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Trey Burke (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Trey Burke (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

In just eight minutes, the Knicks' newest PG Trey Burke showed exactly what he can bring to the table for the second half of the season.

The former Jazz first-rounder touched the floor daunting the blue and orange for the first time against the Nets on Monday, and he didn't disappoint in his limited time. He saw six minutes in the second quarter, where he knocked down his first shot -- a pull-up two after pump faking Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Burke would notch five points, going 1-of-3 from the field while hitting 3-of-4 free throw attempts. He also tallied one rebound and two assists to the liking of all the Knicks cheering him on throughout the game. It wasn't much, but Burke was happy in his first NBA minutes in a long time. 

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Kristaps Porzingis said he needed to make an adjustment in his style of play, and he answered with a 26-point surge against the Nets on Monday. 

Teams have changed their defensive scheme on Porzingis after his MVP-calibur start to the season, whether it is double teams or playing small. It has forced Porzingis to adapt, and in turn, struggles have followed. 

"I think in the beginning of the season, I was free. I was just playing my game and things seemed to happen so smoothly," Porzingis told ESPN's Ian Begley. "(Then) there was moments when all kinds of different defense, the attention was on me, and I felt like I still had to put up the same numbers. I think now I'm starting to realize it doesn't need to be that way. I can just let the game flow and see what happen and i can make the right play and not force and try to get those numbers."...

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Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie guard Frank Ntilikina came up just shy of his first-career triple-double in Monday's 119-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.

The 19-year-old guard scored 10 points and recorded 10 assists for his first double-double, and came three rebounds shy of a triple-double as New York snapped a three-game losing streak.

"He played with some fire," Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said of Ntilikina, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

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On GEICO SportsNite, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek and Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson give their thoughts on their teams' Monday matchup.

Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and nine rebounds, Michael Beasley added 23 points and 10 boards, and the New York Knicks opened their longest road trip in nearly 30 years by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-104 on Monday.

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Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll shoots against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll shoots against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and nine rebounds, Michael Beasley added 23 points and 10 boards, and the New York Knicks opened their longest road trip in nearly 30 years by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-104 on Monday.

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Jeff Hornacek, Jarrett Jack, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. react to a 123-118 loss in OT to the Pelicans as a rough January continues.

The Knicks blew a 19-point second-half lead and lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 123-118 in overtime Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

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(Stephen Lew)

The matchup between point guards Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. was on full display Sunday night, and Ntilikina has taken the first win. 

Many bashed the Knicks, including LeBron James, for passing on Smith during June's draft. However, that didn't seem to be the case as Ntilikina locked down Smith in the limited time they matched up with each other. 

The Frenchman touted Smith's skills to get to the basket, but he was confident his play showed that he could stop him. 

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Dec 30, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)
Dec 30, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)

In the 2017 NBA Draft, the Knicks were positioned one place ahead of the Mavericks. Ostensibly, both franchises could be drafting point guards in the draft that was saturated with guards. 

Rumors swirled with who the Knicks might take with the 8th overall pick. That, obviously, would directly impact Dallas' plans with the 9th pick. Many believed the Knicks would grab one of Malik Monk, Dennis Smith Jr. or Frank Ntilikina. 

The Knicks, of course, drafted Ntilikina, leaving Smith Jr. to go to Dallas. Monk was drafted 11th by the Hornets. Had things been different, though, and New York had taken Smith Jr., Cuban says there was a 'very good chance' the Mavs would have grabbed the French rookie...

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Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)
Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The once promising Knicks season of two weeks ago has quickly taken a negative turn. After their surprising win over the Celtics where Michael Beasley's 32 points carried the team to a win and a 17-14 record, the Knicks have lost six of their last seven games to fall to 18-20 and a dreadful 3-13 on the road.

They are now 10th in the Eastern Conference, and a game behind the Pacers for the final playoff spot. With three games until we hit the halfway point of the season, the Knicks aren't dead in the water yet because of this slump. There's still a lot of time to turn it back around, but not if things stay the way they are.

