Posted November 21, 2013 by Luis Mercado in Sports

J.R. Smith ‘Panics’ As Knicks Move To 3-8

Hey guys, J.R. Smith DOES care about basketball.

Speaking about the New York Knicks 103-96 overtime loss to the 10-1 Indiana Pacers, Smith is starting to panic, and is worried his team may be digging themselves a hole as the season gets further underway.

“We’re frustrated. Like you say, it’s too early to panic, but me, personally, I’m panicking. I don’t like this.”

“I don’t want to play 3-8 basketball. I don’t want to play 50-50 basketball. If we’re going to be a championship-caliber team and call ourselves that, then we’ve gotta play like that. It can’t be no other way.”

The team put up a good fight, as they challenged the Pacers, who just can’t seem to lose this season .

Knicks lost Tyson Chandler, which has really hurt their defense. Add the swirling rumors of Iman Shumpert being traded, Head Coach Mike Woodson’s job security, and Carmelo Anthony possibly leaving for free agency in the next year, the team is a mess at the moment.

“I hate to say it, but our defense’s backbone is on Tyson, and Tyson’s not here right now. And we know that, and he’s not going to be available for a few weeks now, so we’ve gotta step it up individually. It’s a team game, but individually we’ve got to take pride in guarding the ball, guarding our man. We have to enjoy stopping the other team.”

The good news for both the Knicks and Nets, is that the team at the top of the Atlantic division is the Toronto Raptors who have a record of 5-7.