- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Knicks are in Toronto on Friday, looking to avoid their first four-game losing streak since the Mike D’Antoni era.
Here are a few things to keep on eye on during the game:
PRIDE FACTOR: The Knicks were noncompetitive the last time they took the floor. In their first game after the All-Star break, they lost by 34 points to Indiana.
The Knicks were never in the game, trailing by as many as 39 and by at least 30 on several occasions. It wasn’t exactly the best way to start the second half, especially not for a team with hopes of making a deep playoff run.
Can the Knicks rebound Friday night? Is there something to be said for having too much pride to play like that on back-to-back nights? It will be interesting to see what happens against Toronto, a team that beat the Knicks nine days ago and has won six of nine since the Rudy Gay trade.
WHAT ABOUT MELO? As it always does with the Knicks, things start with Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, like every other Knick not named Tyson Chandler, had a forgettable game against the Pacers, missing 14 of 21 shots. In his past two games, Anthony has shot 12-for-45. He went 5-for-24 against Toronto thanks in part to a dead arm he suffered in the first quarter.
He’s healthy heading into Friday night’s game, and the Knicks need him to be assertive to walk off the floor in Toronto with a win.
THE 3-POINT LINE: Here’s something to keep track of on Friday: The Knicks are 7-14 when making 10 or fewer 3-pointers this season and are 25-5 when making more than 10 3-pointers. Jason Kidd was hitting 52 percent of his 3s on Dec. 13. He’s down to 37.4 percent from beyond the arc entering Friday’s game.
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