It is likely that both Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will miss Sunday's game against the Clippers, but the larger concern is the continued health of Anthony. In a report from Frank Isola in the Daily News, an unnamed surgeon speculates that there could be a larger problem with the star's knee. Per the report:

A leading orthopedic surgeon who did not want to be identified says that fluid in the back of the knee is commonly referred to as a baker’s cyst, and that it is rarely a condition you find in a patient “with a 100% normal knee.

“It means there is something going on with the knee,” the doctor added. “The question is, where did the fluid come from? What is the source of the fluid? Something inside the knee produces that fluid, so what is going to stop the fluid from coming back.”

The orthopedic surgeon, who has not examined Anthony, speculated that the Knicks’ All-Star forward either has a partially torn meniscus or an arthritic knee. Anthony said last week that he does not have a meniscus injury, an injury that ended Lin’s season in late March.

I wrote last week about not feeling totally qualified to weigh in on the adequacy of the Knicks' medical care, and though that opinion still holds, this is certainly worrisome. Like tears and whiskey worrisome.

Any serious injury to Melo would be, you know, about the worst thing to befall mankind in the history of the cosmos.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Tim Hardaway Jr. said he first noticed the soreness in his left foot after the Knicks beat the Utah Jazz on Nov. 15, but he didn't take it seriously at first.

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Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles around Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles around Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Kristaps Porzingis and Aaron Judge are both outsized New York superstars.

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( Adam Hunger)

Knicks great Larry Johnson gave up his former teammates' eating habits in "Athletic Appetites" with Michelle Yu. 

While Johnson and Yu learned to cook Esther & Carol's famous chicken and waffles, Johnson spilled who the worst junk food eater on his former team was. 

"The most junk food eater I would say was Patrick Ewing," Johnson said. "Oh, Pat ate everything."

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Jan 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks won 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks won 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In the Knicks' lackluster 107-84 loss to the Raptors, Joakim Noah was once again on the bench in street clothes rather than the Knicks' road blue uniforms.

Noah was suspended for the first 12 games of the season but hasn't dressed since becoming eligible to return. The 72-million-dollar-man, often praised for his team-first mentality, has handled the situation with class. 

"I think obviously I understand the situation but I'm going to keep working and be as ready as possible to help in any way I can," Noah said, via Steve Popper of NorthJersey.com. "I feel good. The team is doing really well. I support my guys. Right now it's just about staying on the same routine. I'm working hard and it's hard to do. I'm just trying to take it day by day..."

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Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. removed himself from Friday night's matchup against the Raptors as his sore left foot flared up.

Hardaway woke up feeling soreness in his left foot on Thursday, and the pain didn't subside has he couldn't deal with it in Toronto. His X-rays turned up negative, but Hardaway isn't sure what is plaguing him. 

"It started to nag, and got worse," Hardaway told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy after the game.

The 25-year-old still managed to play 33 minutes while scoring 13 points through the pain. He is hoping to be ready for the Knicks' matchup against the Clippers on Monday. 

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(John E. Sokolowski)

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry matched his season high with 22 points and added 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 22 and the short-handed Toronto Raptors beat New York 107-84 on Friday night, their eighth consecutive victory over the Knicks.

Toronto played without two injured starters in forward Serge Ibaka(swollen left knee) and guard Norman Powell (right hip). Reserve guard Delon Wright (dislocated right shoulder) also was unavailable.

C.J. Miles scored 14 points for Toronto. Pressed into the starting lineup, second-year forward Pascal Siakam scored 13 points and rookie forward OG Anunoby had 11.

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in the third quarter of the Knicks 108-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in the third quarter of the Knicks 108-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

TORONTO -- The New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors will meet for the first time this season on Friday night, each coming off uplifting, comeback victories on Wednesday.

The Knicks (8-6) defeated the Utah Jazz 106-101 after trailing by as many as 12 points in the third quarter. It was the third time in eight days, the Knicks rallied from a double-digit deficit to win and they are 7-3 in their last 10 games after dropping their first three games.

