Prior to tonight's Game 5, Kenyon Martin instructed his teammates to be dressed in funeral colors, as he expects his team to put an end to the Celtics' playoff hopes and perhaps signal an end of an era for an aging Boston team.:

But his talk was also the talk of the Knicks' post-game locker room.

“The guy was mouthing off before the game,” Kenyon Martin said. “He told me, ‘You're not dancing at my funeral today.'''

“We're ending it Wednesday,” Martin said.

He even made it a point to tell teammates what to wear when the Knicks look to win this series in five, then get ready for the winner of Indiana-Atlanta. “Wear black,” he said. “Funeral colors.''

I'm assuming this is meant figuratively, as seriously I would hope there's no need for a priest or anything after tonight's game, though  it would still be fun to see the Knicks give the Celtics their metaphorical last rights this evening.

Perhaps Martin's strong words could serve as bulletin board material, though the Knicks could always counter by just not having a bulletin board in the visiting locker room, making that strategy largely moot. I'm fairly sure that without an actual bulletin board, Doc Rivers would therefore have no ability to communicate Martin's comments, relegating them completely harmless. I've personally never been that impressed with the concept of bulletin board material, as I just can't imagine any coach muttering after a loss, "I just can't believe it, we had all that great stuff on the bulletin board. It's like it didn't matter at all. And just because they had the better players!"

Anyway, Martin thinks this thing ends tonight, and frankly so do I.

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The Knicks take on the Timberwolves in the back end of a home-and-home at Madison Square Garden on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

Joakim Noah will remain out on Friday night against the Timberwolves due sprained left ankle, the team announced. 

He was also out on Wednesday night due to the ankle injury.

Courtney Lee will also be unavalable on Friday night.

Lance Thomas, who has been dealing with a bone bruise in his ankle, will be available.

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Stefan Bondy on Melo, Porzingis 00:05:09
Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy joins Daily News Live to discuss Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks moving forward.

Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy joins Daily News Live to discuss Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks moving forward.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Kristaps Porzingis has led the New York Knicks to a 6-4 record over their last 10 games. The second-year forward ranks second only to nine-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony on the team with 21.4 points per game. And as Porzingis continues to flourish on the offensive end, there's already talk about whose team this is.

Does it even matter? After a slow start to the season, New York looks competitive. As the Knicks hit their stride, Anthony and Porzingis are standing tall as a very formidable 1-2 punch. They're clearly stronger together, playing off one another and keeping opposing defenses on their toes. Porzingis seems to understand that.

"Since I've been here [Anthony has] been that guy for me and he still is the guy that draws the most attention from the defense," Porzingis said in a recent interview with SLAM. "That gives me more space and more options to be open.

"We're still figuring it out, we're not even close to what we can do and how much potential we have. We're working towards that and once we click 100 percent, we can do big things."

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back on TheKnicksBlog Podcast where the guys discuss the team's recent string of success, including Wednesday night's win over Minnesota. Later in the show, Ant and Moke debate whether Derrick Rose deserves a contract extension and talk about the importance of the next 10 games on the schedule.

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New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday (8) reacts after scoring a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday (8) reacts after scoring a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Justin Holiday may have had a poor shooting night against Minnesota, but he found himself on the court when it mattered most. In what has become an often occurrence for Knicks' reserve, he was once again on the floor in the closing seconds of an important game. Alongside Carmelo Anthony and the team's more notable players, Holiday was depended on for defensive prowess.

Once considered simply an after thought in the Derrick Rose trade, Holiday has been much more than that. In the absence of Lance Thomas, he has given New York's second unit exactly what they needed: a mature veteran who can spread the floor and play intelligent defense. 

"There's such a premium on guys that can make shots. You have to make shots. With the way the game is today, defenses are rotating so quickly and the ball is going to find the open man," Michael Peck, who coached Holiday in 2012-13 on the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League told SNY.tv and TheKnicksBlog.com. "If you're that guy, you've got to be ready to knock those down. He has great length and great elevation on his shot, which makes him hard to cover."

