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Yesterday afternoon I was a guest on the CBS podcast The Jake Brown Show, and had the following to say about...

Phil Jackson's comments about LeBron James's "posse"

"That reaction was not 'this isn't cool.' There was some time that it took where they created a story a day later, which is good for ESPN. The definition of 'posse' is you're coming in there with authority and that you're bringing people around you to support your authority and that's a great compliment to people who have earned the right to be that authoritative.

I know Mav Carter (LeBron's business manager, who Jackson was referring to), he's a tremendous person and we go back to 2010 during that time LeBron was considering coming to New York. It's pretty clear LeBron is not fit for NY. This just proves that."

Jackson, Carmelo Anthony and the triangle offense

"They have a great relationship off the court. On the court, they're not simpatico, as Phil would say. Maybe Melo doesn't even know what the triangle is. I don't think players understand what the triangle is. Phil is not there every day."

The Knicks trading for Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson

"Thompson will not be available any time soon. If he were to become available and the call came from Steve Kerr to Phil Jackson, the first player the Warriors are going to ask for is Kristaps Porzingis. At that point, Phil Jackson is going to hang up the phone. ...

If you want to sweeten the package, if it becomes so bad in Golden State where they have to unload Thompson, then you're talking about Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and probably at least three first-round picks. That's a lot, but that's where you start and then you work your way back."



Brown and I also talk about Noah's season so far, Justin Holliday, and what has to change for the Knicks play better, all of which you can listen to here starting at the 20 minute mark...

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Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dunks over Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and guard Shelvin Mack (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dunks over Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and guard Shelvin Mack (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Already without Dennis Smith Jr., Allonzo Trier, and Noah Vonleh, the Knicks lost two more players to injury during Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden.

Rookie Kevin Knox left due to a sprained ankle and was ruled out. Frank Ntilikina -- who returned Friday night after missing roughly two months due to a groin injury -- left due to a groin injury. His return was listed as questionable. 

The Knicks, who have nine games left this season, probably wish the season ended Sunday. And they may have to scramble to find enough able-bodies to play as the season winds down. 

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Los Angeles Clippers picked up their latest win by doing something more associated with teams in the NCAA Tournament -- surviving and advancing.

After withstanding a stiff challenge from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, the Clippers attempt to get their fifth straight win Sunday afternoon when they visit the league-worst New York Knicks.

Los Angeles (43-30) is 9-1 in its last 10 games and has won four straight -- though each of the four wins came with some stressful moments.

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After a first-round upset, the NCAA Tournament run for Ja Morant and No. 12 Murray State came to an end Saturday with a 90-62 loss to No. 4 Florida State.

And with the sophomore guard projected to go very high in this year's NBA Draft, perhaps as high as No. 2 overall behind Duke's Zion Williamson, all eyes will turn to Morant's professional future.

The Knicks surely have been keen obersvers as of late, and after his impressive performances on a national stage, he's shaping up as a way more than just a consolation prize for the Knicks if they miss out on Williamson. 

Williamson and R.J. Barrett still have time left with Duke, but Morant's next official game could very well be with the Knicks.

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Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports  (Wendell Cruz)
Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With March Madness in full effect, Kevin Knox is nostalgic as he remembers this time last year he was wearing Kentucky's blue and white trying to win a National Championship. 

"It's crazy to think this time last year I was in the [NCAA] Tournament, getting ready for the game, heart racing before the games and stuff like that," Knox told The Post's Peter Botte. "The tournament, there's no better feeling than winning, so going out there and getting some wins in and playing against a team on the road, we had some good road wins last year at Kentucky, there's no better feeling in that locker room."

The Wildcats were upset in the Sweet 16, but as Knox points out, every game had the utmost importance that created a different vibe. But things have down a 180 for Knox, as he plays on a Knicks team that has been out of the playoffs virtually since the season began. 

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The No. 1-seeded Duke Blue Devils have high expectations this March Madness, and their freshman phenoms in Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett made a statement in their 85-62 first round win over North Dakota State on Friday night. 

