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New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after winning the skills challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. (Bob Donnan)
New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after winning the skills challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. (Bob Donnan)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With the NBA still coming off its All-Star Weekend, the Knicks have not played since losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder last Tuesday. But alas, the late additions of Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez to the weekend's festivities gave the team's fan base a little bit more to be excited about and invested in as things went on in New Orleans. 

When just about everyone in the NBA world collides for a few days, talk about the Knicks is never too far away. Speculation regarding the team's future, especially with the trade deadline steadily approaching, is running ramped as we speak. With that in mind, here are three things to ponder around this team in the week that follows.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

The Knicks had an empowering win over the Spurs to cap off the weekend. Beyond that, however, the dysfunction has only continued. The rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony continue to swirl. Frustration around the team's feeble defensive effort continues to set in. The mystique around what Phil Jackson's next remark may be (or how he chooses to communicate it) keeps everyone on their toes. And as if all of this wasn't enough, James Dolan played a part in a bizarre sequence of events this past week, reminding all that he is never truly far enough away.

As the trade deadline approaches and the losing continues, there are question marks around this team. Can the Knicks build off of the win against San Antonio, or will they fall back into their poor ways? Here's a look at what the team will face in the week ahead. 

Questions about team culture: One could argue that the poor culture is going to affect the Knicks for years to come. Clearly, the lack of positivity makes it difficult for players already in the Big Apple to perform at an optimal level. What's more, all that has gone on as of late could certainly impact the decisions of prospective free agents and scare them off from donning orange and blue. For years, James Dolan has been criticized for his poor way of handling things and a lack of overall basketball knowledge. While he has stayed out of Phil Jackson's way, he proved this week with Charles Oakley that he himself will never be far enough away not to play a role in something here or there. That's not a good feeling.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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GEICO SportsNite: NYK blown out 00:01:03
Carmelo Anthony, Jeff Hornacek and Kristaps Porzingis discuss the Knicks' embarrassing loss to the Lakers

Several Knicks players and head coach Jeff Hornacek questioned the team's pride after their 121-107 loss to the Lakers on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

"You've got to play for some pride," Hornacek said after the game, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "If you're just going to come out and just play basketball, then you're in the wrong level."

Brandon Jennings, who had 16 points, five assists and three rebounds in 28 minutes against the Lakers, said it was the worst the Knicks had looked this season.

"You can't coach effort and energy," Jennings said. "That's something we should all have. We all make millions of dollars playing this game, so the least we can do is go out there and play hard every night. Regardless of who's making shots or anything like that, just effort and energy, just leave it all out there on the court."

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New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Lou Williams scored 22 points, Nick Young had 17 and the Los Angeles Lakers handed the New York Knicks an embarrassing 121-107 defeat on Monday night to stop a 12-game losing streak on the road.

Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram added 14 points apiece for the struggling Lakers, who won for only the third time in 13 games overall. They had dropped 17 of their previous 18 away from home, with the only road victory during that stretch coming on Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.

It was Los Angeles' first victory over New York at Madison Square Garden in six years.

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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings shoots as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. defends during the first quarter at Verizon Center. (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings shoots as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. defends during the first quarter at Verizon Center. (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks face the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks have won eight of their last 10 meetings with the Lakers, including each of the last five. The five-game win streak is New York's third-longest in franchise history against the Lakers, trailing a 12-game streak spanning 1957-1958 and a seven-game streak spanning 1993-1995.
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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots the ball as Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots the ball as Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)

Knicks guard Derrick Rose will miss Tuesday's game against the Wizards due to a sprained left ankle and will likely miss Wednesday's game as well, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

Rose is still in a walking boot.

Brandon Jennings is expected to start in Rose's place.

Rose left Friday's victory over the Hornets late in the third quarter due to the injury and did not return. He appeared to injure the ankle when he landed awkwardly while defending Hornets guard Kemba Walker. 

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 (Todd Kirkland/AP)
(Todd Kirkland/AP)

Point guards Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings struggled on Wednesday night as the Knicks lost to the Mavericks, 103-95, in Dallas.

