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

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony will be content with a seven-day break if the coaches around the NBA decide not to vote the veteran in as a reserve for the NBA All-Star Game, Anthony told reporters.

"I don't know, whatever happens at this point will happen,'' said Anthony. "If they vote me in, I'll take it with an honor. If they don't, I'll take it as an honor, as well. At this point, it really doesn't matter. If something happens and coaches don't vote me in, I'll definitely take advantage of a seven-day break.''

Anthony saw his seven-year starting streak end last week when he finished eighth in the polling for the Eastern Conference's frontcourt starters (starters were determined by a combination of fan, media, and player votes).

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Lance Thomas remains about a week away from a return, head coach Jeff Hornacek said Monday, according to Stefan Bondy of the Daily News.

Thomas has an orbital bone fracture and is dealing with concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the face from Jonas Valanciunas on Jan. 15. He began wearing a protective mask on Monday.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton discuss the future of Carmelo Anthony -- the remaining years on his deal and his desire to stay in NYC. Later, Ant and Moke get into the Knicks' win over Boston and Courtney Lee's Dumb & Dumber post on Instagram...

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Dec 11, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker (17) argues a call with a referee in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The New Orleans Pelicans won 120 - 119 in overtime. (Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 11, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker (17) argues a call with a referee in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The New Orleans Pelicans won 120 - 119 in overtime. (Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV: 

Players usually say they try to drown out the media and all the respective trade rumors that come over the course of a season. In the case of PJ Tucker, however, it not only looked as though he heard some, but also came out with the hunger to prove his worth against the Knicks on Saturday night. 

Tucker's name has been floated around as a trade possibility, especially as New York looks for something to help them right the ship this season. Certainly looking as though he hit the Garden hardwood with a purpose, Tucker put on a display and showed the Knicks what they've been missing.

Tucker came out like a hound dog, pestering Carmelo Anthony, especially as the Suns made their run in the second quarter. Well known for his defensive prowess, Tucker seemed to take pride in seeing the frustration on Anthony's face. As Tucker clamped down on defense and constantly barked at Anthony to disrupt his offensive rhythm, the Knicks' star could be found chatting up the referees throughout the quarter. Tucker was able to get into his head.

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Jan 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after missing a shot at the final buzzer against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden. Phoenix Suns won 107-105. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after missing a shot at the final buzzer against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden. Phoenix Suns won 107-105. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

With the ball in the final seconds on Saturday night, Carmelo Anthony heaved up a last-second 3-pointer, but the ball circled the rim and came out, as the Knicks fell to the Suns by two points.

It was the latest disappointment for the Knicks, who have now lost 13 of their last 16 games. Anthony finished the game with 31 points, but couldn't believe three more never came his way. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:33
Carmelo Anthony and Courtney Lee talk about a disappointing 107-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday at the Garden.

The Knicks continued a string of close losses Saturday, falling 107-105 to the Suns at Madison Square Garden. It was their sixth consecutive loss in a game decided by four points or fewer. 

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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks look to get back in the win column in a matchup with the Suns at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Suns defeated the Knicks 113-111 in overtime in Phoenix on December 13. The teams have split their last six meetings in New York.
  • Phoenix is allowing 111.8 points per game this season, which is 4.3 PPG more than they gave up in 2015-16 (107.5). The last time the Suns finished a season allowing more than 111.8 PPG was back in 1987-88 (113.0).
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Dec 31, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) brings the ball upcourt against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 31, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) brings the ball upcourt against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks center Joakim Noah is available to play in Saturday night's game against the Suns, the team announced. 

Noah has been dealing with a sprained ankle, causing him to miss the Knicks' last two games. 

In 38 games this year, Noah has averaged 5.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. 

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Jan 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) drives past Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Washington Wizards won 113-110. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) drives past Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Washington Wizards won 113-110. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Two of the more defensively-challenged teams will clash at Madison Square Garden on Saturday when the Phoenix Suns meet the New York Knicks.

Phoenix (13-29) ranks 29th in the league, giving up an average of 111.8 points a night. The Knicks (19-25) are 25th, allowing 108.3 points a game.

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Courtney Lee addresses the media during the New York Knicks Media Day. (Andy Marlin - USA Today)
Courtney Lee addresses the media during the New York Knicks Media Day. (Andy Marlin - USA Today)

The NBA has fined the Wizards $15,000 and assistant coach Sidney Lowe $5,000 for stepping on the court and distracting Knicks guard Courtney Lee on the final possession of Thursday's game, the league announced. 

