Knicks problems increase

January 04, 2015 13:28:59 UK

The New York Knicks outscored the Detroit Pistons by 14 points in the fourth quarter on Friday and still lost by 16 points in an embarrassing 97-81 defeat at Madison Square Garden.

Playing without Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tim Hardaway Jr., the Knicks were always going to be in trouble and so it proved as the hosts shot just 35% from the floor to make it 10 consecutive losses.

Into town on Sunday come the Milwaukee Bucks who despite the loss of rookie of the year candidate Jabari Parker, have played relatively well.

Currently at .500 and a post-season candidate in the weak Eastern Conference the Bucks have, with the notable exceptions of a couple of losses to the Charlotte Hornets and an early season defeat to the Pistons, generally beaten the sides that they should while suffering consistent losses to the better sides in the league.

Such a record implies that a solid foundation is being put in place by head coach Jason Kidd, but it remains an uncomfortable truth that the Bucks would probably be better off this year should they miss the playoffs.

Losers to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, the Toronto Raptors conclude their six-game road swing with a visit to the US Airways Center in Phoenix to take on the Suns.

It’s then back to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Thursday to entertain the Hornets and the start of a home stand through the middle of the month.

The Spurs are 5.00 to win the NBA Championships later in the year with the Cavaliers 6.00 and the Bulls 6.00.

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