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D’Antoni not that worried about Knicks six-game losing streak

Jan 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

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When a hitter is in a slump in July — let’s say, hypothetically the entire Dodgers roster — there seems to be a game or two where he starts hitting the ball hard but still can’t buy a hit. You can feel the slump’s about to end, it just won’t.

Mike D’Antoni sounds that way talking with Newsday about the Knicks current six-game losing streak. They hit one right on the screws Saturday against Oklahoma City, then Kevin Durant went all superstar on them.

“I feel a little bit like we did with Denver, when we kind of came off our little malaise,” Mike D’Antoni said early yesterday afternoon (a Knicks loss earlier this season when they went on to win 13 of 14 after it)… “I feel like we’re doing OK. I feel like we’re getting back on track,” D’Antoni said after conducting a workout that dealt mostly with late-game execution and what it will take to beat the Wizards Monday night at the Garden. “Nothing physical. More mental stuff.”

If you want to snap losing streak, playing at home against the winless-on-the-road Wizards is some of mama’s home cookin’.

Which is good, because the two games after that one are the Heat then on the road in Atlanta, two tough ones. So maybe the Knicks are not going on another 13-of-14 run. Especially if Raymond Felton continues his slump. But maybe he’s due to hit a few on the screws and see if they fall in.

  1. zblott - Jan 24, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Sorry D’Antoni, but your schedule isn’t ridiculously easy anymore. You’ve fallen out of the top-12/15 of the Power Rankings, likely for good:

  2. leearmon - Jan 24, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Its been a rough patch for us knicks, i think the Melo drama has taken its toll on us as well. Felton however is the key. If he continues his slump, combined with still trying to shoot his way out of it, were no better than a .500 club at best. Hopefully the all-star break does him well, (please east coaches dont vote him in) and he can rest up. But i think people forget Gallo was hurt during the first part of the losing streak, and loses at Utah, San Antonio and OKC arent bad losses. But we have definitely fallen back down to earth.

  3. dysraw1 - Jan 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    like the coach im not that worried about losing streak. however i am concern about the health of our players dick u got 2 trust more. we need at lease 2 more bigs, everytime amare gets in foul trouble we r gonna have problems

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