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How to watch, stream Trail Blazers at Knicks today at 4:30pm

It’s time to hit the road.

The Trail Blazers (14-20) are set to embark on a five-game, 10-day trip, tipping off in New York City on New Year’s Day.

The Knicks (9-24) are currently riding a two-game winning streak following their seven-point victory over the Wizards Saturday night.

Now after having three days off, the Knicks welcome in the Blazers.

Portland knows how important it is to get the job done on the road especially since the Blazers have dropped four straight.

Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony explained how being on the road could be a good thing for the Blazers:

“This is where we we’ll come together as a group, as a team, and we’ll figure it out on this road trip… These injuries that we have you can’t control that, but we have guys on this team that know how to play, a lot of experience, know this type of situations, have been in these situations before whether here or somewhere else… Like I said I think this road trip will really bring us together. Going on the road, sometimes you need to get away from home… Because it’s all about us on the road.”

You can watch all the action between the Blazers and Knicks game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers and you can stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!

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Don't miss any of the coverage of tonight's game:

1:30pm Blazers Game Day with Chad Doing

3:30pm Blazers Warm-Up

4:00pm Trail Blazers Pregame Show

4:30pm Trail Blazers vs. Knicks

After the game catch Blazers Outsiders with hosts Joe Simons and Dan Marang!

Plus, full coverage of the game from Dwight JaynesJamie Hudson and our digital team. Follow us on social throughout the night for the latest updates. 

Quotable

“I thought we played well for most of it. I think we had some lapses offensively, and defensively where we left guys wide open, we didn’t get rebounds, gave up second chance opportunities or when we scored they came back down the next play. So, there’s some great things we did tonight and some things we did pretty poorly." – CJ McCollum after Monday’s loss to the Suns 

Trail Blazers' main focus on five-game road trip? Come together, play better defense, & flat-out win

Trail Blazers' main focus on five-game road trip? Come together, play better defense, & flat-out win

NEW YORK CITY – It’s not the way the Trail Blazers, who now hold a 14-20 record, were looking to head out on this latest five-game road trip.

Portland started out red hot against the Suns Monday night, and most would think after witnessing such an impressive first quarter that the Blazers were going to steam roll Phoenix. They were up 19 points.

And then, the Blazers ended up losing.

It was their fourth straight loss.

But now, Damian Lillard and his teammates are forcing themselves to set their focus on the next five contests away from Moda Center.  

“We’ve got to put these games behind us because we can’t get them back,” Lillard said after Monday’s loss.

That’s the Blazers thinking right now: Put the losing streak behind them.

Winning enough is hard. Winning on the road is even harder. 

As Portland embarks on this 10-day trip, Carmelo Anthony explained that it's imperative that they have a short memory.

This doesn’t even matter anymore going into this five-game road trip. The only thing that matter is having a great road trip, going out there getting some wins, starting in New York. Even though it’s easier said than done – putting this game behind us… We have an opportunity to do something special on this road trip.  -- Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony

Portland will make stops in New York, Washington, Miami and Toronto before finishing up in Minnesota on January 9th.

Lillard mentioned how they are “a lot of winnable games” on this trip, beginning with the first two.

The Knicks and Wizards have a combined win total of 19.

As the Blazers continue to deal with their myriad of injuries, including the latest one with Skal Labissiere, who is not going to be with the team on the trip, the Blazers aren’t using that as an excuse.

Nor should they.

“Everybody in the world knows that we’ve got every injury you could possibly have,” Lillard said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys hurt and nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. Nobody’s going to say, ‘Oh they’re hurt, and it’s okay.’ We come out, we show up and we play. Our job is to go out there and try to win games and right now we’re not doing a good enough job of it and it’s that simple.”

CJ McCollum also put it simply: They’re just looking to get the job done.

No ands, ifs, or buts, about it.

McCollum was quick to answer when asked what is the main focus on this trip:

“We’re going to try to win games. We are in a position to try to make a push for the playoffs. Five games on the road trip, we got to try to win as many as possible and take advantage of leads when we get up.” 

In order for the Blazes to win games, they know there is plenty to shore up defensively.

With Lillard, McCollum and Melo, the Blazers can get a bucket when needed.

