March meltdown puts playoffs at risk for Knicks

BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Knicks' fantastic February is forgotten, replaced by a March meltdown.

They are back to playing the way they were in January, before Jeremy Lin's emergence. New York has lost six in a row for the second time this season and is in danger of missing the playoffs.

Even if they regroup and make the postseason, history indicates they won't be a threat to advance. According to STATS, LLC, only one team in the past 36 years, Indiana in 2005, has won a playoff series after having two losing streaks of six games or longer during the regular season.

Lin's numbers have dropped, Carmelo Anthony's and Amare Stoudemire's are below normal, and the defense is struggling with 24 games left.

"Our backs are against the wall right now," Anthony says.