Following the Knicks' loss to the Nuggets on Friday night, head coach Jeff Hornacek was displeased by the way his team, namely the starters, played defensively.
The Knicks allowed 131 points as a whole, with the Nuggets scoring at least 30 points in each quarter. If efforts like this continue, Hornacek said, the losses will pile up.
"Couldn't guard anybody. Simple as that," Hornacek told reporters. "They should be embarrassed by the way they couldn't guard anybody."
Kristaps Porzingis guarded Nikola Jokic for most of the night, as Jokic scored 40 points. Hornacek said Porzingis, with his size, should have been able to handle Jokic.
"With the length, it should help, he should be quicker than that guy," Hornacek said. "He should be able to get up on him."
Hornacek added that his starters were outplayed by the team's secondary players, which played better throughout the game.
"Look at the difference between the first group and the second. They play with effort," Hornacek said. "They get after guys. A guy who got the ball, they get up on him. They help each other out. First group didn't do that."