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Jeff Hornacek hinted to reporters on Monday that the Knicks will be working on upgrading their defense during the offseason.

"I think if you look at our defense this year, we can use some more defensive players," Hornacek told Ian Begley of ESPN. "[Management] will look at that. [General manager] Steve [Mills] and [president] Phil [Jackson] and those guys will look at whatever can help us out. We know we need some help there."

New York has been in the bottom third of the NBA on defense throughout the entire season, which was a significant factor in the team missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. However the Knicks will have a top-10 pick in this year's draft, and can have nearly $25 million in cap space to spend in free agency, depending on their decision on the future of Derrick Rose with the franchise.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Willy Hernangomez
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Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons another damaging defeat with a 109-95 victory Monday night.

Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence due to a sore left knee and added 21 as the Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided playoff elimination.

Marcus Morris scored 20 points but Detroit dropped its fourth straight and fell 1 1/2 games behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ish Smith had 15 points while former starting point guard Reggie Jackson didn't play.

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks will re-evaluate forward Joakim Noah's status to see if he is medically cleared to practice and begin serving his suspension, head coach Jeff Hornacek said to Newsday's Laura Albanese prior to Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Hornacek also said Carmelo Anthony will play after missing the Knicks' past two games with a sore left knee, while Lance Thomas will miss his third straight game with a sore right hip despite an MRI coming back clean.

The NBA suspended Noah 20 games for violating the league's anti-drug policy after he tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, however Noah, who has not played since Feb. 4 due to a left knee injury, won't begin serving the suspension until he is physically able to play.

The Knicks hope Noah can be cleared by Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Ian Begley, meaning he would serve eight games of the suspension this season.

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Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson (11) reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. (Jay Biggerstaff)
Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson (11) reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. (Jay Biggerstaff)

With the NBA Draft just a few months away, the Knicks are reportedly interested in drafting Kansas combo forward Josh Jacksonaccording to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

While this year's draft is considered to be one of the best point guard drafts in years, the Knicks have identified Jackson as a player with a triangle skill set because of his superb passing ability.

The Knicks could also use Jackson as a potential replacement for Carmelo Anthony should the team decide to trade their star player this offseason.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back on TheKnicksBlog Podcast as the guys discuss Jeff Hornacek's terrible triangle offense, the trade possibilities for Carmelo Anthony, and the outside chance of Chris Paul coming to NY.

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Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

Knicks forwards Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, and guard Derrick Rose will not play in Thursday night's game against the Trail Blazers, the team announced.

Anthony is dealing with left knee soreness while Thomas has a sore right hip.

Rose hurt his right foot during the Knicks' loss to the Jazz on Wednesday night.

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(David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he isn't sure whether the current roster can work within the Triangle and get the team to the playoffs next season.

"You never know how these things will fit," he said, according to the NY Post. "Maybe a second year is helpful for us. I thought we got off to a decent start this year, then we had little injuries and lost close games and it piled on in confidence, got a little out of control. I don't know. It's something we're going to really look at.''

Hornacek added that his idea of injecting a more modern system to go along with the Triangle wasn't the best, and that he isn't sure which players should remain when the team implements the more classic system.

Of the core players, the Knicks are expected to again explore a trade of Carmelo Anthony, and Derrick Rose will be a free agent.

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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony sat out the entire fourth quarter on Monday night during the team's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

"Coach is starting to realize - he mentioned today he's going to start shortening minutes,'' Anthony said, according to the NY Post. "I've been understanding with the situation. I understand.''

"All the young guys, it's an opportunity to get that experience instead of getting practice experience, individual workouts - actually getting it live and direct in a game against top-level opponents," Anthony continued. "It's best to take advantage of that and for me to help them.''

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek reacts against the LA Clippers during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson - USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek reacts against the LA Clippers during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson - USA TODAY Sports)

Jeff Hornacek agreed with Kristaps Porzingis' notion from last week that the Knicks did not play like a team this season, and felt that the team's downfall was because his players were not unselfish enough on the offensive end.