Rose had 13 points, three assists, and three turnovers, and was a -13 in 35 minutes.

He had scored at least 20 points in each of his four previous games, including a season-high 30 points against the Celtics on Jan. 18.

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Have the Knicks hit rock bottom? 00:02:51
With the drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson, the DNL panel discusses if the Knicks are hitting rock bottom.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With a 3-9 record in 2017, the Knicks certainly aren't looking like the contenders Phil Jackson intended to build them to be last offseason. Still only three games out of a playoff spot, there's still plenty of time to make a worthwhile run. Nevertheless, momentum hasn't been in the team's favor for a number of reasons.

Thus, decisions need to be made. Is it worth scrapping together an effort to squeeze in as the eight seed, in effect losing out a solid draft pick to help build upon the future with? The players may appreciate some clarity one way or another.

Some players are assets that can be moved. For those that can't be dealt seamlessly, it's up to the Knicks to utilize their talents full on and go from there. Here's a look at a few things effecting the current state of the Knicks. 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The Knicks are still losers of 11 out of their last 13 games, but they've broken the seal on the new year with 2 wins in 2017. There's a long way to go and New York has to make a run rather quickly if they want to prove they can compete before decisions need to be made.

Will this team become a seller closer to the trading deadline? Will they start to explore trades for Carmelo Anthony and their other long-term contracts in the coming weeks and into the offseason? This all remains to be seen.
 
There's an overcast of uncertainty surrounding this team, but head coach Jeff Hornacek's bold move against the Atlanta Hawks worked wonders. Ron Baker and Mindaugas Kuzminskas both provided tremendous energy. As Courtney Lee moved to the bench and the duo found success, it was a message to other starters (or key members of the rotation) that they could be next if they're not performing. 
 
Let's take a look at some of the other more pressing issues facing the Knicks..

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Keith Schlosser
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Rose's proper head space 00:03:44
Knicks Insider Frank Isola attempts to figure out Derrick Rose's place with the Knicks.

TNT Basketball analyst Brent Barry told the NY Post that Joakim Noah is a terrible fit for the Knicks and that Carmelo Anthony should ask to be traded.

"I was a little bit shocked,'' Barry said about the Knicks signing Noah to a four-year deal worth $72 million this offseason. "Who else was bidding for Noah's services? Maybe Washington. It was an interesting gamble in the sense the last couple of years he had not been healthy."

Barry added that Noah doesn't fit in Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek's system.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rose no-shows 00:00:29
Knicks guard Derrick Rose did not show up to the game against the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden leading to concerns from the team.

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose left the team without permission for Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans to deal with what he told teammates as a family issue back in Chicago, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Rose's absence, which surprised several teammates and temporarily went unaccounted for, could possibly lead to a suspension and may have cost himself long-term job security with the Knicks, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek did not specify why Rose was not with the team for the Knicks' 110-96 loss, even after teammate Courtney Lee said Rose, who has played in 33 of 38 games this season, was at shootaround before the game, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. The Knicks' full statement during the game, according to Deadspin, was, "He's not with the team."

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Will Knicks ever jell? 00:02:16
Daily News Live discusses the Knicks lack of team chemistry and inconsistent play so far this season.

Anthony Davis had 40 points and 18 rebounds before leaving with a left hip injury after a hard foul Monday night in the New Orleans Pelicans' 110-96 victory over the New York Knicks, who started the game without Derrick Rose and lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection.

Rose was not with the team for unspecified reasons, and Anthony was back in the locker room late in the third quarter after getting thrown out for arguing with the officials.

Davis played only 29 minutes and also blocked three shots. He left the game when he was flagrantly fouled by Kyle O'Quinn, ejected for swinging his arm down hard on Davis, who was dribbling up the floor on a fast break and ended up being knocked into the front row of fans behind the baseline. >> Read more

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 (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Currently in the midst of a 1-7 stretch, there's reason for the Knicks to be concerned about their season. No longer looking like a contender, their playoff hopes are in serious doubt.

