Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks F Carmelo Anthony has traveled to Houston, and is expected to officially sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets on Monday, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It has been an ongoing story all offseason as to where Anthony would land. The Hawks initially traded the Thunder for him, but was never going to keep him on the roster. Instead, they would buyout his contract, and allow the 34-year-old veteran to choose where he wanted to play next season. 

The Rockets always seemed like the destination, and it is expected to be official after the completion of Anthony's physical today. Wojnarowski is also reporting that Houston intends to bring Melo off the bench. It will likely be PJ Tucker or Gerald Green who gets the start at small forward. 

Other than the Rockets, Melo considered signing with the Heat after a brief meeting with them. But, having worked out with James Harden and Chris Paul this offseason, Anthony's mind was made up. 

Last season, Anthony had a down year, averaging 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. Over his 16-year career, Melo averages 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. 


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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) inspects the ball before a game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) inspects the ball before a game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The amount of vitriol and hate going around for Carmelo Anthony this offseason was ridiculous. And with his brief tenure with the Rockets reportedly about to come to an end, Melo is getting it from all angles again.

First off, let's talk about facts and what is justified criticism of the 10-time NBA All-Star.

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rockets reportedly believe former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has played his last game with Houston, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey denied a report Sunday afternoon that indicated the team was considering cutting the 34-year-old Anthony, who according to MacMahon is not traveling with the team for Monday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Anthony and the Rockets, according to ESPN, have discussed his role and how they could move forward for the rest of this season, Anthony's last under contract.

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Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin drives past New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin drives past New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

A poor first quarter doomed the Knicks as they lost to the Orlando Magic 115-89 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. The Knicks were held scoreless for the first 4:54 of the game and were outscored 30-10 in the opening frame as they lost for the fourth time in their last five games.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mario Hezonja combined to make 5 of 22 shots, as New York was outshot .449 to .356. The Knicks shot 5-of-28 from beyond the arc, while the Magic made 17 of 41 3-pointers.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Orlando Magic, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Coming off a 16-point loss to the league-leading Toronto Raptors on Saturday afternoon, the turmoil-plagued New York Knicks return to Madison Square Garden on Sunday night to host the woeful Orlando Magic and hopefully bring some calm into their world.

If it were just the on-court product, that would be one thing. The Knicks are certainly struggling on the hardwood, where they've dropped three of four, including a 116-115 loss to the Chicago Bulls in their last home game on Nov. 5.

But with coach David Fizdale in the news for all the wrong reasons -- he claimed Thursday that his star player and the face of the franchise, Kristaps Porzingis, had not made significant progress in his rehab and was not yet sprinting, only for Porzingis to post a video on Instagram of him sprinting later that day -- perhaps a date with the 5-7 Magic is what the team needs right now.

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Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Eastern Conference-best Raptors were too much for the Knicks, as New York fell 128-112 in Toronto on Saturday. >> Box Score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) There was sloppy basketball to kick off this one, with both teams not hitting their shots and turning the ball over. But when things settled down, the Knicks were keeping up with the Raptors as the first quarter ending in a 25-25 tie. But the home team turned it up in the second quarter with 39 points to New York's 28, and ran away from there. Seven Raptors finished with double-digit points.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Nov 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) looks on during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) looks on during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Check All-Star SG Jimmy Butler off the Knicks' free-agent targets list. Or at least that's what it sounds like after the Sixers struck a deal with the Timberwolves for Butler on Saturday. 

The Sixers landed Butler and C Justin Patton in return for SG Robert Covington, F Dario Saric, and a 2022 second-round draft pick. And they do so with the full intention of signing Butler to a long-term deal before he reaches free agency, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

The Knicks are expected to be very active this offseason, having enough cap room to sign a prolific superstar to a max deal if they can convince one to do so. Butler was a target for New York, but he is now off the table -- in the Eastern Conference nonetheless...

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Kristaps Porzingis, Scott Thompson
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Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The early season has not gone so smoothly for the Knicks (4-8).

The team announced Friday that they will be without forward Lance Thomas for at least he next month after he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday to remove loose bodies.

"In the last week or so you could tell it was really bugging him," Knicks coach David Fizdale said.

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Apr 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (4) defends in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Apr 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (4) defends in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Timberwolves have finally granted SG Jimmy Butler's wish to leave Minnesota, as they reportedly traded him to the Sixers. 