"You see teams - open guys always end up with the ball,'' Hornacek told Marc Berman of the New York Post at Monday's morning shootaround before the Knicks faced the Clippers at Staples Center. "Here we do it in spurts. Then we have spurts where it sticks. One guy will take a shot that maybe he can move it on for a better shot. That's probably the biggest key is we get the good shots. We don't get the great shots. If we make one extra, we'll get a great shot. You see the good teams out there, they pass it up for better ones.''

Hornacek hinted that the offensive skill level of New York's trio - Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, and Derrick Rose - may have acted as a double-edged sword, as it led to them constantly looking to take shots instead of making the extra pass.

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Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose each scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough as the Knicks lost in blowout fashion to the Los Angeles Clippers, 114-105, on Monday night at the Staples Center. 

Porzingis also had 11 rebounds and two steals to complete a double-double. Carmelo Anthony notched 16 points to go along with four rebounds. Ron Baker impressed with eight points and two steals in 20 minutes played, while Justin Holiday continued his good play of late with a 11-point performance.

The Knicks were outscored, 34-19, in the third quarter as the Clippers' bigs caused problems down low. Blake Griffin finished with 30 points and six rebounds. >> Read more...

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reflected on his time with New York and questioned if the team will be a contender with the franchise.

"Honestly, I think about it a lot," he told the New York Daily News' Frank Isola prior to Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. "... I think about it. I think about here, I think postseason, I think about my teammates. I just think about everything."

Since Anthony joined the Knicks in the 2010-11 season, the team has won just one postseason series and has missed the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, going through four different head coaches during that time.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters he plans on playing his veterans for the rest of the season unless he is given directions from the team's management to do otherwise, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

New York's 121-110 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday clinched the Knicks' fourth straight losing season as they dropped to 27-42. It also represented the 13th time in 16 seasons that the Knicks will finish below .500.

"For me as a professional it's my duty regardless of the situation to still try to play and try to win until they say don't play nor more or sit us down with limited minutes,'' Carmelo Anthony said following the loss. "We still have go out there and finish the season out.''

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Mar 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Willy Hernangomez (14) block a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Willy Hernangomez (14) block a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Knicks host the Nets at Madison Square Garden tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks have made at least 10 three-pointers in each of their last six games against the Nets in Madison Square Garden and have won the last three contests (won, 110-96, on November 9 earlier this season).
  • The Nets have allowed at least 100 points in 42 consecutive road games dating back to last season, the longest streak since the Denver Nuggets did so in 49 straight games (1989-90 to 1991-92).
  • The Knicks tied their lowest scoring output of the season, but still defeated the Pacers on Tuesday, 87-81. New York has only lost twice this season when its opponent scores 100 points or less (11-2).
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End for Jeff Hornacek? 00:02:45
The Daily News Live panel discusses if this is the end of the road for Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Latest Update (Mar. 16)

9:10AM: Despite all of the issues the Knicks have dealt with this season, along with the team's brutal record, Phil Jackson will not fire Jeff Hornacek, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

According to Berman's source, Jackson "can't afford to fire" Hornacek and hire a new coach.

Hornacek has done well in communicating and maintaining a strong rapport with Jackson and associate head coach Kurt Rambis, something Derek Fisher was unable to do which eventually led to his dismissal.

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Knicks playoff hopes dashed 00:04:01
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein speculate about Jeff Hornacek's job security after he admitted that the Knicks will probably miss the playoffs.

Carmelo Anthony looked strong on Tuesday, finishing the game with 22 points and 13 rebounds in New York's 87-81 victory over Indiana.

Anthony shot 8-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-6 from the three-point line, and added an assist and a steal.

The 32-year old veteran scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks outscored Indiana 25-17 in the final 12 minutes.

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(Adam Hunger (USA Today))

Carmelo Anthony scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Derrick Rose added 16 points and the New York Knicks overcame a 13-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 87-81 on Tuesday night.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis exited in the third quarter with a left leg injury. Rookie Willy Hernangomez entered in his place and had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

The Knicks trailed 59-46 with 9:07 left in the third after Turner's basket but closed out the quarter on an 18-3 run, capped by Anthony's 3-pointer that gave New York a 64-62 lead with 52 seconds left. >> Read more...

