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Knicks forward Kevin Knox hasn't had an ideal second season with the team, as he's averaging just 6.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

The No. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has focused on getting better on both sides of the ball, and taking advantage of his opportunities.

"Just going out there, just trying to play aggressive on both sides of the basketball floor," Knox said. "Really just going out there and trying to compete, and opportunities that I have to score out there. Just trying to leave it all on the floor. I'm not going to do everything right, not every player does everything right, but just trying to give it all I got with the most of the opportunities I get."

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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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With everything the Knicks have gone through in the past few months, from missing out on the superstar free agents in the summer, to David Fizdale's dismissal, to Scott Perry's ousting as team president, somehow the playoffs aren't completely out of the picture just yet.

Thanks in part to the Knicks' recent four-game winning streak - one that came to a heartbreaking end on Sunday in Atlanta - New York is just six games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the East.

The bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture may not be anything to write home about, and the Knicks are still 20 games under .500, but they've already equaled last season's win total, and interim head coach Mike Miller believes they're heading in the right direction.

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As rumors swirl on who the next Knicks head coach will be after this season, one name that's come up is Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

However, his former player and current Knicks forward Kevin Knox believes that Calipari will stay in Kentucky.

"When Cal says he's not going to do something, he's pretty solid that he's not going to do it," Knox said Tuesday at Knicks practice. "...He runs that state, the fans love him there. He's got the basketball program on lock there."

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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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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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There are a couple of things worth keeping in mind amid another lost season at Madison Square Garden: 

1. How the young Knicks develop over the final 39 games

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Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

After recently passing the halfway point of the 2019-20 season, the New York Knicks find themselves tied for the third worst record (12-32) in the NBA after 44 games. The franchise is headed for their seventh consecutive losing season and sixth consecutive season with at least 50 losses.

After losing out on star free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last summer, the Knicks front office attempted to save face by adding mid-tier free agents such as Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, and Bobby Portis. The result of mixing numerous veterans to a young core has not worked as planned. The Knicks have a multitude of questions to ask as they play out the second half of another lost season. Here are the five most important.

Is Marcus Morris a part of the team's future?

Two seasons ago, the Memphis Grizzlies signed swingman Tyreke Evans to a one-year, $3.3 million deal. Coming off of multiple injuries, Evans' deal was a bargain and the former Rookie of the Year excelled immediately. Though Memphis struggled as a team, Evans posted 19.9 points along with a career-high 39.9 percent from three. 

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Jan 7, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball as New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) defends in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 7, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball as New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) defends in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

On a three-game losing streak as they wrap up their road trip with Wednesday's 9 p.m. ET game against the Utah Jazz, the Knicks are limping to the finish line.

New York announced a handful of injuries, starting with forward Kevin Knox (sprained right ankle) and center Mitchell Robinson (sprained left big toe), who are both probable.

Rounding out the injury report, point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (strained left oblique) is questionable while small forward Marcus Morris (sore neck) is doubtful. Power forward Julius Randle, meanwhile, is out due to personal reasons.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

In addition to Dennis Smith Jr. and Marcus Morris, some teams have interest in trading for Knicks forward Bobby Portis, per sources familiar with the matter. 

Portis signed a two-year $31 million deal with the Knicks over the summer, but the second year is a team option. So a contending team looking for front-line depth could view Portis as, essentially, an expiring contract. 

The 24-year-old enters Tuesday's game against the Lakers 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 21 minutes per game for the Knicks. Portis is shooting 44 percent from the field (38 percent from beyond the arc). With the Knicks at 10-26 and uncertainty surrounding the future of the front office, it's unclear if the club will look to players like Portis for future assets or seek players who can help this year's team. 

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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 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Knicks turned the ball over 21 times but still found a way to beat the Wizards 107-100 on Saturday night. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) The Knicks came out of the opening gates playing very sloppy basketball, turning the ball over four times in the first two minutes of the game. But after Washington jumped out to a five-point lead, the Knicks began to find their groove. Julius Randle led the way as the Knicks went on a 17-0 run during the late stages of the first quarter, pushing their lead to 33- 23 after one. The Knicks fell back into their bad ways in the second, though, and a 17-3 Wizards' run put Washington back on top. But a couple of threes from Kevin Knox and RJ Barrett gave the Knicks a 59-58 lead at the break.