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Stefan Bondy on Melo, Porzingis 00:05:09
Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy joins Daily News Live to discuss Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks moving forward.

I've always felt based on studying the Knicks as closely as I have over the years that there's an inner conflict that has been building within the fanbase surrounding Carmelo Anthony.

Some fans want to see the Knicks win with him, and it seems some don't.

I won't go as far as to say people root for the Knicks and against Anthony because that thought process makes zero sense to me. Maybe that's just some people's way of stirring the pot on social media, but ever since Anthony has been here it's been a roller coaster ride for fans who believed Carmelo was supposed to be the savior taking the Knicks to the promised land after coming here from Denver.

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Nov 30, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the second quarter at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 30, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the second quarter at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points and eight rebounds in a thrilling duel with Karl-Anthony Towns, helping the New York Knicks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-104 on Wednesday night. 

Carmelo Anthony capped a quiet night with a game-winning 18-footer over Andrew Wiggins with 2.3 seconds to play, helping the Knicks avoid what would have been an epic collapse in the fourth quarter. 

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The Minnesota Timberwolves need to find a way to right the ship after once again failing to close out a game, the latest instance coming Monday against the Utah Jazz.

They'll have two straight chances against the New York Knicks to do so. Minnesota hosts New York on Wednesday at Target Center before traveling to Madison Square Garden for another game against the Knicks on Friday.

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(Sam Sharpe)

In the wake of the discussion surrounding the Knicks and Derrick Rose as it relates to a contract extension, I thought it would be prudent to take a look at the numbers of both Rose and Brandon Jennings to get a good idea how productive both have been to start the season.

The eye test tells me that the Knicks are at their best when Rose and Jennings are surrounded by three jump-shooters, considering neither does a particularly good job of stretching the defense from three-point range.

That immediately causes a "space" issue for the Knicks in the half court offense. Rose is just 7 of 27 this year (26 percent), while Jennings is shooting just a bit better with more frequent attempts making 16 of 53 for 30 percent.

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Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

On the heels of Derrick Rose pouring in a season-high 30 points against the Thunder, the New York Post reported that the New York Knicks are yet to discuss a contract extension with the 2011 MVP.

And that's the way it should be. Rose has shown flashes of promise with regard to being the kind of player New York needs. Still, a big plus to his acquisition was the flexibility his expiring contract will present them moving forward. As Rose comes off the books, the Knicks will have an opportunity to regroup and assess their priorities during free agency. If no player entices them enough to garner the kind of money Rose would, they could instead hold off on making a big commitment until the following summer. 

"I haven't talked to them about it,'' Rose said of an extension. "It's been more about winning games. We'll see. I'm more concerned with trying to win games, but it's something I'd have to talk about with my family and team.''

Sometimes flexibility is more valuable than signing a player prematurely tends to be. Signing Rose to an extension that would hover around $75 million would tie up the Knicks' money. Is he really the player they want to commit to long term?

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:57
Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and coach Jeff Hornacek speak after practice as the team heads to Minnesota looking to end its road woes.

New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) during first half against Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) during first half against Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)

After missing two games with the flu, Joakim Noah returned, only to play limited minutes in the weekend back-to-back against Charlotte. The Knicks came away with two commanding victories in the games he missed, so the fact that Noah failed to make a big impact upon returning created doubt he'd be a solid fit for New York moving forward.

It's worth noting that the Hornets went small during crunch time. As the Knicks attempted to match up in the best way possible with their opponent, Noah was an obvious odd man out. Sometimes different opponents dictate the use of less favorable, or simply varied, lineups, and this was one of those times.

With an imposing and physical front line of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, (and not to mention, the NBA's best rebounding guard in Russell Westbrook), Noah had a quick chance to redeem himself. Unfortunately, he couldn't take advantage of the opportunity.

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Knicks SG Courtney Lee sprained his shooting hand during New York's 104-94 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 20, according to Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News.

While the injury occured nine days ago, Lee says the sprain has not affected his shot. 