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Porzingis frustrated? 00:03:38
Jon Hein and Sal Licata discuss whether or not the Knicks should worry about a frustrated Kristaps Porzingis in 2017.

After fouling out late in the fourth quarter of New York's 120-112 loss to the Nets, Kristaps Porzingis noted "confusion" on both ends of the court as a big factor towards the team's recent struggles.

"There's a lot of confusion," Porzingis told Marc Berman of the New York Post. "A lot of times it's basically one-on-one. Whoever, me, myself, Carmelo [Anthony], Courtney [Lee], we try to make something happen, and that's not how it's supposed to be."

The Knicks fell to 26-41 and a season-worst 15 games under .500 on Sunday, clinching its fourth consecutive non-winning season. 

"We've been switching things up because never at any point this season, we played like we wanted to," said Porzingis. "Maybe this will work. So we are looking for stuff. The coaching staff obviously is trying to do the best job they can to give us the information, but we never got it all together."

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GEICO SportsNite: Borough battle 00:01:24
Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jeff Hornacek react to the 120-112 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Jeremy Lin ended an 0-for-9 start with a 3-pointer that halted a Knicks comeback, and the Brooklyn Nets beat New York 120-112 on Sunday night for their first home victory of 2017.

The Nets ended a 16-game losing streak at Barclays Center. They hadn't won here since Dec. 26, when Lin strained his hamstring in a victory over Charlotte.

He missed the next 26 games and struggled through his return here Sunday until taking over after the Knicks had trimmed a 22-point deficit to five. His 3-pointer made it 109-101 with 4:58 remaining and he converted a three-point play with 3:25 to restore Brooklyn's double-digit lead.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson reacts after making a basket in during the first half against New York Knicks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson reacts after making a basket in during the first half against New York Knicks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Jeremy Lin ended an 0-for-9 start with a 3-pointer that halted a Knicks comeback, and the Brooklyn Nets beat New York 120-112 on Sunday night for their first home victory of 2017.

The Nets ended a 16-game losing streak at Barclays Center. They hadn't won here since Dec. 26, when Lin strained his hamstring in a victory over Charlotte.

He missed the next 26 games and struggled through his return here Sunday until taking over after the Knicks had trimmed a 22-point deficit to five. His 3-pointer made it 109-101 with 4:58 remaining and he converted a three-point play with 3:25 to restore Brooklyn's double-digit lead.

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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks, almost certainly heading toward another season where they miss the playoffs, have discussed how a team like the Heat has a better record than they do.

"Guys discuss that a lot," Carmelo Anthony told Frank Isola of the NY Daily News. "We talk about that amongst ourselves, kind of what is it. What's happening, especially with the talent we have in this locker room."

The Knicks are 26-39, 5.5 games behind the Bulls for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony would like to play 20 seasons in the NBA, he told reporters Wednesday.

"I would love to get 20 in, I could do 20,'' Anthony said. "I could do 20. I've done a great job taking care of my body. I'll continue doing that. No severe injuries. I can see myself going for 20.''

The 34-year-old is currently in his 14th season and his sixth with the Knicks.

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Lance Thomas added 17 and the New York Knicks used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Orlando Magic, 113-105 on Monday night.

Willy Hernangomez had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 points for the Knicks, who stopped a two-game losing streak. Kyle O'Quinn sparked the comeback with 11 points and eight rebounds, all in the fourth quarter.

Elfrid Payton had his first triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 25 points and Aaron Gordon had 17 in the Magic's third loss in four games.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Orlando Magic, Willy Hernangomez
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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony won't play in Monday's road game against the Orlando Magic, the team announced.

The Knicks are playing back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 31-Feb. 1. 

Anthony "wrenched" his knee while blocking a shot in Sunday's loss against the Golden State Warriors, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters prior to Monday's game. He scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 35 minutes against the Warriors. 

He is averaging 23.2 points and six rebounds in 62 games for New York this season.

