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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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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Derrick Rose had 18 points on 8 of 16 shooting during the Knicks' 108-107 loss to the Hawks on Monday.

He added nine assists and four rebounds, but turned the ball over six times and missed a potential game-winning shot close to the buzzer.

Rose, who recently asked head coach Jeff Hornacek to be harder on the team regarding their defensive effort, also struggled on defense a bit -- including in the final minutes.

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Drama plagued Knicks 00:03:42
Stefan Bondy joins DNL to discuss Melo's no-trade clause and Derrick Rose's relationship with Jeff Hornacek.

Stefan Bondy joins DNL to discuss Carmelo Anthony's no-trade clause and Derrick Rose's relationship with head coach Jeff Hornacek...

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks fall 00:01:26
Carmelo Anthony, Jeff Hornacek, Courtney Lee and Derrick Rose discuss missed opportunities after losing to the Atlanta Hawks.

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points on 10-16 shooting, but it was not enough as the Knicks lost to the Atlanta Hawks 108-107 in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Madison Square Garden Monday.

Derrick Rose added 18 points and nine assists, but missed a lay-up that would have given the Knicks the lead in the final seconds of the game. Anthony secured the rebound and had an opportunity to win the game for New York, but missed an open-look before the final buzzer.

Hawks PG Dennis Schroeder finished the game with a team-high 28 points on 13-16 shooting, while Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped 20 points on his former team.

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Jeff Hornacek and Derrick Rose look on to the action at Madison Square Garden.  (USA Today)
Jeff Hornacek and Derrick Rose look on to the action at Madison Square Garden. (USA Today)

Derrick Rose approached Jeff Hornacek after practice Saturday to encourage the head coach to be harder on his team regarding their defensive effort. When Rose made news of this meeting public, Hornacek was defensive in the nature of the conversation between the two, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.

"We try to talk to them after practice," Hornacek said in regards to talking to his players following practice. "What they see? It's just talk. We're not 36-4. There's always things we can talk about it. It's good to hear what they're thinking. Nothing but after-practice talk."

Saturday's talk did little to improve the team's defense Sunday against the Raptors when the Knicks were blown out, 116-101.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Derrick Rose's agent acknowledged his client should have contacted the Knicks before missing Monday's loss to New Orleans. But BJ Armstrong noted Rose's desire for privacy, implying it may have played a role in Rose's thinking.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back with another edition of TheKnicksBlog Podcast. Today, the guys discuss Derrick Rose's absence, the team's terrible loss in Philly, and Carmelo Anthony's lack of hustle.

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(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks G Derrick Rose is expected to seek a max contract when he becomes a free agent after the season, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

A max deal for Rose would be worth roughly $150 million over five years.

Rose ,28, was acquired from the Bulls along with Justin Holiday last June in a deal that sent Robin LopezJose Calderon, and Jerian Grant to Chicago.

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GEICO SportsNite: Isola, Rooks 00:02:32
Frank Isola and Taylor Rooks break down the Knicks' frustrating buzzer-beater loss to the 76ers.

The Knicks blew a 10-point lead in the final two minutes against the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, losing on a buzzer-beater.

It was their ninth loss in their last 10 games.

"Definitely embarrassing the way we're losing games,'' Courtney Lee said, according to the NY Post. "There's no excuses. It's just us. This s-t is definitely embarrassing. We have to find consistency in everything -- soon. It's got to be defense first. We got to change our mentality."

Derrick Rose -- in his first game back after going AWOL -- had 25 points, with Carmelo Anthony scoring 28.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kyle O'Quinn
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Derrick Rose talks absence 00:02:36
New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose meets the media to explain why he left the team prior to Monday's loss against the Pelicans.

Knicks G Derrick Rose will return to the lineup Wednesday night against the 76ers, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

Rose returned to practice Tuesday, one day after an unexcused absence from Monday's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Hornacek, who said the Knicks fined Rose for leaving the team, said the fine was "hefty" and a big enough punishment for the guard and he will not be suspended. 

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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.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas
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 (AP)
(AP)

Knick guard Derrick Rose's actions were "beyond unacceptable," former Knick and current TNT and NBATV analyst Greg Anthony told the Daily News.

"I don't think there's anything a player could do to damage the dynamic of a team more so than what Derrick did by going AWOL," Anthony said. "Like that one to me is beyond unacceptable. It just really is. And it's disappointing because I know Derrick, I'm a fan of his, I know how hard he's worked to get back, I know how much he loves the game."

Rose left the team and went to Chicago on Monday, missing the Knicks' 110-96 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Rose said his absence was a family matter and would not elaborate further.

