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Just 22 games into his second season as Knicks head coach, David Fizdale was let go after the team got off to a dismal 4-18 start. 

In one season-plus as the team's head coach, Fizdale coached the Knicks to 21-83 record, leading to his dismissal. 

On Wednesday, Fizdale was a guest on ESPN Radio, and when asked if the Knicks had a true star on the team, he pointed to rookie RJ Barrett while also saying that the Knicks need better shooters in place to help talented youngsters like Barrett and Mitchell Robinson reach their full potential.

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Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless

The 2020 trade deadline was an opportunity for the Knicks to acquire some assets. The Knicks had an attractive trade chip in Marcus Morris and ended up dealing him to the Clippers at the deadline.

The primary focus of the deal was the draft pick compensation that the rebuilding Knicks secured for the free-agent-to-be. An afterthought in the deal was Moe Harkless. An eight-year veteran, Harkless' time with the Knicks since the deal has been a mixed bag.

The Queens-bred Harkless has started the last ten games, but has seen his minutes fluctuate. In the team's most recent back-to-back before the NBA suspended action, Harkless saw just 12 minutes against the Wizards before recording 41 minutes of action in New York's overtime victory against the Hawks.

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The Knicks defeated the Atlanta Hawks 136-131 on Wednesday night in what could be the last game they play in the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak. >> Box score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks commanded Wednesday night's game from start to nearly the finish, but they let a huge lead crumble in the fourth quarter. Trae Young carried the Hawks with a whopping 27 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Knicks led by as many as 23 points on the night, but the Hawks were able to fight back to send the game into overtime. The Knicks were able to hold on for the win. 

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On Tuesday night, Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina scored a career-high 20 points and added 10 assists in the team's loss the Washington Wizards. 

Ntilikina has had a very up-and-down start to his NBA career, but the flashes of excellence have certainly been there.

Is Ntilikina on the verge of taking a big jump?

The crew from Wednesday's edition of The Thread discussed that very topic …

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Frank Ntilikina (Geoff Burke)
Frank Ntilikina (Geoff Burke)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Mike Miller sees a subtle difference lately in Frank Ntilikina's approach: 

"Before, when he had a defender in front of him, he made the pass to Mitchell [Robinson] or Bobby [Portis] or whoever. And now he's seeing open lanes to the basket, and he's going," Miller said Tuesday. 

That change is significant for Ntilikina, who scouts had seen as too passive on offense in his first two seasons. 

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Feb 21, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 21, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks have lost nine of their last 12 games after falling to the Washington Wizards 122-115 on Tuesday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Tuesday's game was full of big runs. The Wizards opened up the game on an 18-4 run, with interim head coach Mike Miller calling two timeouts in the game's first four minutes. From then until the end of the first half, the Knicks outscored the Wizards 66-36. The Knicks' largest lead of the night was 18 points, but Bradley Beal's 20 third-quarter points outscored the entire Knicks roster (17). The Wizards outscored the Knicks 64-39 in the final 21:46 of the game.

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Mar 8, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 8, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Some notes from the Knicks' win over the Pistons...


Kevin Knox had two blocks against Detroit, tangible evidence of what Mike Miller has been talking about for weeks: the young Knick is improving on the defensive end.

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Mar 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) grabs a rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) grabs a rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks made just four three-pointers in their 126-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. > Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) Chirs Paul led the Thunder with eight points in the first quarter, while former Knick Danilo Gallinari added in seven points as OKC took a 27-20 lead over the Knicks. Elfrid Payton had five points, five rebounds, and four assists for the Knicks, who went 0-for-7 from three as a team in the first quarter.

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Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

The Knicks are headed for another season out of the playoff picture and another year in the lottery. The team has a sizable collection of veterans, however, the franchise's focus should center on their young core of recent draft picks.

The team is in for another massive rebuild, and there is a lot to look at for new president of basketball operations Leon Rose. Though much is made of who the Knicks can pursue in free agency or the draft, the focus right now should be the evaluation of New York's prospects already on the team.

There is talent, but there are major questions. Is Kevin Knox a lost cause? Is Damyean Dotson a keeper? Can you build around RJ Barrett? Here's a look at the Knicks' top prospects based on their value...

