Knicks PG Brandon Jennings ripped the team's effort after Thursday night's loss to the Wizards.
After falling behind by 27 points early, the Knicks had a 47-point fourth quarter but came up short during their 119-112 loss.
"We haven't been locking in well on the road," Jennings said, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post. "That's our big problem. If we want to be the team we think we are, we're going to have to lock in better on the road. We got to play 10 times harder. Teams play better when they're at home because they're feeling good.
"We're the Knicks," Jennings continued. "You have to know what's across your chest. There's a bigger bull's-eye on it. Everybody wants to beat us. It's a known national team. These are games we have to win. We should be disappointed. We can't just put together two quarters or try to come back in the fourth."
Jennings, who had 17 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds Thursday night, is averaging 7.1 points and 4.9 rebounds this season.
The Knicks' history with Jennings goes back to the 2008 NBA Draft, when they notably passed on him in favor of Jordan Hill. His time to finally don orange and blue has been a long time coming. He has pride in putting on that jersey, despite doing so during a time where New York is still trying to find its way.
Fans have to love that hunger from Jennings. Perhaps such an attitude will also light the fire under the butts of his teammates. Not only have the Knicks had trouble on the road this season, but they've struggled to stand their ground against much more physical opponents.
Despite this, Jennings has come to play and continues to carry his own weight. His scoring ability may only be coming in bunches, but he's proven his value in other ways as well. This team's difficulty doesn't necessarily stem from one or two players. A better group effort is needed, with improved communication on both ends of the floor. Jennings seems to sense that.