Opening Tip: Protect this Garden in 2014

The Knicks opened 2014 with a smash, taking two of three games in their Texas Triangle trip.

Now, Mike Woodson must find a way to bottle the Knicks' success in Texas and bring it back to Madison Square Garden starting Tuesday, when the Knicks return home to host the Detroit Pistons for the first of 10 home games in January.

If the Knicks want to make a run to win the Atlantic, they have to find a way to start winning at home.

So far this season, the Knicks have been much better on the road. They are 7-10 on the road this season. And in their last 10 games, the Knicks are 4-6, with all four victories coming away from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won at Milwaukee, Orlando, San Antonio and Dallas. They did lose road games at Toronto and Houston during that span.

But at home, the Knicks seemingly feel the pressure of playing in front of their disgruntled fans. They have dropped their last four home games and own the second-worst home record in the league at 4-12, a season after posting a 31-10 record. Only Milwaukee has fewer home wins, with a 3-12 mark.

The Knicks' home issues include slow starts and third-quarter lapses. The home crowd has booed the Knicks and, at times, called for Woodson's job.

The Knicks' next 10 home games are against the Pistons, Heat, Suns, Clippers (without an injured Chris Paul), Nets, Sixers, Bobcats, injury-ravaged Lakers, Celtics and Cavaliers. Seven of those teams have losing records.

In other words, it's time for the Knicks to start protecting home. This is a month when they can start making up some ground.

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What's next: The Knicks return home to host the Pistons at 7:30 p.m.

Question: Can the Knicks turn around their play at home this month? If so, what do they have to do to start winning at the Garden again?