Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Can't Stop Sinking

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Can't Stop Sinking

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The Knicks' injury report was released Saturday for tonight's game and the names read once again like a who's who of the players the team rested its hopes on for this season.

Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani were all doubtful. Iman Shumpert was still out. Samuel Dalembert was questionable and Tim Hardaway Jr. was upgraded to probable.

That list included four starters from opening day, as well as a player in Bargnani who was expected to provide a boost when he returned from a series of injuries that sidelined him for the first 33 games. Instead, he headed off to the locker room with a recurrence of a calf injury Friday, his second game back.

So the Knicks will take the floor at Madison Square Garden tonight reeling with 20 losses in their last 21 games, 10 consecutive defeats for the second time in a span of just over a month, to take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

And if, as they did Friday when they fell behind the lowly -- but not as low as them-- Detroit Pistons by 33 points, they hear the boos from the home crowd, they will move along, understanding just where they are now.

"Obviously the fans want you to win," Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. "But I think most importantly, they want you to give everything that you have physically and mentally to your job which is what we would assume that most of them try to do every day. So you have every right to be disappointed in the team if you feel like the effort, the energy, the fight, is not there.

"If guys aren't making shots, if the team is not playing well for various reasons, maybe it's not boo worthy. But we can't kind of manage how we do things based on whether our fans are booing or cheering. …

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