On Sunday Night, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (27-15) defeated the Atlanta Hawks (25-19), by the score of 106-104. Box Score.

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Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 42 points on 15-28 shooting including tying two Knicks records, with Nine 3-Pointers and scoring 20+ plus in his 29th consecutive game.

J.R. Smith shook off his poor performance against the 76ers by scoring 18 points while shooting 7-15 from the field. Smith also had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Amar'e Stoudemire continued his strong play off the bench by scoring 18 points on 6-9 shooting. STAT also added eight rebounds in which four of them were offensive boards.

Jeff Teague continued the trend of quick point guards dominating the Knicks as he fell one point shy of his career high with 27 points on 9-15 shooting. He also had five rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Josh Smith scored 20 points but committed back to back turnovers, fouled Melo on the go ahead basket for a three point play and missed the go ahead three in the final minute of the game.

Raymond Felton in his second game back from his broken finger, scored 12 points and added 10 assists along with four rebounds.

The Hawks shot 60% from the floor while the Knicks only shot 54%

The Knicks bench outscored the Hawks bench 42-25.

This was the first Knicks win against a team over .500 since defeating the San Antonio Spurs on January 3rd.

The Hawks are now 5-19 since 2000 against the Knicks at MSG.

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Well, that was certainly a fun way to end a week of tough games for the Knicks. They did a lot of good things tonight and did some things that have gone from a couple game anomaly to a full blown trend that have hurt them time and time again. The Hawks, much like the Sixers last night, had their way in the paint and shot a ridiculously high percentage. Of course, this time, the Knicks were matching them offensively with some help as they and knocked down 16 three pointers. Coach Woodson will be pleased with the win, especially on the second night of a back to back, but he will probably have plenty to say about the defense he saw tonight at practice. Overall, this was a solid win for the Knicks after that garbage we saw in Philadelphia and now the schedule starts to get much easier as they face only two teams with winning records before the All-Star Break.

- The Knicks have Carmelo Anthony as their go to guy and the Atlanta Hawks have Josh Smith. That was the difference in the game tonight that got the Knicks a win. While Smith was trying his best to find every which way to screw up at the end of the game, there was Melo once again helping the Knicks get a win. At one point in the game, Spero Dedes, calling the game on MSG, was lamenting the shooting slump Melo was in, and then Melo proceeded to hit three, three-pointers in 55 seconds. Of course, when the Knicks needed him the most came through with a drive against, who else, Josh Smith, that turned into a three point play and a lead the Knicks never lost.

- Good to see the Knicks bench duo of STAT and J.R. Smith contribute so much towards the victory. The scoring and energy both guys bring to the game are important for the Knicks as Mike Woodson likes to give his starters a rest as much as he can. Smith had been struggling mightily with his shot and had said he was over thinking the night before, but tonight hit some big shots in the fourth and was helping to keep the Hawks at bay for most of the game. Amar'e, off a good game last time against the Sixers continued his improvement and showed off those post moves he worked on this past summer. He keeps gaining confidence and is playing down the stretch in crunch time, which is more important than being a starter.

- Good to see Raymond Felton shake off the rust and have a double-double in his second game back. His defense, not really his strong suit to begin with, was pretty awful again but with time, it's going to improve. But with Jason Kidd struggling with a balky back, having Felton healthy and playing well will be a very good sight to see for the Knicks. As we learned watching the Knicks the 12 games he was out, it's better to have him on the court, than not at all.

- The Hawks are going to be a tough team to beat in the East, but you wonder how they will handle the impending free agency of Josh Smith. Although as you saw or read above, he was not playing like the star player he thinks he is, he is going to be paid like one this summer. You wonder if Atlanta, considering they are having as better year than most people believed they would, will decide to just keep the team together and go for a playoff run or trade him and focus on the future. It will be an interesting few weeks for the Hawks as the trading deadline approaches.

- The Knicks defense has got to be better down the stretch of the season. It's clear that teams know that using a quick guard to run the pick and roll is the best way to defeat the Knicks. As Iman Shumpert gets healthier he will spend more time on those guards and reduce the time Kidd and Felton deals with them. I think that with players like Jameer Nelson, Brandon Jennings, John Wall coming up, it will be interesting to see if they can slow those guards down after Jrue Holliday and Jeff Teague torched them.