Calling up guard Trey Burke from the G-League Westchester Knicks on Friday is a move that has to be made, and one that makes perfect sense to make...

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(Stephen Lew)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina may not have played much Tuesday night, but he has already made a good impression on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. 

It was the Knicks' contest in San Antonio last Thursday that opened Popovich's eyes to the player Ntilikina is, and what he can become in the future. 

"I thought he looked solid. I thought he looked confident," Popovich told Newsday's Roger Rubin. "He looked solid. He didn't look fearful at all. He wasn't overly impressed with 'I'm in the NBA now' or whatever. He played. He seemed like a pretty comfortable guy."

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek gave reasoning to why he isn't ready to start rookie PG Frank Ntilikina just yet. 

Hornacek admitted he wants to see Ntilikina get more minutes, but the 19-year-old still has improvements to make before he's ready to run with the first team. 

"Sometimes it's who meshes well with what group," Hornacek told the NY Daily News' John Healy. "Frank is meshing well with our second group, Jarrett (Jack)'s meshing well with the first group. We see times when they do mesh with other group and it's not so comfortable. It's Frank's continued work. He's learning the teams in this league, the guys in this league, he's going to get better as the season goes on."

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(Soobum Im)

As Frank Ntilikina continues to improve in his rookie season, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is looking to get him some more minutes on the court. 

Now, that doesn't mean Ntilikina is ready to start for the Knicks. Hornacek will stick with Jarrett Jack as the starting point guard, but he will look at a potential start for the 19-year-old in the future. 

"Not yet," Hornacek told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "That's something we'll continue to look at it, but for now, no."

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New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks lose another game on the road as they fall 119-107 to the Spurs, pushing their record below .500. This is their fourth consecutive loss. 

Michael Beasley led the Knicks in scoring with 23 points on an efficient 9 of 13 from the field and Courtney Lee continued his recent scoring form with 18 points.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points on 6 of 16 shooting with 7 rebounds and 6 blocks, before fouling out for the first time this season. Frank Ntilikina had 9 points with 11 assists and 3 steals against compatriot Tony Parker. << Box score

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Knicks play the Spurs, a pair of French point guards on opposite ends of their careers will face off for the first time: Tony Parker and Frank Ntilikina. 

Before their first matchup, Parker was asked what he thought about Ntilikina.

"He's got the right skills to be good in this league,'' Parker said, via Marc Berman of NY Post. "He's a great defender, got length. That's always good to be good defensively early. Offensively it will come. It's his first year. He needs to go around the league one time and get used to all the point guards. I think he's got all the right stuff. I don't know if New York will be patient.''

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(Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK -- With all the hype surrounding Lonzo Ball and his family on Tuesday night in a nationally televised game at Madison Square Garden, it was easy to forget about the Knicks own soft-spoken rookie point guard, Frank Ntilikina.

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The Knicks are 11-12 and past the quarter mark of the season. This team has had some highs and lately they have had some lows. In some aspects, they have been better than people expected, and in others, they have underachieved.

I said before the season that this would be somewhere around the fifth-worst team in the NBA. Clearly, I was wrong. The Knicks are better than that. However, a problem that will likely remain with them for the whole season is health.

It's alarming that this team still has 59 games to play and that they already cannot stay healthy. Only two players on the roster have played in all 23 games: Courtney Lee and Doug McDermott. That means only one starter (Lee) has played in every game this season. Their best player, Kristaps Porzingis, has already missed four games, and has had multiple different injuries and illnesses...and it's not even Christmas yet...

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Kristaps Porzingis isn't the only Knicks player with an ankle scare as rookie PG Frank Ntilikina twisted his bad ankle at practice Tuesday. 

Ntilikina was on the sideline for Wednesday night's contest against the Heat, missing his third game this season. The right ankle he sprained in practice is the same one that he severely sprained in the season opener against the Thunder, which forced him to miss two games. Head coach Jeff Hornacek noted that considering how bad he twisted the ankle the first time, it definitely isn't fully healed yet. 

