The Knicks have started the season with an 0-3 and have struggled on both ends of the floor, most notably on the offensive end.
In two of their three losses the Knicks have failed to reach 90 points and have lost their games by average of 15.3 points. Speaking to reporters after the Knicks lost a 110-89 game to the Celtics, Courtney Lee said the issues just boiled down to failed execution.
"We messed up on a lot of plays, whether it was the ball getting delivered on time, or one or two guys not being on the same page as far as play calling," Lee said, according to the New York Post. "That's on us, we got to pay attention more in practice and make sure we execute when we're out there."
So far in the three games, the team has shot 42.9 percent from the field and just 24.2 percent from 3-point land. Kristaps Porzingis and newly acquired Enes Kanter are the only players averaging double-digit points per game.
According to head coach Jeff Hornacek, the team needs to do more to spread the wealth after losing Carmelo Anthony.
"We're going with new offensive stuff,'' Hornacek said. "And we could always [last year] just say to Carmelo, 'OK here's the ball, go score.' We have to do it more as team."
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Earl Watson was fired after three games for the Suns. Jeff Hornacek could be the next man on the hot seat, if he's not already right now. His coaching decisions have been questionable in almost every aspect. There were questions marks last season, stories that came out in the offseason, and with Anthony gone, the Knicks have not even been very competitive so far. They have a few injuries and the roster isn't great, but it's been inexcusable.
Hornacek has barely played Willy Hernangomez for what seems like no reason whatsoever. The offense surprisingly has been worse than the defense and there clearly is plenty of confusion out there. The fact that guys aren't locked into practice and games is a direct result of poor coaching. This isn't a playoff team, but they are better than what we have seen so far this season.
Hornacek's time with the Knicks should be on watch, because he hasn't done much to have a long leash after a disappointing year last season and the poor start this season.