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Mar 15, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) dunks over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)
Mar 15, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) dunks over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)

The Knicks finished their three-game road trip with yet another loss, falling to the Spurs, 109-83. They've lost eight straight and own an NBA-worst 13-56 record. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1. Noah Vonleh suffered a right ankle injury in the middle of the second quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game. He had four points and an assist in 8:44 of action. The Knicks entered the game without Dennis Smith Jr., who was out with a back injury.

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Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Knicks (13-55) head to South Texas on the heels of 103-98 loss at Indiana on Tuesday. New York has dropped seven consecutive games since beating San Antonio and Orlando for a modest two-game win streak late last month.

Emmanuel Mudiay led the Knicks with 21 points off the bench in the loss, with Damyean Dotson scoring 18, Kevin Knox adding 16 points and DeAndre Jordan hitting for 12 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

"We fought the whole game and made some good runs, they made a run, but we didn't give up," Knox said. "They just made some plays late."

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San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

D'Angelo Russell had 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets forced the San Antonio Spurs into perhaps their worst offensive performance of the season in a 101-85 victory Monday night.

A night after their defense was absent in a loss to the Knicks, the Spurs went across town and couldn't get their offense going. San Antonio was held to its lowest point total of the season, and the NBA's leading 3-point shooting team was a season-worst 16.7 percent behind the arc.

San Antonio came in shooting a little better than 40 percent behind the arc.

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Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell directs his teammates during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell directs his teammates during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

For the next two weeks, the Brooklyn Nets will get plenty of chances to accumulate home wins and strengthen their playoff positioning.

Then one of the toughest schedules in the league kicks in during the final month as the Nets attempt to reach postseason for the first time in four years.

First up is a meeting with the San Antonio Spurs, who are concluding their annual Rodeo Road Trip with a visit to Brooklyn on Monday.

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The Knicks snapped their 18-game home losing streak and won at Madison Square Garden for the first time since December when they beat the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 on Sunday. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. The Knicks outshot the Spurs 43.2 percent to 25 percent from 3-point range, as Damyean Dotson made 8 of 13 treys en route to a team-high 27 points.

2. Kevin Knox had a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Dennis Smith Jr. had 19 points, 13 assists and six rebounds for New York, which hadn't won at home since Dec. 1, 2018.

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts toward referee Dan Crawford after a foul call on the Knicks against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts toward referee Dan Crawford after a foul call on the Knicks against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

For the second straight season, the San Antonio Spurs are encountering difficulties in getting wins on their annual Rodeo Road Trip.

On Sunday, they will encounter an opponent whose inability to win at home is on the verge of matching an NBA record.

The seventh stop of San Antonio's lengthy trip is a visit to the New York Knicks, whose 18-game skid on their home floor is one away from the league record set by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.

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Jan 31, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) grabs a rebound as San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)
Jan 31, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) grabs a rebound as San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Derrick White scored a career-high 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 117-114 on Thursday night, their 16th straight win at home over the Nets.

Fresh off his seventh All-Star selection, LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points, including a critical three-point play in the final minute, and 13 rebounds for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan added 15 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a three-game absence because of a sore left knee.

After failing to make the All-Star Game as a reserve, D'Angelo Russell pressed his case to replace injured selection Victor Oladipo. Russell had 25 points, nine assists and four turnovers in 33 minutes for Brooklyn.

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Jan 17, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor (4) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 17, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor (4) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

San Antonio is riding a three-game winning streak built on impressive offensive production when it hosts the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday at the AT&T Center.

But the Spurs shouldn't expect rays-of-sunshine accolades from venerable coach Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs have received just the opposite, especially in the minutes following their 126-124 win over hapless Phoenix on Tuesday. Popovich fumed about his team's play and said it was "fortunate to win the game."

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November 1, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) tackles Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
November 1, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) tackles Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Former Jets CB Antonio Cromartie officially announced his retirement from the NFL via Instagram on Monday. 

Cromartie has been a year removed from from the NFL, as he last played for the Colts in 2016. After thinking it through, Cromartie thought the best decision would be to retire after 11 seasons. 

SEE HIS RETIREMENT POST BELOW

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Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie says he will be ready to go if he is called on by the team. 

Cromartie spoke with Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon on SNY's Jet Stream Podcast, where he said he is in NFL shape and would be ready to play if called upon. 

