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Derrick Rose (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA Today Sports Images)
Derrick Rose (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA Today Sports Images)

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By how I've learned Phil Jackson works, anything can happen on draft day, and the New York Knicks could look to deal further after a blockbuster trade that sent former No. 1 pick Derrick Rose to New York and Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Chicago Bulls.

The buzz surrounding several draft prospects, like Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray and Domantas Sabonis, at Wednesday's NBA Cares event at Basketball City, was that Jackson trading for Rose was a great move.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Cleanthony Early, Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez
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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) looks on during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) looks on during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)

The New York Knicks have landed Derrick Rose as the team's new point guard in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, the team announced. It was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Knicks will send Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon to Chicago in the deal.

New York gets Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick, the team said.

Tags: Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Perhaps in an ideal world, the Knicks will successfully target and sign Mike Conley this summer, helping them reel in the stud point guard they have lacked for many seasons.

But star players have been known to spurn the Knicks before. Because the team hasn't established itself as a legitimate playoff contender under Phil Jackson's guidance, the situation may not be as appealing as one would hope. Instead, prospective free agents could strategically use the interest from a big market team like New York to scare other teams into offering more lucrative and longer contracts instead. And a talented player like Conley should have plenty of suitors.

Thus, the Knicks will have to keep their options open. During the NBA Finals, the team has had an opportunity to get a look at someone who might represent a decent consolation prize.

Tags: Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates a play with center Robin Lopez (8) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the third quarter of their game the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. (Jason Getz)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates a play with center Robin Lopez (8) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the third quarter of their game the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. (Jason Getz)

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While repeated reports may say different, Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson do agree on several things, one being the talent of the Knicks front court.

In a recent interview with NBC's Bruce Beck (via Maxwell Ogden), Jackson mentioned that in the team's exit meetings he and Carmelo agreed the front court of Anthony, Robin Lopez and Kristaps Porzingis may be the best in the league:

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Robin Lopez
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It's no secret that the Knicks desperately need help in the backcourt. And, it will be fascinating to see the direction they choose to go...



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Phil Jackson recently said he won't chase and overpay a guard. The conventional wisdom says he's saving his money to one day acquire a legitimate superstar in his prime -- perhaps next offseason.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Robin Lopez
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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

The fact that Jeff Hornacek's name is not Kurt Rambis immediately makes his expected hiring as the Knicks' next head coach an automatic victory for Phil Jackson and Co. in many respects.

Still, as Hornacek steps up to the plate and New York moves on from the drama over the choice itself, it's worth pondering what kind of impact his expected hiring will have on the team's summer plans.

Multiple reports have suggested the Knicks won't be as married to the triangle under Hornacek as initially thought. This may provide some flexibility with regard to which players they subsequently target during free agency. But it's worth noting that Hornacek favored a fast-paced and sometimes free spirited offense with the Suns.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

When Phil Jackson took over as Knicks president, he inherited a team with a somewhat murky future. The team lacked sufficient draft assets and didn't have much cap flexibility, either.

People can say what they want about Jackson, such that he's taking his sweet time hiring the Knicks' next head coach. And his efforts to change the Knicks' overall fortunates have undoubtedly been part of a very slow moving process without much proven positive results.

That said, he's been very effective in a couple of different areas. For starters, he's cleared cap space and given New York the flexibility to be big players in back-to-back summers. One could argue the talent he brought in last offseason wasn't enough to get the Knicks over the hump. But on the other hand, the team's coaching woes (decisions also spearheaded by Jackson, of course), are what truly held them back even more.

Tags: Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

It wouldn't be surprising if the Knicks attempted to trade for Hawks PG Jeff Teague this summer, surmises Ian Begley of ESPN.

Teague, 27, averaged 15.7 points and 5.9 assists in 79 games this past regular season for the Hawks.

He's under contract for $8 million in 2016-17, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent.

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Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner (11) drives to the hoop against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (right) during the second half at TD Garden. (Mark L. Baer)
Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner (11) drives to the hoop against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (right) during the second half at TD Garden. (Mark L. Baer)

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Bobby Marks, a longtime executive with the Nets, provides extraordinary details that are focused on the inner-workings of player deals and organizational decisions for The Vertical. His note last summer on Jamal Crawford not being able to be traded to the Knicks, despite reports to the contrary provided tremendous clarity during a whirlwind offseason.