The Knicks finished the week 2-1 against potential playoff teams with a bad game against the 76ers thrown into the mix for a 2-2 overall record. I think that the Knicks will iron out all the issues and can use the next few weeks before the All-Star break bulking up their record. To come back after the game against the Sixers and gut out a tough win in the second game of a back to back is what we have come to expect from the Knicks under Mike Woodson. It almost seems like at times, just when you think the Knicks are gonna have us break the glass and press the panic button, they get a win like they did tonight and have us take a step back and relax. The Knicks have issues and need to fix them as soon as possible, but as we have seen in the past, it really could be a lot worse.

Coming up next the Knicks will continue their home stand as they will welcome in Glen Davis, Jameer Nelson and the Orlando Magic. The game is on Wednesday at 7:30 pm and can be seen on MSG.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the fact that the Knicks have reached out to the Suns about point guard Eric Bledsoe, the team is not actively shopping rookie guard Frank Ntilikina or second-year center Willy Hernangomez, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina, the 19-year-old whom the Knicks drafted eighth overall in June, has only played eight minutes in one game through New York's first two games of the season and is unlikely to play Tuesday against the Celtics due to a sprained ankle.

Hernangomez, 23, averaged 8.2 points and seven rebounds in 72 games last season, however is "frustrated," according to teammate Kristaps Porzingis, over the fact that he was limited to four minutes in last Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Pistons.

The Knicks' likeliness to move either player could change depending on what other teams make available on the trade market, according to Iannazzone.

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(Wendell Cruz)

Knicks C Enes Kanter has been comfortable in his first games with New York.

Kanter, who came over in the Carmelo Anthony trade, wasn't supposed to start for the Knicks upon his arrival. He was set to compete with Willy Hernangomez, who had a year under his belt with the Knicks' offense. But Kanter wasn't worried about minutes as long as the team was winning at the end of the day. 

"I mean, we win, I'm good," Kanter told NorthJersey.com's Steve Popper. "We win, I'll play one minute, I'll play 48 minutes. if we win I'm good. That's what really matters. I think that's what everybody is playing for, just going out there and winning. That should be everybody's task. If we win we're good."

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The Knicks have reached out to the Phoenix suns about PG Eric Bledsoe, per ESPN's Ian Begley

Bledsoe reportedly met with the Suns front office before shootaround on Monday, and was sent home. He will not play against the Sacramento Kings tonight. 

It is expected Bledsoe will be moved as the Suns are already engaged in trade talks. 

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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) blocks a shot attempt by New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) blocks a shot attempt by New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

Frank Ntilikina (sprained ankle) did not practice Monday, and is unlikely to play against the Celtics Tuesday, per ESPN's Ian Begley.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek kept Ntilikina out of the team's home opener on Saturday because he was limited in side-to-side movements.

Jake Brown | Twitter: I might have been generous when I said Ntilikina would play under 50 games. It could end up being under 40 at this rate.

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New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez and forward Kristaps Porzingis speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez and forward Kristaps Porzingis speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis said he believes teammate Willy Hernangomez "deserves" more playing time after the center was limited to just four minutes in Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Detroit Pistons.

"He deserves it," Porzingis told the New York Post's Marc Berman. "But we have a lot of big guys on the floor and I understand everybody's fighting for those minutes. And not everybody is going to get what they deserve."

Head coach Jeff Hornacek told Hernangomez, who averaged 8.2 points and seven rebounds in 72 games last season, before Thursday's game that the 23-year-old center would not be in the team's rotation behind Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn in the frontcourt. 

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Oct 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) in the third quarter during the Pistons 111-107 victory at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Oct 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) in the third quarter during the Pistons 111-107 victory at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

NEW YORK (AP) Tobias Harris scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half, and the Detroit Pistons erased a 21-point deficit to beat the New York Knicks 111-107 on Saturday night. 

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New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and forward Kristaps Porzingis react after scoring a basket against the Detroit Pistons during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and forward Kristaps Porzingis react after scoring a basket against the Detroit Pistons during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports Images)

Two days after surviving a 24-point effort by Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker in a 12-point season-opening win, the Detroit Pistons were not quite so lucky on Friday as John Wall's 27 points lifted the Washington Wizards to a 115-111 win.

The Pistons will have one less point guard to worry about on Saturday night in New York as the Knicks kick off their Madison Square Garden slate with a 8 p.m. matchup.

