Lackadaisical play was evident throughout, and as the Knicks' postseason hopes begin to fade, fingers are being pointed inward.
Coach Jeff Hornacek lambasted the Knicks' effort, saying the team needs to play with more pride, reports Marc Berman from the New York Post. Carmelo Anthony - fending off the latest trade rumor - preferred to call it a lack of effort.
"Pride, effort, however you want to put it, it just wasn't there," Anthony said, as per Begley. "My word is effort. Coach's word is pride. It just wasn't there."
The Knicks' last three losses have come by an average of 12 points. Anthony played well offensively against L.A. with a game-high 26 points, but Porzingis struggled from the floor and Derrick Rose's return from a four-game absence featured just five points and three turnovers.