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during warmups before a game against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during warmups before a game against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Effort was not the problem for the Orlando Magic in their 101-90 loss to the New York Knicks last Wednesday. Something else was off about the team.

With three days at home between their last game -- a stellar 18-point win over the Atlanta Hawks -- the Knicks seemed poised to build some positive momentum. Then the Knicks came and seemed to pull the rug from underneath them in a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

What seemed like a turning point for the Knicks last week has instead become a blip on an otherwise difficult season. New York hopes a return to Orlando on Monday at the Amway Center can get the team back on the right track.

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New York Knicks shooting guard Ron Baker (31) drives against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks shooting guard Ron Baker (31) drives against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With the release of Brandon Jennings and a likely season-ending injury to Joakim Noah, Knicks have a newfound freedom to explore what this team could be like next season. There's room to acquire somewhat of a taste. Noah figures to be around, but his inability to play big minutes leaves a question mark around his pending impact. As for Jennings, New York had seen enough after signing him to a one-year deal. This simply wasn't the right fit for him.

Win or lose, New York needs to continue examining which of their already in place pieces are worth keeping moving forward. That's what the next month plus should be about. There's an opportunity to answer questions regarding the future. Will this stay of execution past the trade deadline prove Carmelo Anthony can take somewhat of a backseat and play a supporting role to Kristaps PorzingisDerrick Rose still leaves something to be desired on the court, but does do some positive things. Can he still fit and be retained at a reasonable price this offseason? Which of the team's youngsters have the potential to flourish in an expanded roles? Here's a look at some opportunities that could prove to be small stepping stones for this team as they plan ahead.

Balanced point guard play: With Jennings in town, the Knicks had two offensively minded floor generals who both looked to score. He and Derrick Rose simply weren't the best match, despite how talented each one was. 

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Keith Schlosser
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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:23
Jeane Coakley breaks down all the action and player reactions from the Knicks' 112-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Stephen Curry broke out of a shooting slump with 31 points and moved into the top 10 on the NBA's career 3-point list, and the Golden State Warriors bounced back from consecutive losses to beat the New York Knicks 112-105 on Sunday.

Klay Thompson added 29 points to help the Warriors end their first regular-season losing streak in nearly two years.

The Splash Brothers had dried up as Golden State dropped two in row following Kevin Durant's knee injury, but they regained their touch Sunday. Curry hit five 3-pointers, passing Chauncey Billups for 10th place, and added eight rebounds and six assists.

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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)

The New York Knicks face the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center. Kristaps Porzingis will start at center with Willy Hernangomez (ankle) out.

According to STATS:

  • Both games between in this series this season have been one-point contests decided by a game-winning shot in the final :01; T.J. McConnell hit a jumper at the buzzer in the 76ers' 98-97 win and Carmelo Anthony drained a shot with 0.3 left in New York's 110-109 victory. Since at least 2002-03, no teams have played three straight one-point games against each other in the same season with the game-winning shot coming in the final :01 of the contest.
  • With their victory over the Magic on Wednesday, the Knicks improved to 9-2 this season when holding their opponent to fewer than 100 points.
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, both amid dismal seasons, tend to bring out the best in each other.

They meet for the third time this year on Friday in Philadelphia, after seeing their two earlier games come down to the wire.

The Sixers (22-38) prevailed 98-97 on Jan. 11, on a jumper at the buzzer by second-year point guard T.J. McConnell, while the Knicks (25-36) outlasted Philadelphia 110-109 on Carmelo Anthony's jumper with 0.3 of a second left on Feb. 25.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) looks up after a play during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) looks up after a play during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With little to no lingering effects of the orbital and plantar fasciitis injuries he's battled this season, Lance Thomas is finally playing at the level the Knicks knew he was capable of. Averaging 10.8 points on 58% shooting and 5.5 rebounds over his last four games, the forward is simply making the right plays that help New York on both ends of the floor. They've gone 2-2, with one of those losses being a last second heartbreaker to Toronto. The team is playing at an elevated level and Thomas has been a big part of that.