After spending big on players like Joakim NoahCourtney Lee, and others last summer, this season was supposed to be different. Instead of remaining patient and building around a budding star in Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks instead surrounded Carmelo Anthony with the talent necessary to make a competitive push sooner than later.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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 (Adam Hunger (USA Today))
(Adam Hunger (USA Today))

Knicks PG Brandon Jennings wants the team to hold each other more accountable, he told Ian Begley of ESPN on Thursday.

"Guys are still together. I just wish we would hold guys, we would hold each other a little more accountable for what we do on the court," Jennings said. "I definitely like confrontation. I definitely like being coached and being told when I'm doing something wrong. So those are things that I really think we need to start doing within each other and the team because that's what good teams do.

Jennings, who said it was "embarrassing" to blow a big fourth quarter lead Wednesday night to the Bucks during the Knicks' sixth-straight loss, added that players and coaches both need to be able to take criticism.

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 (Adam Hunger (USA Today))
(Adam Hunger (USA Today))

Knicks PG Brandon Jennings wants the team to hold each other more accountable, he told Ian Begley of ESPN on Thursday.

"Guys are still together. I just wish we would hold guys, we would hold each other a little more accountable for what we do on the court," Jennings said. "I definitely like confrontation. I definitely like being coached and being told when I'm doing something wrong. So those are things that I really think we need to start doing within each other and the team because that's what good teams do.

Jennings, who said it was "embarrassing" to blow a big fourth quarter lead Wednesday night to the Bucks during the Knicks' sixth-straight loss, added that players and coaches both need to be able to take criticism.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek says the team is making strides despite having lost six games in a row, including Wednesday night's last-second loss to the Bucks.

"We did a lot of things right," Hornacek told reporters after Wednesday's game. "We moved the ball better. We played good defense, we helped each other out and they're in the locker room tired right now. So they played as hard as they could, and that's all you can ask. That's making strides."

Tommy Dee, TheKnicksBlog:

The reality surrounding Wednesday night's game, and perhaps the loss against the Magic, is that the if Kristaps Porzingis had played, the Knicks probably win both games.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

It's been nearly two weeks since the Knicks won a game. Prior to entering what's currently a five-game losing streak, the team's 16-13 record gave them good early playoff standing, and there was reason to be optimistic. But an inability to hold their own against the more competitive teams in the league has been a glaring weakness all season long.

Included in this recent skid are losses to teams like the Celtics and Rockets. Beyond that, however, the Knicks have failed to prove themselves as a contender by not taking care of business against seemingly weaker teams.

At this point, the reasons why the bleeding has continued are abundantly clear. It's up to everyone involved -- the front office, coaching staff, and players -- to put a stop to it before it's too late. Here's a look at three of the more pressing issues...

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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 (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Tommy Dee, SNY.tv:

I agree with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, who when asked repeatedly Monday night about the team's effort laughed off the idea that the team "hasn't been trying" during their five game losing streak.

Questioning effort is an attack on a team's professionalism and I don't think that's the case here. I truly believe it's a matter of teams feeling far too comfortable with what they see from the Knicks defensively and the simple understanding that if they can hone in and make shots, it will keep the Knicks out of transition where they like to get easy baskets.

In the last five games, starting with a loss at home Christmas Day against the Celtics, the Knicks have faced four teams -- Boston, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Houston -- that primarily run their offense through a PG/C pick-and-roll and surround the perimeter with three point shooters. This is the offense made famous by Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix and later in New York. This offense puts heavy pressure on the defense, with PG driving action causing defenders on the perimeter to help.

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GEICO SportsNite: KP's status 00:00:53
Kristaps Porzingis gives an update on his injury and discusses the Christmas Day matchup with the Boston Celtics at MSG.

Widely known as an overzealous offensive player who can pour in points, the level of unselfishness Jennings has displayed thus far has been a welcomed surprise. After an injury plagued campaign last season, he's attempting to revitalize his career and play for his next contract. Donning orange and blue this year, he's certainly shown versatility and value.

Coming off the bench (no longer tasked with being the primary offensive option on an otherwise poor team), Jennings has comfortably found his niche on a contending Knicks squad. He provides a spark unlike one New York has gotten off the bench in years and makes those around him instantly better. This team has plenty of young talent on their bench. Not many could have predicted that Jennings would be the glue that holds them all together.

