Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said after Wednesday's loss to the Jazz that he might change the starting lineup.
The Knicks, who have lost four games in a row, have been using Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Arron Afflalo.
At this point, exploring a change is necessary. The Knicks have finally settled on a rotation, but in the midst of this losing streak, something has to give.
The question becomes where, if at all, the Knicks look to shake things up. Most recently, first quarters have certainly not been kind to them. That said, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis would appear to be locks to remain. Arron Afflalo hasn't been the most consistent offensive performer, but has shown flashes of how valuable a third option is when he heats up. Jose Calderon has also finally begun to hit his stride, and many seem to credit Afflalo's return with being a big reason for that.
Fisher and Co. have previously held off on making any major changes to the starting lineup because they were afraid of disrupting the team's rhythm. The reserves have since cooled off. Perhaps switching Afflalo with Langston Galloway would spice things up for both units --- injecting the starting lineup with some defense, while providing the bench with the scoring boost they've missed the last few games.
Robin Lopez continues to be rather ineffective, but has played well with the reserves. The issue is the Knicks don't really have a viable candidate to replace him in the starting five. Is it worth experimenting with Kevin Seraphin as a starter? Probably not, at least at this point. The Knicks would likely benefit more (if opting to make a change, at all) by going small with Porzingis at the five and a player like Lance Thomas alongside Anthony.
These are all small but risky changes. There doesn't appear to be a clear-cut solution for what's going wrong, and who the Knicks have available to turn to.