After a dismal campaign to this point, suddenly making a playoff push (being 4 games out with 21 left) still doesn't seem so much out of the realm of possibility. Carmelo Anthony is playing at a high level, Kristaps Porzingis has returned from injury, Thomas is filling his role, and Joakim Noah's season-ending injury may prove to be a blessing in disguise because it allows other players to be given deserved opportunities. Thomas is included in that conversation, especially because the Knicks had settled into a comfortable rotation with him on the sidelines. Noah's absence should continue to open things up. 

Everyone wants to win. Just about every player has the hunger to compete. Unfortunately, fighting tooth and nail to break in to the postseason as an eighth seed (only to get swept right out) isn't what's best for the long term future of the franchise. Coincidentally so, keeping Thomas past this year might not be, either

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek during second half against Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek during second half against Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

As hope of competing for a postseason spot fades away, the Knicks' focus will become making evaluations and building for next year. When management reflects upon this season's shortcomings, a failure to execute the triangle offense properly figures to always be a topic of conversation with Phil Jackson running the show.

Jackson's third full season as Knicks executive is nearing its end. He's had plenty of opportunities to make judgement calls and usher in the players he believes best fit his desired system. At some point (perhaps the team has already reached it), he won't be able to point fingers anymore. Should players be poor fits or not be producing, that says more about Jackson than it does them. It's a reflection upon his inability to put together a successful team. It's time to look in the mirror.

Such a mentality is also worth noting, not only as he evaluates his players, but the coaching staff as well. With a 24-36 record, the Knicks are currently worse off now than they were at this point in the season last season. Jeff Hornacek is not at fault.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks' loss 00:01:06
Jeff Hornacek, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose reflect on the Knicks' heartbreaking last-second loss to the Toronto Raptors.

DeMar DeRozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading the Toronto Raptors to a 92-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

The Raptors won their fourth in a row, doing it with DeRozan and defense after learning earlier in the day that All-Star Kyle Lowry will have right wrist surgery that could sideline him the rest of the regular season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points for the Knicks, but finished a 9-for-26 night when he missed a long jumper as time expired.

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Brandon Jennings and Jeff Hornacek (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Brandon Jennings and Jeff Hornacek (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Following the release of guard Brandon Jennings and a possible season-ending injury to Joakim Noah, New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said the team is not tanking to get a better slot in the NBA draft lottery.

Speaking to the media before Monday's game against the Toronto Raptors, Hornacek told reporters he thought the Knicks could still contend for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference despite cutting Jennings and losing Noah for an extended period of time due to arthroscopic surgery.

Hornacek "bristled at the notion" that cutting Jennings, which the Knicks did Monday morning, was a sign of the team tanking, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. Rather, it was a mutual decision, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Jennings reportedly told management he wanted to play for a playoff contender this season, however he did not ask for a waiver or to be traded, according to Berman.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

By the time NBA All-Star Weekend came to a close, there was refreshing optimism in the air surrounding the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez were late additions to the festivities. Kristaps Porzingis went home a winner after snagging the trophy at the Skills Challenge. Following the passing of the trade deadline, New York stood pat. After a spirited Cleveland loss and an exhilarating win against the 76ers, signs led to the Knicks wanting to remain competitive, for better or worse.

But alas, reality has begun to set in. Waiving Brandon Jennings may be the domino effect for the tone of the rest of the season. The dust probably hasn't cleared. More changes could be on the way. It's time to look towards the future, build towards the draft, embrace and explore more youthful talent, etc. With that in mind, here's a look at the Knicks will face in the week ahead and beyond.

Defensive Communication: The Knicks' defense has been a raw source of frustration for this team all season long. Frankly, it's a bit strange to see a squad that added players like Joakim NoahCourtney Lee, and Willy Hernangomez in the offseason struggle on that end of the floor. Clearly, putting up a consistent effort on defense had been an initial priority. Such a plan hasn't come to fruition.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) reacts after an officials call during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher)
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) reacts after an officials call during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher)

With Joakim Noah set to miss his eighth straight game on Monday, Knicks rookie C Willy Hernangomez will likely get another start.