 

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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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Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, New Orleans Pelicans
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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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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Over the course of the Knicks' 1-7 skid, their defense has left much to be desired. There's been a lack of intensity and the urgency to get early stops hasn't been there either. Such a wavering effort often creates too much of a hole for New York to climb out of. By the time the team attempts to make a late push, it's already a lost cause. That's become a pattern most recently.

Getting key defensive stops can often propel a team's effort on the other end. Because of how poorly the Knicks' offense has been, this too has become a pattern for opposing teams. The team's offense has been completely and utterly stagnant over this frustrating stretch. There are too many turnovers. 

While a brief absence of Kristaps Porzingis was seemingly to blame early on, their struggles have only continued with him on the court as well. There's very little flow to the offense. Players aren't moving freely without the ball. Instead, most players are left standing around, waiting to see what their teammate with the ball decides to do. If those around the ball-handler aren't getting themselves open, there isn't room for the ball-handler to do much other than isolate and/or force up a contested shot.

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

None of the Knicks are on track to be starters at the All-Star Game on Feb. 19 in New Orleans.

Carmelo Anthony (189,817 votes) is fifth among frontcourt players, while Kristaps Porzingis (184,166) is seventh. Top vote-getter LeBron James has 595,288 votes.

Derrick Rose is fifth among guards with 129,924 votes. Top vote-getter Kyrie Irving has 543,030 votes.

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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.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis
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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)

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.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Carmelo Anthony was ejected just over three minutes before halftime during the Knicks' 102-98 overtime loss to the Hawks on Wednesday night.

Anthony had been called for a double technical foul along with Thabo Sefolosha of the Hawks, took it a step further by throwing a punch at Sefolosha.

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters he doesn't blame Anthony for swinging at Sefolosha, saying Sefolosha had his hands around Anthony's neck.

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 (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
(Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

It's still early, but the Knicks nevertheless have good standing in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. There's optimism in the air, but still vast room for improvement. New York has lost four of its last six contests, and their inability to keep up with the Celtics on Christmas Day exposed many weaknesses. 

As the Knicks look to contend, they'll need to take care of business against the stronger teams of the league. Here are three of the other more pressing issues the team has faced as of late...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

The Knicks' defensive effort this season has been poor, and that was evident Sunday during their 119-114 loss to the Celtics.

"It was all defense, the way I look at it," Rose said about the loss, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "We didn't communicate well."

The Knicks outscored the Celtics in the third and fourth quarter, but couldn't overcome the large deficit that was a result of them being outscored 34-20 in the second quarter.

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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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Knicks win to open homestand 00:02:52
The DNL panel discusses the Knicks comeback win over the Pacers in their return to the Garden after a long West coast road trip.

Derrick Rose had 24 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two blocks during the Knicks' 118-111 comeback victory on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

It was his first game back since missing two straight games and four of the last six due to back spasms.

The Knicks outscored the Pacers 34-24 in the fourth quarter, with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis also making big contributions.

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 (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
(Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

Tommy Dee: SNY.TV:

Heading into Tuesday night's game against Indiana at Madison Square Garden, Joakim Noah is still confident things will work out despite his underwhelming play that has faced serious criticism.

What's been obvious to me in watching the team play is that Noah and Courtney Lee -- the player Noah helped recruit here -- have had trouble clicking in the lineup together. Noah seemingly has more chemistry, and the team does as a whole, with Justin Holiday instead of Lee at the shooting guard position. 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez
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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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 (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks G Derrick Rose is expected to return Tuesday night against the Pacers, head coach Jeff Hornacek said Monday.

Rose later said that he plans to play.

He has missed three of the last four games due to back spasms.

Rose also exited Tuesday's game against the Suns in the first quarter with the same issue. 

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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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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Without the injured Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, and with Kristaps Porzingis struggling, the Knicks' bench helped keep them competitive with Golden State during their eventual 103-90 loss.

Justin Holiday had 15 points and six steals, while Ron Baker added 13 points and three assists.

Meanwhile, Willy Hernangomez added eight points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.

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 (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
(Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis struggled Thursday night during the Knicks' loss to the Warriors, shooting just 4 of 13 for eight points.

He added five rebounds, committed two turnovers, and missed both of his free throw attempts.

Thursday's effort came on the heels of Porzingis' 34-point night against the Suns during the Knicks' overtime loss in Phoenix on Tuesday night.

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Knicks take on Warriors 00:02:53
The Knicks will face the Warriors on the road, but with both Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose sidelined, will they be competitive?

Latest Update

4:05PM: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will also sit Thursday's game against the Golden State Warriors, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Anthony, who earlier in the day told reporters he would play against Golden State, is dealing with a sore right shoulder. Before tipoff, Anthony tdescribed the injury as a bruise that he got in the first quarter against the Lakers. He told reporters the bruise has affected his shot and ability to pass.