In the second half, the Knicks appeared to right the ship, with Randle continuing to lead the way. Despite a 7-0 Wizards run to end the quarter, the Knicks entered the fourth with an 86-78 lead. Turnovers continued to plague the Knicks in the fourth, allowing the Wizards to regain the lead 90-89 with under nine minutes to play. The teams went back and forth during the home stretch, but Randle made sure the Knicks wouldn't let this one slip away, as the Knicks held on for the win.

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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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The Knicks put together not just their best game this season, but one of their best performances in recent memory, in what was a full-team effort during their 143-120 win over the Hawks on Tuesday night.

Six Knicks scored in double figures Tuesday, and every Knick that touched the floor managed to score, as they showed what this team could look like if they put together united efforts like this one on a consistent basis.

"A hundred percent," Dennis Smith Jr. said after the game when asked if the vibe of the team was to go have fun out there on the floor Tuesday night. "We put up 140 and it was like spread across, you know everybody got touches and everybody got shots so we want to try and put out that effort every night."

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Th Knicks (7-21) came to play right out of the gate after returning from their west coast trip, as they absolutely dismantled the Hawks (6-22) 143-120 in what was Vince Carter's final game at Madison Square Garden >> Box Score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) The Knicks were happy to return to the Garden on Tuesday night and they showed it, scoring a season-high 41 points in the first quarter, by far their best 12 minutes of the year that included a 13-0 run to end the quarter.

New York continued its dominance into the second and third quarters, extending that run to 21-0 and scoring 77 points in the first half alone. At 81-53 in the third, the Knicks took their largest lead in a game this season and extended it to 84-53 to take a 31-point lead at a point.

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The Knicks have parted ways with head coach David Fizdale. Now, the focus turns to Knicks president Steve Mills

Mills and Knicks general manager Scott Perry hired Fizdale after an extensive coaching search in 2018. 

The plan then was for Mills, Perry and Fizdale to build a winning culture in New York by developing young players and attracting stars. 

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Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts after a turnover against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts after a turnover against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

We are at about the quarter-way point of the NBA season and the Knicks find themselves with the second worst record in the league and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

At 4-17, the Knicks have fallen to new lows and are on pace to break the record they tied last season for the worst season in team history. 

Head coach David Fizdale has been in an extremely hot seat ever since Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry held a rare press conference after the team started the season 2-8. 

Since then, the Knicks have gone 2-9.

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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)

Second-year forward Kevin Knox will start for the Knicks on Sunday against the Celtics with Marcus Morris out, the team announced.

Knox was a DNP-CD on Friday night in the team's loss to the 76ers, and has seen more than 12 minutes in a game just once over the past five games.

Knicks head coach David Fizdale has elected to play veterans like Morris over Knox so far this season. Before Friday's game, Fizdale spoke about Knox's playing time.

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Nov 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr (13) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr (13) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Knicks will look to break out of their current five-game losing streak when they host the the Boston Celtics on Sunday, but they may without their leading scorer.

Following the team's practice on Saturday, the team announced that forward Marcus Morris is questionable to play on Sunday due to cervical spasms.

The free agent pickup has played in every game this season with the Knicks, and he's taken on the role as the team's leading scorer during his first season in New York. He's averaged 18.7 points this season, easily the highest total of his NBA career. He's also scored 20 points or more in 11 of the Knicks' 19 games. 

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Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale watches play against the Brooklyn Nets during the second 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 head coach David Fizdale watches play against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks lost their first matchup of the season with the 76ers 109-104 on Nov. 20, as the Knicks were up 17 points in the third quarter before the Sixers went on a run in the fourth to win the game.

Sixers star Ben Simmons had 18 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds in the win, including the first three-pointer of his NBA career. Before Friday's game between the two team, Knicks head coach David Fizdale spoke about how his team will try to defend Simmons.