On the season, Lee is averaging 9.6 points per game while shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from the three-point line.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

I equate the final minutes of the Knicks game last night to a football team that ran the ball down the throats of the opposing defense until the clock ran out. The Thunder simply were stronger than the Knicks on the offensive glass, ripping down 17 rebounds on the offensive end -17 chances for the Knicks to have ended a possession. Overall they won the rebounding battle 53-40 and that helped the Thunder break the Knicks' (8-9) six game home winning streak.

"We didn't do a very good job of boxing guys out," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said to reporters following the Thunder's 112-103 win at Madison Square Garden last night. "We can't just turn and not drive a guy away from the basket and think we can just get it."  

More specifically, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah couldn't stop Enes Kanter and Steven Adams, who combined for 41 points and 20 rebounds including 10 offensive rebounds. Kanter had 2 critical offensive rebound put backs down the stretch to seal the victory.

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GEICO SportsNite: Hornacek 00:00:47
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek discusses New York's 112-103 loss to the Thunder at home Monday night.

Russell Westbrook got his third straight triple-double and nearly did it by halftime, finishing with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists for his NBA-leading eighth of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 112-103 on Monday night.

Westbrook had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists at the break and is now averaging a triple-double for the season, raising his averages to 30.9 points, 11.3 assists and 10.3 rebounds through more than a month of the season.

Enes Kanter added a season-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Steven Adams had 14 points and 10 boards in the Thunder's third straight victory.

Derrick Rose scored a season-best 30 points, but the Knicks had their six-game home winning streak snapped. Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points and Carmelo Anthony had 18, but shot just 4 for 19. >> Read more

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots a free throw during the third quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots a free throw during the third quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Point guards Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, chosen first and fourth, respectively, in the 2008 draft, will renew acquaintances on Monday when the New York Knicks host the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden.

Rose's Knicks (8-8) have won six straight at the Garden. Westbrook's Thunder (10-8) are 4-3 on the road.

Oklahoma City comes in after a 106-88 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday when Westbrook posted 17 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds for his second consecutive triple-double and seventh this season. It was also his 44th career triple-double, which ties him with Cleveland's LeBron James. It took Westbrook 395 fewer games than James to achieve the milestone.

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(Brad Penner)

When the Knicks face off against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder during Oklahoma City's only regular season visit to Madison Square Garden, it will be the first of a handful games in which New York will face a team from the NBA's Western Conference over the next month.

Starting Mondy night, eight of the Knicks' next 10 games will be non-conference, including a five-game road trip starting in Sacramento that will see the Knicks face the Kings, Lakers, Suns, Warriors. and Nuggets starting December 9. That could prove to be an important, season-defining stretch for the Knicks, who have struggled on the road mightily this season.

Historically speaking, the Knicks' road trips out west have been a challenge to say the least, but they won't be playing any back-to-back games, where they have been 0-4 this season. In fact, with head coach Jeff Hornacek's new "modern triangle," the Knicks want to play at a faster pace getting more possessions. And five of the seven teams the Knicks will play over the next 10 games are all in the top-10 in possessions per game.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Lance Thomas will remain out due to a sore left ankle when the Knicks play the Thunder on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, the team announced.

His ankle was in a walking boot after last Wednesday night's game and Thomas said the injury had turned into a bone bruise.

"I don't want to be something that keeps me out for too long but when I come back I want to be effective to the team," Thomas said. "I've been playing through the injuries. My teammates know I've been trying to do my best.''

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New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday reaches for the net during the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday reaches for the net during the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Justin Holiday and Mindaugas Kuzminskas have stepped up in the absence of the injured Lance Thomas, but how will head coach Jeff Hornacek adjust the players' minutes when Thomas returns?

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Nov 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks forward center Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives past Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert (55) to score during the first half of the game at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks forward center Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives past Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert (55) to score during the first half of the game at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

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In a troubling theme that is starting to become commonplace, the Knicks fell to 0-4 on the second game of back-to-backs last night to the Charlotte Hornets. In each of the four games (three being on the road), the Knicks seemed to lack the ability to match the energy of their opponents. It's a flaw that everyone in the locker room is aware of, including the coach, and it all starts with the leg strength of the Knicks big three players: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose.

