- Ian Begley, ESPN New York Writer
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Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Wednesday's Knicks-Blazers game:
More woes for Woody? Mike Woodson's job security has been in question for most of the year. Monday's loss to the lowly Bucks only brought those questions back to the surface.
The Knicks lost to a team that had lost six in a row before they took the court against New York. The Bucks had also lost seven straight to the Knicks. But, somehow, Woodson's club found a way to lose the game. Nine missed free throws didn't help. Neither did the Knicks' perimeter defense (Milwaukee shot 11-for-18 from beyond the arc).
They also struggled to defend the point guard position. Brandon Knight went off for 25 points and seven assists.
It doesn't get any easier for the Knicks on Wednesday. They welcome the Blazers and Damian Lillard to the Garden. The Blazers are 16-3 against the Eastern Conference this season.
If the Knicks fall to the Blazers, it would mark three straight losses following a four-game winning streak. In January, they followed a five-game winning streak with a five-game losing streak. You have to wonder if Knicks brass would conclude that the only way to stem the inconsistency is with a coaching change.
Felton's issues: One spotlight on Monday will be on Raymond Felton. The Knicks point guard had a rough night against the Bucks on Monday.
His counterpart, Knight, hit a 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of Felton to win the game Monday. He had three points on 1-for-7 shooting. Felton will have his hands full on Wednesday when he faces Damian Lillard.
Lillard's averaged 23.3 points on 50.9 percent shooting in three meetings with the Knicks.
The one thing Felton and the Knicks have going for them? Portland has lost four straight road games and their offense seems to be a bit off-kilter.
The league's highest-scoring team has put up 100.0 per game with a 28.8 shooting percentage from beyond the arc in its last eight games. The Blazers have lost five of eight.
More minutes for Amar'e? Amar'e Stoudemire seems frustrated with his playing time. After practice on Tuesday, he said that he has no medical minutes restrictions and his playing time is up to Woodson.
"I feel great," Stoudemire said. "I am ready to play. But it's up to him if he wants to play me or not."
Stoudemire's averaging 18.9 minutes per game this season. Aside from the 2005-06 season, when Stoudemire played just three games due to an injury, that's a career-low.
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Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Wednesday's Knicks-Blazers game: More woes for Woody? Mike Woodson's job security has been in question for most of the year.