The Knicks know they have dug themselves a deep hole, and Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis may not be available Tuesday to help them climb out of it.
Neither practiced Monday, and coach Mike D'Antoni says both would probably be considered doubtful to play against Detroit. The Knicks then start a stretch of three games in three nights Thursday against Chicago.
The Knicks have lost three straight and nine of their last 10 games, with Anthony missing the last two because of a variety of injuries. Davis still hasn't played because of a herniated disc in his back, but forward Amare Stoudemire says the Knicks ''can't have any excuses. We've got to start winning now.''
Despite the disappointing start, D'Antoni says he isn't worrying about his job status.