W2W4: Knicks at Hawks

February, 22, 2014
Feb 22
5:31
PM ET
Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Saturday's Knicks-Hawks game:

Race for eighth: This disaster of a Knicks season has been reduced to a race for eighth in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks (21-34) enter play Saturday 4 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Hawks and seventh place Bobcats.

Detroit and Cleveland are also ahead of the Knicks, who have lost six of seven on the road.

New York is coming off one of the most disappointing losses of its season, a double-overtime defeat to the Magic in Orlando.

In addition to the loss Friday, the Knicks have lost to the Kings, Sixers and Bucks. Those three clubs are a combined 43-121.

No Teague? The Knicks may get a break on Saturday. Atlanta's Jeff Teague is questionable with an ankle injury. The Hawks, losers of eight straight, will also be without center Al Horford and backup Pero Antic.

Teague, like most opposing point guards against the Knicks, has had an easy time getting to the paint. If Teague can't play, Shelvin Mack could see major minutes. If recent history is any indication, that's not the best thing for the Knicks.

Mack had 12 points and 12 assists in the Hawks' win at Madison Square Garden in November. He added 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting in the Hawks' next trip to the Garden in December, which resulted in a loss.

Shooting blanks: The Knicks got plenty from Carmelo Anthony on Friday night. He poured in 44 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. But they'll probably need more from their supporting cast if they hope to leave Atlanta with a win.

In the loss to Orlando, the shooting guard tandem of J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined to shoot 10-for-30 and scored 25 points.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2