Duke got off to a slow start, but the finish was fast and furious as these two future NBA lottery picks led the way. Barrett was the points leader at the end of the night with 26 points to go along with his 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the tournament. If the Knicks don't land the No. 1 overall pick, Barrett could be their next-best option as he continues to showcase his natural ability to score. 

Williamson ended the night with 25 points, three rebounds, and of course, some highlight-reel plays. Whether it was getting his own rebound off a missed free throw and slamming it home, or beating a guard to a loose ball and finishing a nifty layup in transition, he was all over the place in his tournament debut...

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) controls the ball against New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) controls the ball against New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Nuggets continued their win streak, while the Knicks suffered their third straight loss, 111-93, on Friday night at The Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game...

1) Six Nuggets players made it in double digits in the points column, with Nikola Jokic leading the way with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Jamal Murray had 18 points, while Gary Harris and Monte Morris had 14 and 13 points respectively. 

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Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Knicks fans are hoping for a very productive offseason, and landing Kevin Durant is one of their top priorities. But does Durant even want to play in New York? 

Based on an old video, it doesn't look like it. 

A video from two years ago surfaced on Friday with Durant telling someone "Never" when asked when he was playing for the Knicks...

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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) controls the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) controls the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Frank Ntilikina is finally returning for the Knicks tonight, per ESPN's Ian Begley

Ntilikina was back at practice earlier this week, as he continued to nurse a groin injury. He didn't have any setbacks, but the Knicks didn't want to rush him back against the Jazz on Wednesday. It was more optimistic that he came back this weekend, and Ntilikina is living up to that notion. 

It is good that the Frenchman is back, but it isn't the ideal return the Knicks had hoped for. Head coach David Fizdale had said he is going to use Ntilikina on the wing, and they wanted to see how he could play with new point guard Dennis Smith Jr. However, Smith threw his back out and could miss the rest of the season. 

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From the very start of the season, Knicks fans were eyeing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. And that is exactly what the team could be looking at, holding the worst record in the NBA by 2.5 games with only a few to go. 

But, of course, the NBA Draft lottery only allows a 14 percent chance for New York to get that first selection. The second- and third-worst teams in the league also have the same percentage to land the pick that would more likely than not be spent on Duke's freshman sensation Zion Williamson. The only perk for landing the league's worst record is not falling further than No. 5 when the ping pong balls are chosen. 

That worst case scenario for the Knicks is nightmare fuel for fans, but what about falling into the second or third slot after the lottery? Would it be that much of a loss for the franchise?

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Feb 14, 2019; Clarksville, TN, USA; Murray State Racers guard Ja Morant (12) shoots against the Austin Peay Governors during the first half at the Winfield Dunn Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Feb 14, 2019; Clarksville, TN, USA; Murray State Racers guard Ja Morant (12) shoots against the Austin Peay Governors during the first half at the Winfield Dunn Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Ja Morant has been considered a potential top-three pick in this year's draft and many project him going as high as the No. 2 pick overall, with Duke phenom Zion Williamson regarded as the undisputed No. 1 pick. 

Well, undisputed to everyone except Morant's father. 

Following Morant's 17-point, 16-assist, 11-rebound triple-double performance in Murray State's 83-64 upset win over Marquette on Thursday, Morant's father, Tee, was asked by Bleacher Report when his son should be taken in the NBA Draft. 

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Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) controls the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) controls the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Dennis Smith Jr. certainly likes the looks of the top free agents in Knicks uniforms. 

The 21-year-old point guard appeared on Bleacher Report's House of Highlights show on Thursday and was shown a photoshopped picture of himself alongside Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Duke star Zion Williamson all in Knicks uniforms.

Smith was giddy looking at the photo and used it to make his recruiting pitch to Durant and Irving. 

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With a chance to perform on a national stage, Ja Morant didn't disappoint.