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(Mark D. Smith)

Thunder F Carmelo Anthony isn't worried about hearing boos from Knicks fans in his return to Madison Square Garden in December. 

After defeating the Knicks in his season debut with the Thunder, Anthony thinks his first game back in The Garden will be a home game despite the jersey he wears

"It's too far away to think about yet, but it will be a home game for me," Anthony told The Post's Marc Berman. "(I have) a good feeling. I have a good feel about that one. Coming back and playing in front of those fans. I feel good about that." 

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(Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- Just a few hours before the Knicks tipped of the 2017-18 NBA season with a 19-point loss to Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Michigan State sophomore forward Miles Bridges spent time at Madison Square Garden for Big Ten Media Day.

Bridges is an explosive 6-foot-6 forward who opted to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season instead of being a likely lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft. He's now projected as the No. 6 pick in 2018 via ESPN.com.

So with Bridges in the Garden for Media Day and the Big Ten Tournament beginning Feb. 28, how would he feel about potentially being drafted by the Knicks?

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikna suffered an apparent left ankle injury during practice on Friday and was helped off the court.

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New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14)
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14)

Willy Hernangomez barely played during the Knicks' season-opening loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City, only entering the game in the final minutes of New York's blowout loss. 

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told Hernangomez before the game that he wouldn't be in the rotation.

Jake Brown | Twitter | With the Knicks preaching on their youth and rebuilding, it's foolish for a guy like Hernangomez to not be the first center off the bench when Enes Kanter sits.

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(Bob Donnan)

The Knicks signed former UNC power forward Isaiah Hicks to a two-way contract, the team announced Friday.

He had signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Hornets in August.

Jake Brown | Twitter | The Knicks don't have a ton of depth at power forward, so signing Hicks makes some sense. He played four years at UNC and got better each year. His final stats were nothing to write home about, but he was playing for a powerhouse school that had plenty of talent in front of him. He did win a championship, which is always a plus.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points, brought down 12 rebounds and recorded a block of former teammate Carmelo Anthony in Thursday's season-opening 105-84 loss at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The 22-year-old forward recorded his fourth 30-point game in his third professional season, shooting 11-of-25 from the floor and 2-of-6 from 3-point range. 

"I always have the highest expectations for myself," Porzingis said, according to the New York Post's Fred Kerber. "I'm my own critic always in situations where I'm not playing well. There's nothing I will hear that will surprise me from the fans or whatever."

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Former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony opens up about his journey since being traded to Oklahoma City and reflects on his time in New York.

Thunder F Carmelo Anthony opened up after Thursday night's game about the trade that sent him from the Knicks to Oklahoma City.

"I've had some great years, I've had some down years in New York, but like I said, I'm ready to just kind of move on," Anthony told SNY's Taylor Rooks.

"For me, it was a relief," Anthony said about being traded. "Like I said, I walked through hell and now people are gonna watch me walk up out it."

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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, Paul George had a team-high 28 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 105-84 win over the Knicks in the season opener on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. >> Read more

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Taylor Rooks and Stefan Bondy preview the Knicks season opener against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A new Carmelo Anthony chapter begins Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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Taylor Rooks and Stefan Bondy preview the Knicks season opener against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis is embracing the task of guarding former teammate Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night -- and the challenge of leading the Knicks in Anthony's absence.  

"For sure, it's going to be weird," Porzingis told SNY's Adam Zagoria earlier this week. "But I'm looking forward to that game. It's in OKC, great atmosphere as always. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

"He's been in the league for 13, 14 years," Porzingis added. "I think everybody knows what he's doing but nobody can stop him. It's going to be a challenge for me. I'm going to do my best."

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Knicks center Enes Kanter chats with SNY's Taylor Rooks about facing his former teammates in his return to Oklahoma City.

The Knicks open the season tonight against the new-look Thunder in Oklahoma City. Some old friends will meet again after the Carmelo Anthony to OKC trade a few weeks ago. Let's take a look at the three things to watch for...

Porzingis vs. Melo

Only fitting, right? Just a few weeks after the trade, the basketball gods lined up the two former teammates to duke it out on opening night. The former face of the Knicks will take on the new face of the Knicks, and they will likely be guarding each other all night long.

