David Fizdale slams Knicks for lacking winning mentality in 44-point loss to Bucks
“Personally, I think we didn’t come in with an idea we could beat this team from the beginning,’’ Fizdale said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “That’s what was most disappointing. They got whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. We never took a real stand.’’
The Bucks are one of the top teams in the NBA right now. Last year’s campaign signified their entry into the NBA’s elites. However, this was not an excuse for the Knicks to play the way thy did — even with Frank Ntilikina and Marcus Morris out.
It was an annihilation right from the get-go. The Bucks put up 33 first-quarter points while the Knicks scored just 15. NBA games usually normalize towards the end but come the fourth quarter, Milwaukee busted the game wide open with a 47-point lead.
Julius Randle, one of the team’s veterans, confessed that he felt “a lack of energy” in the game’s opening minutes.
“I felt the [lack of] morale at the beginning of the game,’’ Randle said. “A lack of energy. Our spirit has to be everything.’’
This is another nail to the coffin to another disappointing season for the Knicks. Clearly, there’s something wrong inside the locker room, one which has to be fixed now.