But his uncanny ability to do so was on full display Thursday night. With the starters beginning the night with somewhat of a lukewarm effort, there was electricity buzzing along the hardwood as soon as Jennings hit the floor. Almost at the blink of an eye, the Knicks had taken control, fellow reserves began scoring in punches, and Jennings was racking up the assists. He loves pushing the pace.

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 (Gregory Fisher - USA Today)
(Gregory Fisher - USA Today)

Tommy Dee, SNY.TV:

It all started during a blowout in the Nation's capital after a big win at home the night before against the Pistons.

The Knicks came out flat and were getting run off the floor, trailing by 22 points after three sleepy and uninspired quarters of basketball. The game was over and the team was ready to pack up and head on the Acela Express back to Penn Station.

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GEICO SportsNite: MSG residence 00:02:15
Michelle Yu talks to Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis and Jeff Hornacek at Knicks practice as they begin a three-game home stand this week.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Heading into their December 12 matchup against the Suns, the Knicks had won 9 of their last 12 games. They're 14-13 overall (9-4 at the Garden) and currently sit just one game out of the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

Unfortunately, following three straight losses, New York's primary vulnerabilities are beginning to rear their heads in big ways. Not many predicted the Knicks would hit their stride so quickly. This is just a taste. Much easier to foresee, however, were the problems that have led to the team's recent downfall.

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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) dribbles the ball past Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) dribbles the ball past Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Derrick Rose missed Saturday's game in Denver with a lingering back issue, leaving the Knicks thinner at the point. 

New York has lost its last three games, with Rose playing a combined 10 minutes because of the back problem. 

Brandon Jennings has filled in for Rose, scoring 14 points on just 25 percent shooting on Saturday night. That came on the heels of a game in which he shot 30.8 percent. 

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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Knicks president Phil Jackson has settled into his life away from Los Angeles and his competitive fire is lit, writes Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

"Jackson's competitive fire is fully aflame now that the Knicks are on the upswing-they are 14-11 and have won 11 of their past 16 games entering Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors-but it's more than just feeling better about his work," says Ding.

"Jackson has settled into life away from Los Angeles and fiancee Jeanie Buss, exploring the varied non-basketball interests to which New York caters. Jackson is connecting over lively card games or stimulating dinner conversations with friends who knew him before he was famous, feeling the energy of the city."

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Hornacek right for Knicks? 00:03:05
The DNL panel discusses the Knicks' recent success and debate if it's now clear that coach Jeff Hornacek was the right hire for the team.

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is downplaying Tuesday night's return to Phoenix, where he served as head coach for a year and a half before getting fired midway through last season.

"I've never really been that way even when I was traded to different cities to go back," Hornacek said, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday . "To me, it's another game probably. You get to go back to Phoenix to see a lot of people you know. You try not to make it a distraction where you're talking to everybody and seeing everybody."

Hornacek added that the focus is on the game, but Knicks PG Brandon Jennings mentioned the Phoenix connection.

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 (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks PG Brandon Jennings had 19 points, four assists, and three rebounds during Sunday night's win over the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Jenning, 27, has scored at least 13 points in four of his last five games, notching nine assists in the lone game during that span where he didn't reach the 13-point mark.

He's averaging 8.2 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 24 games this season.

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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV

Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis' big nights are sure to garner the most headlines following Sunday's 118-112 win over the Lakers, but Willy Hernangomez and Brandon Jennings were both huge X-factors.

Filling in for an injured Kyle O'Quinn, Hernangomez played his part to perfection and looked like the best third-string center in the league. A rather physical performance, punctuated by 12 rebounds, was reminiscent of his gritty effort against Dwight Howard earlier in the year. Jennings' scoring prowess is undeniable and he has proved to be a much more versatile player this season, which allows him to catch opponents off guard with offensive outbursts. Scoring 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, it was as though Los Angeles had awoken a sleeping giant.

