New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings ripped the team's effort in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, calling the loss "embarrassing."
The Knicks lost at home 126-94 in a nationally-televised game in which the Cavaliers shot 48.8 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range. The Knicks gave up 63 points in both halves and several Cavaliers were seen playing games on the bench during garbage time.
"It's definitely embarrassing to get blown out on national TV," Jennings said, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.
The loss, which snapped a four-game winning streak, sent the Knicks on a five-game West Coast road trip on a low note, and though New York is 12-10, it is 3-6 on the road.
"We haven't been locking in well on the road," Jennings said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "That's our big problem. If we want to be the team we think we are, we're going to have to lock in better on the road. We got to play 10 times harder. Teams play better when they're at home because they're feeling good.
"We're the Knicks. You have to know what's across your chest. There's a bigger bull's-eye on it. Everybody wants to beat us. It's a known national team. These are games we have to win. We should be disappointed. We can't just put together two quarters or try to come back in the fourth."
The Knicks are off to a solid start, but Jennings certainly gets fired up following poor losses. If that type of emotion can be channeled in the right direction, it's good to have a veteran who can hold his team accountable and light the fire underneath them.
Jennings has a lot of pride when it comes to wearing orange and blue. He seems to know what playing at a high level means to the fans. There's a certain amount of prestige when it comes to playing at the Garden. It's a luxury to play on national television, too. New York didn't show up properly in its latest loss to Cleveland.
Filling in for Derrick Rose on Wednesday, Jennings was obviously a big part in his team's failure. The 27-year-old is in a very unique position this year. Initially expected to provide more of a scoring boost off the bench, he's been tasked with attacking the basket and leading the pick and roll as a means of facilitating for others. It's up to him to get the offense going. If players aren't moving well without the ball, it could be a poor reflection on New York's point guards.
Showing discontent when the Knicks get blown out is proof Jennings (and perhaps the rest of his teammates) know they're capable of so much more. That's a different mentality from past years, because it shows he'll do what it takes to stop the bleeding. If he can resonate with this group, that's validation his signing was worth it already.