The deal, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania, has the Sixers dealing SG Robert Covington, F Dario Saric, and a 2022 second-round pick for Butler and C Justin Patton

Knicks team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry made it clear that they didn't want to trade for a player like Butler because it would be a waste of assets for someone set to be a free agent this offseason. However, Butler's free-agent may be changed before this season ends. 

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Fizdale: "Why let things linger" 00:00:49
After Kristaps Porzingis was seen running around New York, David Fizdale walks back his comments on the Knicks power forward.

Now, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and head coach David Fizdale are on the same page.

Porzingis called Fizdale on Friday morning to update him on his rehab from a torn ACL, Fizdale said, after the two had differing statuses regarding Porzingis' recovery.

Fizdale said on Thursday that Porzingis hadn't begun sprinting and was at the same stage in the recovery process as he was during the summer. Later that night, Porzingis took to his Instagram story to post two photos of him sprinting at a nearby outdoor track.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Lance Thomas will be re-evaluated in about four weeks after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Thursday, the team announced on Friday.

Thomas underwent surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery by team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen to remove loose bodies in his knee. He will begin rehab immediately and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Thomas did not play in Wednesday's game over the Hawks and was limited to five minutes in Monday's double-overtime loss to the Bulls.

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Oct 19, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Celtics 113-101. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 19, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Celtics 113-101. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Forget Kyrie Irving, perhaps the Knicks will make a play for the other Celtics point guard, Terry Rozier. 

The 24-year-old has taken a backseat to a healthy Irving this season and if Irving is true to his word and plans on returning to Boston, the Celtics could decide to shop Rozier. 

According to The Athletic, at least seven teams are monitoring Rozier's status waiting to see if the Celtics decide to part ways, knowing they have a verbal commitment from Irving. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Kristaps Porzingis appears to prefer doing his talking on Instagram. 

The Knicks' star forward was spotted in New York by TMZ Sports on Thursday night but refused to answer any questions, which included an update on his surgically repaired left knee. 

TMZ reported their encounter with Porzingis was shortly before he posted photos on his Instagram story of himself sprinting on a track, which was in response to comments made by Knicks head coach David Fizdale to the New York Daily News about the 23-year-old's progress from ACL surgery nine months ago. 

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After a report indicated Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has yet to begin sprinting nine months following ACL surgery, the 23-year-old star posted photos on his Instagram story of him sprinting to show his progress.

Knicks head coach David Fizdale told the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy on Thursday that Porzingis, who suffered a torn ACL in February, was at the same stage in his recovery as he was over the summer.

"He's still kind of there," Fizdale said Thursday, per the New York Daily News. "Not huge jumps."

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks center and potentially aspiring WWE star Enes Kanter knows a thing or two about pro wrestling, but the big man is no fan of one Hawks social media staffer delivering a WWE-themed joke at his expense.

Kanter on Thursday called out the unnamed staffer who highlighted a dangerous tumble Kanter took over Atlanta's Miles Plumlee while battling for the ball Wednesday night. The tweet -- captioned with Jim Ross' famous WWE call "As God as my witness, he is broken in half!" -- dramatized Kanter's fall in a video, and he was having none of it.

"I don't know who's running their social media - a high schooler?'' Kanter said, per the New York Post. "I know they've been tweeting some crazy stuff. Probably a high schooler. Whoever it is, they should consider anyone [else] for sure because it is terrible."

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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher looks towards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during first half against Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher looks towards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during first half against Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

Shortly after he was fired as Knicks head coach in February 2016, Derek Fisher said he thought implementing Phil Jackson's triangle offense was complex because it "requires so much terminology-wise [and] specific skill set-wise."

On Wednesday, he took his admission to another level, telling FS1's "The Fair Game Show" he may not have accepted the Knicks job had he known ahead of time Jackson wanted him to run the triangle offense.

"Had he said, 'Hey, Fish, you have to run the triangle. There's no way around it. If you're not going to do that, it's going to be an issue and maybe we need to go in a different direction,'" Fisher told FS1, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "... Those weren't conversations that we had. So our communication wasn't effective that (would have) allowed us to both go into the situation knowing this is what it's going to be."

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The Knicks stumped Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks with a 112-107 win on the road Wednesday night. >> Box Score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Tim Hardaway Jr. was a main reason the Knicks totaled 47 free throw attempts on Wednesday night, which is the most by any team in franchise history. Hardaway got 20 attempts from the charity stripe, converting 16 of them on his way to a team-high 34 points. He also had three assists and three steals on the night, as he continues to be the veteran scorer the Knicks need him to be. 

