The New York Knicks are a starkly different team at home, and their last two road games highlighted the disparities.
After two road losses, the Knicks return home to oppose the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
The Knicks (10-9) blew a 17-point lead in a 116-104 loss Friday in Atlanta, then squandered a 22-point advantage in a 117-102 loss at Houston on Saturday.
New York is 9-3 at home, where it averages 109.4 points and shoots 47.9 percent. On the road, the Knicks are 1-6 while averaging 96.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting.
Enes Kanter missed both road games with a back injury while Kristaps Porzingis sat out Saturday with the same injury.
Kanter hopes to return the face the Blazers, but his status was questionable.
"I think I'm going to try to play the next game Monday," Kanter said. "I might not be 100 percent, but I'm going to try to play Monday. If they don't give me the green light, I can't do anything about it. But I want to play Monday for sure."
Porzingis is expected to return against Portland, but Kanter's continued absence could prompt the season debut of Joakim Noah, who was activated from a 20-game suspension on Nov. 13 but has yet to suit up. Noah was punished for violating the league's policy prohibiting performance-enhancing drugs.
Regardless of who plays, New York hopes to improve on offense.
The Knicks are averaging just 101 points per game over their past five, in which they went just 2-3. In the previous 11 games during an 8-3 stretch, New York averaged nearly 110 points per game. >> Read more
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