"Listen, if they gave me a call, I'd be ready to go," Cromartie said. "I'm still here in Jersey, so I'm training my behind off, and I'm just waiting on the opportunity."

"If they called me, I'm there. Hands down."

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New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected specialists: Chandler Catanzaro (K), Lachlan Edwards (P), Tanner Purdum (LS), Jalin Marshall (KR/PR)

Key contributors: Rontez Miles, Josh Martin, Dylan Donahue, Juston Burris, Charone Peake

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Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the New York Knicks salvaged the finale of a tumultuous five-game homestand by beating the San Antonio Spurs 94-90 on Sunday.

With Latrell Sprewell and a number of other former Knicks in attendance two days after Charles Oakley was banned, the current team pulled out a defensive performance from its past, limiting the Spurs to 36 percent shooting.

That came just two nights after the Knicks yielded 131 points in a dismal defensive performance against Denver, which came after losses to Cleveland and both Los Angeles teams to start the homestand.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony passed Hall of Famer Charles Barkley on the NBA's all-time scoring list in Sunday's 94-90 win against the San Antonio Spurs.

Anthony scored 11 of his 25 points in the third quarter of Sunday's game, including a 3-pointer to move into 25th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. He now has 23,775 points in his 14-year NBA career.

He has the fifth most points among active NBA players, trailing Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter. Carter ranks 24th on the all-time scoring list with 24,352.

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Patty Mills scored 20 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 112-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night while playing without Kawhi Leonard and three other regulars.

Pau Gasol (broken bone, left hand) and Tony Parker (sore left foot) didn't even make the road trip, while Manu Ginobili was scheduled for a night off but couldn't have played anyway because of back spasms. Then Leonard, the Western Conference player of the week, was scratched.

The Spurs announced Leonard was resting, though coach Gregg Popovich said the All-Star forward had a sore left hand, which was wrapped after Leonard was hit while scoring a career-high 41 points in an overtime victory at Cleveland on Saturday.

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) drives around Toronto Raptors shooting guard Norman Powell (24) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) drives around Toronto Raptors shooting guard Norman Powell (24) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Nets (9-34) welcome the San Antonio Spurs (34-9) to Barclays Center on Monday.

According to STATS:

  • Since beating the Nets in the 2003 NBA Finals, four games to two, the Spurs have won 23 of 26 meetings between these clubs. San Antonio's 23-3 record is its best versus any single opponent over that time frame.
  • The Spurs' 18-4 road record is the second best in the NBA (Warriors, 18-3), while the Nets have the worst home record in the league (7-15).
  • The Spurs won in Cleveland in overtime on Saturday night, 118-115. San Antonio shot exactly 50.0 percent from the floor, its 19th game this season shooting 50.0 percent or better, second most in the NBA (Warriors -- 23 games).
  • After scoring 30 or more points in each of his last five games, Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 41 points in the win, while also recording six rebounds and five assists. He became the first Spur to recorded at least 40 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game since Manu Ginobili did so on April 2, 2010.
  • Brooklyn lost to Charlotte on Saturday, 112-105. The Nets recorded a season-high 30 assists on its 38 made field goals.
  • Caris LeVert leads all rookies (minimum 50 field-goal attempts) in field-goal percentage in January, as he is shooting 52.9 percent (37-for-70).

© 2017 by STATS.

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert (22) drives on a breakaway ahead of Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert (22) drives on a breakaway ahead of Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- The San Antonio Spurs may be slightly shorthanded but Kawhi Leonard is hardly lacking in the scoring department.

Fresh off his stellar performance Saturday in Cleveland, Leonard and the Spurs visit the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Leonard is averaging 25.5 points per game this season and is putting on an outstanding display of late. Leonard has been in double figures for 75 straight regular-season games and it includes 14 games with at least 30 points, which is four more than his career total before this season.

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New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

12:15PM: Winters received a four-year, $29 million contract extension, including $15 million guaranteed, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN

The $15 million guaranteed is the tenth-largest guarantee for a guard.

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Kellen Davis, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum, Wesley Johnson
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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Coming off a miserable season, the Jets are in a difficult offseason position. They don't project to have much cap room, at least until they start cutting some high-priced players. And whatever cap room they do create might have to be spent on the quarterback they so obviously and desperately need.

