After losing six straight at home for the first time in more than 21 years, the New York Knicks may be happy to go back on the road.
Unfortunately, they aren’t much better there either.
The Knicks look for their second win in eight road games Saturday when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team they have not beaten in Minneapolis in more than four years.
New York (19-29) has dropped its last three games at Minnesota (17-51) since Nov. 26, 2003. That victory is only one of two for the Knicks at the Target Center over the last 10 visits. They beat the Timberwolves 97-93 on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks will be looking to win the season series for the first time since 2000-01.
But they have only won once in their last 11 games overall—a 91-88 win at league-worst Miami on March 12—and are coming off a 120-106 defeat to last-place Memphis on Friday. That loss extended New York’s losing streak at MSG to six games for the first time since Nov. 29-Dec. 20, 1986.
The Knicks haven’t been good away from there either, going 7-26 to rank only better in the Eastern Conference than the Heat, Charlotte and Milwaukee - all 6-27.
“This is definitely a growing and a learning experience for me and this is a very tough time,” Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said. “But you try to grow and learn from the tough times also.”
Thomas is expected to bench Zach Randolph, who is averaging 17.5 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds, for a second consecutive game in favor of Randolph Morris, who managed four points on 1-for-8 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in his first career start on Friday.
The lineup change will likely put more of the scoring load on Jamal Crawford, the team’s leader with 20.4 points per game. The guard scored 22 points against the Grizzlies after totaling 20 in his previous two games.
Crawford spurred New York’s win over Minnesota earlier this season by scoring 24 points.
The Timberwolves, who are tied with Memphis for the second-worst record in the West, return home after failing to win three consecutive games for the first time this season on Friday, falling 124-113 at Indiana.
“It was a tough loss,” said Wolves swingman Rashad McCants, who had 22 points and six assists. “Coming in, we thought we had a chance to win, but we had a lot of problems defensively.”
McCants, second on the team with a career-high 14.9 points per game, has been solid off the bench over the last three games, averaging 19.0 points and 5.7 assists.