with their futility seeming to be somewhat intentional as their current roster was built for the sole purpose of having sufficient cap space to attract two marquee players this offseason.
In preparing for this offseason, they have managed to be woefully under-prepared for the actual season, something reflected in both their record (26 wins entering Sunday’s game at the Staples Center) and in their general perception around the league.
Compare the Knicks’ perception and reality to that of the Clippers’, however, and the Knicks look pretty good, seeing as how theirs is a franchise that has suffered a recent string of poor play, management and luck. The Clippers have a similar recent story but don’t have the Knicks’ history of being a great franchise. In fact, it’s the juxtapositioning of the Knicks’ history with their recent troubles that makes the modern version of the team so painful to watch. To juxtapose the Clippers’ recent struggles with their history of troubles, well, that’s just a lot of bad basketball.
As long as we’re talking about bad basketball, we should mention the Clippers lost to the Knicks last night at home, 133-107.
The Clippers lost with poor free-throw shooting, worse three-point shooting and sloppy play that lead to 18 turnovers. They out rebounded the Knicks and outscored them in the paint but were done in by the Knicks’ use of the double team against Chris Kaman, which opened up things for Rasual Butler from beyond the arc, where he went a dismal 3-for-11.
So both teams finished last night’s game with 27 wins. The difference in the stat is that the 27 wins is cause for a barrage of bad press for the Knicks whereas it’s business as usual for the Clippers.