But Ntilikina downplayed this sprain, saying it isn't close to what occurred at the beginning of the season, and he isn't blaming his recent slump on offense for it. 

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(John E. Sokolowski)

Enes Kanter received a warning from the Knicks' front office after he encouraged a teammate to fight an opponent, per NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

Kanter's reasoning behind using the word "fight" is due to the fact that English is his second language. In his native Turkey, the center claims the word means something entirely different.

"The front office told me I cannot say stuff like that," Kanter said. "It's a learning process. This is my second language. When I say fight, it means compete, play hard, compete. You get a tech; you get a tech. They told me I cannot say stuff like that. I'm sorry about that. I'm sorry, NBA, my fault."

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Enes Kanter received a warning from the Knicks' front office after he encouraged a teammate to fight an opponent, per NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

Kanter's reasoning behind using the word "fight" is due to the fact that English is his second language. In his native Turkey, the center claims the word means something entirely different.

"The front office told me I cannot say stuff like that," Kanter said. "It's a learning process. This is my second language. When I say fight, it means compete, play hard, compete. You get a tech; you get a tech. They told me I cannot say stuff like that. I'm sorry about that. I'm sorry, NBA, my fault."

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Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Cavaliers forward LeBron James have reportedly cleared the air after their brief spat earlier this month, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Thanks to Romeo Travis, who played with Ntilikina in France and was a high school teammate of James, the two NBA players no longer have beef, which started when James said the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr. over Ntilikina and boiled over into the Nov. 13 Knicks-Cavaliers game when the rookie Ntilikina shoved James and started an altercation on the court.

"I reached out to LeBron to make sure there was no hard feelings between Frank and him and let him know Frank was my guy," Travis said, according to Berman. "[LeBron] said it's not personal between them. He's just so positive about Dennis Smith and negative toward the Knicks front office."

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(Robert Deutsch)

Superstar rapper JAY-Z chimed in with his own take on LeBron James' "King of New York" comments while performing a concert in Cleveland. 

The New York native is friends with James, and has been for years. But that doesn't mean he was going to sit aside and look at James standing over the Knicks logo at Madison Square Garden, and make those types of comments. He addressed it at his show saying if James can make those comments, then he can be named "King of Cleveland."

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Frank Ntilikina has a valid excuse to explain his worst performance as a Knick on Monday night against the Clippers.

The rookie point guard was experiencing flu-like symptoms for two or three days prior to Monday's contest, and though he tried to play through them, Ntilikina knew he was only hurting the team. He went straight to head coach Jeff Hornacek in the fourth quarter, and told him to keep him on the bench. 

"Frank's under the weather," Hornacek told The Post's Marc Berman. "He's been fighting it two, three days now. He just didn't have it tonight. He was fine with it. He actually said, 'I'm not helping the team now.' Frank's a smart player. He realized he didn't have enough energy. He sacrificed. He could've gone back in there and still played but it gave Ramon [Sessions] a chance."

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek was fully behind rookie PG Frank Ntilikina sticking up for himself against LeBron James of the Cavaliers on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

"I thought it was great,'' Hornacek said on MSG's "The Jeff Hornacek Experience", according to Marc Berman of the NY Post. "When we played back in the day, there was a lot of that. So you don't see as much now in today's game."

Hornacek also praised Enes Kanter's reaction on the court to the altercation between Ntilikina and James, and Kanter's overall leadership thus far...

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(Adam Hunger)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina has touted defensive abilities, but his offense is starting to show as well. 

Head coach Jeff Hornacek has come to learn that if he needs some stout defending, he is going to look at his 19-year-old point guard. That's exactly what he did Wednesday night as Ntilikina was s disruptor for all 20 minutes he saw the hardwood.

"We have great confidence in him defensively. It's great that a young guy comes into the league with more defensive principles than the offensive principles," Hornacek told The Post's Fred Kerber. 

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Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jake Brown | Twitter | It has not taken very long for Enes Kanter to become one of the new fan favorites here in New York. At 7-6, I'd say it took 13 games for that to be true, but really it may have just taken one game and a couple of quotes Monday night.

