The Knicks may have used up all their goodwill during the regular season and in the Boston series. They gift-wrapped a win in Game 1 to Indiana, which looked like the better, more athletic, more defensively sound team on Sunday and probably are. Carmelo Anthony is in an awful slump, JR Smith has gone from folk hero to super villain, and the Knicks' best player has probably been Spike Lee tossing the ball back to the refs after it rolls out of bounds after another Knicks turnover.
A devastating turn of events for a team that was arguably the hottest in the league at the end of the regular season. It just goes to show that the NBA Playoffs kill all momentum. This isn't the NFL or even MLB, where a team getting hot at the end of the year can ride it to a title. With a two-week, seven game series, it's more survival than inertia.