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D’Antoni not that worried about Knicks six-game losing streak


When a hitter is in a slump in July — let’s say, hypothetically the entire Dodgers roster — there seems to be a game or two where he starts hitting the ball hard but still can’t buy a hit. You can feel the slump’s about to end, it just won’t.

Mike D’Antoni sounds that way talking with Newsday about the Knicks current six-game losing streak. They hit one right on the screws Saturday against Oklahoma City, then Kevin Durant went all superstar on them.

“I feel a little bit like we did with Denver, when we kind of came off our little malaise,” Mike D’Antoni said early yesterday afternoon (a Knicks loss earlier this season when they went on to win 13 of 14 after it)… “I feel like we’re doing OK. I feel like we’re getting back on track,” D’Antoni said after conducting a workout that dealt mostly with late-game execution and what it will take to beat the Wizards Monday night at the Garden. “Nothing physical. More mental stuff.”

If you want to snap losing streak, playing at home against the winless-on-the-road Wizards is some of mama’s home cookin’.

Which is good, because the two games after that one are the Heat then on the road in Atlanta, two tough ones. So maybe the Knicks are not going on another 13-of-14 run. Especially if Raymond Felton continues his slump. But maybe he’s due to hit a few on the screws and see if they fall in.

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Report: Wizards signing Ryan Hollins

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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.

Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.

So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.

So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?

Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.

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