Earlier on Friday, the league ruled that Lowe should've been given a technical foul for standing too close to Lee during the play. 

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(Frank Gunn)

Carmelo Anthony told Newsday he would consider waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks asked him to.

"I think it will be more on the front office," Anthony said earlier this week. "I have the power, but still I would talk to them. We would be in communication if they feel like they want to go in a different direction, they want to start rebuilding for the future. If they tell me they want to scrap this whole thing, yeah, I have to consider it."

Newsday did not specify which day Anthony made the above comments, so it's not known whether they came before or after his meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson, which took place on Tuesday.

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(Jeff Hanisch)

Kristaps Porzingis had 15 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes in his return during Thursday night's 113-110 loss to the Wizards at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis, who has been dealing with an Achilles injury, was seeing his first game action since Jan. 11.

He received results of an MRI on Thursday, which revealed no structural damage in the Achilles.

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How long can Phil stay silent? 00:04:53
The Daily News Live discusses Phil Jackson's silence as the Knicks' struggles continue and if Melo can continue to play through the drama.

Knicks president Phil Jackson continued to avoid talking to the media about forward Carmelo Anthony and his role with the team, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

Jackson did not stop and talk with a group of reporters who approached him in front of his Madison Square Garden office on Thursday, instead making small talk about the weather and the inauguration.

Anthony and Jackson met earlier this week to discuss Anthony's future with the franchise after a former Jackson associate, Charley Rosen, wrote that Anthony "outlived his usefulness in New York."

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks' loss 00:01:53
Eamon McAnaney reports from the Garden where the Knicks fell short once again in the final minutes of a 113-110 loss to the Wizards.

Carmelo Anthony scored a Knicks-record 25 points in the second quarter, but was held to nine points the rest of the game as the Knicks lost to the Wizards 113-110 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, who learned before the game he would not be starting in the All-Star Game, scored a team-record 25 points in the second quarter against the Wizards Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) passes the ball during a 116-101 loss to Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) passes the ball during a 116-101 loss to Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

The Knicks (19-24) will take on the Washington Wizards (22-19) at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

According to STATS:

  • Washington has won 10 of its last 11 meetings overall with the Knicks, including five in a row in New York. It is the Wizards' longest road win streak all-time against the Knicks.
  • Washington won its third straight game last night at home versus the Grizzlies, 104-101. It's the fourth time this season the Wizards have had a win streak reach three games, but they have yet to win four in a row.
  • New York won yesterday in Boston, 117-106 -- just the second win by the Knicks in their last 11 road games. The Knicks shot 50.5 percent from the field in the win, their highest in any game since November 6 (50.6 percent vs. Utah).
  • Derrick Rose tied a season high with 30 points last night, adding 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks. It was just his second career game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, with the other coming during his 2010-11 MVP season with the Bulls (Nov. 24, 2010 at Phoenix).
  • John Wall has recorded at least 20 points and 10 assists in 10 games this season, third most in the NBA (James Harden, 30; Russell Westbrook, 23). The Wizards are 8-2 in those 10 games, with wins in the last eight.
  • Marcin Gortat ranks ninth in the NBA with 11.6 rebounds per game. That would be the highest rebounding average in a season by a Wizards player since Jeff Ruland in 1983-84 (12.3).

© 2017 by STATS.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at the conclusion of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Jerry Lai)
NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at the conclusion of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Jerry Lai)

The NBA and NBA Players Association have signed a new collective bargaining agreement, it was announced in a joint statement on Thursday.

The deal takes effect July 1 and runs through the 2023-24 season. The league and the players agreed to the new CBA in December.

The new agreement keeps the basketball-related income split of 49-51 and slight changes in the salary cap and luxury-tax rules. 

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(Jeff Hanisch)

Latest Update (Jan. 19)

6:00PM: An MRI confirmed no structural damage to the left Achillies of F Kristaps Porzingisthe Knicks announced Thursday evening.

Porzingis will be available for tonight's game.

Joakim Noah's MRI confirmed a sprained left ankle, and the center will not suit up for tonight's game.

