Saturday , Mar , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks back to their old ways

(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks are probably happy the Memphis
Grizzlies have left town.

On Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the Grizzlies handed New York its
fourth straight loss and sixth in eight tries.

Memphis rocked the Knickerbockers by a 91-75 score and sent NY 30 games below
the .500 mark this season at 19-49. Larry Brown may have to find an
excuse soon to abandon another team.

The Knicks, in front of a paltry home crowd, posted a season-low 31 points in
the first half and committed 13 turnovers after 24 minutes.

Friday’s game can wrap up New York’s season in a nut shell.

Lack of focus, effort and determination sent this squad into a black hole. The
confrontations between Brown and Stephon Marbury are beginning to take their
toll, as well as having disgruntled guards Jalen Rose and Steve Francis on the
same team.

The identity is gone for the Knicks. Patrick Ewing, John Starks or Bernard
King are not walking through the MSG doors to suit up the sneaks.

Brown must devise a consistent game plan which can help this organization rise
from the ashes he caused by throwing a myriad of lineups into the fire.

The Knicks will try to halt their four-game losing streak Sunday afternoon
when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.

New York is just 2-14 in its last 16 road games and an abysmal 6-27 away from
Madison Square Garden this season.