The Raptors (9-5) trailed the New Orleans Jazz by 14 points in the first quarter before coming back for a 125-116 victory after defeating the Houston Rockets on Tuesday to go 2-1 on a three-game road trip.

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Who is Porzingis' wingman? 00:02:05
While Kristaps Porzingis reigns as the Knicks' franchise cornerstone, who is better fit to be labeled his sidekick, Kanter or Hardaway Jr.?

Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek was fully behind rookie PG Frank Ntilikina sticking up for himself against LeBron James of the Cavaliers on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

"I thought it was great,'' Hornacek said on MSG's "The Jeff Hornacek Experience", according to Marc Berman of the NY Post. "When we played back in the day, there was a lot of that. So you don't see as much now in today's game."

Hornacek also praised Enes Kanter's reaction on the court to the altercation between Ntilikina and James, and Kanter's overall leadership thus far...

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Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

When it became public knowledge that Carmelo Anthony had a no-trade clause in his Knicks' contract, it became conventional wisdom that Anthony would veto any potential trade besides to Cleveland or Houston, if at all.

It was surprising, then, to see Anthony, who has long been on the record with his love for New York City and his desires after basketball, accept a trade to a smaller city like Oklahoma City.

So how's Carmelo Anthony doing in OKC? Pretty good, according to the man himself...

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Jan 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks won 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks won 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

At anytime between now and September 1 of next year, the Knicks could use the stretch provision and waive Joakim Noah, creating extra cap space the next two years, according to Marc Berman of NY Post.

Noah has been eligible to return from his suspension for two games but has remained inactive amid the Knicks' logjam in the frontcourt that has kept Wily Hernangomez primarily on the bench behind Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn. After this season, Noah has two years and $37.5 million years left on the contract Phil Jackson signed him to just two summers ago. 

According to Berman, the Knicks are in no rush to make that decision. There are no added cap incentives in cutting Noah now rather than after the season. If the Knicks were to use the stretch provision on Noah, the team would free up $11 million in cap space this summer and $12 million next summer. He'd remain on the cap for the Knicks until 2022 though, at $7.5 million per year.

Last season, Noah averaged just five points and 8.8 rebounds per game in a season where he was limited to 46 games due to injuries. 

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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)

"Knicks management is making a huge effort" to get in the good graces of Kristaps Porzingis' brother, Janis, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.

According to Berman, that effort included team president Steve Mills, GM Scott Perry, and head coach Jeff Hornacek all meeting with Janis at separate times earlier this week.

Janis Porzingis said earlier this month that money won't be the main factor regarding whether Kristaps remains with the Knicks long-term.

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(Adam Hunger)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina has touted defensive abilities, but his offense is starting to show as well. 

Head coach Jeff Hornacek has come to learn that if he needs some stout defending, he is going to look at his 19-year-old point guard. That's exactly what he did Wednesday night as Ntilikina was s disruptor for all 20 minutes he saw the hardwood.

"We have great confidence in him defensively. It's great that a young guy comes into the league with more defensive principles than the offensive principles," Hornacek told The Post's Fred Kerber. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks on win 00:00:52
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis break down the Knicks' 106-101 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points, including a key 3-pointer with 32.9 seconds left, to help the New York Knicks rally in the second half and beat the Utah Jazz 106-101 on Wednesday night.

New York trailed by 10 late in the third quarter but got its third comeback victory in eight days. Hardaway's 3 made it 102-98, and he added four free throws after that.

Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and Courtney Lee added 19 as the Knicks rebounded after blowing a 15-point fourth quarter lead in a loss to the Cavaliers on Monday night. Enes Kanter added 13 points.

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

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Addition by subtraction for NYK? 00:03:17
Jon Hein and Willie Colon debate whose departure is more responsible for the Knicks' recent success, Phil Jackson or Carmelo Anthony?

Jon Hein and Willie Colon debate whose departure is more responsible for the Knicks' recent success, Phil Jackson or Carmelo Anthony?


Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- It is never a good time to lose one of the league's most promising young big men, but the Utah Jazz picked an exceedingly bad time to lose Rudy Gobert for at least a month.