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Mitchell Robinson dunks during Knicks game
Mitchell Robinson dunks during Knicks game

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson turned in another strong performance on Monday, dropping 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 13 rebounds (five offensive) in New York's win over Houston. 

Tyson Chandler, a former Knick and current Rockets vet, was impressed by what he saw. 

"I love his game. Very talented young player. He's very raw. But his athletic ability and what he can turn into and things that he can accomplish, I feel like are limitless," Chandler said. "I don't think he even knows how talented he is yet."

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After leading most of the game, the Knicks came out flat in the fourth quarter, but got a full team effort and held on for a 125-123 win over the Rockets on Monday. > Box Score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) Houston opened the game on a 9-1 run and it looked like the Knicks were well on their way to a similar performace to their 11-point loss to the Rockets at Toyota Center last Monday. But a Barrett three-pointer spearheaded a 9-0 Knicks run of their own, who ended the first quarter leading 36-31.

New York extended its lead to 10 at halftime (though they led by as many as 21), and it remained a 10-point lead after the third quarter when James Harden sank just his second three-pointer of the night at the buzzer. The Rockets quickly cut the lead to two just three minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Knicks clung on to the lead and refused to relinquish it, despite a ferocious dunk from Russell Westbrook to cut the Knicks' lead to two with less than two minutes to play. Westbrook had another chance to tie it at the buzzer, but his 17-footer rattled out and the Knicks held on for the win.

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Feb 29, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles as Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) defends during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 29, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles as Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) defends during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

With the Knicks on track to introduce CAA's Leon Rose as the organization's next president, as SNY's Ian Begley first reported Feb. 6 and has maintained throughout the subsequent weeks, he takes over a team that includes a familiar face.

Rose represented Frank Ntilikina for the first two seasons of the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 draft's NBA career from 2017-19. In Year 3, the point guard changed to France-based Comsport's Bouna Nadiaye, who represents fellow French players such as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum.

Still, Ntilikina supports the idea of Rose becoming the Knicks' next president after the organization fired Steve Mills on Feb. 4. After practice Sunday, he told the New York Post's Peter Botte his former agent has qualities that make him fit for the job.

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The Knicks cut the Sixers' lead to five points late in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough, as they lost 115-106 on Thursday night. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) The 76ers led the Knicks 26-21 after the first quarter, thanks to 14 points from forward Tobias Harris. Elfrid Payton got the start with Frank Ntilikina out for the third straight game, and scored six points on 3-for-8 shooting. RJ Barrett chipped in five points and Mitchell Robinson had four points and three rebounds in six minutes off the bench.

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Nov 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles up court during the first quarter at against the Philadelphia 76ers Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles up court during the first quarter at against the Philadelphia 76ers Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Knicks will be without point guard Frank Ntilikina in Philadelphia against 76ers, the second half off a back-to-back for New York.

Ntilikina missed Monday and Wednesday's losses to the Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets, respectively, due to a sore groin, and the Knicks announced on Thursday that he'll once again be sidelined in Philadelphia. 

In his third NBA season, Ntilikina is averaging 5.9 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 rebounds, shooting 38.5 percent from the floor.

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The Knicks begin the second half of their 2019-20 season on Friday night (though it's really more of the final third of the season, with 27 games left on the calendar), and the hot topic around the team continues to be the balance of developing young players versus playing veterans. 

Interim head coach Mike Miller was asked about that subject once again on Friday prior to the Knicks' tip-off with the Indiana Pacers, and he reiterated that has no plans to play younger players more minutes solely because the team is out of contention.

"I talk to (GM Scott Perry) every day. We talk about personnel, we talk about player development, we talk about everything, every day. Multiple times, sometimes. We are in agreement, as we go through this, that we are high-level trying to develop players. And as we do that, the approach that we're taking is that their minutes are quality minutes," Miller said. "They're bringing value to the team when they're out there. We think that's helping them develop and moving them forward. 

"Again, we're looking at development in a lot of different ways and not saying it's just about, you just need 25 minutes a game to develop. I think there's more to it, there's more ways that we can help these guys grow then doing that. They're getting experience and they're getting opportunities and they're learning. We're seeing growth."

