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Knicks focused on improving league-worst road record

From NBA media reports

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With the worst road record in the NBA (1-8), the New York Knicks have to approach each and every game away from Madison Square Garden with an intense focus if they intend to seriously chase a playoff berth this season. That means even a relatively close trip to Brooklyn to face the Nets (7:30 ET, League Pass) requires the highest level of attention to detail.

Jeff Hornacek’s team is dealing with injuries to key players, the integration of youngsters and newcomers into the rotation and all of the other issues teams have to sort through early in a season. But a showdown with their city rivals looms as a huge test, given Brooklyn’s improved play this season and the Knicks’ road woes, as Fred Kerber of the New York Post details:

OK, they’re going to Brooklyn on Thursday and it’s not a six-hour journey — although it can be with traffic — but the road so far has made for some very long nights for the Knicks. They are an NBA-worst 1-8 and have lost six straight away from their beloved Garden.

“We’re not playing in our building. It’s a close-travel game [so] we don’t have to get on a plane. But still, it’s not in our building. They’re going to have their fans in there as well and we’ve got to do whatever we can to combat that,” Jarrett Jack said. “If we want to be a serious team and a team that wants to fight to get to postseason, that’s something we’ve got to kind of get a handle on right here.”

And they are facing their city-rival Nets.

“It’s going to be a good game. Obviously they’re a pretty good team they’re in the 11th spot, I think, in the East. Every team is an NBA team so you have to respect every team and not look at their record and say, ‘Oh, we’ve got an easy one today,’ ” Knicks banged-up center Enes Kanter said.