First the Jazz had to contend with Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns - and failed that challenge in a 109-98 loss to Minnesota on Monday night.

Now they'll have to handle Kristaps Porzingis on Wednesday night when they travel to Madison Square Garden for a showdown with Porzingis and the New York Knicks.

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How will the Knicks respond? 00:02:54
After the Knicks' loss to the Cavaliers, the Daily News Live crew previews the team's Wednesday night matchup with the Utah Jazz at MSG.

Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks have a growing sense of confidence in coach Jeff Hornacek's offense this season, PF Kristaps Porzingis told ESPN Radio's "The Michael Kay Show" on Tuesday. 

With Phil Jackson and his insistence on running the triangle offense no longer part of the organization, the 22-year-old believes that Hornacek's ability to implement his own style is proving beneficial to the Knicks' early-season success.

"This year you can feel that Jeff has more, he's running his own stuff without anybody coming in and telling him what to do or how to do so I think from the top down you can feel that there's more confidence in what we're doing," Porzingis said. "It's a better feeling this way.

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Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jake Brown | Twitter | It has not taken very long for Enes Kanter to become one of the new fan favorites here in New York. At 7-6, I'd say it took 13 games for that to be true, but really it may have just taken one game and a couple of quotes Monday night.

Kanter stood up for his rookie teammate Frank Ntilikina not just in the headlines, but on the court. He showed what a tremendous teammate he is, and what an important voice he is in the locker room. Kanter wasn't going to let LeBron James say or do things to their rookie point guard and let the future Hall of Famer run all over them. Sure, the Knicks blew a 23-point lead and lost the game Monday to the Cavaliers, but Kanter getting in LeBron's face when he was bumping Ntilikina was a big statement.

Then what he said after the game about LeBron was important to send a message and defend his team. Kanter clearly wants to win and he knows what being part of a team is, and being a leader. So far, he looks like the veteran leader on this squad...

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(Brad Penner)

After a rough start to the season, Knicks SG Tim Hardaway, Jr. has been living up to his lucrative contract he signed this offseason. 

Hardaway signed a four-year, $71 million deal with the Knicks, and many were skeptical of the signing. Those skeptics weren't put to shame in the beginning of the season as Hardaway couldn't find his shooting stroke early on. However, after settling in, he has picked up his play drastically and looks to be living up to the deal -- for now. 

The 25-year-old has averaged 20.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and has shot 45.5 percent from the field in the past nine games. He recorded a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds against the Cavaliers on Monday despite the team's loss. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:52
Enes Kanter discusses standing up for his teammates after hearing some of the controversial statements that were made by LeBron James.

Knicks to learn from blown lead? 00:03:20
The DNL panel discusses how the Knicks can learn from Monday night's game against Cleveland, where they blew a 23-point lead in the fourth.

Athletic Appetites: Yu, Johnson 00:05:17
SNY's Michelle Yu cooks fried chicken and waffles with former Knicks forward Larry Johnson.

SNY's Michelle Yu cooks fried chicken and waffles with former Knicks forward Larry Johnson.

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After a heated game at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Cavaliers SF LeBron James took to Instagram to declare himself "King of New York" following a 104-101 win. 

Knicks C Enes Kanter responded shortly after, saying "We already have a king. It's Kristaps Porzingis," per Ian Begley of ESPN.

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and Cavaliers star SF LeBron James got into it at The Garden on Monday. 

After throwing down alley-oop dunk, James stood over Ntilikina who was trying to pick up the ball to inbound. Ntilikina didn't like it, and started pushing James off of him.

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Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Enes Kanter and LeBron James went chest-to-chest in a shouting match during a high-intensity game, and they continued their two-day war of wars afterward.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks falter 00:01:02
Enes Kanter and LeBron James discuss an eventful night at MSG, where tempers flared and the Cavs overcame a large fourth quarter deficit.

NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James had 23 points and 12 assists, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 104-101 on Monday night.

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Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in action against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in action against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- When the Cleveland Cavaliers head to Madison Square Garden on Monday night to face the New York Knicks, there are bound to be some awkward moments.