And since they'll have to replace many of the players they cut, they may not have much room to re-sign their own players. The good news, though, is coming off a miserable, 5-11 season it's not like they have a lot of unrestricted free agents they absolutely can't live without.

There are a couple worth bringing back, though. Here's a look at their list of free agents, and how hard they might try to re-sign them...

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Dec 10, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44, behind) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 10, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44, behind) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

If the San Antonio Spurs weren't aware of how poorly they've played in the opening half of most games this season, they were forcefully reminded recently.

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Dec 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) in the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) in the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets take on the Spurs on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

According to STATS...

  • This will be the first meeting between the Nets and the Spurs in 2016-17. San Antonio has won its last 13 home games in this series; the Nets' last road victory versus the Spurs came back on January 22, 2002.
  • Brooklyn has held a lead at any point in the fourth quarter in just nine of its games this season, which ranks dead last in the NBA. The Nets are 6-3 in those games, however.
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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets safety Antonio Allen (39) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets safety Antonio Allen (39) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have waived/injured safety Antonio Allen and signed linebacker Freddie Bishop to their active roster, the team announced Saturday. 

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Nov 25, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Brooks (00) defends in the second half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-97. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 25, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Brooks (00) defends in the second half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-97. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets will carry a modicum of momentum and a modest one-game winning streak with them to San Antonio to play the Spurs on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. But don't expect the Spurs to be cordial hosts, even with the holidays looming.

San Antonio has struggled at home this season, going just 5-4. But Brooklyn hasn't won in Alamo City since George W. Bush's first year in office (and it's never won in the AT&T Center, which opened in October 2002), so the Nets understand the task at hand is a tall order.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets released their injury report on Friday.

The following players will be OUT for Sunday's game against the 49ers

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
Tags: Antonio Allen, Breno Giacomini, Jalin Marshall, Khiry Robinson, Lorenzo Mauldin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets special-teamer Antonio Allen said he was onside during the game-altering penalty he was called for during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

Allen was ruled offside on the Jets' kickoff with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter. On that kickoff, the Jets tackled Dolphins returner Jakeem Grant at the Miami 19 yard line.

Kenyan Drake then returned the re-kick 96 yards for a touchdown that gave the Dolphins a 27-23 lead.

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In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 9 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Brandon MarshallBen Ijalana, Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Jalin Marshall and the Wide Receivers, Leonard Willians, Julian Stanford and the Special Teams, among others, all which you can read here...

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Dakota Dozier, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

The Jets have released Friday's injury report:The following players will be out on Sunday against the BrownsLB Darron LeeLB Bruce Carter

Tags: Antonio Allen, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Devin Smith, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) kicks from the hold of punter Lac Edwards (4) against the Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)
New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) kicks from the hold of punter Lac Edwards (4) against the Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)

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You have to feel sorry for Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan. After the special teams unit was a liability last year and probably contributed to at least a couple of losses, the team did everything they possibly could to upgrade the special teams units. They specifically targeted special teams standouts from other teams and retained those players over others that had upside or more chance of making offensive and defensive contributions. They even replaced the coach and upgraded at a few key positions, including using a draft pick on a punter.

Every contingency was covered apart from the one element of their special teams unit that the team had always been able to rely upon in the past; the kicking game. In fact, retaining Nick Folk was further evidence that special teams were viewed as a high priority because while he beat out Ross Martin on merit, a previous regime might have been prepared to risk some rookie growing pains to save some money.

Tags: Antonio Allen, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Erin Henderson, Juston Burris, Marcus Williams, Nick Folk, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles
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Once regarded as the best in the world and now seeking to prove himself to the doubters, once proud fan favorite Darrelle Revis saw himself badly beaten and embarrassed by a younger and more talented opponent. However, that's enough about CM Punk. How did Revis get on this week?

The big story is that AJ Green put up monster numbers and the reward card for the Revis Island Resort has now been eliminated, so your Revis Island Reward Points may no longer be valid. Actually, though? Things perhaps aren't as bad as they might have seemed.

Green had 180 yards on 12 catches, including a 54-yard touchdown with Revis trailing him to the end zone. However, other than the touchdown, he only had one other first down on a reception with Revis covering him and that was on a ridiculous catch with Revis draped all over him.

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (18) delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (18) delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets re-acquired Jon Niese from the Pirates in exchange for LH reliever Antonio Bastardo, Sandy Alderson announced to reporters just after Monday's 4 pm non-waiver trade deadline.