"They didn't quit, which is a positive, but we need to get off the better starts," Jeff Hornacek said. "I think they had 24 points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the game. So that's probably where the game was won or lost right there."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots on a technical during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots on a technical during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

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After falling behind by double-digits relatively early on Saturday, the Knicks did manage to catch up to the Hornets. Unfortunately for them, they failed to hang on to a very brief lead. In what has become a familiar occurrence for New York during Carmelo Anthony's tenure, playing catch up is no easy task. When the Knicks create a sizable hole for themselves, it proves difficult to fully climb out of. Saturday's game was no different, especially as they played on tired legs.

The Knicks are used to exerting so much effort in merely catching up to an opponent, that it's rarely taken into account that by the time they do, a team like the Hornets hasn't slowed down one bit. New York worked hard to claw their way back, but didn't have enough energy sustain a lead of their own. 

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Nov 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) and guard Brandon Jennings (3) react to a call after Rose is charged with a foul during the second half of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. Hornets win 107-102. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) and guard Brandon Jennings (3) react to a call after Rose is charged with a foul during the second half of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. Hornets win 107-102. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

With the chance to sweep a home-and-home with the Hornets, the Knicks fell in Charlotte in the back end on Saturday. 

Despite having won their previous three games, the Knicks again fell on the road, where their record now stands at 1-6. New York has now lost four consecutive games away from Madison Square Garden. 

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The Knicks' Brandon Jennings (3) and the Hornets' Ramon Sessions (7) go after a loose ball. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)
The Knicks' Brandon Jennings (3) and the Hornets' Ramon Sessions (7) go after a loose ball. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

The Hornets held Carmelo Anthony to 18 points the day after he scored 35 against them in New York and held off the Knicks for a 107-102 victory Saturday in Charlotte.

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Nov 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) reacts to the win against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 113-111. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) reacts to the win against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 113-111. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

CHARLOTTE -- The Charlotte Hornets won't have too much time to dwell on giving up a 13-point lead to the New York Knicks, only to lose 113-111 in overtime on Friday in New York.

The two teams will go at it again on Saturday in Charlotte.

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Derrick Rose continues to embark on his bounce-back year with the Knicks, all in hopes of proving his worth and earning a sizable next contract. As he does this, there's been continued chatter as to whether or not he returns to MVP form, or at least a high enough level to assume star status once again. But alas, vintage Rose is gone, he says.

Rose's game is changing with a new role on the Knicks. As he puts it, he's had to make sacrifices. But he isn't the only one. Joakim Noah has had to deal with injuries and illness already, but even when he's up to full strength, it appears as though his playing time may be sporadic. What's more, Carmelo Anthony has been tasked with ensuring the ball is big enough for he, Rose and Kristaps Porzingis. As the emergence of the young gun continues at a rather rapid rate, there are questions as to how much longer the Knicks will be considered Anthony's team.

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As Carmelo Anthony posted up in his office, the left pinch post, to try and finish off a pesky Charlotte Hornets team in overtime last night, he waved Derrick Rose away to make sure he had enough space to go to work against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

After the shot fell giving the Knicks (8-7) a 113-111 victory at home, the team's sixth straight at the Garden, the team huddled around Anthony knowing full well the nine-time all-star had carried them all game and they were one stop from victory. Rose, who had hit a big bank shot earlier in the game on the heels of his game-winner the other night against Portland, didn't hesitate to get out of Anthony's airspace when asked to do so, a sure sign of selflessness.

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Nov 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 35 points, including the tiebreaking jumper with 3.1 seconds left in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Hornets 113-111 on Friday night.

Derrick Rose added 16 points and blocked Kemba Walker's 3-pointer that would have won it just before the buzzer. Kristaps Porzingis also scored 16 points in the Knicks' sixth straight home victory. 