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Two of the youngest teams in the NBA meet Wednesday when the Atlanta Hawks host the New York Knicks in their second meeting of the season.

The Knicks (3-8) have an average age of 24.156, the youngest in the NBA. The Hawks (3-7) have 10 players with two years or fewer NBA experience and average 3.31 years, a figure that drops to 2.63 when you take away 20-year veteran Vince Carter.

One of New York's three victories came in the season opener, a 126-107 victory over Atlanta at Madison Square Garden.

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Nov 6, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) playing against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half during the Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Nov 6, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) playing against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half during the Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Zion Williamson's opening statement in his Duke debut Tuesday night seemed strong enough to persuade nearly any NBA team to tank for the electrifying freshman forward.

The 18-year-old top NBA prospect dropped 28 points in a 118-84 rout of Kentucky in the Champions Classic, creating highlight after highlight in a memorable premiere. And the Knicks, like every team in the running for a high draft pick in 2019, were surely paying attention.

Williamson combined with fellow Blue Devils freshmen Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett to score a whopping 83 points. The trio is slated to dominate draft talk through June, but it's the undeniable power in Williamson that has earned him most of the spotlight.

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Knicks lose in double overtime 00:01:23
Knicks head coach David Fizdale and center Enes Kanter comment on the Knicks' loss to the Bulls in double overtime, 116-115.

Despite clutch game-tying shots by Allonzo Trier in regulation and Emmanuel Mudiay in double overtime, Zach LaVine hit a free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime after a Mudiay foul as the Knicks lost to the Chicago Bulls 116-115 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Mudiay tied the game with a fastbreak layup with 2.7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 115, but he fouled LaVine on a shot attempt in the final second. LaVine hit the first free throw and missed the second as New York fell to 3-7.

2. Trier scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 5:17 of regulation, including a 27-foot 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds remaining to tie the game at 102. With 3 seconds left, though, he missed a potential game-winning jumper and Mario Hezonja missed a put-back layup attempt that forced overtime.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox steals the ball from Chicago Bulls shooting guard Antonio Blakeney during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox steals the ball from Chicago Bulls shooting guard Antonio Blakeney during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie forward Kevin Knox scored two points and played five minutes in Monday's double-overtime loss against the Chicago Bulls in his first game back from a sprained ankle.

Knox, New York's first-round pick from this year's NBA draft, had been out since Oct. 20 due to a sprained ankle he suffered against the Boston Celtics.

Knox made 1 of 2 field goals and recorded one steal and one turnover. He had scored 10 and 17 points in two complete games before he suffered the injury. 

Teammate Tim Hardaway Jr., who suffered a back injury in Sunday's loss to the Washington Wizards, was available to play but did not log any minutes on the court Monday.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

One day after losing to one of the Eastern Conference's coldest teams after the offense went frigid, the New York Knicks return to Madison Square Garden on Monday night to face another of the conference's worst teams as the Chicago Bulls come to town for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.

The Knicks have a quick turnaround after dropping a 108-95 contest at Washington on Sunday, when no starter had more than 11 points. As a team, the Knicks (3-7) shot a paltry 42 percent from the field a 19 percent from 3-point range, obscuring what was a sound defensive effort. The Wizards shot just 43 percent and 23 percent from long range.

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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

One of the few bright spots of the Knicks' 3-7 start to the season has been the play of Tim Hardaway Jr. In his sixth year, and fourth in New York, Hardaway is the team's leading scorer with a much-improved outside shot, and has been their most dependable option on the offensive end as other players shuffle in and out of the lineup.

But the 26-year-old Hardaway is also due a lot of money -- $17.3 million this season, and $37.1 million over the next two. By the time his contract is up, he'll be 29 and due for an even bigger payday, and it remains to be seen whether the Knicks will be any closer to a return to the playoffs by then. It's a worthwhile question as to whether the Knicks' best course of action is to keep Hardaway around during the rebuild or cash in on his value right now and go even younger.

With Kristaps Porzingis sidelined for the foreseeable future, Hardaway is seeing the most offensive responsibility thus far in his career, and he's making the most of the opportunity. He's shooting a career-high 40.2 percent from three-point range on 8.7 attempts per game, while also getting to the free-throw line more than he ever has (a career-high 25.7 percent free-throw rate). 

Tags: Enes Kanter, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Knicks may not be contenders this season, but their young talent is being recognized around the league. 

Following a 108-95 loss to the Wizards on Sunday, Washington guard Bradley Beal praised Knicks undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier.

