Few teams have enjoyed this season less than the New York Knicks, but the Seattle SuperSonics might be one that has.
The Knicks hope to avoid their fourth straight loss Wednesday night when they face the SuperSonics at Madison Square Garden.
This is quickly turning into another lost season for the Knicks (6-14), whose record is better than only Miami in the Eastern Conference. New York has dropped three in a row after winning four of its previous six games.
On-court problems aren't the only issues currently facing the Knicks, who have to win their fans' trust back following several off-court episodes that included an embarrassing sexual harassment trial involving coach Isiah Thomas.
Thomas, who also serves as the team's President of Basketball Operations, is 39-63 since also over head-coaching duties on June 22, 2006.
Likely headed for their seventh straight losing season, the Knicks haven't received much support from their own fans lately. The booing continued Monday in a 99-89 loss to Dallas during which New York shot 40.2 percent (33-for-82) from the field.
First-year Knick Zach Randolph admitted the negative fan reaction is taking a toll.
"It's real hard. I ain't never been in a situation like that and I don't understand,'' said Randolph, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds Monday for his 10th double-double of the season. "I guess they say it's New York fans, but you know it's real tough. Honestly. Especially for me, because I've never experienced every time a player walks off the court you're booing."
Center Eddy Curry drew the ire of Knicks fans Monday after he scored six points on 3-for-13 shooting in his third straight ineffective performance. Curry has averaged 8 points and 3.3 rebounds in his last three games.
"He's getting shots that he normally would make," Thomas told the Knicks' official Web site. "Traditionally, he has always been in the top three or four in field goal percentage. I don't think this is something he is going to continue to do. It's just a phase he's going through right now. We have to continue to show confidence and get him out of it."
The Knicks could be without Stephon Marbury for a second straight game. Marbury's father passed away on Dec. 2, and the team has said the point guard can take off as much time as he needs.
As poorly as New York's season is going, Seattle (5-17) is one of four teams with a worse record. The SuperSonics dropped to 0-2 on a five-game road trip with a 123-96 loss Tuesday at Chicago.
"We scored close to 100 points,'' Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We scored close to 50 in the half, and we weren't even in the game. If you don't defend in this league, you can't be in the game.''
Kevin Durant had 16 points and Wally Szczerbiak and Mikael Gelabale each added 12 for Seattle, which has lost five straight on the road, with three of those defeats coming by margins of at least 16 points.
The Knicks had a three-game win streak against the Sonics snapped with a 100-99 home loss on March 6. Seattle has won two of its last three visits to New York after losing six straight there.
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