Such performances are proof of just how deep New York really is this season. How many times has the team employed a third-string rookie center who can log double-digit rebounds at the drop of a hat? Jennings' ability to pour in the points gives the Knicks the best offensive option they've had off the bench since J.R. Smith won Sixth Man of the Year back in the 2012-13 season. But the talent doesn't stop there. Now 6-1 during games in which he's grabbed at least seven rebounds, O'Quinn has certainly played a key role. Justin Holiday provides timely buckets and a strong rebounding presence for a reserve guard, complementing Courtney Lee really well. Lance Thomas has rebounded from a slow start to provide steady defense, and his shot is coming back as well.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings ripped the team's effort in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, calling the loss "embarrassing."

The Knicks lost at home 126-94 in a nationally-televised game in which the Cavaliers shot 48.8 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range. The Knicks gave up 63 points in both halves and several Cavaliers were seen playing games on the bench during garbage time.

"It's definitely embarrassing to get blown out on national TV," Jennings said, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Tommy Dee, SNY.tv:

The idea of competition for playing time can be a very slippery slope, especially if incumbents with higher salaries feel threatened and cause locker room friction. But the sense so far is that players, top to bottom, are pushing themselves for minutes, resulting in the Knicks outplaying opponents -- especially at home -- more often than not.

When the Knicks signed Mindaugas Kuzminskas from Unicaja, a Spanish team in the Euroleague, I texted a scout friend of mine who was familiar with his game.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Kristaps Porzingis didn't bounce back in the way the New York Knicks hoped he would have following a 2-of-12 shooting performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he still managed to help the Knicks get a 106-98 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Porzingis shot 6-for-18 from the field and wasn't alone in his struggles, but simply couldn't get anything to fall no matter how often New York looked at him. (Granted, some overzealous foul calls against the Knicks prevented them from getting into a flow.) Despite Porzingis' off night, his teammates -- notably Derrick RoseCarmelo Anthony and Brandon Jennings -- picked him up at different points. As Porzingis struggled, head coach Jeff Hornacek kept him on the floor, and it was easy to see why.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks as Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos looks on during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks as Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos looks on during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony each scored 20 points and the New York Knicks held off the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Sunday night for their eighth win in 11 games.

The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 18 consecutive points in the third quarter but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win their third straight overall and improve to 9-3 at home.

Brandon Jennings added 19 points for New York and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Kristaps Porzingis has led the New York Knicks to a 6-4 record over their last 10 games. The second-year forward ranks second only to nine-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony on the team with 21.4 points per game. And as Porzingis continues to flourish on the offensive end, there's already talk about whose team this is.

Does it even matter? After a slow start to the season, New York looks competitive. As the Knicks hit their stride, Anthony and Porzingis are standing tall as a very formidable 1-2 punch. They're clearly stronger together, playing off one another and keeping opposing defenses on their toes. Porzingis seems to understand that.

"Since I've been here [Anthony has] been that guy for me and he still is the guy that draws the most attention from the defense," Porzingis said in a recent interview with SLAM. "That gives me more space and more options to be open.

"We're still figuring it out, we're not even close to what we can do and how much potential we have. We're working towards that and once we click 100 percent, we can do big things."

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 (Sam Sharpe)
(Sam Sharpe)

In the wake of the discussion surrounding the Knicks and Derrick Rose as it relates to a contract extension, I thought it would be prudent to take a look at the numbers of both Rose and Brandon Jennings to get a good idea how productive both have been to start the season.

The eye test tells me that the Knicks are at their best when Rose and Jennings are surrounded by three jump-shooters, considering neither does a particularly good job of stretching the defense from three-point range.

That immediately causes a "space" issue for the Knicks in the half court offense. Rose is just 7 of 27 this year (26 percent), while Jennings is shooting just a bit better with more frequent attempts making 16 of 53 for 30 percent.

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Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

On the heels of Derrick Rose pouring in a season-high 30 points against the Thunder, the New York Post reported that the New York Knicks are yet to discuss a contract extension with the 2011 MVP.

And that's the way it should be. Rose has shown flashes of promise with regard to being the kind of player New York needs. Still, a big plus to his acquisition was the flexibility his expiring contract will present them moving forward. As Rose comes off the books, the Knicks will have an opportunity to regroup and assess their priorities during free agency. If no player entices them enough to garner the kind of money Rose would, they could instead hold off on making a big commitment until the following summer. 