Another important note was the gem Marks reported providing critical clarity on Carmelo Anthony's contract trade kicker, which adds $9 million dollars to any trade that includes Anthony, as well as an ensuing cap hit for the team that absorbs Anthony's contract. For a team like Cleveland or the Clippers, who are well above the cap anyway, and have gone "all-in" on title hopes over the next few years, that added salary likely wouldn't matter. However, that may to other teams interested in Anthony's services, thus making trading Anthony a challenge even after he decides to wave his no-trade clause this summer.

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Phil Jackson (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)
Phil Jackson (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson will hold a meeting with interim coach Kurt Rambis and several players to go over the triangle system, according to multiple reports.

Jackson plans to review film and teach the system, which Jackson prefers to keep, with Rambis and several players, including Kristaps Porzingis, Jerian Grant, Tony Wroten, Langston Galloway and Jose Calderon, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola.

The Knicks, according to Jackson, played the Triangle more fluently when Rambis became interim coach after New York fired Derek Fisher.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway
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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

Paul George and George Hill each scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 102-90 to win their final home game of the regular season.

Trailing 64-62, the Pacers (44-37) finished the final seven minutes of the third quarter with a 17-6 run that gave Indiana a 79-70 lead heading into the final period.

New York (32-50) led at the end of the first and second quarters before the Pacers rallied in the third quarter.

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

Given Jose Calderon's inability to provide the Knicks what they've needed at the starting point guard position, it's anyone's guess as to whether he'll be on the roster next season, let alone remaining a starter.

The Knicks have taken a chance on Tony Wroten, and will begin to explore how much a gamble will eventually pay off when he finally hits the hardwood during the NBA Summer League later this offseason. Even so, though everyone seems to be getting along (Wroten and Calderon included), the youngster had no problem in asserting he'd be the starting floor general for New York next season, late last week.

Such a firing shot in Calderon's direction isn't all that bad. Competition is good, not only if it leads to Wroten raising his game, but also if it lights the fire under Calderon's butt in the process (if/when he goes on to return next season, of course). With an obvious void to fill at the point guard position, the Knicks would only be so lucky if Wroten started and provided them with much of what they crave at the head of their offense.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he was focused on team growth instead of his individual futre after the Knicks lost their last regular-season game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

"I don't think about that -- not right now,'' Anthony said when asked if he thought Sunday's game was his last home game as a Knick, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "I can't think about that. My mindset is figuring out how we're going to better this situation and grow as a team, grow as an organization.''

Anthony, who had expressed frustration with the organization and had been the subject of trade rumors earlier this season, said his message to Knicks fans was to not give up on the team despite losing 27 of their last 37 games heading into Tuesday's season finale against the Indiana Pacers.

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Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan drives to the basket past New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan drives to the basket past New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

DeMar DeRozan converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 1:05 left on a night he became Toronto's No. 2 career scorer, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 93-89 on Sunday to stay alive for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

DeRozan finished with 27 points as the Raptors pulled within two games of Cleveland with two to play for both teams. Toronto won the season series and owns the tiebreaker if the teams finish with the same record.

Kyle Lowry scored 15 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 for the Raptors, who set a franchise record with their 23rd road victory.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points and Robin Lopez had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 109-102 on Friday night.

Sasha Vujacic scored 16 points in a game between two of the worst teams in the NBA.

The Knicks snapped a two-game losing streak, modest by their standard. Four of their 32 wins have come against the Sixers and they swept them in a season for the first time 1994-95.

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Robin Lopez, Sasha Vujacic
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Jerian Grant is making the most of his playing opportunities down the stretch of the season.  (Brad Penner)
Jerian Grant is making the most of his playing opportunities down the stretch of the season. (Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

At this point in the year, games are no longer judged by whether or not the Knicks win or lose a given contest. Instead, it's time to focus on player development. This is an opportunity for New York to explore and see which pieces may flash some worthwhile potential as a means of auditioning for a role for next season.