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LeBron shoots at Phil 00:01:09
LeBron James clarifies his Knicks comments about Dennis Smith Jr., says he was taking a shot at Phil Jackson.

LeBron James made it clear that his comment about the Knicks not drafting Mavericks' PG Dennis Smith Jr. was a shot at former president Phil Jackson.

James said that Smith "should be a Knick," which many believed was a shot at the Knicks actual draft pick, Frank Ntilikina. However, James clarified his comments to say he was aiming at Jackson -- not Ntilikina. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As Kristaps Porzingis becomes the face of the Knicks in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era, he says he is taking some leadership cues from LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

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Knicks respond to LeBron 00:01:22
Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter respond to LeBron James' comment that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina is involved in his first NBA controversy and while his teammates vehemently defended him, Ntilikina is taking the high road.

The Knicks rookie point guard never mentioned LeBron James by name on Sunday after hearing James had ripped him indirectly the night before.

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New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) shoots a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Erik Williams)
New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) shoots a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Erik Williams)

With Joakim Noah eligible to return on Monday, the Knicks waived Mindaugas Kuzminskas on Sunday.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Mavericks star F Dirk Nowitzki was waiting for the start Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis has had this season. 

This offseason, both Nowitzki and Porzingis worked out together with the 22-year-old asking the wise veteran "as many questions as I could." Porzingis has looked up to Nowitzki for years, but the 39-year-old has been watching the young Latvian star as well. 

Nowitzki called Porzingis "the real deal," and doesn't take any credit for his hot start to the season saying he already had the tools he needed to become a breakout player. 

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis returned to the hardwood with a vengeance as he scored a tem-high 34 points to lead the Knicks over the Kings Saturday night. 

Porzingis was on fire the minute he put his first shot up. The Knicks dominated the first quarter, and it ended with a sweet alley-oop finish from rookie PG Frank Ntilikina to Porzingis. 

Ntilikina thought his pass might have been too high, but Porzingis reassured him he will always get it down. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Bernard King 00:05:43
Knicks legend Bernard King joins GEICO SportsNite to talk about growing up in Brooklyn and his new book "Game Face."

GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:38
Kristaps Porzingis discusses what went well for the Knicks in a 118-91 win over Sacramento.

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis returned after a one-game absence to score 34 points, Courtney Lee added 20, and the New York Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings 118-91 on Saturday night.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis is focusing on maintaining his physical profile this season to avoid losing weight down the stretch.

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Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) (Brad Penner)
Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Coming off their first two-game winning streak of the season, the Sacramento Kings were staring at yet another bit of fortune heading into their Saturday night showdown against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

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 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

Former NBA star and current TV analyst, Chauncey Billups, has been shadowing Knicks GM Scott Perry as he hopes to be in his position one day. 

Billups and Perry have a very close relationships, stemming back to Billups high school days. Perry was also present with the Pistions when they made two straight NBA Finals runs in 2004 and 2005 with Billups running the point. It was there where the bond was built. 

"I love Scott -- I've known him since I was 16," Billups told The Post's Marc Berman. "He was there under Joe Dumars' leaderhip and tutelage. We developed a great friendship through those years. You can tell he's very good at what he does....I think he's going to do a great job there."

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks C Joakim Noah has learned a lot from his 20-game PED suspension as he awaits his comeback. 

Noah will return to the team Monday when the Knicks take on the Cavaliers. He has been able to practice with the team, but he has not been able to step on the court at gametime. It has killed him to watch on the bench to start the season, which has taught the veteran center a lesson. 

"I'm not gonna lie, it was very humbling, very tough, to not be able to be with the guys, to have to stay back and watch the games alone, even on the bus. That's been tough," Noah told the Daily News. "It's been a long couple weeks. I'm happy we're playing well. And I'm just happy to be back with the team."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP)

Kristaps Porzingis practiced in full on Friday after missing Wednesday's game against the Magic in Orlando due to a bruised left elbow and sprained right ankle.

He is expected to play on Saturday against the Kings, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

It's the elbow that is more of a concern and may necessitate offseason surgery, the New York Post's Marc Berman recently reported.