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The Knicks cut a 22-point deficit down to four in the final minute, but the Indiana Pacers held on for a 106-98 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) The story of Friday's game was an all too familiar one this season. The Knicks got off to a decent start and led by five points after the first quarter. But things then took a turn, and after trailing by seven points at halftime, things deteriorated quickly in the third quarter. The Pacers outscored the Knicks by 20 in the middle two quarters, giving Indiana a comfortable 80-65 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

The Knicks pulled within 12 points with around nine-and-a-half minutes to play, and a Frank Ntilikina three-pointer with just under seven minutes to go brought the Knicks within eight at 91-83. With under a minute to go, the Indiana lead was seven, but a Damyean Dotson three cut it to four points, but the late effort wasn't enough.

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks will take the floor for the first time since the All-Star break on Friday night, hosting the Indiana Pacers at The Garden, and they'll likely have a different starting lineup when they do.

Elfrid Payton is dealing with a sore ankle and will not play, according to Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller. Taking Payton's place in the starting lineup is likely to be Frank Ntilikina, per Miller.

Ntilikina has had an up-and-down third season with the Knicks. Starting 25 of the team's 49 games, Ntilikina has averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 assists while shooting .382 from the floor in 20.6 minutes per game.

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After the NBA All-Star break, the contenders and pretenders are usually set. Locked into the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 17-38, the New York Knicks are headed to their seventh consecutive losing season.

With a roster full of young players, the Knicks are looking to play out the string on another disappointing season. Still, there can be some positives to come out of the final 27 games.

Here are five goals the Knicks should focus on after the All-Star break.

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All season long for the Knicks, there have been questions about the team's focus on developing young players versus playing more of their veteran signings to try to win games.

Those questions seemed to reach a fever pitch once the team fired head coach David Fizdale and later parted ways with team president Steve Mills.

On Wednesday night, the Knicks dropped their second straight game, falling to 17-38 on the year, and interim head coach Mike Miller was once again asked about the team's development of the roster's young players.

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D'Angelo Russell
D'Angelo Russell

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

A few post-trade deadline notes: 

News of the Knicks agreeing in principle with new team president Leon Rose broke hours before Thursday's trade deadline. It's unclear how, if at all, that impacted the Knicks' approach at the deadline. But the firing of ex-team president Steve Mills certainly changed their thinking. 

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Feb 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz (20) and power forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz (20) and power forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to win their third straight game, defeating the Orlando Magic 105-103. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) Defense was the name of the game for the Knicks in the first half. In the first quarter alone, The Knicks forced seven turnovers, coming up with six steals and blocking three shots. As a result, the Knicks led 30-19 after one. The Knicks' maintained a 54-47 lead at halftime, but the third quarter was all Magic, as Orlando outscored New York 36-22.

In the fourth quarter, with Orlando up by as many as 10, the Knicks stormed back, thanks in part to hot shooting from Wayne Ellington, coupled with strong play by Elfrid Payton. A 14-point swing put the Knicks up 100-96 with under four minutes to play. With the Knicks leading by two in the final moments, Payton's eighth steal of the game sealed the win.

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Jan 30, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 30, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Knicks don't have strong interest at the moment in trading for Terry Rozier, according to SNY's Ian Begley.

Begley reported on Monday that the Knicks and Hornets had discussed a deal involving Julius RandleTerry RozierMalik Monk and Dennis Smith Jr. were among the names that came up in discussions between the two franchises, per SNY sources.

Rozier, who was a free agent target for the Knicks this past summer, ultimately signed a three-year, $58 million deal with Charlotte.

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Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II (20) handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II (20) handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With the Knicks interested in trading for Warriors PG D'Angelo Russell, they are reportedly open to including Kevin Knox in a potential deal.

"One player I am told they have included -- which is interesting -- is Kevin Knox, Shams Charania of The Athletic said Tuesday on the HoopsHype podcast with Alex Kennedy when talking about the Knicks' discussions with th e Warriors.

Charania added that he believes the Warriors' "preference is actually to keep" Russell.

The 20-year-old Knox, who was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, has not progressed as quickly as the Knicks would have hoped. He is averaging just 7.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game this season while playing 18.6 minutes per game -- a slice of roughly 10 minutes per game from what he averaged during his rookie season.

