SALT LAKE CITY — So much for getting off to a good start in the game or on the Knicks’ three-game West trip or suppressing Carmelo Anthony’s frustration level.
Right about now, everyone associated with the Knicks has to be beyond frustrated and embarrassed. It can’t reflect well on Derek Fisher, who seemed as disgusted as he’s been since becoming a coach and said he’s considering a change to the starting five.
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The Knicks were in the building but they didn’t show up against the Jazz and were run out of the arena. It was easily the Knicks’ worst effort of the season. They trailed by season-high 33 points and were crushed 106-85 by the Jazz Wednesday night. It was their most lopsided defeat of the season.
The Knicks have dropped three straight and seven of nine, and will take a 10-13 record in tonight’s game at Sacramento.
“I didn’t see anything from those guys that started the game,” Fisher said. “It’s three nights in a row for that group. We’ll have to consider if that will stay the same at the moment.
The Knicks were equally as bad on offense and defense Wednesday night. They were outscored 29-11 in the first quarter and 60-35 at the half. The Knicks shot 31-for-78 (39.8 percent) and didn’t get the deficit under 17 for the last 36:32.
“They played probably their best game so far this season and we played our worst game,” Anthony said.
Anthony, who has been frustrated with the losing, his performance and the lack of foul calls he’s getting, finished with 12 points. And like so many Knicks, his shot was way off. Anthony was just 3-for-11 from the field and his frustration grew.
“We got to figure this out quick,” Anthony said. “I’ve been in this situation before and I’m all too familiar with these feelings. I don’t want to keep having to experience these feelings and every day trying to explain the same things over and over so we got to figure this out quick.”
Kristaps Porzingis had his worst game as a pro. The rookie was just 2-for-8 with a season-low four points in a season-low 13 minutes. He said he felt the difference playing in the high altitude here but that his lack of playing time was “coach’s decision.”
Fisher said, “They weren’t playing well enough to stay in the game. You have to earn minutes. It just wasn’t there for that group.”
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz (10-10) with 24 points in 27 minutes and took mostly uncontested shots all night. He was 9-for-14 overall, including 4-for-4 from three. Derrick Favors was 8-for-13 and scored 20. The two combined for 34 points in the first half, one fewer than the Knicks.
After the Knicks’ last loss, Fisher said they have “gotten stagnant and kind of leveled off.” They’ve regressed from that statement.
The Knicks hoped to break their recent trend of starting slowly, but that went by the wayside quickly. They were down 11 points less than five minutes into the game and 23-8 after 6:35.
They shot 5-for-23 in the first and were down after the first quarter for the sixth time in nine games, including the last three. The Knicks led or were tied after the first quarter in nine of their first 13 games.
“This is nothing new,” Fisher said.
The combination of lackluster starts and falling behind by large amounts has made winning next to impossible. In their last seven losses they’ve been down by 21 or more in five games and by at least 15 in one other.
The Knicks were down 32 in the second quarter and faced a 70-37 deficit with 7:47 left in the third. They reeled off an 18-2 run but were still in a 72-55 hole. They got no closer.
“That’s three games in a row where guys are getting off to a slow start and we’re going to have to consider if that should stay the same,” Fisher said. “That’s not the answer at this point. We put a different guy out there, but if we do the same things we get the same results.”