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How long can Phil stay silent? 00:04:53
The Daily News Live discusses Phil Jackson's silence as the Knicks' struggles continue and if Melo can continue to play through the drama.

NEW YORK -- Now that the distraction surrounding Carmelo Anthony is over, at least for the near future, the New York Knicks can focus on making a run in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Fresh off their 117-106 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the Knicks (19-24) are right back at it on Thursday when they host the Washington Wizards.

Derrick Rose matched his season high with 30 points against the Celtics, leading a New York team that was without Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah and Lance Thomas.

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With the injured Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah out, Derrick Rose scored 30 points during Wednesday night's 117-106 win over the Celtics.

Rose added 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and two steals.

"Teammates were giving me the ball and wanted me to take the shots and told me to be aggressive and they called by number," Rose said, according to the NY Post. "We didn't fuss while we were on the floor. We've been talking about playing this way the last 10 to 15 games. There's been ups and downs, mostly downs. Hopefully a win like this can spark something."

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks win 00:00:51
Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Jeff Hornacek discuss the Knicks' 117-106 win over the Celtics on the road.

Derrick Rose matched his season high with 30 points, and the slumping New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 117-106 on Wednesday night.

New York played without injured starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez each scored 17 points to help make up for their absence. It was just the third win in 14 games for the Knicks. >> Read more 

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Jan 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and center Kyle O'Quinn (M) react after guard Courtney Lee (5) scores against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and center Kyle O'Quinn (M) react after guard Courtney Lee (5) scores against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks take on the Celtics in Boston at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • Boston has won four straight and eight of its last nine games against New York dating back to February 3, 2015. In those games, the Celtics are scoring 14.3 fast break points per game while holding the Knicks to 6.6 per game.
  • The Knicks are shooting only 52.4 percent from the paint this season, the lowest mark in the Eastern Conference.
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Ongoing tensions with the Knicks 00:05:55
Jon Hein and Sal Licata discuss the ongoing tensions between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson.

Carmelo Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, told Phil Jackson on Tuesday that he wants to remain a Knick

If Anthony changes his mind, the Celtics could be a logical fit, surmises Marc Berman in the NY Post.

Berman notes that the Clippers, who would be high on Anthony's list, would not be willing to deal Blake Griffin or worthwhile draft picks in exchange for Anthony.

The Celtics could be a different story, though. Writes Berman...

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Melo and Phil meet over future 00:04:10
Carmelo Anthony met in private with Phil Jackson and reportedly had a contentious discussion about his future with the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony said his meeting Tuesday with Phil Jackson -- when he reiterated his desire to remain a Knick -- was short.

"The conversation wasn't that long, we didn't break bread, we didn't have an hour conversation," Anthony said Wednesday, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. "It was a short conversation."

"I'm committed," Anthony added. "I don't think I have to prove that to anybody. I don't think I have to keep saying that," he said. "I don't think people have to keep talking about it. I think people know that, people see that. And right now, my focus is playing basketball and staying with these guys. Because a lot of these guys never dealt with this kind of stuff before. Especially being in a market like New York."

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(Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Carmelo Anthony may have reiterated an interest to remain in New York during his conversation with Phil Jackson, but do the Knicks still want him in town? Based on previous failures, his time may be ticking in New York.

In his one-on-one meeting with the Knicks' star, Jackson likely attempted to distance himself from the harsh criticism his friend and confidant Charley Rosen recently wrote in an online column. But Jackson himself has been critical of Anthony. 

This sitdown could have proven to be an opportunity for the two to really get to the bottom of New York's problems, pinpointing how Anthony -- obviously an integral part of this team's performance -- is at the center of such struggles...

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New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis controls the ball against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis controls the ball against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks could bench Joakim Noah and shift Kristaps Porzingis to center to start in Noah's place, head coach Jeff Hornacek suggested.

"We're going to look over that," Hornacek said after Monday's loss to the Hawks, according to the NY Daily News. "Maybe mix it up a little bit more."

Noah had seven points and 17 rebounds during Monday's loss.

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New York Knicks center Marshall Plumlee (40) during a game at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Knicks center Marshall Plumlee (40) during a game at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

C Marshall Plumlee has been recalled from the Westchester Knicks, the team announced on Wednesday.

In 24 games in the D-League this year, Plumlee is averaging 12.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 32.4 minutes per game.

Plumlee has appeared in three games for the Knicks this season, averaging 1.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.0 minutes. 