It's going to be intriguing to see Carmelo Anthony against the Knicks period, but going up against Porzingis will be a must-watch every possession. You know Porzingis wants to swat a couple of his attempts into Tulsa. Porzingis is going to have his hands full and his stamina will be something to keep an eye on as covering Melo will be a tough task. Melo has added incentive to stick it to his former team tonight in front of his new home fans.

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The afternoon before he faces the Knicks in Oklahoma City as a member of the Thunder, Carmelo Anthony tweeted that he's ready to walk out of hell.

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(Amber Searls)

Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. has been through a rebuilding process since he left New York, and now he returns with high expectations. 

The Knicks awarded Hardaway a hefty four-year, $71 million contract. With that deal, Hardaway Jr. is expected to produce on a nightly basis as he reunites with the team that drafted him back in 2013. To get to this point, though, Hardaway Jr. had to rebuild his game, and it started when he was traded to the Hawks in 2015. 

"I wanted to stay," Hardaway told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "I wanted to improve in the offseason. I wanted to come back a better, stronger, faster player for the Knicks that next season. Just didn't happen. It was a blessing just being able to hae a team out there that wanted me and knew they could develop me into a player they wanted me to become and I wanted to become."

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss what was going through Carmelo Anthony's mind as his time with the Knicks came to a close.

Carmelo Anthony, who was traded from the Knicks to the Thunder in late-September, said he doesn't hold a grudge against the Knicks for how things transpired in New York.

Former Knicks president Phil Jackson took subtle and not so subtle shots at Anthony last season, before attempting to trade him at the deadline and again before the Draft this past April.

"When I signed back with the Knicks, I wanted to be in New York and I believed in Phil,'' Anthony told Marc Stein of the NY Times. "Then last year it went to: I was being pushed out. There were things being said about me that I didn't know where they were coming from. And I still had to go in that gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day."

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks' president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry visited Steelers training camp in August to learn about their operations, sources told the New York Post.  

Perry, whose father, Lowell, coached for the Steelers, wanted to bring Mills to Steelers' camp, the source said. Perry was said to be interested in learning about the way the Steelers prepare for drafts and handle their roster, among other things.

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Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kristaps Porzingis admits it will be "weird" playing against Carmelo Anthony on opening night, and not with him.

But the 7-foot-3 unicorn is also anxious to try his hand at defending his former teammate when the Knicks open the 2017-18 season against Anthony and Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"For sure, it's going to be weird," Porzingis said Tuesday after practice. "But I'm looking forward to that game. It's in OKC, great atmosphere as always. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)

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The drama-filled Knicks offseason is finally over and the actual games that count have arrived. A new era begins Thursday, when the Knicks take on an old friend who was an integral part of which direction the team would head in. Before the Knicks face Carmelo Anthony for the first time since 2010, let's take a look at five bold predictions for the 2017-2018 Knicks season...

1. Kristaps Porzingis will average a double-double

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina participating in the team's scrimmage at practice on Tuesday, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina, who has been out with a knee issue, participated in all portions of practice on Monday except the scrimmage.

"I'm back and I'm real happy and I feel good to be on the court," Ntilikina told Iannazzone after practice.

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Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and guard Jarrett Jack have been ruled inactive for Thursday's season-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The 27-year-old Kuzminskas, who averaged 6.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 68 games last season, has been dealing with a sore left calf, while Jack, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and Luke Kornet (left hamstring) have also been ruled out.

New York can update its roster before Thursday. Head coach Jeff Hornacek said he expects rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina to play despite dealing with a knee issue.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek admitted in a report from Newsday that the Knicks' defensive principles and concepts were difficult and confusing during his first season on New York's sideline last year.

The report mentioned that players had a tough time grasping the defensive scheme and complained that things needed to be simplified in order to succeed on that end of the floor. New York didn't have a "basic foundation" and changed things up "game to game." 

This season -- the second under Hornacek and the first without Phil Jackson in the front office -- the Knicks will make everything easier while stressing the importance of improvement on defense. The Knicks will have basic principles in order to maximize their efforts.

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(Brad Mills)

The Knicks announced they have waived three players: PG Trey Burke, SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and F Nigel Hayes.

Burke was signed by the Knicks on Oct. 11, and did not appear in a preseason game. The former All-Rookie First-Team selection back in 2013 averaged five points, 1.8 assists, and shot 45.5 percent from the field last season with the Wizards. 

