The Knicks were eliminated from playoff contention by the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night.
The Knicks are off to a 2-5 start and have lost four straight.
The Knicks are 1-10 against the Raptors, and they haven’t won since losing 101-91 at Toronto on Dec. 13.
New York’s defense has been atrocious, ranking No. 20 in points allowed per game and No. 19 in defensive rating.
The defense is a big reason the Knicks are currently on pace to be one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, according to Synergy Sports.
The Knicks have given up an average of 103.3 points per game in the series, according the Elias Sports Bureau, and have allowed an average 106.3 in that span.
The Pelicans have given them up 106.2.
It’s unclear if Anthony Davis will be able to return against New York on Friday, although the Pelicans could use him as a decoy to get him off to good start.
New Orleans’ defense is also allowing 103.9 points per 100 possessions, which is the worst mark in the league, according and ESPN Stats & Info.
New York’s biggest strength is its rebounding, which ranks No. 9 in the conference.
The team has allowed an offensive rating of 104.0 in the first quarter of the season, the third-highest mark in NBA history.
New Jersey has also allowed an opponent a double-double at a paltry 0.04 points per possession.
The second-worst defensive rating in the Eastern conference is the Boston Celtics, who are averaging 110.1 points per 90 possessions.
The Celtics have allowed the fewest offensive rebounds in the East.
New Orleans has played a few tough road games against tough teams in recent years, but it’s never looked good against New Jersey.
The Hornets have won seven straight and are 5-2 against the Knicks.
The next game is Friday night at Madison Square Garden.