Knicks pay a visit to Milwaukee
(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks are still alive in the playoff race and
will hit the road tonight to take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley
Although chances of claiming the eighth and final playoff spot in the East are
slim, the Knicks still have a chance to punch their postseason ticket. New
York is three games behind Orlando for the final berth, but has dropped four
In Friday’s 99-94 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden,
Nate Robinson scored 21 points and Eddy Curry had 20 and six boards for the
Knicks, who have seven games remaining on the 2006-07 schedule. Mardy Collins
added a career-high 16 points and Channing Frye had 11 points and seven boards
for New York, which has lost eight of nine overall.
The Knicks are 12-24 away from the Big Apple this season. On the injury front
for New York, guards Stephon Marbury (toe) and Steve Francis (ankle) are
questionable for Saturday’s game.
Milwaukee has lost eight of its last nine games as well, including Friday’s
115-102 setback to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Earl Boykins tied a career-high with 36 points and also dished out nine
assists for the Bucks. Charlie Bell recorded 28 points and Ruben Patterson
finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the setback.
The Bucks will open a three-game homestand tonight versus New York, Orlando
and Indiana. They also own a 17-19 mark at the Bradley Center this season.
In injury news for Milwaukee, guards Maurice Williams (knee) and Michael Redd
(knee) are doubtful for Saturday’s game against New York. Forward Brian
Skinner (ear infection) is questionable.
Saturday’s game between the Knicks and Bucks is the fourth and final matchup
of the season. New York is 2-1 so far in the season series, but Milwaukee has
won five of the last eight encounters.
New York has lost three of its last four trips to the Bradley Center.