"Unless you got some kind of robot that I don't know about, I'm trying everybody on him," Fizdale said. "The kid can flat out play basketball. He understand the game, he has an incredible I.Q. His motor is second to none. He reminds me of this guy I coached in Miami for a little bit, with that size and that speed. And the ability to see the floor and make other people better."

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RJ Barrett (Bill Streicher)
RJ Barrett (Bill Streicher)

The Toronto homecoming for Knicks rookie RJ Barrett may not be too joyous, as the team announced he is dealing with an illness and is currently questionable to play. 

It would be a shame if Barrett couldn't play in his first game in his home country, especially considering the Raptors are reportedly planning a tribute for the 19-year-old, per The Post's Marc Berman. Barrett has played for Team Canada in the past, while his father, Rowan Barrett, is the GM for the Canadian national team. 

Barrett actually sat out of his first game on Sunday against the Nets with an illness, but it was only as a precaution. If Barrett does have to sit out again, it wouldn't just hurt the Raptors' plans for him, but would hurt the Knicks' production as well.

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The Knicks will be without rookie guard RJ Barrett on Sunday night against the Nets, as he sits out with an illness.

Kevin Knox will replace Barrett in the starting lineup as the Knicks try to win the second installment of the "Battle of the Boroughs" this season.

Considering Barrett put up 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and a career-high six steals against the Nets in their first meeting, the Knicks will sure feel his absence.

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Knicks second-year player Kevin Knox saw just 10 minutes of action on Wednesday night in the team's 109-104 loss to the 76ers, as head coach David Fizdale mentioned that the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft needs to put the work in on defense.

"I wouldn't call it disappointment at all, but I am definitely riding Kevin, to challenge him to go to another level, especially defensively," Fizdale said. "I think offensively he's starting to figure some things out. His shooting percentage is up, finishing around the rim is much better, he's seeing the floor better. But now I want him to take a big step, a big jump forward defensively. So that's why I'm really being hard on him right now."

Knox scored three points on just one three point shot attempt, while grabbing two rebounds and two assists in his limited action against Philadelphia. The forward from the University of Kentucky is averaging only 8.7 points per game in 21.3 minutes of action this season, but like Fizdale said, his shooting percentages are up -- shooting 40 percent from three in 2019 compared to 35 percent in 2018.

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Since 2014, the New York Knicks have been in search of a center. Since Tyson Chandler manned the position for years, the team has struggled to find a quality starter at center and it-along with many other problems-has greatly affected New York in the win column. 

After an attempt to sign superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving went awry, the Knicks ended up adding several veteran free agents who have spent time at the center position, including Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis in free agency. The Knicks invested $57.8 million this year alone in those players and forward Marcus Morris. 

These decisions immediately received backlash for creating a lack of positional balance on the roster. As the Knicks look to right the ship after a 3-9 start, the crowded center position comes with many questions and very few solutions.

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The Knicks earned their third win of the season on Thursday night, beating the Mavs 106-103, as two of their wins have come against Dallas.

Head coach David Fizdale talked about the team's struggles at home earlier this week, and also mentioned what went wrong after beating the Mavs on Nov. 11.

"I don't think it was complacency. I really don't," Fizdale said on Friday. "I really felt like this team is just trying to do so well for the city. I really do. Their intentions are right. They're trying to carry the weight of the city on their shoulders. I just told them you can't do that. I said it's an impossible task. You've got to focus on who's around you in the locker room and put forth effort for the people in the locker room and the city will appreciate that kind of effort. So hopefully we learned that lesson from last night."

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Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)
Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)

Amidst the wreckage of their disastrous start to the season, Knicks president Steve Mills is setting up head coach David Fizdale to be the "fall guy," a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews.

According to Wojnarowski and Andrews, Mills has started to lay the "internal groundwork" for the potential firing of Fizdale.

Questions about Fizdale's job status grew louder after Mills and GM Scott Perry held a postgame press conference at Madison Square Garden following the Knicks' blowout loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday -- an occurrence SNY's Ian Begley noted was extremely rare.