Hayes and Rathan-Mayes were picked up by the Knicks after going undrafted back in June. The 6-foot-8 Hayes appeared in four of the team's five preseason games where he scored nine points in 33 minutes.

Rathan-Mayes appeared in three games scoring only two points in 28 minutes. 

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Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) defends against Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky (31) during the first half. (Noah K. Murray)
Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) defends against Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky (31) during the first half. (Noah K. Murray)

Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his best game of the preseason, helping Washington send the Knicks to a winless exhibition slate as the Wizards won 110-103 Friday at the Garden.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Mark J. Rebilas)

With Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, Kristaps Porzingis is now the face of the Knicks. And former head coach Jeff Van Gundy said this season will be a "great opportunity" for Porzingis to grow.

"I think the Knicks obviously have declared what they want to do, which is rebuild," Van Gundy said during a conference call, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "And so much is going to be -- this season is going to be about Porzingis and (Willy) Hernangomez, their development, and Frank (Ntilikina)'s ability to learn the NBA quickly at a difficult position and get him significant minutes to grow."

Van Gundy added that he didn't think Porzingis made the expected jump last season, and that he has a chance to do that in 2017-18.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Jake Brown | Twitter |

The Knicks won't have a huge problem scoring the basketball. It's the other side of the ball that could doom them the entire 2017-18 season. Their defense is bad, and it's difficult to see enough improvement to put them in the winning column more often than not. This team is likely going to give up more than 100 points almost every night.

The Knicks' defense has been worse-than-average in 15 of the last 16 seasons. The only season they were not was the lockout-shortened season in 2011-2012. That was the year Tyson Chandler was the Defensive Player of the Year.

The last time the Knicks defense allowed fewer points per 100 possessions than the league average in a full, 82-game season was in 2000-2001, which was Jeff Van Gundy's last full season as Knicks head coach. The Knicks also ranked last in defensive rebounding percentage last season. They gave up 108 PPG, which was 23rd in the NBA, and they have already given up 113 PPG in their four preseason losses so far...

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

The Knicks are utilizing advanced statistics and analytics more under president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, and hired someone to work deeper with statistics, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

"I'm not sure we're [utilizing advanced statistics] as much as other teams, but I'm sure we're more than other teams," head coach Jeff Hornacek told Berman. "I heard some organizations, you can develop draft picks and starting lineups just looking at analytics."

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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)

The Knicks could be without Frank NtilikinaKristaps Porzingis, and Joakim Noah in Friday's preseason game against the Wizards.

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Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie Damyean Dotson hasn't been with the Knicks for long, but he's drawing some high praise from his teammates. 

Tim Hardaway Jr. compared the 44th overall pick in this year's draft to a defensive stalwart that used to play for the Knicks. 

"Dot, when you see him out there, he's a football player,'' Hardaway said, according to the New York Post. "He guards me every day in practice. He's going to give you his all, every possession, no matter how tired he is. Built strong, athletic, takes nothing from nobody. That's what we love.

"Definitely reminds me of [Iman Shumpert]. They got that grittiness and desire to play defense.''

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to control the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to control the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis (sore right hip) sat out for Wednesday's practice and still has not committed to an exact return date, he told reporters. 

"Forty percent yes, 60 percent no,'' Porzingis responded when asked if he would return Friday night, according to the New York Post. "[It] depends how I feel [Thursday] with running, shooting. We'll see. I'm lifting my leg up. It's getting better from [Tuesday]."

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(Nicole Sweet)

The Knicks are set to have another bad season as Vegas odds have them as a longshot to win this year's NBA title, per NY Daily News.

Sportsbettingdime.com has the Knicks set at 1000-1 to win the 2018 Finals, which is the largest odds of any team. The Nets are tied with the Knicks as well. 

The Hawks, Magic, and Bulls are next on the list for the worst odds. 

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina is impressing his new team even when he isn't on the court. 

Ntilikina has only seen one game of NBA action as he continues to nurse a sore right knee. However, that hasn't stopped him from watching the Knicks' on TV. He noticed that the team ran a few plays he didn't know of, so he went to head coach Jeff Hornacek to see what they were. 

Hornacek was thoroughly impressed...

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The Knicks have announced they signed PG Trey Burke. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Burke has played with the Jazz and Wizards over his four year career. He has averaged 10.6 points and 3.6 assists over than span. 

