Saturday December 6th, 2014

New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudermire said the Atlantic Division is "still open," according to a report from's Ian Begley.

The Knicks have lost seven consecutive games and fell to 4-17 -- the worst start to a season in franchise history -- with a loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. New York is currently only two games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers (1-18), which won their first game on Wednesday after dropping their first 17, in the division standings.

The other teams in the Atlantic Division are the Boston Celtics (6-11), the Brooklyn Nets (8-10) and the Toronto Raptors, which own the best record in the Eastern Conference at 15-5. Toronto is expected to be without shooting guard DeMar Derozan for several weeks after he tore a tendon in his left leg.

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From the report:

“With Toronto and [DeMar] DeRozan being hurt now, you never know how that team is going to end up. Brooklyn’s not playing great. The division is still open,” Stoudemire said after the Knicks' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night. "We've just got to turn this thing around." 

The Knicks host the Portland Trail Blazers (15-4) on Sunday.

• Report: Knicks not confident they can land Marc Gasol in free agency

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