Knicks fans are focusing their hope on the ping-pong balls going their way to get the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft, the ticket to drafting Duke's Zion Williamson. But Morant has been boosting his resume all year, and more people will be talking about the guard after he put up a triple-double Thursday to lead No. 12 Murray State in an 83-64 upset victory over No. 5 Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) blocks a shot by Brooklyn Nets point guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) blocks a shot by Brooklyn Nets point guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In a night where the Knicks lost to the Jazz by 21 points, there isn't much good that came out of it. But Mitchell Robinson, who has been one positive out of a dismal season, made history on Wednesday night. 

In a double-double performance (14 points, 12 rebounds), Robinson also collected three blocks as his rim protecting continues to be on display. And with them, Robinson recorded his 29th straight game with a block, breaking Knicks legend Patrick Ewing's franchise rookie record. 

Oh, that's not all. Those three blocks moved Robinson's season total to 135, which also breaks Kristaps Porzingis' record for most blocks in a rookie season. While it's great to see the second-rounder rewriting the Knicks' record books, it isn't the ultimate goal for Robinson. 

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New York Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Brian Roberts during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Brian Roberts during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette is back in the NBA.

Fredette signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The 30-year-old Fredette last played in the NBA in the 2015-16 season, appearing in two games with the Knicks and spending most of that season with their G League affiliate in Westchester.

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The Knicks lost 137-116 to the Jazz at home on Wednesday. It could've been worse, if it weren't for better play by NY in the second half.

The Knicks couldn't handle the Jazz on Wednesday night, losing 137-116 at Madison Square Garden for their second consecutive loss. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) The Knicks up themselves in an early rut, as the score was 39-35 at the end of the first quarter. When both teams went to the locker room, it was 74-47 which proved to be an insurmountable deficit in the end.

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"I've seen a lot of growth, really in all areas. Maybe the most important area, is as a team leader ... that said, the point guard is always going to have the most complex job of ball distribution, mixing in an aggressive attack, to score and set up playmaking opportunities. There's real nuance to all that stuff. But he's smart. He wants it, and I've really loved how he's played. He gets a little better every day."

Those were the words of Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle at the beginning of the season about his then-starting point guard, Dennis Smith Jr.

A lot has happened since then: uneven play from Smith, some immaturity, and the emergence of a rookie named Luka Doncic. Fast forward to today and Smith is now a member of the Knicks, on a completely gutted roster (or a young rebuilding one, at least) looking to find stable footing and develop into the player many thought he could be when Dallas selected him No. 9 overall in the 2017 draft.

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Mar 4, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) walks off the court during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Mar 4, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) walks off the court during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

The Jazz come to Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks tonight, but New York will be without a few key contributors in this one. 

The most notable is PG Dennis Smith Jr., who head coach David Fizdale said threw out his back. The team is expecting to re-evaluate him next week as he will likely miss at least three more games. The Knicks could deem Smith done for the season if the evaluation says so. 

And that isn't the only guard the Knicks will be without. Allonzo Trier has a calf injury that will keep him out, while Frank Ntilikina isn't quite ready to return from his groin injury. Ntilikina practice with G-League Westchester on Tuesday, but he is expected to practice once again and be ready to make his awaited return this weekend. 

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports  (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina has finally been cleared to practice, and it couldn't have came at a better time. 

According to the Daily News' Stefan Bondy, the 20-year-old former first rounder will be practicing with G-League Westchester on Tuesday as the Knicks are traveling back from Toronto following a 128-92 blowout on Monday night. Ntilikina has been sidelined for weeks with a groin injury, but if everything goes well at practice, he could be suiting up against the Jazz at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. 

That would be the best case scenario for Ntilikina, who needs these last 11 games of the season to prove he is still worth it to the Knicks. It doesn't look good for Ntilikina to stay in orange and blue next season, especially with new point guard Dennis Smith Jr. coming over from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. The Knicks also have Allonzo Trier, Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Doston all under contract for 2019. 

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Mar 18, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) battles for a loose ball with New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) in the second half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Mar 18, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) battles for a loose ball with New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) in the second half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

While making a play on the ball in the third quarter Monday night after the Raptors' Kyle Lowry secured the rebound, Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson wound up falling on Lowry's ankle. Lowry left the game and didn't return, and wasn't happy about it after.

