Derek Fisher is either in supreme denial or a believer in the triangle offense at levels that seem to exceed all leaps and bounds.

Whatever the case might be, the New York Knicks rookie coach told reporters this week he isn’t concerned with the team’s, putrid, 4-15 start that includes a current five game losing streak.

“I mean, it is just a reality,” he said. “I don’t know if it is a concerning thing as though we can’t do something about it. If we were 4-15 and every time you watch us play, we couldn’t beat the other team, I’d be concerned. But we are seeing enough to let us know that if we just control the parts that we can control, we can actually win some of these games.”

The Knicks face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday with history on the line. Currently handcuffed with the league’s third worse record, a loss to the Cavs would mark for the team’s poorest start through 20 games in history.

“Am I happy about it? No,” said Fisher. “None of those players in the locker room are happy about it. But concerned is a defeated word. That is a word of not believing that you can still figure things out, and we still believe that right now.”

Since knocking off Cleveland 95-90 in their much celebrated home-opener, the Knicks have gone 2-14 and things don’t figure to get any easier Thursday night against the rejuvenated Cavs, winners of four in a row.

The New York Post reports the Knicks are expected to have J.R. Smith back in the lineup for the Cleveland game after the veteran swingman essentially sat out the team’s last two losses to Miami and Brooklyn with flu-like symptoms.

The former Sixth Man of the Year Award winner is currently averaging 9.2 points and 3.4 assists.

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