Kanter stood up for his rookie teammate Frank Ntilikina not just in the headlines, but on the court. He showed what a tremendous teammate he is, and what an important voice he is in the locker room. Kanter wasn't going to let LeBron James say or do things to their rookie point guard and let the future Hall of Famer run all over them. Sure, the Knicks blew a 23-point lead and lost the game Monday to the Cavaliers, but Kanter getting in LeBron's face when he was bumping Ntilikina was a big statement.

Then what he said after the game about LeBron was important to send a message and defend his team. Kanter clearly wants to win and he knows what being part of a team is, and being a leader. So far, he looks like the veteran leader on this squad...

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After a heated game at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Cavaliers SF LeBron James took to Instagram to declare himself "King of New York" following a 104-101 win. 

Knicks C Enes Kanter responded shortly after, saying "We already have a king. It's Kristaps Porzingis," per Ian Begley of ESPN.

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and Cavaliers star SF LeBron James got into it at The Garden on Monday. 

After throwing down alley-oop dunk, James stood over Ntilikina who was trying to pick up the ball to inbound. Ntilikina didn't like it, and started pushing James off of him.

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Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in action against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in action against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- When the Cleveland Cavaliers head to Madison Square Garden on Monday night to face the New York Knicks, there are bound to be some awkward moments.

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LeBron James clarifies his Knicks comments about Dennis Smith Jr., says he was taking a shot at Phil Jackson.

LeBron James made it clear that his comment about the Knicks not drafting Mavericks' PG Dennis Smith Jr. was a shot at former president Phil Jackson.

James said that Smith "should be a Knick," which many believed was a shot at the Knicks actual draft pick, Frank Ntilikina. However, James clarified his comments to say he was aiming at Jackson -- not Ntilikina. 

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Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter respond to LeBron James' comment that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina is involved in his first NBA controversy and while his teammates vehemently defended him, Ntilikina is taking the high road.

The Knicks rookie point guard never mentioned LeBron James by name on Sunday after hearing James had ripped him indirectly the night before.

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(Kim Klement)

With Kristaps Porzingis on the bench with a bad elbow and ankle Wednesday night, the Knicks couldn't muster a win on the road against the Magic. 

It would have had to be another comeback win for the Knicks, but they didn't have their go-to player on the floor to lead the way. Tim Hardaway Jr. put a team-high 26 points on the board. However, it was to no avail as the Magic finished the Knicks off in the fourth quarter, 112-99, to hand them their fifth loss of the season. 

Hardaway had to admit after the game that it was hard without Porzingis on the floor. 

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Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)
Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)

Knicks PG Ramon Sessions, who did not play on Wednesday night, has barely played since starting the first three games of the season -- a role that was then given to Jarrett Jack.

"I've played my whole career, first time in my 11 years this has actually happened," Sessions told the NY Post. "I've been around a while, been around different scenarios. It's still early. It's a long season. In the NBA, a lot of things can happen.''

With Jack starting, rookie Frank Ntilikina has been getting major minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Ron Baker has been inactive.

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks GM Scott Perry has a big decision to make by Monday as C Joakim Noah returns from his 20-game suspension, and a roster spot must be made for him. 

There are two options that Perry can administer: 1) Trading a player to make room for Noah, or 2) waiving a player. It was reported that the Knicks were looking to shop Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who finally got his first game action last night. The Lakers, Cavaliers, and Hawks all had interest in Kuzminskas in the 2016 offseason. 

If Perry can't strike a deal, he will be forced to waive a player to make room for Noah, who is under a four-year, $72 million contract. Ramon Sessions appears to be the top candidate to waive, and Perry made it clear he will address the roster one way or the other. 

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Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner)
Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner)

19-year-old rookie PG Frank Ntilikina is not yet starting for the Knicks, but he's coming through while being trusted with key minutes down the stretch. He hit a huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against the Pacers, finishing with 10 points, seven assists, and three steals while playing at-times lockdown defense.