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The Knicks and Cavaliers both came out shooting on Monday, with the Knicks mounting a big comeback in the fourth quarter to force overtime, eventually coming away with a 139-134 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) The Knicks and Cavs played at a frenetic pace all night long, a stark contrast to Saturday's 92-85 win over the Pacers. The high-scoring affair began early, as the Cavs led 37-33 after the first quarter. Cleveland opened up the second quarter on a 8-3 run to extend its lead to nine, but the Knicks battled back to head to the locker room leading 63-62 at halftime. 

The back-and-forth affair continued in the third quarter, with the teams exchanging the lead six times. But the Cavaliers extended their lead to nine thanks to an 8-0 run and finished the quarter up, 100-95. Damyean Dotson hit a three-pointer for the first points of the fourth quarter, but Cleveland went on another run to extend its lead to 10, the largest for either team on the night. But the Knicks stormed back, and a Morris three-pointer tied the game at 120 with less than three minutes to play. After a defensive stop, Elfrid Payton found a cutting Julius Randle for a dunk to give the Knicks their first lead since early in the third quarter.

With the Knicks up three and less than a minute to play, Collin Sexton drained a three to tie the game. After Morris missed a three with 13 seconds left, Frank Ntilikina collected the offensive rebound to give the Knicks a look at the last shot of regulation. Mike Miller called timeout and set up a play to get Morris a look at baseline jumper. He got the shot he wanted, but it rattled in and out, setting up overtime with the game tied at 127.  

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D'Angelo Russell
D'Angelo Russell

The NBA Trade Deadline is less than three days away and talks around the league are heating up.

SNY's Ian Begley reported Monday that the Knicks have interest in Warriors point guard D'Angelo Russell, with Knicks players Bobby Portis and Frank Ntilikina potentially of interest to Golden State. The Knicks aren't Russell's only potential suitor, though. The former All-Star has also been linked to the Timberwolves.

Russell joined the Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal with the Nets this past summer, with Russell and the Warriors agreeing to a four-year, $117.3 million contract. He is currently averaging 23.8 points and 6.3 assists in 32 appearances for a Warriors team with the worst record in the NBA.

The Knicks are in the midst of a lost season. At 14-36, New York has the fourth-worst record in the NBA. Manned by Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith, Jr. and Frank Ntilikina, the point guard position has been a mess to say the least. Though Knicks fans clamor for Ntilikina to play, he still hasn't been able to prove he is more than a solid defensive specialist. Smith has struggled with injuries and ineffective play, with a broken jump shot and a lack of explosion tanking Smith's current value on the trade market.

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The Knicks have registered interest with Golden State about trading for D'Angelo Russell, league sources confirm.

It's unclear how far along talks have gone, but Bobby Portis is one name that came up in the conversations, per SNY sources.

Per SNY sources, Frank Ntilikina's name has also come up in conversations between the Knicks and Warriors around Russell.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The 2020 trade deadline is rapidly approaching. And as the scuttlebutt around the NBA reaches a fever pitch, there is a possibility that the Knicks will be involved in a trade at the deadline.

The Knicks have made 15 deadline deals total, dating back to 1989. Here are the five biggest trade deadline deals in the franchise's history.

1) 2001: Chris Childs and a 2002 first round draft pick (Kareem Rush) to the Toronto Raptors for Mark Jackson and Muggsy Bogues

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The Knicks led by as many as 17 points in the first half, and they held on the beat the Indiana Pacers 92-85. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) The Knicks came out of the gates playing stifling defense against the Pacers, holding Indiana to a dismal 21.7 percent shooting from the floor in the first 12 minutes. As a result, the Knicks jumped out to a 24-11 lead after one. The Pacers' shooting improved to 38.5 percent by the end of the first half, but the Knicks maintained an 11-point lead at the break.

In the second half, the Pacers chipped away at that Knicks' lead, cutting it to two points at 65-63 with a little over three minutes remaining. The Knicks led wire-to-wire through the first three quarters, but that lead was cut to one point entering the fourth. In the first minute of the final quarter, Myles Turner hit a three to give the Pacers their first lead of the game. But the Knicks fought back, and held a six-point lead with three minutes to go. Thanks to a clutch late-game effort by Marcus Morris, the Knicks were able to hold on. For the game, Indiana shot just 42.1 percent.