"I haven't talked to them about it,'' Rose said of an extension. "It's been more about winning games. We'll see. I'm more concerned with trying to win games, but it's something I'd have to talk about with my family and team.''

Sometimes flexibility is more valuable than signing a player prematurely tends to be. Signing Rose to an extension that would hover around $75 million would tie up the Knicks' money. Is he really the player they want to commit to long term?

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

In back-to-back victories against Atlanta and Portland, the Knicks' center-by-committee worked out quite well. 

Kristaps Porzingis asserted himself more confidently with extra minutes at the five, Kyle O'Quinn filled in nicely with a steady rebounding presence, and Willy Hernangomez flashed plenty of potential as he held his ground against veteran big men Dwight Howard and Mason Plumlee.

Following this very short string of success, there's already concern regarding how Joakim Noah will fit in moving forward. Such questions are premature.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis defends Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis defends Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

While Kristaps Porzingis may benefit from playing alongside a bonafide star in Carmelo Anthony, the 21-year-old New York Knicks forward is further able to stand out on the court when he's playing with some of the team's role players off the bench.

 

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

Knicks PG Brandon Jennings ripped the team's effort after Thursday night's loss to the Wizards.

After falling behind by 27 points early, the Knicks had a 47-point fourth quarter but came up short during their 119-112 loss.

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Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots over Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (8) during the first quarter at the United Center. David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots over Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (8) during the first quarter at the United Center. David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

With Derrick Rose's explosiveness and Brandon Jennings' ability to spread the ball, the New York Knicks should consider switching their roles a bit.

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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

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Justin Holiday scored 16 points on Monday night, uplifting the Knicks' bench in a much needed way. The scoring effort was more than Brandon Jennings has scored in any single game this season. What's more, it was just 1 point less than Jennings has scored in his last three games combined.

A 15.4 point per game career scorer, Jennings has poured in the points as the primary option on weaker teams over the course of his career. Still, he has the capability to heat up and fill it up on any given night. Jennings' ability to beat defenders off the dribble, and then choose to attack and/or fade away and fire bombs away makes him a versatile offensive talent. Unfortunately for New York, such prowess hasn't been on display all too often. 

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Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) reacts after being ejected during the second half against the Boston Friday. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) (Bob DeChiara)
Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) reacts after being ejected during the second half against the Boston Friday. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) (Bob DeChiara)

The Knicks' Brandon Jennings was fined $15,000 by the NBA Sunday for "failing to leave the court in a timely manner" and "directing inappropriate language toward a game official" in the fourth quarter of Friday's 115-87 loss in Boston.

 

 

 

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The New York Knicks new President of basketball operations Phil Jackson speaks to the media as he is introduced to the media at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. (William Perlman)
The New York Knicks new President of basketball operations Phil Jackson speaks to the media as he is introduced to the media at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. (William Perlman)

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Over the course of the Knicks' 2-4 season so far, there have been plenty of discrepancies. While they boast quite a talented group, the offense has been inconsistent and there has been too much miscommunication on the defensive end.

Regardless of the reason, the team's early struggles are clearly disconcerting. As fate would have it, the inability to compete has also given Phil Jackson ground to stand on. The Knicks are off to a bad start, and they just so happen not to be running (or properly executing) much of the triangle offense, either. Because these two things happen to be going on at the same time, Jackson can emerge back atop his soapbox and appear to seem justified. It's his belief that the triangle offense leads to success. If the Knicks are losing and aren't carrying out the triangle to Jackson's liking, he believes that must be why.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Though the Knicks have struggled so far this season, the offensive production of Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose has been encouraging. The same can't be said about Kristaps Porzingis, however.

Against the Pistons, Porzingis (7-of-18) started off hot but fizzled out as the game went on. When it came down to crunch time, he was benched in favor of Lance Thomas. He followed that up with a scoreless (0-for-4) effort against the Rockets on Wednesday. 

Unfortunately, there was no bounceback performance. After such an impressive rookie season, Porzingis seems to be hitting the wall rather early in this new campaign, unable to find himself thus far.

