Originally written on Knickswag  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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By, Michael Burke – Knickswag Contributor What Happened: The Knicks’ Western Conference road trip couldn’t have gone much worse; from suffering numerous blowouts to being dealt with injury after injury, the Knicks couldn’t catch any breaks throughout the trip. They finished with a 1-4 record on the trip, but with a 39-26 record on the season, still hold their lead in the Atlantic Division by two games in the loss column. Bad Homecoming: Carmelo Anthony’s return to Denver was far from what he likely hoped it would be; Anthony scored just nine points and left the game during the third quarter due to knee soreness. Carmelo was soon flown back to New York to get fluid drained from his knee, and despite rejoining the team on Saturday, did not play again during the trip. Injury Bug: Carmelo wasn’t the only member of the Knicks that got hurt during the road trip, as the season’s recurring theme of injury found its way to multiple members of the team. First, Tyson Chandler suffered a knee contusion after colliding with Corey Brewer during the Knicks’ game against the Nuggets. In addition, just today, Chandler was ruled out of action for the next week after an MRI revealed a bulging disc in his neck. Next up was Kurt Thomas, who injured his right foot during Sunday’s matinee game against the Clippers. Despite playing through the injury on Monday in Utah, the Knicks have ruled Thomas out for the next two to four weeks after his MRI revealed a stress fracture in his foot. Losing Streak: The Knicks tied a season-long losing streak of four games to start this road trip, and it was easily the team’s worst stretch of basketball of the season. In the four games, the Knicks were outscored by a total of 80 points. For those of you who can’t do the math, that’s an average of 20 points per game. New York even scored a season-low 63 points in Monday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. Not Quite the Same: Without Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks relied heavily on J.R. Smith for much of the trip, and it didn’t pan out too well. Smith went 28-of-77 over the five games, while committing a combined total of 14 turnovers. Something Salvaged: After getting torn apart in the first four games of the trip, the Knicks were faced with their backs against the wall as they headed into Utah to face the Jazz on Monday. To the Knicks’ credit, they responded, showing heart and desire en route to a hard-fought victory on the road that gave this road trip something positive to build upon. Up Next: The Knicks schedule gets much easier, as they play host to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night before playing a home-and-home against the Toronto Raptors on Friday and Saturday. The post New York Knicks Breakdown: West Coast Road Trip appeared first on Knickswag - A New York Knicks Blog - News, Rumors, and more!.
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