The 32-year old veteran is averaging 22.0 points and 6.1 rebounds in 34.2 minutes per game.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
(Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Kristaps Porzingis thinks he can help recruit free agents to the Knicks, he told reporters.

"I think (I'll recruit players), yeah," he said. "Of course, you want to build a team around you so you can win, so you can go all the way and win the championship one day. Of course, that's on everybody's mind, I think, that's in a position to do that."

Porzingis, 21, is averaging 20.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 25 games this season.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas
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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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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony had 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists during Tuesday night's overtime loss to the Suns in Phoenix.

It was Anthony's second consecutive 13-point game, and he is shooting a career-low 42 percent from the field on the season and an even less efficient 39 percent in December.

He is averaging 22 points, 6.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 25 games this season.

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

Derrick Rose exited the Knicks game against the Suns in the first quarter with back spasms (Knicks, Dec. 15). 

After being re-evaluated at half time, the Knicks announced he will not return in the second half.

Rose missed two games last week with back spasms. 

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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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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)

One of the beauties of social media is the friendships you can make. John Henson is a big time Knicks fan and he sent me this tweet yesterday, "#knicks have won 11 of 15, tied for 3rd in east, on pace for 47.5 wins w/ 1st rd pick & room for max FA next yr"

It was so spot on that I had to write about it.

Seriously, what more could you ask for as we speak right now when talking about the New York Knicks? They've drafted the franchise player in Kristaps Porzingis, they have a player in Carmelo Anthony who can still be a top 10-15 player in the entire league on any given night and they have a former MVP in Derrick Rose who is starting to show signs of his former self. They have a bench filled with players who can come in and contribute at a moment's notice and a coach who is pressing all the right buttons.

Moving forward, they have all of their first round draft picks if they want to get aggressive and make an upgrade trade, and they have three picks in this upcoming draft, which may be as deep 1-50 as the 2015 draft that saw them land Porzingis, Jerian Grant and Willy Hernangomez.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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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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Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks (13-10) are off to their best start since a 54-win campaign in 2012-13 -- the last season they made the playoffs. Coach Jeff Hornacek's team will look to continue that momentum on Sunday when they take on the Lakers in Los Angeles in the second game of a five-game road trip.

The Knicks said guard Derrick Rose is probable after missing the past two games with back spams.

The Knicks knocked off the Sacramento Kings 103-100 on Friday when forward Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points, including two key free throws with 14.8 seconds left. Anthony topped 30 points for the fifth time this season and became the 29th player to reach 23,000 points. With 23,022, he's 127 shy of Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor on the career list.

 

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Dec 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) drives around Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 106-98. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) drives around Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 106-98. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Derrick Rose is expected to return to the lineup Sunday against the Lakers after missing time with back spasms, he told reporters at Saturday's practice.

Rose exited Tuesday's game early and did not play in the last two because of the back spasms, although an MRI revealed that he had no structural damage.

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Knicks guard Derrick Rose will not play Friday night, missing his second straight game because of lingering back spasms. 

Rose exited Tuesday night's game against the Heat with the issue and sat out Wednesday night's loss to the Cavs. An MRI on Wednesday revealed no structural damage, but the Knicks will stay play the injury with caution, Jeff Hornacek told reporters. 

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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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Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) dunks over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The New York Knicks defeat the Miami Heat 114-103.  (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) dunks over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The New York Knicks defeat the Miami Heat 114-103. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 35 points, and the New York Knicks beat the injury-ravaged Miami Heat 114-103 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which is three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season. The Knicks lost Derrick Rose to back spasms in the third quarter.

Goran Dragic scored 29 points and Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who fell to 2-8 at home.

The teams were tied at 68 late in the third quarter, when the Knicks went on a 27-13 run over the next eight minutes to take control. Anthony finished 13 for 27 from the field, and Porzingis and Joakim Noah combined for 22 rebounds.

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Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) attempts a lay up against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena.  (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) attempts a lay up against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Derrick Rose exited the Knicks' game on Tuesday night in Miami early and is not expected to return. 

Rose is reportedly dealing with back spasms (Begley, Dec. 5). 

In just under 25 minutes played, Rose scored 10 points with three assists with two steals.

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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)

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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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Carmelo Anthony was red hot as the Knicks built up a lead against the Timberwolves on Friday. Connecting on five shots from long range, there was clearly an extra pep in his step as he broke out of what has been a much too long offensive slump. Anthony ran the floor with gusto as he made shot after shot in transition. It's clear he can create for himself when necessary, but his teammates undoubtedly aided his efforts to have a breakthrough game against Minnesota. His 29 point performance was needed.

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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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