Knicks take their show on the road
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Being 4-0 and the NBA's only unbeaten team is not good material for talk radio, where the best thing for stirring up callers is a long losing streak. So the most the Knicks can do, in terms of generating fans' angst, is to consider a schedule that is sending them on their first multi-game road trip and won't give them two days off between games until the first week of December.
"It's our schedule," coach Mike Woodson said Monday. "You know, we've had four good games and now we have to go see what we're made of on the road. Road wins are tough to get."
In a league that equates going on the road to going down the rabbit hole, a daunting venture into the unknown, the Knicks play Tuesday night in Orlando, Thursday in San Antonio and Friday in Memphis. After a home game against Indiana on Sunday, they will be traveling again to New Orleans, Dallas and Houston.
"We've only been on the road -- what? -- one game?" Woodson said. "I'm a big believer that you've got to do everything right on the road to win. We have been playing pretty good basketball; I like everything about the way we're playing. But the road's a different beast. Guys have to be committed and ready to go once you get out on the road."
The road, Carmelo Anthony said, "is always a challenge."
The road "isn't going to be easier than playing in the Garden, that's for sure," Steve Novak said.
Add to that the preponderance of games as some justification for freaking out. Except, as Novak said, "Welcome to the NBA. We're used to that. We had three games in four nights already and we're playing really well. We have to continue to have that energy, and I think our depth is what's been able to give us that kind of energy. We don't put much stock in talk of being the only undefeated team. We know it's an 82-game season before the playoffs, and that's when it really matters."
Of course, there is something else to worry about -- as fans are so inclined to do: The always lurking danger of an opponent with a poor record that is adjusting to the loss of a franchise player. Orlando no longer has Dwight Howard and has started 2-4.
"But I don't think that'll be strange," Anthony said. "I think everybody's already over the fact that Dwight is out of Orlando. We're not thinking about that. We're going down to play against the Magic and the guys they have now."