W2W4: Knicks vs. Hawks


Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Saturday's game against Atlanta:

Broken home: The Knicks are on the verge of making the wrong kind of history at Madison Square Garden. They have lost their past four games at home and are in danger of losing five straight home games for the first time in the Mike Woodson era. The last time the Knicks lost five in a row at home was February 2010.

But if recent history is any indication, they'll be OK tonight.

New York has won five straight and eight of nine against Atlanta, including a 95-91 road win Wednesday.

Still, the Knicks' 1-4 home record is concerning. They started last season 10-0 at home and lost their fourth home game on Jan. 7.

"Everything just feels cloudy and like a blur at this moment, whereas last year we were so good at winning basketball games at home," Carmelo Anthony said Friday at an event at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx. "It's early now, but we're better on the road than we are on our home court. But I've got to believe that it's gonna change."

Taming Teague: What can the Knicks do to slow down Jeff Teague? The Hawks point guard is coming off of a monster game against Philadelphia. He scored a career-high 33 points and handed out 10 assists in a home win on Friday.

Teague also got to the paint at will against the Knicks on Wednesday, scoring 25 points and getting to the line 14 times. In all, the Hawks had a blistering 56 paint points against New York, many thanks to Teague's penetration.

Melo's minutes: Anthony leads the league in minutes (40.8 per game), less than a minute per game ahead of James Harden and Kevin Durant. Woodson said earlier in the season he wanted to play Anthony around 35 minutes per game. But that hasn't happened. It sounds as if Anthony would like it to.

"I don't want to play 45 minutes every night. But at this rate if that's what I have to do to try to help this team, then I'm all for it," he said.

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