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(Adam Hunger)

The Knicks host the Hornets on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • This is the front end of a home-and-home series, as the teams are scheduled to play in Charlotte on Saturday. The Hornets have won six of the last seven games in this series.
  • After starting the season 6-1, the Hornets have gone 2-5 in their last seven contests, including dropping the last three of these.
  • The Knicks have had 20 or more assists in each of their last four games (3-1); this is their longest single-season streak since they had eight consecutive games with 20+ assists, January 16-29, 2016. New York had 20+ dimes in just three of its first 10 contests this season (3-0).
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(Brad Penner)

In back-to-back victories against Atlanta and Portland, the Knicks' center-by-committee worked out quite well. 

Kristaps Porzingis asserted himself more confidently with extra minutes at the five, Kyle O'Quinn filled in nicely with a steady rebounding presence, and Willy Hernangomez flashed plenty of potential as he held his ground against veteran big men Dwight Howard and Mason Plumlee.

Following this very short string of success, there's already concern regarding how Joakim Noah will fit in moving forward. Such questions are premature.

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

Joakim Noah returned to Knicks practice today after missing the last couple of games with an illness.

Noah is "probable" for tomorrow's game against the Hornets. (Iannazzone)

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

With a lot of his family and friends still residing in Chicago, Knicks guard Derrick Rose said he will be joining teammate Carmelo Anthony for Thanksgiving. 

Rose said he just asked Anthony directly if he could come over to celebrate the holiday. 

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Welcome to the Garden 00:03:22
Daily News Live discusses the Knicks' 5-game win streak at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have won five straight games at Madison Square Garden. 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Former Knicks president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh said despite opinions and reports of the contrary, he oversaw and made the call on the trade that brought Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks. 

On The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski, Walsh discussed at length the process that got Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. Walsh admits that Knicks owner Jim Dolan and then-head coach Mike D'Antoni had reservations about the trade. 

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Nov 22, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) react against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 22, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) react against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie Mindaugas Kuzminskas played a big role off the bench in the Knicks' 107-103 win over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. 

The 27-year-old chipped in 10 points in 21 minutes of play off the bench, with five of those points coming in the fourth quarter. He also added three rebounds, one assist and one steal. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots on a technical during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots on a technical during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

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Prior to last night's game against Portland, FanSided's Sr. NBA Editor Ian Levy and I spoke to Kevin Pelton on our NBA podcast "The Mid Range Theory." One of the topics that came up was the league leaders in "Real Plus Minus", a metric that isolates the unique plus-minus impact of each NBA player by adjusting for the effects of each teammate and opposing player.

I've long been a proponent of the school of 5-man combination plus-minus instituted by Roland Beech on 82games.com where you can figure out the common denominator player by looking at the success/failure of each group they play in. For example, several years ago every 5-man group Amar'e Stoudemire played in for the Knicks was a combined minus telling you that he was a big reason, if not the biggest, reason why.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis defends Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis defends Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

While Kristaps Porzingis may benefit from playing alongside a bonafide star in Carmelo Anthony, the 21-year-old New York Knicks forward is further able to stand out on the court when he's playing with some of the team's role players off the bench.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: KP stays hot 00:00:48
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek and forward Kristaps Porzingis speak after Tuesday's 107-103 win over the Portland Trailblazers at MSG.

Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points and nine rebounds, Derrick Rose scored six of his 18 points down the stretch, and the New York Knicks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-103 on Tuesday night.

Rose made the go-ahead basket with a little more than 3 minutes remaining and hit the jumper that clinched it with 6.8 seconds left.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 17 points despite a scoreless fourth quarter for the Knicks, who won their fifth straight at home. Brandon Jennings had 11 assists off the bench.

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Coming off a win against the Hawks, Jeff Hornacek and Carmelo Anthony look ahead to their upcoming game against a tough Portland offense.

Joakim Noah (illness) will not play tonight against Portland, Jeff Hornacek told reporters Tuesday evening.

Noah missed Sunday's win over Atlanta due to the same illness.

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Knicks host the Blazers on Tuesday night. According to STATS...

  • The Trail Blazers are coming off a 129-109 victory in Brooklyn on Sunday. The 129 points were Portland's most in a game since defeating the Warriors, 137-105, last season on February 19 behind Damian Lillard's 51 points.
  • The Knicks defeated the Atlanta Hawks at home, 104-94, on Sunday. The Knicks made 10 three-pointers in the game, and since the start of 2015-16, the Knicks are 12-9 when they make 10 or more threes in a game.
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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

The Knicks responded to a recent team meeting with a big win over the Hawks on Sunday. Still, it's clear this group is trying to develop their identity as players find their rhythms. 

