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Sunday, December 1, 2013
W2W4: Knicks vs. Pelicans

By Ian Begley

Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Sunday's game between the New York Knicks (3-12) and the New Orleans Pelicans (7-8), tipping off at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden:

Plain ugly: Just how bad are things for the Knicks right now? They have lost eight straight games. A loss Sunday would tie the franchise's longest losing skid in nearly 10 years. Larry Brown's Knicks lost nine straight from March 19 to April 4, 2006, according to STATS LLC.

Brown's one and only year coaching the Knicks was a disaster. New York went 23-59 in 2005-06. Brown was let go one year into a five-year contract.

If the Knicks continue to struggle, Mike Woodson may be in danger of meeting the same fate.

Parity for Pelicans: Unlike the Knicks, who rely mostly on Carmelo Anthony for points, New Orleans spreads the ball around. Six Pelicans average in double figures.

Anthony Davis leads the team at 19.6 points per game. The Knicks also need to account for sharpshooter Ryan Anderson and point guard Jrue Holiday.

Missing the point: Speaking of Holiday, he is the latest in a long line of tough point guards the Knicks will face. New York struggled to defend John Wall, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Ty Lawson in its past four losses. The Knicks will have their hands full with Holiday, who had 20 points and 13 assists in a win over the 76ers on Friday.

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