This has been a more than miserable road trip for the New York Knicks. At least it's one game from being over.
With their Atlantic Division lead on the verge of disappearing, the injury-riddled Knicks will try to salvage the finale Monday night against the Utah Jazz.
New York (38-26) hasn't been able to offer much resistance in losing the first four games of the trip, averaging only 81.8 points - 17 below its season average - with each defeat by at least 13 points.
That lack of offense isn't a surprise with Carmelo Anthony playing one full game on the swing before he left Wednesday's 23-point loss at Denver in the third quarter with a knee injury. Fellow All-Star Tyson Chandler bruised his left knee in that game and also has sat out the past two games.
The four-game skid matches the team's season high and has allowed Brooklyn to climb within one-half game of the Atlantic lead.
"We're all professionals, and sometimes you're going to play short-handed, so you've got to compete," ...