Hernangomez has performed well as of late, starting the last four games and averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds on 58.6 percent shooting in 27.9 minutes. However the 22-year old is still getting accustomed to playing in the NBA.

"Sometimes, I think too much," Hernangomez said to Fred Kerber of the New York Post. "So I need to let my body just play. Let my mind play. I think too much, like if I miss a shot."

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GEICO SportsNite: Jeff Hornacek 00:00:51
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek says the Knicks are still trying to win every ballgame following a 110-109 thriller over Philadelphia.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony made a jumper with 0.3 seconds left to give the New York Knicks a 110-109 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.  

The Knicks blew a 17-point lead and fell behind by one when Jahlil Okafor scored with 9 seconds remaining. But Anthony dribbled left after a timeout, pulling up over Robert Covington to cap his 37-point performance. 

The Knicks then intercepted the 76ers' inbounds pass to hold on and snap their two-game losing streak.  

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony struggled during Thursday night's 119-104 loss to the Cavaliers.

Anthony, who remained with the club after an uneventful trade deadline, was just 9 of 25 from the field.

He struggled from downtown, hitting just 2 of 8 attempts, and turned the ball over five times.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite over a month of trade rumors and speculation, both Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose remained with the Knicks following the passing of the NBA's trade deadline yesterday.

When asked about Phil Jackson's vision for the Knicks moving forward, Anthony told reporters he was still unclear on the team president's plans for the future.

"Not now. To be honest with you, no," Anthony told Al Iannazzone of Newsday. "I think they were kind of planning on a trade on the trade deadline. Whether they were trying to make moves, I think that was one plan. So now it's they've got to get back to the drawing board and come up with another plan about the future of this team."

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Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) greets New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after the game during at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won 119-104. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) greets New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after the game during at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won 119-104. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the New York Knicks, who hung on to superstar Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose at Thursday's trade deadline.

James scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds with 15 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season.

Anthony, the subject of trade rumors because of a strained relationship with Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson, scored 20 points, going 9 of 25 from the field.

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Knicks quiet at deadline 00:08:08
DNL discusses the Knicks' decision to stay quiet at the trade deadline and Charles Oakley attending Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

The Knicks did not make any moves prior to Thursday's NBA trade deadline, which passed at 3 p.m. ET.

They had been engaged with the Timberwolves regarding a trade that would've sent PG Ricky Rubio to New York for Derrick Rose

In addition to Rubio, the Knicks had reportedly been asking the Timberwolves for F Nemanja Bjelicareported Marc Berman of the NY Post.

As the deadline approached on Thursday, some in the Knicks organization were ready to trade for Rubio without a second asset being sent back, but the Wolves refused, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

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GEICO SportsNite: Trade deadline 00:01:47
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and coach Jeff Hornacek address trade rumors the day before the NBA trade deadline.

Heading into Thursday's trade deadline, Carmelo Anthony told reporters Wednesday that he is not worried about possibly being dealt away from the Knicks. 

According to Anthony, he has not heard anything from the front office about a trade just yet. 

"I don't think that's something that I'm worried about or thinking about at this time," Anthony said Wednesday. "If something is going to happen, it's going to happen. I haven't heard anything as of right now, so that's not something that I'm concerned about."

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GEICO SportsNite: Trade Talk 00:03:04
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and guard Derrick Rose discuss the trade rumors surrounding the team as the deadline looms.

Latest Update: (Feb. 22)

1:30 p.m.

"I'm sure I'll have information as it starts unfolding, if something unfolds," Carmelo Anthony told reporters after practice on Wednesday. "As of right now nothing is on the table."

SNY.TV's Keith Schlosser discussed a rumored trade earlier today that would send Derrick Rose to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio.

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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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Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) moves the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center.
Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) moves the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

Reports of a trade that will send DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans have already sent major shockwaves through the NBA. Initially, pondering whether or not the Kings got fair value in return for the outgoing star may not appear to have any immediate impact on the Knicks. But alas, it sure does.

Following the deal, Langston Galloway will reportedly be waived and speculation is abound that Tyreke Evans could be let go as well. It would make sense if his expiring contract was merely included as a formality to make the deal work financially. With that in mind, the deal boils down to Buddy Hield, a top three protected 2017 first rounder and a second rounder for Cousins. 