"It's crazy to think he was undrafted," Beal said. "It's kinda disrespectful with the way he's been playing."

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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal defends during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal defends during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

After turning a 13-point second-half deficit into a tie game, the Knicks faltered late as they lost to the Washington Wizards 108-95 on Sunday at Capital One Arena.

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. The Knicks trailed 77-64 with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter but went on an 18-5 run, capped by a Trey Burke layup, to tie the game at 82. But Washington's Jason Smith scored a layup to start a 16-4 run that would ice the game for the Wizards.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored just seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, while Enes Kanter had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for New York, which fell to 3-7.

Tags: Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Washington Wizards
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Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dunks during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dunks during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

After finishing up his college career at Arizona, Allonzo Trier entered the draft process like many other rookies around college basketball in hopes of a team drafting them. Trier attended workouts across the NBA, including one with the Dallas Mavericks. 

But, as we all know, Trier went undrafted. The Knicks, though, gave him a chance, and he certainly made the best of it by landing a spot on the NBA roster to start the season. 

So, in Dallas on Friday night, Trier did exactly what he has been since Opening Night at The Garden: Make teams regret not calling his name back in June...

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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Knicks may have solidified their starting center spot. 

Mitchell Robinson continued to impress in the Knicks' 118-106 win over the Mavericks on Friday night, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds, a block and three steals.

The 20-year-old rookie also threw down a 180 reverse alley-oop dunk for good measure, too. 

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Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)
Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The Knicks picked up their first road win of the season in a 118-106 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Allonzo Trier, the undrafted rookie, led the Knicks' offense with a career-high 23 points on a very efficient 8-of-10. He also had two rebounds and one assists as well. Tim Hardaway Jr. was second on the Knicks with 18 points on 7-for-17 from the field. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks have not had any success on the road this season, either, having lost their first three. After winning the season opener, the Knicks have lost six of seven and are coming off a 107-101 home loss to Indiana in which they were outscored 30-20 in the fourth quarter.

Despite the loss to James and the Lakers, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle liked the fight he saw from this team, which trailed bye as many as 19 points in the third quarter.

"It's the second game in a row where we're in a one-point game at the end of regulation," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle told reporters, referring to an overtime loss to San Antonio on Monday. >> Read More

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox collides with Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier III in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox collides with Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier III in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks expect rookie Kevin Knox to return from a sprained left ankle when New York hosts the Chicago Bulls on Monday, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Knox, who has been out since Oct. 20 when he suffered a left ankle sprain against the Boston Celtics, was cleared for practice on Tuesday and will need one more practice session to prepare for his return. 

The Knicks have three games in the next four days, including back-to-back games Sunday at Washington and Monday at home against Chicago, and because they want to avoid Knox returning in a back-to-back situation, they plan to hold him out until Monday, according to Berman.

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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It has been a month since the David Fizdale Era has begun in Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks are 2-6. Though it isn't the best of starts, it is what most expected from this team going through their rebuilding stage. 

Here are some takeaways from the Knicks' first few games, and what to expect moving forward...

Fizdale has bought into the youth movement

Tags: Courtney Lee, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Carmelo Anthony's time as a Knick wasn't the best of experiences. At first, the marriage looked to be a match made in heaven.

But the divorce was as ugly as it gets. 

Anthony demanded former Knicks president Phil Jackson find him a new home in the NBA before the start of last season, and it eventually happened in a deal with the Thunder under new president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry's watch. Anthony's tenure in Oklahoma City, though, lasted just one season as he finds himself down in Houston with the Rockets. 

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Fizdale explains late loss 00:00:45
Knicks coach David Fizdale talks about his team needing to learn how to win close games in the 4th quarter after a tough loss to the Pacers.

It was another fourth-quarter breakdown for the Knicks, as they lost a tough battle to the Pacers, 107-101, at Madison Square Garden on Halloween night.  >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Tim Hardaway Jr.'s All-Star campaign continues to move on schedule. His jumper has been on fire to start the season, and that was the case in The Garden tonight, going 7-for-10 from three on his way to a team-high 37 points. He also had two rebounds and one assist. 

 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the outside, Knicks 2017 first-rounder Frank Ntilikina doesn't fit into today's style of play in the NBA. 

It is almost a given that players drafted high already have great offensive skills, whether it be getting to the rim or shooting. But coming out of France, Ntilikina was the exact opposite as the eighth overall pick by the Knicks. 