Sandy Alderson said Niese will work out of the bullpen.

Niese, who was dealt to the Pirates from the Mets for Neil Walker last the offseason, had a 4.91 ERA in 23 games (18 starts) this season. He was recently moved to the bullpen by the Pirates.

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Free-agent forward Kevin Durant will reportedly meet with several teams, including the Knicks.



Updates from June 27

4:36 pm: Durant said "We'll see," when asked about the Knicks at a Team USA event on Monday.

3:05 pm: Carmelo says he is not pressuring Durant but "We're friends, we hang out" according to Adam Zagoria.

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New York Jets cornerback Antonio Allen catches a pass during New York Jets minicamp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets cornerback Antonio Allen catches a pass during New York Jets minicamp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update

The Houston Texans have agreed to a deal with safety Antoino Allen, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Previous Reports and Reactions

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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones warms up before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports Images)
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones warms up before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports Images)

Free agent CB Adam Jones has agreed to a three-year deal to return to the Bengals, reports Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports (Mar. 9).

It was reported on Thursday by Manish Mehta of the Daily News that the Jets were out of the running for Jones.

Jones, 32, has recorded three interceptions in each of the last three seasons for the Bengals and has also handled punt return duties for Cincinnati. 

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

NFL free agency begins next week. Will the Jets release more players in an effort clear some more room? Will they be as active as they were a year ago? Who needs to get restructured contracts? What will happen with Ryan Fitzpatrick? As we already looked at highly unlikely outcomes and uncertain outcomes, we now look at some highly likely outcomes that the Jets face.

Signing Ryan Fitzpatrick

It is no secret the Jets and Fitzpatrick will get a deal done. The only thing left undetermined is the structure of the deal. Dom Cosentino suggests that the Eagles deal with Sam Bradford might be a template for Fitzpatrick.

I'd look for something aligned with Nick Foles' August 2015 contract with the Rams. Expect the Jets to create a deal which pays Fitzpatrick close to $12 million in 2016 and might guarantee as much as $15 million, but which includes an opt-out clause for Fitzpatrick if he hits certain playing incentives, likely close to what he accomplished in 2015.

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With the news a few weeks ago that the 2016 NFL salary cap would be $155 million, it appears there might be a little extra room in the budget this season now that the Jets have cut Antonio Cromartie.

While the Jets might be modest players in free agency, they still have three big hurdles to clear before they can offer any contracts to prospective free agents. First, they need to come to terms with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Second, they need to either sign or franchise Muhammad Wilkerson. Third, they have some more cap cleanup moves yet to come, be that restructuring D'Brickashaw Ferguson, cutting Breno Giacomini and/or clearing out a few other players like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland.

How should the Jets spend the extra cap space? Here's some suggestions, and feel free to add your own in the comments.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles knew the team had to cut Antonio Cromartie this offseason.

"He's gotten a little older and I thought a decision had to made there," Bowles said.

The Jets will save $8 million after releasing Cromartie, with no dead cap money included (Feb. 22)

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A general view of the defensive linemen going through drills during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock)
A general view of the defensive linemen going through drills during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock)

Former Jets special teams coach and SNY analyst Mike Westhoff is out at the NFL Combine this week. He answered a few questions about the combine process and what the Jets need to focus on heading into the 2016 season…

On the Jets cutting Antonio Cromartie:

"It probably has as much to do with the financial end of it, more than anything else. I hope that he would be a guy that they can work on a new contract with. I think he has some mileage left.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke at the NFL Combine on Wednesday and said…

  • "There's a chance" that Antonio Cromartie comes back to the Jets and cutting him was a "hard decision."
  • The team has not decided if it will put the franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson.
  • The Jets are "working on" re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  • Geno Smith is currently the team's plan for backup quarterback.
  • "I think we need help everywhere," Bowles said. "We know we're an older team. We want to get younger at almost every position."
  • Dee Milliner is in the competition for a starting cornerback job.
  • Bowles said there was a "disconnect" between him and fired special teams coach Bobby April. Said new ST coach Brant Boyer "has a lot of fire."
Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Jets have released CB Antonio Cromartie, the team announced (Feb. 22).