The Michigan product was the ninth overall pick of the 2013 draft to Minnesota before being traded to the Jazz. He was selected to to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first season after scoring 12.8 points per game along with 5.7 assists. 

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(Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE)

The Knicks became the latest team to add an advertisement to their uniform, announcing a partnership with Squarespace on Tuesday morning.

The Squarespace logo will begin appearing in games during the Knicks' preseason finale against the Wizards on Friday night.

Click below to see the Knicks' jersey with the new ad

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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks remained winless in the preseason as they lost to the Houston Rockets 117-95 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


New York, which played without Kristaps PorzingisDoug McDermottFrank NtilikinaMindaugus Kuzminskas and Luke Kornet, also lost Michael Beasley for the fourth quarter due to a bruised left elbow. 

Beasley scored 17 points in 24 minutes, while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21. Ron Baker scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting in his return from a sprained left ankle.

James Harden led the Rockets with 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while Clint Capela recorded 19 points and nine rebounds.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Rockets players expressed their content that former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony finally got his trade request granted in the offseason even though it wasn't to Houston.

Anthony had previously expressed his desire to only waive his no-trade clause to the Rockets to join James Harden and Chris Paul, however the Knicks told other teams around the league that Houston didn't have assets that appealed to them.

Instead, Anthony added the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder to his list of teams he would accept a trade to, and New York dealt him to Oklahoma City to partner in late September in exchange for Enes KanterDoug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

"I sorta felt like he would be traded," Paul said, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola. "I actually hoped he would to give him peace of mind so he could be happy. And I think he's happy now."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and guard Frank Ntilikina are among five players who will miss Monday's preseason game vs. the Houston Rockets.

Porzingis, who did not play the second half of Sunday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, met with team doctors to discuss a sore right hip. Head coach Jeff Hornacek told the New York Post's Marc Berman that Porzingis is having trouble lifting his leg.

"I'm not too concerned," Porzingis told reporters after Sunday's game. "It's just a sore right hip is what the doctor described, and it's nothing to be too concerned about. But tomorrow the doctor is going to look at it and we'll have [a] more clearer [answer]."

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Oct 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to control the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to control the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Knicks PF Kristaps Porzingis is expected to meet with Knicks' doctors Monday regarding a sore right hip. 

Porzingis felt soreness in his right hip during Sunday's preseason matchup against the Nets where he sat out the entire second half. 

"I didn't feel anything before the game," Porzingis told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "At halftime, when I cooled down that's when I really felt it."

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New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks turned the ball over 24 times and shot just 37.8 percent from the field as they were blown out against the Brooklyn Nets 117-83 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and recorded five turnovers and five fouls, as the Knicks lost their third straight preseason game.

Kristaps Porzingis scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting, while Willy Hernangomez recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Six Nets players scored in double figures, led by D'Angelo Russell's 16 points, as Brooklyn improved to 3-0 in the preseason. Allen Crabbe scored 14 points, while Chris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both scored 12.

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The Knicks prepare for their season opener on Oct. 19, when they will take on Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

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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)

Joakim Noah won't be able to play in the first 12 games of the regular season, but he's still looking forward to making positives strides when he does return. 

Noah took part in his first preseason game on Friday against the Wizards, collecting two points, five rebound and two assists. Due to his suspension for violating the NBA's substance abuse policy, the forward will not be allowed to play in the regular season until mid-November at the earliest. 

"It's been a long time away from the game," Noah told reporters Friday. "I'm still a work in progress. I'm just excited to get back on the court. I'm dealing with a lot of adversity right now. It's just where the cards fell. It's like being a rookie all over again. I got to prove myself, I got to prove myself every day. It's my challenge. It's the challenge that I put myself in. I just got to keep working every day."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

According to new Knicks GM Scott Perry, the fan base wouldn't mind if this year's squad loses as long as they "fight hard every night."

One New York team (the Jets) has already embraced that mantra, and the Knicks are similar with their own group of young players that need to develop. Perry is convinced that the fans wouldn't mind seeing a losing season if his rebuild looks promising. 

"Fans in general respect teams who compete and fight hard every night," Perry told The Post's Marc Berman. "I think fans will respect that. We'll see where that takes us. Nobody has a crystal ball, what that's going to mean for results this year. Let that play out."

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(Amber Searls)

 

Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks offense as they dropped their second preseason game to the Wizards, 104-100. >>Read More

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