During a campaign in which the Knicks have struggled mightily, changes will be necessary heading into next season. That said, playing the teams younger and/or more promising players at this time provides the organization with a taste of the positive glimpses next season may boast. There are certainly still players on this season's squad that can be utilized for the better as the team looks to improve moving forward.

Tags: Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Even with the Knicks out of contention and the season winding down, interim coach Kurt Rambis said he has no plans to adjust the starting lineup (Mar. 28).

Specifcally, Rambis said he sees no reason to give Jerian Grant any starts.

The 30-44 Knicks have eight games remaining this season.

Tags: Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway, Sasha Vujacic, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) is defended by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Sacramento Kings defeated the New York Knicks 88-80. (Steven Ryan)
New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) is defended by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Sacramento Kings defeated the New York Knicks 88-80. (Steven Ryan)

Another evening simply resulted in yet another defeat for the Knicks, who have proven unable to win without Carmelo Anthony this season.

To be fair, Anthony's health hasn't been as much of a concern as it has been in past seasons. Still, the team looked absolutely lost against Sacramento. A lack of fluidity on offense in the first quarter was arguably what led to the their eventual demise, putting a very quick nail in New York's coffin. 

Sacramento has a worse record than the Knicks, and at many different points in Sunday's matchup, they showed why. Much like their opponent, they too were in disarray quite often. In what may have been his last audition of sorts before the Knicks ponder signing him in free agency, Rajon Rondo had one of his sloppier games of the year, tallying just 2 points, 6 assists, and committing 4 turnovers. He didn't look to have command over the Kings' offense.

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Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo is defended by New York Knicks center Robin Lopez during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Steven Ryan/USA Today Sports Images)
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo is defended by New York Knicks center Robin Lopez during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Steven Ryan/USA Today Sports Images)

Playing without Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks lost to the Sacramento Kings, 88-80, on Sunday.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Robin Lopez, Sacramento Kings
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) rises up to dunk during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) rises up to dunk during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

On the surface, the Knicks' defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards could simply look like more of the same of what the team has displayed all season long. A loss in the closing seconds to a superior squad equals the same result, despite a different coach in Kurt Rambis stepping up to the plate.

But digging deeper, subtle but positive changes could be found throughout the course of Tuesday's contest. Though New York fell behind early, perhaps a halftime chat from Rambis was enough to light the necessary spark. The Knicks came out of the locker room looking like a much different team. They played with energy on both ends of the floor, moved the ball better in the second half, and didn't get easily discouraged as a group. Despite trailing, they didn't just merely lay down and take the loss. The Knicks fought relatively hard for the final 24 minutes of the game.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

Without the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon, one might expect the Knicks to get blown out by a Raptors team led by two NBA all-stars on the road. 

But surprisingly enough, New York was able to hang tough throughout much of the contest. Much like their matchup with the Thunder earlier in the week, the Knicks received scrappy and gritty efforts from a number of players. Robin Lopez and Kyle O'Quinn manned the paint to the best of their abilities, but Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas was a beast on the offensive boards and fought hard to create massive second-chance scoring opportunities for his team. 

Given the weapons they had in available in their arsenal, it's impressive how close the Knicks remained, even closing the gap further at times with mini runs here and there. But in the end, they lacked the killer instinct to really attempt and get Toronto up against the wall. Players didn't seem to believe in themselves. No one or two players were confident enough to lead the charge and attack the opponent when they were teetering towards losing the lead. Gaining such a mentality comes with time together and added maturity as a team, regardless of whether or not the stars are suiting up. Just ask the Spurs.

Tags: Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kyle O'Quinn, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Sasha Vujacic, Keith Schlosser
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 (Russell Isabella)
(Russell Isabella)

With Jose Calderon questionable for Thursday's game in Toronto, the Knicks will have to be prepared to lean on young guns Langston Galloway and Jerian Grant to lead the way should the vet in fact sit out.

Regardless of who gets the staring nod, each one will figure to carry ample responsibility throughout. With that in mind, this will merely be another opportunity for Grant to continue proving his worth.

For a rookie still coming into his own, he's done relatively well so far. Luckily for New York, at 23 years old, Grant is arguably more mature than most first-year players. Still, he's had his struggles. The guard doesn't always make the best decisions, sometimes lacks a killer instinct and will dribble the ball too much. Such questions in his own mind may very well be a result of the sporadic minutes he's received thus far. Grant hasn't always been given consistent playing time in Derek Fisher's rotation. But he should be.