The Jets will save $8 million after releasing Cromartie, with no dead cap money included (Feb. 22)

Cromartie, 31, played with the Jets from 2010 to 2013 and again in 2015.

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SNY's Erik Coleman is out in California for Super Bowl 50. In this Q&A, he talked about the Broncos vs. Panthers, playing while injured, what the Jets need to do with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Muhammad Wilkerson, the team's secondary and more...

On Super Bowl 50…

Everyone is talking about Peyton Manning -- is this going to be his last game? I think that Peyton is in a place where if he wins this Super Bowl, it's going to be his last game. But if he feels good, and loses, he's going to come back out again. One rumor is that the LA Rams want him, at least for one year. If they can have him start that franchise in Los Angeles, that would be huge for them.

They're also talking about Cam Newton, and a lot about the defenses. The two defenses have been playing very good football. How are they going to play? How are those matchups going to line up?

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Damon Harrison, Darrelle Revis, Marcus Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan defends Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan defends Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to eight with a 106-79 victory Monday night over Brooklyn in the Nets' first game since an organizational shake-up.

A day after coach Lionel Hollins was fired and general manager Billy King reassigned, the Nets dropped their 10th straight at home and fifth in a row overall.

Kawhi Leonard added 17 points for the Spurs, who go to Detroit on Tuesday before putting their 31-game home winning streak on the line Thursday in a showdown with Cleveland.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Donald Sloan, Joe Johnson, San Antonio Spurs, Wayne Ellington
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Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young knocks the ball away from Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young knocks the ball away from Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)

The Brooklyn Nets host the San Antonio Spurs at Barclays Center on Monday night.

According to STATS:

  • The Spurs won the first matchup between these clubs this season, 102-75, in San Antonio. The Nets have won each of their last two home games against the Spurs, last losing to them there back on February 10, 2013.
  • The Spurs have won seven straight and 14 of their last 15 games, while scoring at least 100 points in each of their victories in that span. San Antonio's bench is averaging 40.4 points per game this season -- the third highest scoring bench in the NBA.
  • The Nets are averaging just 91.6 points during their current nine game home losing streak and will be looking to avoid dropping 10 in a row at home for the first time since a 14 game slide from January 29-March 22, 2010.
  • Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds against the Knicks on Friday for his sixth double-double of the season. Leonard has scored at least 20 points in two straight and in 10 of his last 12 road contests.
  • Brook Lopez has scored at least 17 points in a season-high eight consecutive games. Lopez led all scorers with 17 points in the first meeting between these teams this season and is averaging 15.9 points in 11 career games against the Spurs.
  • Lopez is tied for the fourth most individual points in the paint in the NBA this season with 426, while teammate Thaddeus Young has scored the sixth most with 424.
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New York Knicks shooting guard Langston Galloway shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Jonathon Simmons and power forward David West defend during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USATSI)
New York Knicks shooting guard Langston Galloway shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Jonathon Simmons and power forward David West defend during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USATSI)

Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held off Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks 100-99 on Friday night to remain undefeated at home.

San Antonio won its franchise-record 22nd straight home game to open the season, but this was its most difficult victory yet.

Porzingis had 28 points and 11 rebounds but was on the bench when the Knicks started a 14-4 run to pull within 96-94 with 1:27 remaining.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, San Antonio Spurs
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New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony dribbles the ball around Detroit Pistons small forward Stanley Johnson during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony dribbles the ball around Detroit Pistons small forward Stanley Johnson during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

The Knicks face the San Antonio Spurs on the road on Friday night.

According to STATS:

  • The Spurs defeated the Knicks 94-84 in New York on November 2. Overall, San Antonio and New York have split their last 10 meetings.
  • A victory over San Antonio would put the Knicks' season record back at .500. New York has won its last three games; its season-high win streak is four (done twice).
  • San Antonio is shooting a league-best 59.4 (815/1373) percent inside of the paint so far this season. The Spurs are averaging 44.1 points in the paint per game.
  • Kristaps Porzingis has had at least one blocked shot in 12 straight games; that is tied with four other players for the longest active streak in the NBA.
  • Carmelo Anthony is shooting 40.0 (30/75) percent from three-point range in the first half of games, compared to just 25.3 (19/75) percent in the second half.
  • David West picked up his first double-double of the season when he had 14 points and 13 rebounds against Utah on Wednesday. West's team has won its last four games when he records a double-double.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, San Antonio Spurs
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New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley (4) (William Hauser)
New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley (4) (William Hauser)

It perhaps wasn't a surprise that the Jets would have two costly special teams breakdowns in their biggest game of the year. Ryan Quigley's 21-yard shank from his own end zone set up the Bills' opening score as the Jets trailed from that point onwards.