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Oct 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) celebrates with center Julius Randle (30) after shooting the go ahead three point shot against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) celebrates with center Julius Randle (30) after shooting the go ahead three point shot against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

We talked to scouts about RJ Barrett and their early-season impressions of the Knicks. Here are their thoughts on the team:

The Knicks' most-used lineup through four games is Barrett, Elfrid Payton, Marcus Morris, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson. That five-man group has been outscored by 21 points over 39 minutes. The next most-used lineup features the four places above but replaces Robinson with Bobby Portis. It has outscored opponents by 13 points over 27 minutes. 

One scout who watched Monday's Knicks-Bulls game -- when Portis went off for 28 points -- suggested that Portis and Randle or Portis and Morris could be a combination worth looking at. But the scout suggested that having Randle and Morris on the court together would lead to inefficiencies on offense. 

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

In the NBA, teams usually get the day off after playing two consecutive games. But the Knicks lost in Brooklyn on Friday and were embarrassed at home by Boston on Saturday, so they lost the luxury of an off day on Sunday. 

"Coach Fiz was on our tails yesterday," Bobby Portis said. "We were supposed to have an off-day….We came in and still put the work in."

The work wasn't apparent early on Monday against Chicago. But a key adjustment in the second half - and some timely shooting from Portis - helped New York rebound from a 18-point deficit to win for the first time this season. 

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The Knicks rallied behind Bobby Portis' first show out game in a blue and orange uniform, to come back from as much as 18 points down to beat the Bulls 105-98 for their first win of the season. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Monday's game...

1) Down by as much as 17 in the third quarter, the Knicks came back to tie the game late in the fourth quarter behind some hot shooting from beyond the arc, which seemingly came out of nowhere after the team struggled from the perimeter through the first three quarters. Kevin Knox and Portis each connected on two apiece to propel New York back into the game, and ultimately, into victory.

2) Portis made the Bulls sorry for trading him away last season, scoring 28 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking two shots. Portis hit the final two 3- point daggers of the game--he went 4-for-4 from 3 in the game--and was the clear protagonist of the Knicks' 15-0 run to end the game. 

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Oct 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Julius Randle (30) shoots against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Julius Randle (30) shoots against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Here's how David Fizdale assessed what he saw from Julius Randle on Friday night: 

"He's pressing. I thought he was really pressing. He's one of our horses. I think a lot of it was just he was so hyped up for the game," Fizdale said. 

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The Knicks fought back valiantly, but came up short in their 113-109 loss to the Nets on Friday. >> Box Score

Six things to know from Friday's game...

1) The Nets controlled the game through the first three quarters, leading by as many as 19 points. But in the fourth, the Knicks stormed back. Wayne Ellington came off the bench to knock down three huge threes with around four minutes to play. The third put the Knicks up 107-106, which was their first lead since it was 2-0. With the Knicks up 109-108 and time running down, Kyrie Irving hit a step-back three to put the Nets up by two with 21.9 seconds left. The Nets would go on to close things out for the win. 

2) Mitchell Robinson was back in the starting lineup for the Knicks after missing the season opener due to an ankle injury. He made his presence known quickly in the first few minutes, blocking a shot and nearly slamming down a ferocious dunk over Jarrett Allen. Overall, though, Robinson showed some signs of rust. He finished the night with six points, seven rebounds, one block, and five personal fouls.

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Knicks touted first-round pick RJ Barrett could have asked for a better NBA debut down in San Antonio on Wednesday night. He dropped 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals to go along with it. 

The Knicks may have lost the contest to the Spurs, but seeing Barrett come out and show his poised, confident nature he was drafted for along with his skill set was certainly a win for the organization. Barrett's point total alone also made him the second-youngest player behind LeBron James to collected 20 or more points in his rookie debut.

But how did it compare to other first rounders the Knicks have drafted in the past? Here are the most recent first-rounders from the Knicks, and how they fared in their much-anticipated debuts...

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

David Fizdale says he has to watch the film of Wednesday's 120-111 loss to the Spurs before he decides who will start at point guard for the Knicks on Friday.