New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The Knicks are still losers of 11 out of their last 13 games, but they've broken the seal on the new year with 2 wins in 2017. There's a long way to go and New York has to make a run rather quickly if they want to prove they can compete before decisions need to be made.

Will this team become a seller closer to the trading deadline? Will they start to explore trades for Carmelo Anthony and their other long-term contracts in the coming weeks and into the offseason? This all remains to be seen.
 
There's an overcast of uncertainty surrounding this team, but head coach Jeff Hornacek's bold move against the Atlanta Hawks worked wonders. Ron Baker and Mindaugas Kuzminskas both provided tremendous energy. As Courtney Lee moved to the bench and the duo found success, it was a message to other starters (or key members of the rotation) that they could be next if they're not performing. 
 
Let's take a look at some of the other more pressing issues facing the Knicks..

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Keith Schlosser
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Derrick Rose had 18 points on 8 of 16 shooting during the Knicks' 108-107 loss to the Hawks on Monday.

He added nine assists and four rebounds, but turned the ball over six times and missed a potential game-winning shot close to the buzzer.

Rose, who recently asked head coach Jeff Hornacek to be harder on the team regarding their defensive effort, also struggled on defense a bit -- including in the final minutes.

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 (Adam Hunger (USA Today))
(Adam Hunger (USA Today))

Knicks G Courtney Lee said pictures he posted on Instagram after getting benched weren't a reference to his bosses.

Lee, who was removed from the starting lineup in favor of Ron Baker for the Knicks' 108-107 loss on Monday, posted on Instagram without a caption before deleting it.

"Posted a pic of dumb n dumber cuz that was my mood, no jab at no1," Lee later wrote. "It's dumb that we have a talented team and we're in position to win games n keep losing by 1 possession. We'll figure it out collectively as a team but that was my mood after the game. Has nothing to with any change, rotation, system, players, coaches, so let that be clear. In other news Happy MLK day."

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Drama-plagued Knicks 00:03:42
Stefan Bondy joins DNL to discuss Melo's no-trade clause and Derrick Rose's relationship with Jeff Hornacek.

Stefan Bondy joins DNL to discuss Carmelo Anthony's no-trade clause and Derrick Rose's relationship with head coach Jeff Hornacek...

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 (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
(Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

Forward Carmelo Anthony reiterated his desire to remain a New York Knick one day after he addressed the rumor that team president Phil Jackson might not want him to be a Knick anymore.

Asked how "much" Anthony wanted to remain a Knick, he told the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper, "I've proven that over the years, day in and day out. Regardless of what's going on that's surrounding this team, any talk, anything, I've still showed that me being here, coming to work every day, being a professional. … I still remain positive about that. So I don't think I have to prove that to anybody."

Anthony's comments come one day after he spoke about the idea that he "outlived his usefulness in New York," which former Jackson associate Charley Rosen wrote on FanRag Sports a few days ago.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks fall 00:01:26
Carmelo Anthony, Jeff Hornacek, Courtney Lee and Derrick Rose discuss missed opportunities after losing to the Atlanta Hawks.

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points on 10-16 shooting, but it was not enough as the Knicks lost to the Atlanta Hawks 108-107 in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Madison Square Garden Monday.

Derrick Rose added 18 points and nine assists, but missed a lay-up that would have given the Knicks the lead in the final seconds of the game. Anthony secured the rebound and had an opportunity to win the game for New York, but missed an open-look before the final buzzer.

Hawks PG Dennis Schroeder finished the game with a team-high 28 points on 13-16 shooting, while Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped 20 points on his former team.

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Jeff Hornacek and Derrick Rose look on to the action at Madison Square Garden.  (USA Today)
Jeff Hornacek and Derrick Rose look on to the action at Madison Square Garden. (USA Today)

Derrick Rose approached Jeff Hornacek after practice Saturday to encourage the head coach to be harder on his team regarding their defensive effort. When Rose made news of this meeting public, Hornacek was defensive in the nature of the conversation between the two, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.

"We try to talk to them after practice," Hornacek said in regards to talking to his players following practice. "What they see? It's just talk. We're not 36-4. There's always things we can talk about it. It's good to hear what they're thinking. Nothing but after-practice talk."

Saturday's talk did little to improve the team's defense Sunday against the Raptors when the Knicks were blown out, 116-101.