As a 19-year-old, Ntilikina came to New York with a great defensive skillset that stemmed from both his physical and mental attributes. At 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan, he had the ability to matchup with anyone on the floor. And Ntilikina also had the fundamental mind to cut off passing lanes, switch his man off screens, and more. 

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After dropping their first home game of the season, the Indiana Pacers venture to the perhaps even friendly confines of Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night as they face a New York Knicks team that has lost five of seven to open the season.

The Knicks are, however, coming off their second home win of the season, a 115-96 victory over the cross-town Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at MSG.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the win, leading seven Knicks in double-figure scoring. Frank Ntilikina added 16 points and Enes Kanter had 15 off the bench in the win, which followed a dreadful loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, when Kevin Durant had 41 points and spurred a huge fourth quarter.

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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Rasheed Wallace apparently isn't the only big NBA name giving advice to Knicks rookie big man Mitchell Robinson.

In an upcoming episode of "Unfiltered" on MSG Network, Robinson shares the best tips he got from Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. The 20-year-old Robinson went to high school in Chalmette, Louisiana, right outside of New Orleans, where both he and Davis currently live.

"Me and Anthony Davis have the same trainer [Marcell Scott]," Robinson says in one segment, according to the New York Post. "So that was kind of easy for me to get in contact with him. One day he brought me in to work out. The advice he gave me was just run the floor. Most big men don't like running as much. If you're the first man down the court, you can get the ball easier."

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Kevin Knox isn't used to watching his team play from the sideline, but the Knicks rookie says his view from the bench still brings value while he works his way back from an early-season ankle sprain. 

"I really enjoy watching on the side because I can really see the game from a different perspective," Knox told the New York Post on Tuesday. "It's really fun to watch on the side, they talk, the way they move the ball, defensively. These past few games I was on the bench watching it was pretty great. I got to talk to players on the bench, tell them what they can do better, more and more leadership I can bring to the team."

Knox, the Knicks' first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, sprained his left ankle on Oct. 20 against the Celtics. He's missed the last four games and will be out Wednesday night against the Pacers, but will travel with the Knicks to Dallas and Washington this weekend. He has participated in shooting and non-contact drills in practice this week.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Forget billboards and celebrities, the Knicks' best chances of luring Kevin Durant to New York might be with assistant coach Royal Ivey. 

Ivey, who grew up in Queens and was a standout player at Cardozo High School, is exceptionally close with the Warriors All-Star, according to legendary Cardozo basketball coach Ron Naclerio. 

"Kevin trusts Royal more than his own brother," he told the New York Post on Tuesday. 

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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale deployed his experimental starting five full of youth for the second straight game on Sunday. And he defended exactly why is doing it, saying he isn't "hunting for wins."

The first appearance of the new starters came against the Warriors on Friday, when Enes Kanter, Lance Thomas, and Trey Burke were benched in favor of Damyean Dotson, Noah Vonleh, and second-rounder Mitchell Robinson.

Fizdale wants to give this new group some time to see how things shake out, no matter if the Knicks are winning or not. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Lance Thomas, Trey Burke
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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Kevin Knox is inching closer to returning to the Knicks lineup as the rookie forward finishes up his recovery from a left ankle sprain.

Knicks coach David Fizdale said Knox will not play Wednesday against the Pacers, but the 19-year-old will travel with the team to Dallas for Friday's game against the Mavericks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. The team said Knox is "making good progress" and that he has advanced to participating in shooting and non-contact drills.

Knox's father, Kevin Knox Sr., told the New York Post on Sunday that his son is expected to return sometime between Nov. 2-10. The Knicks' 2018 first-round pick suffered the injury, which his father called a "Grade 2" sprain, on Oct. 20 against the Celtics.

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Knicks win decisively over Nets 00:01:18
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points and added 8 assists as the Knicks defeated the Nets handily, 115-96 at MSG.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitchell Robinson combined for 15 points during a key 23-6 run in the third quarter to lead the Knicks to a 115-96 win over the Nets on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Hardaway finished a game-high 25 points and added eight assists while Robinson scored 11 points, as the Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak. New York led 52-44 at halftime but outscored the Nets by 17 through the first 6:34 of the third quarter to take a 75-50 lead.

Robinson had three dunks, including an alley-oop from Hardaway that pushed the Knicks' lead above 20. On the next possession, Hardaway made a 3-pointer that made it 72-50. 

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale brought in former NBA champion and four-time All-Star Rasheed Wallace in for practice ahead of Monday's matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, and he hopes one of the players who benefits from Wallace's presence is rookie Mitchell Robinson.