This was compounded when Randy Bullock missed a 40-yard field goal with the Jets already trailing 13-0.

It's difficult to be too harsh on the team for individual mistakes by their punter and replacement kicker, because the main complaints against the special teams unit has been the personnel filling out each of the special teams units rather than the specialists themselves.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Dexter McDougle, Jeremy Kerley, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Nick Folk, Rontez Miles, Ryan Quigley
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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) knocks Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) out of bounds after a run during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) knocks Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) out of bounds after a run during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Bills exposed a flaw in the Jets' gameplan by completing so many underneath passes to Sammy Watkins. The Jets left Darrelle Revis in single coverage and he consistently gave Watkins too much of a cushion. Watkins ended up with 11 catches for 138 yards on just 15 targets. While Revis wasn't to blame for all of that yardage because there were situations where they were in zone, he still lost that matchup more than he won it.

This highlights a problem with Revis about which I discussed my concerns a few weeks ago: The Jets are paying Revis to cover number one receivers one-on-one and if he can't handle those assignments almost flawlessly, the whole defense falls apart but if you give him a more conventional role, what exactly are you getting for your money?

They could have played even more zone or given him safety support, but the idea behind keeping him in one-on-one assignments is that it enables the Jets to blitz and hopefully gives some of their best pass rushers a one-on-one of their own. This gameplan would have worked against Rex Ryan while he was with the Jets, but Tyrod Taylor is much more adept at taking what the defense gives him than the quarterbacks Ryan had and the Bills also left extra blockers in the game quite a lot to help mitigate the pressure.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle, Marcus Gilchrist, Rontez Miles
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Many Jets fans were disappointed that Darrelle Revis spent a year in New England but maybe he is benefiting from having spent that time regularly intercepting Tom Brady in practice. It's good to see him go out of his way to develop some "reserve-chemistry" with the Jets' primary rival.

Revis' third quarter interception was the third time he's intercepted Brady in an NFL game and hopefully won't be the last. Other than that play, Revis wasn't tested much. He was in good position on one deep ball and the only first down he gave up was because he dropped right off, perhaps concerned that Lorenzo Mauldin was about to be burned on a wheel route.

On the other side, Antonio Cromartie also wasn't tested much, as Brady mostly tried to pick apart the Jets underneath. However, he did give up a big third-down conversion on a pass over the top to Rob Gronkowski. He was also driven 10 yards back by Gronkowski on one running play. He was in a good position on one other incompletion.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

During the week, Jets special teams coordinator Bobby April vowed that there would be changes on the unit. Whatever the changes were, they seemed to work. What were the changes, though? It's not immediately apparent.

There were no lineup changes other than the fact that Kenbrell Thompkins was deactivated for Darrelle Revis. And it's not like Thompkins was involved in any of the breakdowns last week. I didn't see any other obvious personnel changes, so maybe they did something subtle with their scheme.

The performance on the kickoff coverage unit stood out. On seven kickoffs, Randy Bullock had four touchbacks and the Jets stopped the Titans inside the 20 on the other three. On those plays, Quincy Enunwa in particular was doing an excellent job of getting downfield.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Darrelle Revis, Darrin Walls, Dee Milliner, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, Quincy Enunwa, Ronald Martin, Rontez Miles
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 (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Buster Skrine finally made his first interception as a Jet -- I told you he was due -- showing good instincts as he was supposed to blitz, but read the screen and dropped back to pick it off. He also made a good return into Titans territory to set up a field goal.

The interception capped off an excellent first half from Skrine, who was in good position on two other completions, made an open-field tackle to force a punt and made a tackle for loss on a read-option play. He did give up one first down and it would have been two if not for a drop.

In the second half, however, Skrine was beaten for five more first downs. To an extent, some of this damage was done because the Jets were playing a more conservative prevent-style defense. In fact, three of these came on consecutive snaps on the Titans' last drive. Although none of the negatives from the second half were especially important, he ultimately won't grade out well despite the fact the contributions he made in the first half helped the Jets build an unassailable lead.

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