"I think it was a little bit dirty," Lowry said, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. "He grabbed me, pulled me down. He's a young kid so I don't know if he did it on purpose or not, but I think he'll learn his lesson next time and be a little bit more careful."

Robinson responded on Twitter:

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson and forward R.J. Barrett reacts after a basket by Williamson during the first half against the Syracuse Orange at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson and forward R.J. Barrett reacts after a basket by Williamson during the first half against the Syracuse Orange at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

The NCAA tournament bracket is set and March Madness officially begins Tuesday night. For Knicks fans, this means a chance to watch some of their potential future contributors compete on the biggest stage of college basketball. Here are the names to keep an eye on as we edge closer to one of the most important offseasons in New York hoops history.

The Core Four

The general consensus seems to have circled around the following four players as the top four selections in this year's NBA draft: Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish. Fans should be plenty aware of their names at this point, but if not, all outside of Morant are playing for No. 1 seed Duke, while Morant will get an opportunity to turn heads coming into the tournament with 12th-seeded Murray State. There isn't much convincing left to do with these names; they're clearly a tier above the other prospects, with Williamson of course having all but locked up the top selection. Knicks fans hope they see one of them in blue and orange next season.

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New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier tries to drive against Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol and guards Fred VanVleet and Jeremy Lin in the first half at Scotiabank Arena. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier tries to drive against Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol and guards Fred VanVleet and Jeremy Lin in the first half at Scotiabank Arena. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks shot 33.3 percent from the field and made just 8 of 36 3-pointers as they lost to the Toronto Raptors 128-92 on Monday at Scotiabank Arena. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. While Allonzo Trier scored a game-high 22 points off the bench, the Knicks' starters combined for 44 points. Mario Hezonja and Kevin Knox combined to make 7 of 24 field goals.

2. The Raptors, who beat the Knicks by only five points when they last met on Feb. 9, outscored them 35-25 in the second quarter and 28-15 in the third, taking a 101-69 lead into the fourth quarter.

 

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox puts up a shot in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox puts up a shot in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale wanted to orchestrate a meeting between budding star Kevin Knox and one of the greatest players of all-time in LeBron James.

He was able to do so after Sunday's win over the Lakers.

Knox said he received some guidance and reassurance from James when he met with him after New York beat Los Angeles 124-123 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

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New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja goes up for an alley oop dunk in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja goes up for an alley oop dunk in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks scored a dramatic 124-123 win over LeBron James and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, which shows that there can be highlights even in the most dismal of seasons.

The Knicks, who have the worst record in the league at 14-56, will try to improve on that rare success Monday night when they visit the Toronto Raptors, the NBA's second-best team at 49-21.

The Raptors, who easily handled the Lakers on Thursday night, are coming off a 110-107 loss on the road to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

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Mar 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) blocks Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shot at the buzzer in the Knicks 124-123 victory at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Mar 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) blocks Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shot at the buzzer in the Knicks 124-123 victory at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With the game on the line, the Lakers put the ball in LeBron James' hands.

And Knicks forward Mario Hezonja stopped him.

Hezonja blocked James' 13-foot driving shot with 2.3 seconds left to seal the Knicks' 124-123 win over Los Angeles on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks color commentator and former player Walt Frazier broadcasts prior to a game between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks color commentator and former player Walt Frazier broadcasts prior to a game between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

LeBron James got himself a new public dissenter Sunday during the Knicks' 128-127 dramatic victory over the Lakers at Madison Square garden: Knicks legend and MSG color commentator Walt "Clyde" Frazier

The gregarious analyst began his tear into James during a timeout in which the superstar was not congregating with teammates and plopped himself on the far end of the bench. 

"This type of behavior is not -- when you're the face of the NBA, I think you should be more a part of your team, folks," Frazier said. "No matter what is going on, in the public, you got to be a part of the team. Maybe in the locker room you're not, but you have to exude that type of togetherness in public, folks. And right now we see he doesn't really care."