"It was just part of developing my game in Europe," Ntilikina told the NY Post on Tuesday about his defense. "Me, obviously I know when you're a rookie, you're not as strong as the other players who got a lot of experience in the game. So you just have to be more willing to defend more, willing to stop the player. And, yeah, just do more of the work."

Jake Brown | Twitter | It's been very important for Ntilikina to get minutes in the fourth quarter and at the end of games. That's the best way to make him a better player, and to become more confident on both ends of the floor. His defense against some pretty good point guards has also made it easier for Hornacek to stick with him. Knocking down shots will come with time, but for now, his defense is much more important than his scoring...

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina saw his first clutch performance with the team, and he delivered in the 108-101 win over the Pacers. 

It has been a slow start to Ntilikina's NBA career, but he was on the floor in crunch time Sunday night as the Knicks were battling back from a 19-point deficit. He had already dished a few assists to Kristaps Porzingis to cut the lead, but Porzingis returned the favor with a pass to Ntilikina with a 99-99 ballgame and 1:34 on the clock.

Ntilikina stepped into the shot and knocked it down with a thunderous roar from Madison Square Garden to follow. The bucket gave Ntilikina a season high 10 points to go along with seven assists in 24 minutes. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner jump for the opening tip in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner jump for the opening tip in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 40 points and Frank Ntilikina hit a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied from 19 points down in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 108-101 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.


Porzingis made 15 of 24 shots and recorded eight rebound and six blocks, as the Knicks won for the fifth time in their last six games.

Porzingis converted on a three-point play with 3:26 remaining to give New York a 97-96 lead, its first since the first quarter, but Indiana's Darren Collison responded with a 3-pointer. Porzingis answered with a 19-foot jumper with 2:14 remaining to tie the game, and on the Knicks' next possession, the rookie Ntilikina hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the left wing to give New York a 102-99 lead.

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Oct 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek during second half against Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Oct 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek during second half against Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks President Steve Mills voiced his support for coach Jeff Hornacek after a 1-3 start to the season.

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(Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- The Knicks took a gamble when they drafted Frenchman Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in this year's NBA Draft.

Some fans and observers felt they could've done better with an American college player such as N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr. or Kentucky's Malik Monk -- both of whom were available when the Knicks chose.

But Ntilikina may have eased some of those concerns when he helped key the Knicks to their first victory of the season on Friday, a 107-86 victory over the rival Nets at Madison Square Garden. He notched nine points on 4-for-11 shooting with five assists, one steal and three turnovers. With his long arms and reach, Ntilikina also played strong defense and disrupted the Nets' passing lanes...

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Frank Ntilikina discusses being ready to go for Friday's game against the Nets and Jeff Hornacek talks about Ntilikina's energy and passion.

Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina (sprained ankle) has been activated for the team's matchup against the Nets Friday, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

Ntilikina missed this past Saturday's home opener and Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

The 19-year-old Ntilikina played eight minutes in his Knicks' debut last Thursday in Oklahoma City. He recorded an assist and missed his two shot attempts.

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Jon Hein and Michael Rapaport discuss Kristaps Porzingis' hot start to the season and what the Knicks' role players can do to help him out.

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The Knicks are 0-3 and tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Bulls. Of course, it's only three games into an 82-game season, but as of right now, it's hard to argue that the Knicks are not the worst team in the NBA.

In their three games, they are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

The other two games they scored 89 and 84 points. In both of those games the Knicks' offense was pitiful and they were sloppy. They had 39 turnovers in those games and are averaging over 16 turnovers a game. It's been an ugly display of basketball...

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Jake Brown | Twitter |

The Knicks are 0-3 and tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Bulls. Of course, it's only three games into an 82-game season, but as of right now, it's hard to argue that the Knicks are not the worst team in the NBA.

In their three games, they are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

The other two games they scored 89 and 84 points. In both of those games the Knicks' offense was pitiful and they were sloppy. They had 39 turnovers in those games and are averaging over 16 turnovers a game. It's been an ugly display of basketball...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)
Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When Trey Burke was originally drafted with the No. 9 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Michigan in the 2013 NBA Draft, he never figured he'd end up in the NBA G League. He figured his career would be a straight arc upward toward NBA stability and stardom.