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New York Knicks guard Jose Calderon (3) celebrates a play by a teammate in the third quarter of their game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Knicks won 107-101. (Jason Getz)
New York Knicks guard Jose Calderon (3) celebrates a play by a teammate in the third quarter of their game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Knicks won 107-101. (Jason Getz)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Though he's picked up the slack just a bit recently, Jose Calderon has been on the hook for much of the Knicks' struggles for months now. He's a mature and experienced veteran who knows how to orchestrate an offense, but there are still holes in his aging game. Calderon has great difficulty staying in front of quicker and younger opposing floor generals on defense. On the flip side, he's unable to help his team push the offense when the situation calls for it.

Thus, it's easy to place the blame on him when the offense falls stagnant. Calderon's contract runs through next season, somewhat limiting the Knicks' flexibility to seek out what they truly need in a floor general.

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New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high five against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high five against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

With both teams playing competitively with something at stake this season, somewhat of a fun rivalry between the Knicks and Celtics has been renewed. Both teams seem to have each other's number at times, matching up well, playing spirited and physical basketball, etc. 

Tuesday's matchup was merely further evidence of just that. And while Isaiah Thomas' pesky and persistent play on both ends of the floor continues to make him a thorn in the Knicks' side, New York proved to be the better team on this night. 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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Jerian Grant, pictured here against the Spurs, had career-highs of 16 points and 8 assist with no turnovers in the Knicks' 120-114 win over the Celtics Tuesday night. (Soobum Im)
Jerian Grant, pictured here against the Spurs, had career-highs of 16 points and 8 assist with no turnovers in the Knicks' 120-114 win over the Celtics Tuesday night. (Soobum Im)

NEW YORK - With fired-up Knicks fans periodically chanting "Boston sucks," Jerian Grant said he felt a playoff-like atmosphere against the rival Celtics on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

But Carmelo Anthony wasn't available for most of the second half due to a sprained ankle that left him questionable for Wednesday's game at Brooklyn, and prized rookie Kristaps Porzingis fouled out with under three minutes remaining after having a monster night with 26 points, six rebounds, two blocks, two assists and two steals.

That left their other rookie, Grant, and Arron Afflalo (24 points) to carry the load down the stretch.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 points, Arron Afflalo had 20 of his 24 in the second half, and the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 120-114 on Tuesday night.

Jerian Grant scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and added eight assists in the best game of his rookie season as the Knicks held off the Celtics despite losing leading scorer Carmelo Anthony to a sprained right ankle seconds into the third quarter.

Isaiah Thomas had 34 points for the Celtics, who lost their fourth straight and fell to 19-19. Jae Crowder had 21. >> Read more

Copyright 2016 by the Associated Press

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New York Knicks point guard Jerian Grant (13) dribbles the ball around Orlando Magic shooting guard Mario Hezonja (23) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks point guard Jerian Grant (13) dribbles the ball around Orlando Magic shooting guard Mario Hezonja (23) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

As the Knicks wrestle with a sub-.500 record, finding a consistent level of competitiveness has been a key objective. Thus far, it's been somewhat of a struggle. While they manage to compete against very talented contending teams, New York has difficulty putting up such an effort on a nightly basis, and is sometimes unable to take care of the victories that should come easier.

This was once again the case on Monday night, as the Knicks let the Orlando Magic run circles around them offensively all night long. Their defensive effort was feeble at best. While the Knicks managed to hover close all night long with a strong offensive outing themselves, they couldn't get the necessary stops when they needed them.

Despite boasting one of his stronger offensive outings as a Knick thus far, defensive anchor Robin Lopez couldn't slow down Magic big man Nikola Vucevic to save his life. The center attacked the basket (and Lopez) continuously, cashing in for easy buckets. Whereas Lopez struggled, it's difficult to say whether or not Kristaps Porzingis or even Kevin Seraphin would have had more success in the situation. Vucevic was a key factor for Orlando, and it's likely his own progress was the difference between winning and losing for the Knicks. He led all scorers with 26. Here are some other observations from the loss.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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