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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Knicks (1-1) enter into the game tonight in Detroit on the heels of a solid home win on Saturday. To me, this is a pretty favorable match up, if the Knicks can maintain the offensive balance from Saturday night. That needs to be the model to follow night in and night out. The Pistons (2-1) enter the game on the heels of a monster game from star center Andre Drummond, who scored 20 points and collected 23 rebounds in a 98-83 win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. The Pistons will be playing without star guard Reggie Jackson, who is sidelined with a knee injury for the next 6-8 weeks.

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Oct 26, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) reacts after the play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-98. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) reacts after the play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-98. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

In Game two of the regular season the Knicks welcome Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies to town for the home opener at Madison Square Garden. The Grizzlies are coming off an impressive home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves behind Conley's 24 points. The Knicks are looking to bounce back off of their blowout loss in Cleveland Here are TKB's "3 Keys to Victory."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots the ball over Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (3) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots the ball over Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (3) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

While unicorns may not exist, that's exactly why Kristaps Porzingis has been regarded as one so early on in his career. The NBA hasn't seen a player quite like him. At 7'3", Porzingis is a versatile talent with multiple tools. He can shoot from just about anywhere on the floor, man the middle with a lengthy frame on defense, and can even put the ball on the floor a little bit. Summary: he has all the makings of a star.What makes Porzingis an all the more unique specimen is the fact that he's coming into his own, all while embracing the bright lights of the Big Apple. He plays with energy, engages the Knicks' fan base, and is continuously eager to learn more. Off the court, he carries himself with poise and is maturing rather quickly.

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Before he became "Skizzy Mars," Myles Mills was a basketball prodigy and frequent contributor to TKB. Now that his grind has slowed down after getting a record deal with Atlantic, he again has time to weigh in on his beloved Knicks. I'm proud of his success and happy to see him back here with the following thoughts about the 2016-2017 season...

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Oct 19, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) drives to the basket while Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) drives to the basket while Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

If it seemed as though the Knicks got themselves a bargain on Brandon Jennings (one-year, $5 million contract), it's because there wasn't much of a bidding war to be had.In a Q&A with Newsday, the guard said New York was the only team that offered him a contract this past offseason. "Actually I didn't get any offers from any other team but New York. A lot was because of my Achilles, nobody knew how healthy I was and things like that," Jennings confessed.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) during a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) during a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

The more time Derrick Rose misses through games and practices, the more difficult it will likely be for the Knicks to ease him back in. This year's team figures to put forth a competitive effort. Of course, Rose is set to be a big part of them doing so. Integrating a player back into a team's plans always takes time, especially when his teammates already have a predetermined rapport.That's undoubtedly a challenge Rose and the Knicks will face in the weeks that follow. There's already enough pressure to keep him healthy this coming season. Being absent during the preseason and not getting those necessary reps isn't a good start. Chemistry aside, training camp and preseason are valuable opportunities that players are given to knock the rust off and readjust their bodies to the daunting regular season schedule.

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Brandon Jennings (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
Brandon Jennings (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

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The last two dismal campaigns for the New York Knicks have been treacherous, to say the least. While this coming season's group stands to be a new-look squad, players like Carmelo Anthony and some of the other returning faces will be looking for redemption.

Ironically enough, redemption should be a recurring theme for many players across the board. Much like his new teammates Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings is also looking to prove himself all over again as he continues to regain form following a ruptured Achilles. 

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Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings takes a shot over New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USA Today Sports Images)
Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings takes a shot over New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USA Today Sports Images)

Brandon Jennings requested a one-year contract in order to prove himself, according to a report from the New York Post.

The 26-year-old point guard is coming off an Achilles tendon injury that has kept him from playing more than 41 games a season the past three years.

The Knicks, looking to keep their cap space open for potential free agents and trade targets in the 2017 offseason, agreed to the one-year deal Jennings requested. He inked a one-year contract worth $5 million over Fourth of July weekend.

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An annual summer series, ESPN released its summer forecast yesterday, projecting where each team would finish in the 2013-14 season.

The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.

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