By Ryan Mayer

The Knicks have been struggling through a rough stretch as of late. They have lost 11 of 13 and four of their last five games, including an embarrassing 104-85 defeat to visiting Portland on Tuesday night.

A lot of the blame for the poor play has been heaped on star forward Carmelo Anthony.

That kind of stuff would be tiring for anyone, and following Tuesday’s game, some of Melo’s frustrations boiled over. According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily NewsMelo got into it with a fan who had taken to heckling him.

Anthony released a statement on Wednesday apologizing for the incident.

“I should not have responded the way I did,” he said.

In Anthony’s defense, he got very little help from his teammates during the loss, as only Aaron Afflalo and Kristaps Porzingis joined him in double figures. Additionally, the Trail Blazers have been one of the hottest teams in the league, having won nine of their last 10.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Knicks as they travel to Boston on Friday night for a date with the Celtics, who have won three straight and sit in third place in the Eastern Conference.

Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.