There's little denying that Derrick Rose stands atop of that list. Coming from being the staring attraction in Chicago, there was plenty of pressure on him to do it all and often. The role he continues to climb into is different in New York.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The New York Knicks will attempt to achieve something they accomplished only six times last season when they host the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks (6-7) will seek to get to .500, a mark they weren't able to reach after January 20 last season when they finished 32-50.

New York has won three of its last four games and is coming off an impressive 104-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday in which forward Carmelo Anthony poured in a season-high 31 points. With the many additions, including a new backcourt of Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee and center Joakim Noah, Anthony remains the centerpiece of the team.

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

If you've been watching Derrick Rose play, what you've seen are glimpses of the explosive Rose of old mixed in with an inconsistent decision maker with a propensity to miss good looks and turn the ball over at inopportune times.

Built into those glimpses is the sort of play that won Rose the NBA's MVP award in 2011. His athleticism and shot-making were on full display in Washington, D.C. against the Wizards on Thursday night. Unfortunately for Knicks fans Rose was the only starter to bring the necessary energy to win the game. Rose finished with a team-high 27 points (8-18) in 39 minutes of action.

So what has caused this spark in Rose's production? I've noticed in recent games that head coach Jeff Hornacek has implemented several new wrinkles in his "modern triangle" offense that are built specifically for Rose. 

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New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez shoots as Washington Wizards forward Andrew Nicholson defends during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez shoots as Washington Wizards forward Andrew Nicholson defends during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)

In big wins against Dallas and Detroit last week, Kristaps Porzingis soared on the offensive end and received key minutes at the five position as Joakim Noah remained on the bench. With the veteran big man sitting out Sunday's contest against the Hawks, the Knicks figured to play even more small ball with Carmelo Anthony and Porzingis at the four and five.

While that did happen for certain stretches, there's no way New York could have gone small all game against a much more physical Atlanta frontline featuring Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. With that in mind, rookie Willy Hernangomez received a well anticipated opportunity.

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Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jeff Hornacek talk about the consistent defense and pace of the game after their win over the Hawks.

Carmelo Anthony had 31 points and Kristaps Porzingis 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Knicks defeated the Hawks 104-94 Sunday at Madison Square Garden in a noon matinee. 

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(AP)

Through 12 games and 5-7 record, the Knicks are still making adjustments, and one of the newest members, Joakim Noah, believes he can play better. 

Noah so far has contributed 4.3 points and 8.9 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per contest. In 19 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday night, he added seven rebounds and just two points in the Knicks' loss. 

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

If Marshall Plumlee is to have a steady future in the NBA, he'll earn his keep doing all of the dirty work. The big man will prove his value by boxing out, grabbing rebounds, asserting himself on the defensive end, etc. NBA teams need a guy like Plumlee to do all of the little things, but he looked like a bonafide D-League all-star while on assignment in Westchester on Saturday night.

Scoring 22 points, Plumlee slammed home dunk after dunk with authority in the minor league victory. Because he hasn't gotten time on the NBA level just yet, it's difficult to compare him to other big league centers to determine if he belongs. Playing against D-League players (and Hornets' assignee Christian Wood), it's clear Plumlee was head and shoulders above that level of competition.

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(Noah K. Murray)

Kristaps Porzingis has become a matchup problem in just his second season with the New York Knicks.

The 7-3 Porzingis is listed as a power forward, but with his ability to hit mid to long-range jumpers, score on tip-ins and dunks and run the floor like a gazelle, he has created headaches for opposing coaches and their players.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton dish out the latest edition of The Knicks Blog Podcast, and first things first - they address the madness that has erupted after Phil Jackson's comments about LeBron James. They also cover Joakim Noah's struggles, Kristaps Porzingis' growth, and the Knicks finding some success playing small ball.

 

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