But can they get a stop when needed?

“I don’t think it’s one thing,” Lillard explained when discussing what the Blazers need to work on defensively. “I think it’s just being able to sustain a certain level to where even when we do give up or have a breakdown, it’s not such a big breakdown and it’s not in such big moments. I think it seems like it always happens at the wrong time for us. It happens in stretches. But the problem is that it always happens. That’s an issue. “

That has become a big issue for Portland-- lapses of bad defense, especially down the stretch of games, has been one of the Blazers’ biggest thorns in their side besides the injuries.  

“It’s going to be hard to put a complete game together, especially against good teams when you always have these lapses and miscommunications," Lillard continued. "It was times tonight where it was like practice threes. That’s not people just being lazy – that’s miscommunications, not being alert and just not being sharp enough at that time. It just happens to us too often.”

The Blazers know what they need to do.

But, is it time to look elsewhere?

Do the Blazers need to bring in a big or power forward to turn things around?

That's not a bad idea. 

However, according to Melo, they may just need to get away from it all and be forced to focus on themselves.

I think we’ll figure it out. This is where we’ll come together as a group, as a team, and we’ll figure it out on this road trip… These injuries that we have you can’t control that, but we have guys on this team that know how to play, a lot of experience, know this type of situation, have been in these situations before whether here or somewhere else, and we got be ready. Like I said I think this road trip will really bring us together. You know, going on the road, sometimes you need to get away from home… Because it’s all about us on the road. 

As for Anthony's big return to the Big Apple, that couldn’t be further from his mind.  

“I’ll deal with that on Wednesday.”   

Portland will also begin dealing with their task at hand on Wednesday -- a complete game against the Knicks. 

Dame says, no matter what, this season will not splinter his team

Dame says, no matter what, this season will not splinter his team

The Trail Blazers left no doubt Tuesday night that no matter how bad things were going for them, they weren’t going as poorly as the New York Knicks.

The now 10-15 Blazers outscored the Knicks by at least eight points in each of the first three quarters and led by as many as 32 points while routing 4-20 New York, sending the reeling Knicks to their 10th straight defeat.

Obviously, Portland has not reached its pre-season expectations – injuries have taken care of that – but Damian Lillard says there is no worry about this team splintering or losing its way this season.

“Not us,” he said emphatically. “Because I think that starts at the top. We don’t have a coaching staff that wavers, where they come in here like, ‘We got to stop doing this!’ They are never negative. Some people have a hard time when you’ve struggling or losing and coming in the next day and still having the same positive attitude, while still addressing what the issues are. And our coaching staff, they do a great job of that.

Myself and CJ, we’ve always had that mentality of, ‘It’s not going well, but we’re going to figure it out.’ So, it’s not only no panic, when we see that from our coaching staff and our teammates see it from us, there is a level of confidence that you have throughout a group, when everybody can look to each other know and say 'He still believes, he’s still positive.'

“You keep that energy as a group. Whereas, ‘It’s going bad, but let’s keep going.’ If we finish the season bad, we’re going to have a whole season where we say, we fought through it. We always have our minds in the right place and we’re going to keep fighting through it.”

The Blazer coaching staff showed that it’s willing to tinker with things a bit, showing a 2-3 zone, a three-guard lineup and the team’s only two true bigs – Skal Labissiere and Hassan Whiteside – playing at the same time.

Asked when the last time he was on a team that played a 2-3 zone, Kent Bazemore shook his head and fought for a memory he couldn’t find.

“Um, I can’t really remember. It’s definitely a different wrinkle, especially if you throw it at them right out of a timeout,” said Bazemore, who started at small forward. “You have smart enough players on the floor, it’s actually very effective.

“You’ve got to give us credit tonight, though. We came out… Dame was super-special tonight and had the game we kind of needed from him. We’re still building. Confidence is starting to grow.”

Whiteside had another night of stuffing the stat sheet, getting 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in 25:38. Lillard was sensational from the floor, hitting 9 of 15 overall and 8-12 from three -- and he didn't play in the fourth quarter. Portland hit 17 of 41 threes while the Knicks managed just 7-38.

Next up, Thursday night on the road, is Denver.

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