The Milwaukee Bucks have cooled off this week, but a visit from an injury-plagued opponent could help them get back in the win column.
The Bucks appear to have a good chance to end their string of seven straight losses to the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Milwaukee (24-21) won eight of its first 11 under interim coach Jim Boylan, but it has since sputtered offensively in back-to-back losses. After falling 104-88 to visiting Chicago on Wednesday, the Bucks were a little more competitive Friday but the result was the same.
They led for much of the first three quarters at New York before the Knicks pulled away in the final period to win 96-86. Ersan Ilyasova had a team-best 19 points, but Milwaukee totaled 13 in the fourth quarter and fell to 1-11 when shooting under 40.0 percent from the field.
"For us offensively, we just kind of hit a wall there. We couldn't score enough points," Boylan said. "We were searching for offense pretty much the whole second half....