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Jan 26, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 26, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks will be without point guard Frank Ntilikina when they take on the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, the team announced.

The third-year guard is dealing with a sore groin.

Veteran Reggie Bullock (illness) is listed as questionable.

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The Knicks fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 127-106 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) After Memphis held a 22-point lead midway through the third quarter, the Knicks were able to cut that lead down to 12 points entering the fourth quarter. But the Grizzlies, who shot 50.0 percent as a team for the game, refused to bend, as the Knicks were never able to dig any further into that lead. With the loss, the Knicks have now dropped 12 of their last 15 games, and are now 23 games under the .500 mark.

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Point guard play has been a question mark for the Knicks all season long, and while Elfrid Payton has played consistently as the team's starter, point guard depth continues to be an issue.

In Tuesday's 97-92 loss to Charlotte, interim head coach Mike Miller elected to not play Frank Ntilikina until the game's final three minutes. 

This felt like a strange decision by Miller and the coaching staff, seeing as Ntilikina had 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with three rebounds and two assists against the Nets on Sunday.

Ntilikina's minutes on Tuesday instead went to Dennis Smith Jr., who played 14 minutes, scoring seven points with three rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes on the floor.

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The Knicks dropped to 13-35 on the season with Tuesday's 97-92 loss to the Hornets in Charlotte. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) The Knicks played well as a team during the first half in Charlotte, shooting 51.2 percent as a team in the first 24 minutes. They also had nine assists compared to just six turnovers in the first half. The second half was a different story, though. The Knicks played uninspired basketball and struggled to find their shot after halftime. In the final two minutes, with the Knicks trailing by seven, Marcus Morris hit a three to bring the lead down to four. But the Hornets hit their free throws down the stretch and came away with the win.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

A few notes in the aftermath of the Knicks' loss to the Lakers:

NYK looking for more aggressive Knox:

Before Wednesday's game, Mike Miller laid out what the organization is looking for from second-year wing Kevin Knox:

"Our key points there are just his overall aggressiveness on everything... He's rebounding better. That was an area that we wanted to see (from) him and he has increased that. And you can see our team rebounding has gotten better and he's part of that equation. Being more aggressive where he's driving the ball, where he's cutting, where he's running in transition, where he's having opportunities to get fouled. I think we're seeing those things. And just the consistency of doing all that. And then on the defensive side having a real presence on the ball and using physicality, using his length, getting three to five deflections a game, that type of activity defensively."

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The Bucks handled things from start to finish Tuesday night in Milwaukee, sending the Knicks back to New York with a 128-102 loss. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Bucks came out hot and all but ended the game in the first few minutes of action, going up 18-4 less than half way through the first quarter. Despite the Knicks coming back to make it 29-23 after 12 minutes, the Bucks went on a 36-17 to take a 25-point lead at halftime. Milwaukee got out to as large as a 35-point lead Tuesday night. New York's offense struggled without its leading scorer in Marcus Morris, who missed his fifth straight game due to a neck injury.

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The Knicks dropped their fourth straight game on Wednesday, falling to the Utah Jazz 128-104 in Salt Lake City. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks' starting lineup had a different look on Wednesday. With both Julius Randle (personal reasons) and Marcus Morris (sore neck) not playing, Reggie Bullock and Bobby Portis were insterted into the starting five. The new group didn't get off to the best start, as the Jazz jumped out to a nine-point lead with four and a half minutes left in the first quarter. Utah maintained a 10-point lead after one, but they continued to shoot the lights out in the second quarter, finishing with a 65 percent clip as a team from the floor and a 72-53 lead at the break.

The Jazz controlled the second half, and while the Knicks' second unit made a late run in the fourth quarter, this game was all Utah, as the Knicks dropped their fourth straight game.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Mark Edwards is a life-long Knicks fan. So he knows how desperate the fanbase is for a winner. 

Edwards is also a long-time basketball trainer. In his 26-year career, Edwards has trained dozens of pros, including Terrence Ross and Mike Scott, as well as hundreds of college players. 