"Nobody wants to start in the NBA and then come to the G league, but I'm comfortable with who I am," the 6-foot-1 Burke said Tuesday at Westchester Knicks Media Day. "I'm comfortable with where I am and I know that everybody's journey is different so I'm at a point where I get to sit back and really explore everything that's in front of me and just go at it, man."

The Knicks signed Burke on Oct. 11 and he said part of his motivation for signing with them was that his former Michigan teammate, Tim Hardaway Jr., is back with the Knicks...

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The Suns asked the Knicks for rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and C Willy Hernangomez in exchange for PG Eric Bledsoe, with the Knicks rebuffing that request, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

The Knicks, who reportedly have no interest in trading Ntilikina or Hernangomez at this point, had reached out to the Suns about Bledsoe, ESPN's Ian Begley reported. 

Bledsoe tweeted recently that he no longer wanted to be on the Suns. He met with the Suns front office before shootaround on Monday, and was sent home, with Suns GM Ryan McDonough saying Bledsoe "won't be with us going forward."

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The Suns asked the Knicks for rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and C Willy Hernangomez in exchange for PG Eric Bledsoe, with the Knicks rebuffing that request, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

The Knicks, who reportedly have no interest in trading Ntilikina or Hernangomez at this point, had reached out to the Suns about Bledsoe, ESPN's Ian Begley reported. 

Bledsoe tweeted recently that he no longer wanted to be on the Suns. He met with the Suns front office before shootaround on Monday, and was sent home, with Suns GM Ryan McDonough saying Bledsoe "won't be with us going forward."

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the fact that the Knicks have reached out to the Suns about point guard Eric Bledsoe, the team is not actively shopping rookie guard Frank Ntilikina or second-year center Willy Hernangomez, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina, the 19-year-old whom the Knicks drafted eighth overall in June, has only played eight minutes in one game through New York's first two games of the season and is unlikely to play Tuesday against the Celtics due to a sprained ankle.

Hernangomez, 23, averaged 8.2 points and seven rebounds in 72 games last season, however is "frustrated," according to teammate Kristaps Porzingis, over the fact that he was limited to four minutes in last Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Pistons.

The Knicks' likeliness to move either player could change depending on what other teams make available on the trade market, according to Iannazzone.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- Just a few hours before the Knicks tipped of the 2017-18 NBA season with a 19-point loss to Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Michigan State sophomore forward Miles Bridges spent time at Madison Square Garden for Big Ten Media Day.

Bridges is an explosive 6-foot-6 forward who opted to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season instead of being a likely lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft. He's now projected as the No. 6 pick in 2018 via ESPN.com.

So with Bridges in the Garden for Media Day and the Big Ten Tournament beginning Feb. 28, how would he feel about potentially being drafted by the Knicks?

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikna suffered an apparent left ankle injury during practice on Friday and was helped off the court.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)

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The drama-filled Knicks offseason is finally over and the actual games that count have arrived. A new era begins Thursday, when the Knicks take on an old friend who was an integral part of which direction the team would head in. Before the Knicks face Carmelo Anthony for the first time since 2010, let's take a look at five bold predictions for the 2017-2018 Knicks season...

1. Kristaps Porzingis will average a double-double

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina participating in the team's scrimmage at practice on Tuesday, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina, who has been out with a knee issue, participated in all portions of practice on Monday except the scrimmage.

"I'm back and I'm real happy and I feel good to be on the court," Ntilikina told Iannazzone after practice.

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Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and guard Jarrett Jack have been ruled inactive for Thursday's season-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The 27-year-old Kuzminskas, who averaged 6.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 68 games last season, has been dealing with a sore left calf, while Jack, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and Luke Kornet (left hamstring) have also been ruled out.

New York can update its roster before Thursday. Head coach Jeff Hornacek said he expects rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina to play despite dealing with a knee issue.

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