Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek implied that this year's team is stronger-minded than the one that collapsed in the second half of last season.
The 17-16 Knicks, who have lost two games in a row, are just 2-10 on the road and face a daunting schedule over the next month -- with 17 of their next 20 games on the road.
"Usually when you have an older team - veteran guys - and the losses start piling up guys have a tendency to go, 'Okay, the season (is over),' " Hornacek said, according to the NY Daily News. "These guys are going to fight until the end of the season no matter what our record is. A lot of young guys, they know we're working not just for this year, but for the next couple of years to get better at certain things. So there won't be any quit in these guys."
Last season, with Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose leading the way along with Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks had a 16-13 record on Dec. 22 before collapsing and finishing with a record of 31-51.
The Knicks are currently tied in the loss column with the Heat for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Enes Kanter, who has been an asset both on and off the court this season after being acquired from the Thunder in the Anthony trade, recently said the Knicks can beat "every team on every court," and that the team can handle their upcoming schedule.
"I think we're ready," Kanter said. "The important thing is good teams bounce back quick. We got three games coming up in four days so you're going to see how good of a team we are. Just bounce back and set the tone early with the Bulls game and just go from there."