Porzingis has battled bursitis in his elbow for years, which he aggravated during Tuesday night's win against Charlotte. 

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Daily News Live: Knicks update 00:04:59
Knicks insider Stefan Bondy gives an update on Kristaps Porzingis' injury, looks back at the Carmelo deal and analyzes Joakim Noah's return.

Knicks insider Stefan Bondy gives an update on Kristaps Porzingis' injury, looks back at the Carmelo deal and analyzes Joakim Noah's return.


Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)
Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)

Knicks PG Ramon Sessions, who did not play on Wednesday night, has barely played since starting the first three games of the season -- a role that was then given to Jarrett Jack.

"I've played my whole career, first time in my 11 years this has actually happened," Sessions told the NY Post. "I've been around a while, been around different scenarios. It's still early. It's a long season. In the NBA, a lot of things can happen.''

With Jack starting, rookie Frank Ntilikina has been getting major minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Ron Baker has been inactive.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

With Kristaps Porzingis on the bench with a bad elbow and ankle Wednesday night, the Knicks couldn't muster a win on the road against the Magic. 

It would have had to be another comeback win for the Knicks, but they didn't have their go-to player on the floor to lead the way. Tim Hardaway Jr. put a team-high 26 points on the board. However, it was to no avail as the Magic finished the Knicks off in the fourth quarter, 112-99, to hand them their fifth loss of the season. 

Hardaway had to admit after the game that it was hard without Porzingis on the floor. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks GM Scott Perry has a big decision to make by Monday as C Joakim Noah returns from his 20-game suspension, and a roster spot must be made for him. 

There are two options that Perry can administer: 1) Trading a player to make room for Noah, or 2) waiving a player. It was reported that the Knicks were looking to shop Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who finally got his first game action last night. The Lakers, Cavaliers, and Hawks all had interest in Kuzminskas in the 2016 offseason. 

If Perry can't strike a deal, he will be forced to waive a player to make room for Noah, who is under a four-year, $72 million contract. Ramon Sessions appears to be the top candidate to waive, and Perry made it clear he will address the roster one way or the other. 

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Nov 8, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with center Enes Kanter (00), forward Michael Beasley (8), guard Jarrett Jack (55) and guard Courtney Lee (5) (Kim Klement)
Nov 8, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with center Enes Kanter (00), forward Michael Beasley (8), guard Jarrett Jack (55) and guard Courtney Lee (5) (Kim Klement)

ORLANDO, Fla. - Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and Evan Fournier added 23 to help the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 112-99 on Wednesday night.

Jonathon Simmons scored 15 of his 16 points in the second half. He had 11 straight points early in the fourth quarter to push the Magic's lead back to double figures.

With Kristaps Porzingis out, Tim Hardaway, Jr. was the Knicks' only consistent scoring threat, and had 26 points. >> Read more

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein recap the Knicks' victory over the Hornets on Tuesday and previews the Knicks matchup with the Magic on Wednesday.
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Nov 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks will be going for their fifth win in six games but they'll have to do so without Kristaps Porzingis, who is unavailable with elbow and ankle pain.

Porzingis is averaging 30.2 points, second to Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo in the early scoring race, and he leads the league with seven 30-point games.

Porzingis' surge is among the reasons why New York (6-4) owns the same record as Orlando, though it was a different path for the Knicks. New York dropped their first three games, but since a 110-89 loss at Boston on Oct. 24, they are 6-1.

New York is also proving to be tough in the fourth quarter. The Knicks came back from 19 down to beat Indiana by seven on Sunday and rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Charlotte.

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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)

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That it feels like old times seems to be the reaction amongst Knicks fans going to games at Madison Sqaure Garden so far this season. Tuesday night, the buzz in the building truly felt like it. 

There were a couple of plays prior to the fourth quarter that were special. Most notably, the series where Kristaps Porzingis had three straight blocks after a Kyle O'Quinn block was nuts. You never see a block after block after block after block ever. Unfortunately for the Knicks, Frank Ntilikina was called for a foul on the final one. When they played the replay on the scoreboard, you could hear the crowd essentially counting after each block...

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