This summer, he worked with Knicks' second-year wing Kevin Knox, and Edwards has a message for Knicks fans keeping an eye on Knox: be patient. 

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks will be without Dennis Smith Jr. for Wednesday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, but New York is set to welcome a key offseason addition back into the fold.

Ahead of the 7:30 p.m. tip-off between the Knicks (9-24) and the Blazers (14-20) at Madison Square Garden, Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation) and Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) are available to play.

Smith Jr., meanwhile is out for with a strained left oblique. He was inactive for the past two games, starting with missing last Thursday's 94-82 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

The Knicks on Thursday must've looked a lot like the team management envisioned when they built the roster in July. 

Julius Randle (33 points on 14-for-26 shooting, 8 rebounds) dominated on offense. The ball moved well, thanks in part to Elfrid Payton (13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists). Marcus Morris complemented Randle (22 points, 8 rebounds) and the Knicks limited Brooklyn to an NBA season-low 27 percent shooting.

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With Thursday night's 94-82 win over the Nets, the Knicks are now 8-24 on the season, and though their record isn't much to write home about, the team has shown improvement of late, winning four of their last eight games. 

One of the main reasons for the Knicks' recent stretch of more consistent play has been the performance of Elfrid Payton, who has helped solidify the team's point guard situation.

In the Knicks' previous seven games heading into Thursday, Payton averaged 8.6 points, 7.9 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per contest. He replaced Frank Ntilikina in the Knicks' starting lineup on Saturday against Milwaukee.

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Marcus Morris, Dennis Smith Jr. and Julius Randle (Treated Image by SNY)
Marcus Morris, Dennis Smith Jr. and Julius Randle (Treated Image by SNY)

Dec. 15 was the unofficial start of trade season in the NBA, opening the doors for recently signed free agents to be dealt. 

This creates options for the Knicks, who have surged lately, but may still look to make a number of moves. The logjam at power forward could make way for a Julius Randle or Marcus Morris deal, with both on short-term contracts and a potential return of a young player or draft pick in play. New York can also ship out one of their three young point guards, all scrapping for playing time and trying to show flashes of their potential. 

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The first trimester of the 2019-20 NBA season has passed and the New York Knicks are still looking for answers. They are tied for the third worst record in the NBA at 6-23. The point guard position battle has been a wash, and the trio of Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton has been inconsistent with very few flashes of exceptional play. 

None of the point guards have pulled away from the pack, which has caused inconsistent rotations and sporadic playing time for all three players. With only 48 minutes to be divvied up, interim head coach Mike Miller has his hands full attempting to split up playing time. Ntilikina was a starter for 23 of the past 24 games before Payton opened up Saturday night's 123-102 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

As SNY's Ian Begley reported, teams are under the impression that the Knicks are open to moving a point guard. The position has been a major weakness for New York this season, and based off of the small sample size, New York's starting point guard of the future is not on the roster currently.

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As the Knicks continue to figure out their point guard rotation this season, Mike Miller made his first adjustment to the starting lineup since taking over as head coach.

Elfrid Payton got the nod at the one spot for the Knicks Saturday night when they faced the Bucks at Madison Square Garden, a spot that for a majority of the season had gone to Frank Ntilikina.

Ironically enough, Payton had actually won the starting spot in training camp to start the season, but got injured just a few games in, leading to Ntilikina being inserted into the lineup thereafter.

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For the second straight night, the Knicks never led during Saturday's 123-102 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) Similar to Friday night, the Knicks came out of the gates very slowly. Milwaukee jumped out to a 17-4 lead in the first three minutes of the game, and they were on fire from beyond the arc, eventually sinking their first six three-point attempts. But to the Knicks' credit, they didn't fold completely, fighting their way back into the game. Still, the Bucks were up by 14 points at the half.

In the second half, things started to fall apart. Thanks in part to hot three-point shooting and Giannis Antetokounmpo taking over, the Knicks found themselves down by 23 midway through the third. All five Bucks' starters scored in double-digits without playing many minutes in the fourth, with Khris Middleton leading the way at 23 points.

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Dec 20, 2019; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Dec 20, 2019; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Friday night's game in Miami was one to forget for the Knicks, as the Heat led from opening tip to the final whistle, winning 129-114 to hand the Knicks their 22nd loss in 29 games.

