As the Knicks’ playoff chances slip slide away, the New York Post’s Marc Berman takes issue with Jamal Crawford’s choice of words.

Friday night in Seattle, Jamal Crawford talked about coming back to his hometown feeling different this time. After four years with the Bulls, Crawford said he was finally returning “in a winning situation.”

Winning situation? What an insult to all the Knick teams that actually won. Crawford must be confused. It’s the Bulls, the club that allowed him to flee last summer in return for Knick junk, in the winning situation, six games above .500, vying for homecourt advantage.

If Crawford (above) thinks he’s in “a winning situation,” the Knicks have greater problems at shooting guard than anyone imagined.

The Knicks, 10 games under .500, are done now, having blown their season during a rainy Pacific Northwest weekend in back-to-back defeats in Seattle and Portland. Crawford put forth stinkers in both games.

The Portland loss was one of the season’s most disgraceful defeats, with players admitting they came out “flat” in a game needed to keep their dying playoff hopes alive.

The lost season continues tonight in Golden State. If you blame Stephon Marbury for this mess, you’d be dead wrong. This season was not lost at point guard. It was ruined at shooting guard, where Crawford did not live up to expectations and where Allan Houston’s bizarre season brought the team down emotionally.

Crawford is a better point guard than shooting guard ” with a nice handle but streaky outside shot. He’s been at 39 percent all season. But the biggest disappointment with Crawford has been careless defense, perhaps because he’s playing out of position, perhaps because he doesn’t hustle.

If Crawford took more pride in his defense than in his pass-to-himself-off-the-backboard trick-play dunk, the Knicks would be a better team.