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

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony addressed the idea that team president Phil Jackson might not want him on the Knicks anymore by saying "that's a conversation we should have," according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola.

Anthony spoke of that rumor after Sunday's 116-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors, but also reiterated his desire to continue to play in New York and his unwillingness to waive his no-trade clause.

"If they feel like my time in New York is over I guess that's a conversation we should have," said Anthony, who is in the third year of a five-year, $124 million contract.

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Jan 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) react differently after a Toronto basket in the third quarter at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) react differently after a Toronto basket in the third quarter at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

TORONTO (AP) -- DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Norman Powell added 21 and the Toronto Raptors used a dominant third quarter to beat the New York Knicks 116-101 on Sunday.

DeRozan also had five rebounds and five assists before coming out late in the third quarter. Toronto outscored New York 27-8 in the third to take a 96-62 lead.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Lance Thomas has an orbital bone fracture and is dealing with concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the face in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, the team announced. 

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 (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks take on the Raptors in Toronto on Sunday at 3 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Raptors defeated the Knicks 118-107 in Toronto on November 12. It was Toronto's fourth consecutive victory in this series, which is tied for its second-longest win streak against the Knicks (6, February 15, 2000-March 4, 2001).
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis reacts in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis reacts in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Latest Update

Kristaps Porzigis will miss Sunday's game at Toronto because of a sore Achilles in his left foot, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Hornacek also said the team will evaluate Porzingis when the Knicks get back to New York to see if he'll be able to play Monday. 

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 (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Following Wednesday's loss to the 76ers at the buzzer, Carmelo Anthony was so displeased that he went on a rant in the locker room, a source told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. 

According to Isola, Anthony yelled at his teammates because he was mad not only about the loss as a whole, but that he did not touch the ball on the Knicks' final possession. On that possession, Kristaps Porzingis shot an air ball from the corner. 

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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Derrick Rose's agent acknowledged his client should have contacted the Knicks before missing Monday's loss to New Orleans. But BJ Armstrong noted Rose's desire for privacy, implying it may have played a role in Rose's thinking.

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New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis controls the ball against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis controls the ball against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Joakim Noah appears to be turning a corner with the Knicks.

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV

Kyle O'Quinn was part of Phil Jackson's first wave of free agent signings in the summer of 2015, signing a four year deal worth $16 million.

Having not averaged more than 18 minutes per game in his first three seasons with the Magic, this acquisition was all about O'Quinn's potential. He wasn't considered overpaid, but the deal signed included some risk, as it required somewhat of a long-term investment.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back with another edition of TheKnicksBlog Podcast. Today, the guys discuss Derrick Rose's absence, the team's terrible loss in Philly, and Carmelo Anthony's lack of hustle.

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 (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Bulls G Dwyane Wade doesn't think Knicks F Carmelo Anthony would waive his no-trade clause.

"He loves it here," Wade said Thursday regarding Anthony and New York, according to the NY Daily News. "He loves being here. His family loves it here. And he wants to win here. He's going to be here as long as they want him here -- win, lose or draw."

TNT NBA analyst Brent Barry said earlier this week that if Anthony's main goal is winning, he should request a trade.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during a break in action in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger (USA Today))
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during a break in action in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger (USA Today))

New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is unsure when forward Krisaps Porzingis will return afer his Achilles injury "flared up again," causing him to miss Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

Porzingis has missed four games over the past two weeks with an Achilles injury. An MRI did not reveal any structural damage, and Hornacek believes it cannot be ruptured by playing on it, however rest is crucial in the recovery process, Bondy writes.

"Trainers will continue to look at it," Hornacek said after the Knicks' 104-89 win on Thursday. "Somehow if it ends up being off and on, that's not great for us. If he comes out there and says I can play tonight, we're not going to say no necessarily. We got to trust the players because we can't really have that feeling of what it's like in his Achilles. So he's got to be honest with his assessment if he can play or not. We'll kind of work with the trainers and look at it that way and make decisions."

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Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah discuss the relief of winning and staying motivated moving forward.

Bouncing back from a tough loss in Philadelphia Wednesday, the Knicks defeated the Bulls 104-89 Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis reacts in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis reacts in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Kristaps Porzingis will miss the Knicks' game against the Bulls Thursday with a sore Achilles.

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