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New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, forward Mario Hezonja and center DeAndre Jordan celebrate the Knicks' 124-123 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, forward Mario Hezonja and center DeAndre Jordan celebrate the Knicks' 124-123 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks and Lakers both entered Sunday's game stumbling toward the finish line but it was New York that snapped its eight-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, closing the game on a 13-1 run for a 124-123 come-from-behind win over LeBron James and the Lakers. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Mario Hezonja was the unlikely hero for the Knicks. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, James drove to the basket on Hezonja but the 24-year-old guard stayed with him and stuffed him from getting the final shot off to secure the victory for the Knicks. 

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, James Dolan.

The Knicks returned home from a road trip on Sunday and fans were ready to send a message to their iron-fisted owner a week after he banned a fan from Madison Square Garden for yelling at him to "sell the team."

Green shirts that read, "St. Patty Says Ban Dolan" were being given to fans outside of the arena before the game against the Lakers. 

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Dec 23, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Dec 23, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

LeBron James is expected to accompany the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon when the club plays the fourth contest of its five-game road trip against the New York Knicks.

Whether the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player will be wearing a Lakers' uniform or an expensive suit remains to be seen.

James sat out Los Angeles' 111-97 setback at Detroit on Friday due to what the team referred to as "load management" connected to the groin injury that sidelined him for a month earlier this season. The Lakers were playing the second half of a back-to-back set, with James logging nearly 32 minutes in the club's 111-98 loss to Toronto on Thursday.

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Mar 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) blocks the shot of Florida State Seminoles forward Raiquan Gray (1) in the first half in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) blocks the shot of Florida State Seminoles forward Raiquan Gray (1) in the first half in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Upon returning Thursday from a three-week absence after suffering a knee sprain, Zion Williamson said he could've returned earlier but the Duke staff wanted to make sure he was in tip-top shape.

The move clearly paid off. Playing for the third consecutive day, Williamson had another strong performance in leading Duke to a 73-63 win over Florida State to capture the ACC Tournament crown.

Williamson scored a game-high 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting, adding five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 40 minutes. He made seven of 10 free throws.

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Mar 15, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) pulls a rebound away from North Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye (32) in the first half in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 15, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) pulls a rebound away from North Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye (32) in the first half in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

On the same night the Knicks kept their tank rolling with an eighth straight loss, Zion Williamson dazzled once again.

In his second game back from a knee sprain, Williamson scored 31 points and made the game-winning basket with 31 seconds left to lift Duke to a 74-73 win over rival North Carolina, putting the Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament final. Williamson sunk a putback off his own missed shot to give Duke the lead.

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Mar 15, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) dunks over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)
Mar 15, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) dunks over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)

The Knicks finished their three-game road trip with yet another loss, falling to the Spurs, 109-83. They've lost eight straight and own an NBA-worst 13-56 record. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1. Noah Vonleh suffered a right ankle injury in the middle of the second quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game. He had four points and an assist in 8:44 of action. The Knicks entered the game without Dennis Smith Jr., who was out with a back injury.

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Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Knicks (13-55) head to South Texas on the heels of 103-98 loss at Indiana on Tuesday. New York has dropped seven consecutive games since beating San Antonio and Orlando for a modest two-game win streak late last month.

Emmanuel Mudiay led the Knicks with 21 points off the bench in the loss, with Damyean Dotson scoring 18, Kevin Knox adding 16 points and DeAndre Jordan hitting for 12 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

"We fought the whole game and made some good runs, they made a run, but we didn't give up," Knox said. "They just made some plays late."

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Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox (5) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox (5) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks will be without Dennis Smith Jr. for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. 

The 21-year-old point guard was added to the injury report on Thursday with a sore lower back but there is no indication that the injury is serious. 

Emmanuel Mudiay is expected to get the start at point guard in place of Smith while Kadeem Allen was recalled from the G-League to join the team in San Antonio. 

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Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk in the first half against the Syracuse Orange in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk in the first half against the Syracuse Orange in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

After missing three weeks with a knee sprain, Zion Williamson made an emphatic return to Duke's lineup on Thursday night.

The potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft looked like he hadn't missed a beat, scoring 29 points and going a perfect 13-for-13 from the field in Duke's 84-72 win over Syracuse in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. 

"I come ready to kill every game," Williamson said in an ESPN television interview after the game.

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Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis looks to be very mobile on the practice court and is ready to go up against some competition.

It has nearly been a month since the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks in the biggest blockbuster deal of the NBA trade deadline. And though Porzingis hasn't talked about the whole situation yet, he did talk about wanting to get back on the court. 

The 7-foot-3 Latvian is still working his way back to game action, and he has been seen down in Dallas working on his jumper and post moves with trainers as his rehab continues. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has said that Porzingis won't be suiting up as the regualr season comes to a close, but that doesn't mean the All-Star doesn't think he is ready to go.

"I feel healthy, I feel great," Porzingis said at Mavericks practice on Wednesday. "I'm antsy to get back on the court as soon as possible and I know I'm ready. So we'll see, I don't know."

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Mar 2, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks on from the bench during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)
Mar 2, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks on from the bench during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)

On the same day Knicks owner James Dolan stumbled through a radio interview, Kristaps Porzingis threw some shade at his former club.

During a television interview Tuesday night with TNT, Porzingis -- who was traded to the Dallas on Jan. 31 -- praised the Mavericks organization and painted it as a more stable environment than the one he had been in with the Knicks.

"There's a culture. You can feel that," Porzingis said. "Guys like Dirk (Nowitzki,) like JJ (Barea,) they've built that culture and they're a really important part of this organization. Just seeing all those great personalities being in this organization, being a part of this culture, makes me want to be a part of it."

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James Dolan still can't get out of his own way, as he proved once again during a radio interview on Tuesday, and it begs the question: Why would any marquee free agent would want to join the Knicks and play for this man?

Dolan couldn't get LeBron James or Dwayne Wade in 2010, and he is the same man in 2019 as he was then.

"He is and always will be the reason they don't get free agents," a longtime NBA executive told Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix

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Feb 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks owner James Dolan watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks owner James Dolan watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks owner James Dolan joined ESPN's "The Michael Kay Show" on Tuesday to clarify the situation that occurred on Saturday night where a Knicks fan yelled "Sell the team!" toward Dolan, who decided to throw the fan out of Madison Square Garden for good. 

And that is exactly what will happen to this fan after Dolan found out the confrontation was pre-meditated. 

"It appears that this gentleman and his friends planned to do this," Dolan said. "As soon as they were done with it, it was immediately sold to TMZ."

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Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks owner James Dolan made a rare radio apperance on Tuesday, joining ESPN Radio's The Michael Kay Show where he addressed a number of topics, including free agency. 

The Knicks are expected to be major players in this summer's free agent sweepstakes, but there is always some doubt on whether or not they are attractive enough of a destination for players who want to win. 

Dolan said there is nothing to worry about. 

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New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

When Kristaps Porzingis was traded to the Mavericks before the NBA trade deadline, it sent shockwaves through the NBA as the Knicks sent away their face of the franchise. But the Knicks stated that Porzingis wanted to be traded, saying he was unhappy in New York. 

Speaking on ESPN's "The Michael Kay Show" on Tuesday to discuss the incident this weekend at MSG regarding a Knicks fan, Knicks owner James Dolan also touched on the Porzingis traded briefly as well. Though he didn't want to speak for Porzingis, who still hasn't discussed his "stay woke" comment or told his side of the story since the trade, Dolan said the Latvian big man basically left the team no choice.

"I thought our guys tried really hard to integrate him in our system," Dolan said. "I don't want to put words into his mouth. When he came in and said to us, 'I wanted to be traded' that sort of cast the dye on what we had to do."

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Jan 11, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) controls the ball against Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott (20) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 11, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) controls the ball against Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott (20) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

New York heads to Indiana on a six-game losing streak after starting a three-game road trip with a 103-92 loss at Minnesota on Sunday. The Knicks are on their fourth skid of at least six games.