But it sounded like Elfrid Payton had earned the job.

"Elfrid absolutely put his foot forward, took it to heart and ramped up the competition," Fizdale said after the Knicks lost in San Antonio. "Like I said, I'm going to keep an open mind of this and whoever fights their way out of the pile, that's who's going to get the nod."

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Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks onto the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks onto the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

SAN ANTONIO -- Mitchell Robinson will miss Wednesday's season-opener with a right ankle injury but there is reason to believe the injury isn't serious. Robinson, the second-year center, is wearing a walking boot, but he said Wednesday that it was just a precautionary measure.

David Fizdale is optimistic that Robinson can return for Friday's road game against the Brooklyn Nets.

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The Knicks' front office has decided to pick up the option on Frank Ntilikina's contract for the 2020-21 season, the team announced.

Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox, New York's 2019 first-round pick, also had their options exercised. Ntilikina will make around $6.2 million next season, while Smith gets $5.6 million and Knox receives $4.58 million.

Because of his performance in his first two NBA seasons, the decision surrounding Ntilikina's option was a question for the Knicks heading into the new season.

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Marcus Morris (Adam Hunger)
Marcus Morris (Adam Hunger)

The Knicks have yet to start their regular season, and according to SNY's Ian Begley, there are already some "grumblings" about minutes and roles going on inside the locker room. It shouldn't come as a surprise considering Knicks brass brought in many players in free agency on deals with just one year guaranteed. 

It's been a battle, then, this preseason to make the best of playing time. There are nine Knicks that have expiring contracts after this season, so one could understand why things could feel tense in the locker room. 

But Marcus Morris, one of those new Knicks on a short-term deal, is saying everything is copasetic for the Knicks right now. And he's a pretty good source on locker room dysfunction. 

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Sep 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Sep 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

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Jalen Rose talked about the Knicks, Nets and Kevin Durant with reporters at a Puma eventin Brooklyn on Saturday. The ESPN analyst said he loves what the Nets are doing. He also thinks Kevin Durant's free agency would have unfolded differently if Durant never tore his Achilles.Here are Rose's thoughts on those subjects, what bothers him about James Harden's preseason and who he sees competing with the Lakers in the Western Conference: 

Here's what Rose thought about the Knicks' offseason and the team they've put together: "The goal is always to sign the top-tier player. If you're Duke, if you're Arizona, if you're Kentucky, you want to sign the McDonald's All-American. But if you can't do so, then you've got to recruit a team - like Gonzaga, like Michigan was doing before - where you develop the players," Rose, a Puma ambassador/consultant, said. 

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Sep 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Sep 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

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Jalen Rose talked about the Knicks, Nets and Kevin Durant with reporters at a Puma eventin Brooklyn on Saturday. The ESPN analyst said he loves what the Nets are doing. He also thinks Kevin Durant's free agency would have unfolded differently if Durant never tore his Achilles.Here are Rose's thoughts on those subjects, what bothers him about James Harden's preseason and who he sees competing with the Lakers in the Western Conference: 

Here's what Rose thought about the Knicks' offseason and the team they've put together: "The goal is always to sign the top-tier player. If you're Duke, if you're Arizona, if you're Kentucky, you want to sign the McDonald's All-American. But if you can't do so, then you've got to recruit a team - like Gonzaga, like Michigan was doing before - where you develop the players," Rose, a Puma ambassador/consultant, said. 

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RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett

During the second half of New York's 100-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, R.J. Barrett received a handoff from Wayne Ellington on the right wing to set up a side pick-and-roll with Taj Gibson. Two Hawks swarmed the rookie, who snuck a pass out to the weak side leading to a Kevin Knox drive and trip to the free throw line.

Soon after, the Knicks ran the same play for Barrett, only this time he expected the trap, backing up and sending Atlanta's defenders scrambling into a switch, allowing him to attack the basket and draw a foul. 

After a coach's challenge, the whistle was overturned, but these two plays signify how quick Barrett is picking up the NBA game. The 19-year-old is looking much more comfortable with every game, leading to head coach David Fizdale giving him minutes at the point guard position, when Barrett was able to make plays like the one above.