And on a night when most of the Knicks starters struggled as a whole, with RJ Barrett shooting just 1-of-10 from the floor while Julius Randle went 3-of-13, the Knicks did receive a boost off the bench in the form of Bobby Portis.

In a 24-minute run off the bench, Portis scored a season-high 30 points, shooting 12-of-17 from the floor. Portis drained four three-pointers and added eight rebounds and three steals as well. 

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

With the trade deadline a few weeks away, we've been asking teams about the trade value of some of the Knicks. Here's what three teams had to say about Marcus Morris. We also asked a few teams about Frank Ntilikina's value:

"They drafted him at eight (Ntilikina was the eighth overall pick in 2017) and they're obviously not going to get back a top-10 pick for him," one team said. "But he still has value. A lot of people value him around the league because he's still young (21) and he plays defense. His shot isn't there, but there's reason to think he can improve. Getting a second round pick for him, that's not even a question. I'm not sure about a first, maybe a late first. You can't rule it out. Crazier things have happened in this league."

The Knicks seemed committed to moving Ntilikina before the 2019 NBA Draft. But they couldn't find a deal that they liked. There's no indication at the moment that they're as eager to move him now as they were in June.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Trade season started, unofficially, on Sunday. That was the first day most free agents who signed over the summer were eligible to be moved. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 6, so there's plenty of time for teams to discuss potential deals.

It will be interesting to see how the Knicks approach the trade season, as the seven veterans they signed over the summer are now eligible to be moved. At 7-21, New York could be willing to trade some of those veterans to acquire future assets, and give younger players more minutes/chances to develop.

But, as noted earlier this month, it's unclear if they'll take that approach. Instead, they may look for ways to improve the roster in the short-term.

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Mar 15, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) before the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Mar 15, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) before the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

The Knicks are set to add another piece to their rotation.

The team announced on Tuesday that Reggie Bullock, who has been recovering from cervical surgery, has been cleared for full participation in practice, and will be back on the practice courts with the team on Wednesday.

Bullock signed a two-year deal with the Knicks this past July worth $8.2 million, but as was the case with the other veterans the team signed in the offseason, the second year is not fully guaranteed, making it basically a team option. 

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Dec 15, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) dribbles the ball up court as New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) guards in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sportss (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 15, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) dribbles the ball up court as New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) guards in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sportss (Isaiah J. Downing)

After the Knicks consecutive wins over the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, New York fell short of three straight Sunday, falling 111-105 to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver and ultimately splitting the past week's four-game road trip. >> Box Score

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Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives against Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports  (Stan Szeto)
Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives against Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Knicks snapped a 10-game losing streak by holding on for a 124-122 overtime win over the Warriors. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks came out of the gates strong against the Warriors, who are without superstars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. New York jumped out to a 10-point lead after one, and they pushed their lead up to 18 points at the half. Early in the third, the Knicks led by as many as 22 points, but the Warriors' defense helped them get back in the game, cutting the Knicks lead to five points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and then tied the game at 89-89 with eight and a half minutes to play.

With the game tied 103-103 with two minutes to go, Marcus Morris came up clutch, knocking down free throws to give the Knicks the lead, followed by a jumper to extend the lead. Thanks mainly to Morris, the Knicks were up by three in the final seconds, but D'Angelo Russell knocked down a three to send the game to overtime. 

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The Knicks fought valiantly, but a last-second free throw miss saw the team fall to the Pacers 104-103 on Saturday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) In Mike Miller's debut as the team's interim coach, the Knicks came out of the gates playing well. Marcus Morris and RJ Barrett each scored an early four points, leading to a 14-7 Knicks' lead midway through the quarter. Miller said before the game that he wanted to see more ball movement, and that was the case early on. The Pacers fought back though, led by TJ Warren (25 points)and Domantis Sabonis (19 points).

Early in the fourth quarter, the Pacers pushed their lead to 92-81, but the Knicks didn't let the game get out of hand. New York went on a 14-4 run, spurred on by Elfrid Payton, to get back within one point. Later, the scored stayed put at 104-100 for a long stretch, until Morris hit a floater to bring the Knicks within two points with under two to go.

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