New York also has scored less than 100 points in three straight games and in 11 of its last 21 games. The Knicks also dropped to 0-20 when scoring less than 100 points after shooting 43 percent and committing 17 turnovers Sunday.

Damyean Dotson scored 26 points but most of New York's struggles were around the rim and in the paint. The Knicks were 20-for-48 in the paint and were 17-for-36 on layups and dunks. >> Read More

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

James Dolan has at least one backer in his corner: David Fizdale

The Knicks head coach defended the team's embattled owner Tuesday when asked about Dolan's personality, which has recently created headlines due to an altercation with a fan at Madison Square Garden on Saturday that resulted in Dolan having the fan removed and threatening to ban him from future games. 

Fizdale, the first-year coach of the league-worst Knicks, said Dolan has been "incredibly supportive" during the trying season, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post

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If the majority of Knicks fans had their way regarding this summer's free agency class, then both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant would be wearing Knicks jerseys to begin next season. 

But count Charles Barkley as a vocal dissenter to either playing under the bright lights of Broadway.

The Turner analyst told reporters Tuesday, according to Sports Illustrated's Jimmy Traina, that he would advise Durant that he's not tough enough to play in New York. Barkley also said the same applied for Irving. 

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Oct 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) leaps for a dunk in the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Oct 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) leaps for a dunk in the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mario Hezonja's brief tenure as a Knick has been mostly underwhelming, but the 6-foot-8 Croatian does not plan finishing out the 2018-19 season on a selfish note.

With free agency pending for the 2015 fifth overall pick, he was adamant that he will not hog all of the shots down the stretch to boost his stats and perhaps give himself more opportunities this summer. 

I don't give a s--t that I'm a free agent,'' Hezonja told Marc Berman of the New York Post. "I'm trying to help these guys as well. I don't give a sh-t about myself. I'll be fine. Trust me. I'll be fine. With my basketball skill, talent and abilities, I'll always be fine. I just want to help these guys with stuff I've been through in my career in both Europe and here."

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Jan. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Charles Oakley against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Bobcats defeated the Suns 114-107. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan. 26, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Charles Oakley against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Bobcats defeated the Suns 114-107. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks legend Charles Oakley was critical of James Dolan after the franchise owner threatened to ban a fan from Madison Square Garden.

"He just tries to bully everybody and it just don't make sense," Oakley, who was temporarily banned from Madison Square Garden in 2017 when he had an altercation near Dolan, told the Associated Press on Monday.

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving looks on from the bench in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving looks on from the bench in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) eyes the basket against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Mitchell Robinson (26) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) eyes the basket against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Mitchell Robinson (26) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

If there's a silver lining to be found in this 13-54 Knicks season, it's in the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery and development of the young core

Fans can feel genuine excitement over some of the fresh talent their franchise collected. A few of these guys fulfilling their potential as useful NBA starters and even All-Stars is critical to this rebuild, and we're getting a clearer picture of where they have to go and how far they are from getting there. Here are the NBA players each Knicks prospect (24 and younger) should model their game after going forward: 

Mitchell Robinson - Rudy Gobert

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New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson drives to the basket and shoots a layup past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson drives to the basket and shoots a layup past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie in the first half at Target Center. (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks' losing streak reached six games as New York lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 on Sunday at Target Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Damyean Dotson scored 26 points while DeAndre Jordan was limited to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting as New York maintained its spot for last place in the NBA. Mitchell Robinson blocked five shots.

2. Taj Gibson led the Timberwolves, who were playing without Karl-Anthony Towns, with 25 points. Jeff Teague scored 20 points and recorded 10 assists.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks second-year guard Frank Ntilikina is improving from a groin injury that has kept him out since January and will be re-evaluated once New York returns from its three-game road trip, the team announced.

Ntilikina, who last played Jan. 27, has missed the Knicks' last 18 games entering Sunday's matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Knicks expect Ntilikina, 20, to improve his on-court activity and controlled contact this week.

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