Amar’e Stoudemire (L) and teammates watching their guys losing a critical games against Cleveland, followed by a devastating lost against the Lakers in the first of a four game road trip this past Tuesday. (66078)

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I remind you of the Knicks’ eight-game winning streak ending against Cleveland. It was a game that they needed to win against a team they should’ve beaten considering their 15-point halftime lead; Kyrie Irving, the Cavs’ franchise player, not playing; and the Atlanta Hawks—a team the Knicks are chasing for a playoff spot—also losing on that same night.

It was of great concern to them losing a sizable, fourth quarter lead against Philadelphia two nights before, narrowly winning and extending Philly’s losing streak. Currently in the middle of a four-game West Coast swing—the first two games already played—the Knicks have had to focus and maintain their energy levels for the West Coast swing and the back-to-back games played that tipped off Tuesday and Wednesday of this week against the Lakers and Sacramento. With their demoralizing loss to the Cavaliers, they simply cannot afford any more losses.

Tuesday’s Lakers game provided enough story lines to interest Hollywood’s paparazzi. Of interest, of course, was the possible attendance of Phil Jackson, the fiancé of one of the Lakers’ co-owners and a former coach of the team who is now the Knicks’ new boss. Likewise, there is Carmelo Anthony’s interest in playing for the Lakers as a free agent, as well as Mike Woodson, who replaced current Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni two seasons ago as the Knicks’ head coach. It’s rumored that both D’Antoni and Woodson could be fired.

Tomorrow night, the Knicks play the improved Phoenix Suns, who, like the Knicks, are battling for a playoff spot. The Knicks end their West Coast swing Sunday night (9 p.m., Madison Square Garden) at Golden State.