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Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

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Frank Ntilikina will likely sit out of Friday's preseason finale on Friday so the Knicks can see more of Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr. at point guard. 

"Frank has played three (games), Elfrid has played two, Dennis is now going to play two, so I feel like I'm getting them all (playing time)," David Fizdale said Thursday. "… I feel like I gave all three guys ample opportunity to show what he can do."

Fizdale is choosing among Ntilikina, Payton and Smith Jr. for his starting point guard. Smith Jr. missed about ten days with a back ailment during preseason and looked rusty during his preseason debut Wednesday. He should get plenty of minutes on Friday against New Orleans. 

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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If you've seen LeBron James' comments on the NBA-China controversy (and the reaction to those comments), you know that the ripple effects of Daryl Morey's tweet in support of demonstrators in Hong Kong will be felt for some time. 

There's plenty to unpack with this story: free speech issues, the NBA -- and many other companies -- conducting business with a country that critics say has a history of oppressing dissent, and the potential financial fallout for the league and its players from losing revenue from the business they do in China. 

It's way too early to predict how much revenue the league may lose in the aftermath of last week's events. But the lost revenue -- if it's high enough -- will have a tangible impact on the Knicks. 

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Dennis Smith Jr. is expected to make his preseason debut on Wednesday against the Hawks, which adds a layer of intrigue to the Knicks' starting point guard competition.

Smith Jr. missed New York's first two preseason games due to a back strain. He returned to practice over the weekend and, barring a setback, will make his preseason debut on Wednesday.

The Knicks had taken a cautious approach with Smith Jr.'s ailment.

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Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris (13) shoots over Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris (13) shoots over Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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A day after Julius Randle responded to Kevin Durant's critique of the Knicks, teammate Marcus Morris chimed in. 


 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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David Fizdale plans to use several different lineups in the preseason. So we may see a different starting five when New York plays Washington on Friday at Madison Square Garden. 

But Fizdale gave some interesting insight when he answered a question about his starting lineup for Monday's preseason opener.

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Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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Here are a few takeaways from the Knicks' 104-99 win over the Wizards:

MORRIS EJECTED: Marcus Morris was ejected 13 seconds into the second half for doing something you don't see often. First, he appeared to hit Justin Anderson, his defender, with an elbow when he swung his arms through to create space. That happens regularly in the NBA. Here's the odd part. He then hit Anderson in the head with the ball and started jawing with him. He received a flagrant-two, presumably for the whole sequence.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

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Based on what we've heard from players at Knicks training camp, defense has been a priority this week. You'll get your first look at the Knicks' defense in action on Monday when they open the preseason in Washington.

Something to expect? Ball pressure. That's been a point of emphasis during camp.

"Me and all my teammates, we pay a lot of attention to pressuring the ball on defense. And not letting the opposing team be comfortable offensively," Frank Ntilikina, one of the team's top defenders, said Sunday. "So yes, you will see that from the Knicks."

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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A few notes and observations from Knicks training camp on Thursday:

RJ Barrett spent some time talking to Hall of Famer Bernard King on Thursday.

King didn't want to reveal too much about the conversation, but he seems impressed by the Knicks' No. 3 overall pick.

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Kevin Knox (Brad Penner)
Kevin Knox (Brad Penner)

Kevin Knox's rookie season has came and went, and though the numbers may not be what he wanted to see at the end of it, he still showed flashes of that first-round pick type of talent.

Now it's all about improving off that rookie year, and turning those flashes into consistent performance. Speaking at the Knicks Media Day on Monday in Tarrytown, NY, Knox said that he was watching tons of film this summer to see what he can improve on.

"I think with this first season going by, I think this summer I had some film I could really watch," he told reporters. "Going into last year, I had no film really on myself, but this year I could really watch and see where I can grow, get better. Obviously have to get better at the defensive end and that' something that me, Fiz, and a lot of coaches have been working on this summer. Being more consistent, more efficient on the floor. Knocking down open shots."

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