The road has been a good place to start for the Knicks so far this season, and they will seek to halt their three-game losing streak this week in the Texas triangle.
The Knicks have posted the second-most road wins in the NBA at 10-6, one behind the East-leading Celtics. That includes six straight victories away from Madison Square Garden since Nov. 21 — Oklahoma City, Detroit, Charlotte, Chicago (twice) and Indiana — entering Tuesday’s visit to Dallas to face the Mavericks.
“We’ve been playing pretty good basketball over this stretch. I think [Sunday] we did have a good game overall … but those couple-of-minute spurts kind of slipped away from us,” RJ Barrett said after Sunday’s home loss to the 76ers. “It wasn’t good enough, hasn’t been good enough the past three games, so we have to get out of that.”
Asked if the Knicks have been playing to their full capability during their three recent home defeats, Julius Randle said, “Offensively, yes. Defensively, no. We’ve got to get back to that, for sure.”
The Knicks will play additional road games later this week against the Spurs and the Rockets — the teams with the two worst overall records in the Western Conference.
Kemba Walker scored 12.8 points per game over his first five appearances after signing with Dallas this month before missing Dallas’ last two games for maintenance on his troublesome knees. The former Knicks guard is questionable for Tuesday’s game.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is the Mavericks’ fourth-leading scorer, netting 13.5 points per game over 32 appearances (15 starts). Former Knicks first-round pick Frank Ntilikina has made 15 appearances off the bench, including a season-high nine points in 13 minutes in Friday night’s win over the Rockets. Ntilikina also is listed as questionable with left knee soreness.
The Mavs waived guard Tyler Dorsey and signed forward AJ Lawson on a two-way NBA contract out of NBA G-League College Park.