Josh Hart after Knicks blasted at home: ‘You can’t be so consumed with stats’

For the most part, the Knicks have looked pretty good this season. That is, unless they’re playing the Bucks.Josh Hart

Another example of that came Saturday, when the Knicks were hammered by a 130-111 count at Madison Square Garden. It marked their second blowout loss to Milwaukee this month.

The latest loss also wasted a 36-point effort from guard Jalen Brunson. But when you lose, you may as well score 0, because that’s what you’re putting up in the win column.

Just ask Knicks guard/forward Josh Hart.

“Stats don’t really mean s–t when we’re losing,” Hart said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Post. “You can’t play for stats, you can’t be so consumed with stats. And obviously we’re in New York. You’re going to be talked about. You’re going to be talked about well when you have good stats. When you have bad stats, you’re going to be talked about badly. But at the end of the day, you can’t play for stats.”

Hart likely wasn’t talking about Brunson. He may have been defending RJ Barrett, who went just 5-of-17 from the field. As Bondy noted, Barrett is making just 20.8 percent of his 3-pointers over the past six games.

On the bright side, the Knicks (16-12) have still won half of their last 10 and aren’t falling too behind the Eastern Conference leaders.

On the not-so-bright-side, they have to play the Bucks again on Christmas Day.

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