Fizdale hopes Robinson, New York's second-round pick this past June, can become a more vocal leader in time. And who better than Wallace?

"He changed that Pistons team with his voice," Fizdale said, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "That's something I'm really hoping he can get Mitchell to understand: To be a defensive quarterback, you've really got to use that voice."

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

If their respective performances against the Golden State Warriors are any indication, the New York Knicks are in for a world of hurt on Monday night as they host Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 p.m.

After the Knicks were demolished, 128-100 against the Warriors in a game that featured a 47-16 fourth quarter for the Dubs the Nets took Golden State down to the wire in a 120-114 loss on Sunday.

The difference between the two games, and the two cross-town rivals? >> Read more

 

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks coach David Fizdale on Friday night was pleased with what he saw from Frank Ntilikina, who earned his first start at point guard at an opportune time against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

"He made a show," Fizdale said, per Newsday, after his team's 128-100 loss on Friday. "He picked his spots. He didn't pass up much. I really thought he got after it defensively. He competed hard. The guy he is competing against is one of those special talents, once in a lifetime talent. They definitely have two of them and those other guys aren't too shabby after them. I thought he really did a solid job against Steph."

Despite the loss, Ntilikina tied his career high with 17 points as part of the Knicks' new-look starting lineup. The 20-year-old acknowledged that he is feeling more comfortable this season after he was sidelined by injuries during key stretches leading up to his rookie season.

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Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors.  (AP)
Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors. (AP)

NEW YORK -- On the day between playing the Knicks and the Nets, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said both teams are on the right track and need to add talent going forward.

Both New York teams hope to be players during free agency next summer, when Warriors star Kevin Durant -- who went off for 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Warriors' 128-100 win Friday at Madison Square Garden -- will be the prized free agent.

"I think both teams are building foundations and the whole key obviously from there is, can you build up your talent base and so we'll see what happens," Kerr said Saturday after practice in Midtown Manhattan.

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

For the first time this season, Enes Kanter was not in the starting lineup on Friday night -- and he didn't want to say much about it after the game, either. 

Kanter, who scored eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds off the bench in the team's loss to the Warriors, simply said he is moving forward with Coach Fizdale's plans.

"Coach said he wants me to lead the second unit," Kanter said. "So I'm just leading the second unit."

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Warriors top Knicks 00:01:34
Kevin Durant poured home 41 points and Stephen Curry added 29 as the Warriors pulled away in the 4th quarter against the Knicks, 128-100.

The Knicks were surprisingly leading as the fourth quarter began, but Kevin Durant caught fire and led the Warriors to a 128-100 win at MSG.  >> Read more

Things to know about tonight's game...

1)  Durant heard an MSG crowd go crazy when his name was called out for starting lineups, and he certainly put on a show. The Knicks' free-agent target poured in a team-high 41 points on a very impressive 17-for-24 shooting, including five three pointers 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Oct 24, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder (17) passes the ball around New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) and center Enes Kanter (00) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 24, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder (17) passes the ball around New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) and center Enes Kanter (00) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale said he might 'make some tweaks' to the starting lineup after a blowout in Miami on Wednesday. Well, he owned up to that comment will a little more than just a tweak ahead of matchup against the Warriors at MSG on Friday night. 

It will be C Enes Kanter, Lance Thomas, and PG Trey Burke heading to the bench, with F Noah Vonleh, G Damyean Dotson, and second-rounder C Mitchell Robinson taking their spots. Frank Ntilikina will also get his first start at point guard as well. 

The change that stands out the most is that of Kanter, who leads the team with 10.8 boards so far this season. He did have an off game in Miami, but the rest of the starting lineup did as well...

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(Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK -- After one of the most stunning performances of his brilliant career -- a 51-point night on 15-of-24 field-goal shooting, 11-of-16 from 3-point range and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line -- what can Stephen Curry possibly do for an encore?

That remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: There is no place better for an encore than Madison Square Garden, to which Curry's Warriors travel for a Friday night marquee matchup with the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m.

Curry only needed three quarters to do his damage in a 144-122 home win over the Washington Wizards. >> Read more

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant celebrates against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant celebrates against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Billboards may not impress Kevin Durant, but the Knicks will have a special guest on Friday that will be sure to catch the pending free agent's attention. 

R&B artist Ashanti will sing the national anthem before Friday's Knicks vs. Warriors game at Madison Square Garden and also perform at halftime. 

So why is this relevant to Durant?

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