Could the Knicks have made a legitimate play at acquiring Cousins? It may not have been such a farfetched concept. Knowing now what the Kings ultimately settled for, offering a deal centered around Derrick Rose and New York's 2017 first round selection probably would have garnered consideration. Adding Willy Hernangomez certainly would have sweetened the pot. This would have meant the Knicks would have been left without two of their top valued future assets, but Cousins is arguably the best center in the NBA. Still just 26 years old, New York could have built a future around him in Kristaps Porzingis. His contract only runs through next season, but it makes sense for marquee players to re-sign in the Big Apple. 

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Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 10 points in Sunday's All-Star Game as the Eastern Conference lost to the Western Conference, 192-182, at Smoothie King Center.

Anthony, who replaced Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love on the Eastern Conference earlier this week, made four of eight field goals and recorded three rebounds in 19 minutes of play.

Anthony played in his 10th All-Star Game. He has been an All-Star in each of the last eight years and started seven of them. He has 185 points in his All-Star Game career.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star Game scoring record by scoring 52 points on 26-of-39 shooting.

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

While Carmelo Anthony was thrilled to be selected to this year's All-Star Game, he would have preferred a rest during the break. 

Anthony, speaking to reporters on Saturday, said he was supposed to take a vacation over the next few days, but had to cancel because of his selection for the game. 

"It was a downer,'' Anthony said. "I had to cancel my trip, and there's no refund. I can't get my refund back."

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady believes Knicks president Phil Jackson has completely mishandled Carmelo Anthony this season, and if McGrady were Anthony, things might be a little more contentious. 

McGrady, who played 24 games with the Knicks during the 2009-10 season, said if he were involved in this situation, he would take more direct action against Jackson. Jackson has been maligned for his negative tweets about Anthony this season, along with possible trade rumors involving the All-Star forward.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV: 

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Boom or Bust: Knicks 00:04:32
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis play Boom or Bust for Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson and Kristaps Porzingis.

Jon Hein and Marc Malusis play Boom or Bust over Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson, and Kristaps Porzingis. 

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The Long Goodbye 00:02:51
The DNL crew discusses if Wednesday's game against the Thunder was Carmelo Anthony's last game as a member of the Knicks.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Carmelo Anthony is is headed to the All-Star Game. As the oldest participant, he's still holding his place amongs the league's best players. Both Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez (New York's biggest assets for the future) will take part in the weekend's festivities as well, participating in the Rising Stars Challenge. The Knicks have representation with feel-good stories to follow. All seems well, at least for a few days.

The next time the Knicks play, however, will be after the NBA trade deadline has passed --- five hours later, to be exact. Coincidentally, they'll face the Cavaliers. Will Anthony be in town suddenly donning a different uniform? 

Kevin Love's injury may make that difficult for the teams to accomplish. As it is, Love and his current contract isn't exactly the ideal return value for the Knicks. If and when they deal Anthony, New York needs flexibility, assets, future building blocks, etc. Love doesn't exactly fit that bill.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts during the 118-112 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts during the 118-112 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will replace injured Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love at this year's NBA All-Star Game, the team announced. 

Love has been dealing with a knee injury and has decided not to play in the game. Earlier in the week, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported Anthony wanted to rest during the All-Star Break and preferred not to be an injury replacement. 

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(AP)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The news of Kevin Love's injury may put a wrench into a potential deal between the Knicks and Cavaliers surrounding Carmelo Anthony, but it also opens the door back up for Anthony and/or Kristaps Porzingis to once again receive All-Star Game consideration.

Whereas Anthony has been a mainstay at the midseason event for nearly a decade, Porzingis is just starting to knock down the door that leads to association with the game's top talents. As demonstrated in the fan, player, and media voting, the 21-year-old has increasing popularity.

As the ever-quickly budding centerpiece and potential superstar of this hungry Knicks squad, Porzingis has plenty of things going in his favor, including an injury to 76ers big man Joel Embiid...

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