Since the arrival of Mike Woodson, even while Mike D'Antoni was still the head coach, the Knicks' defense has employed a strategy that has been heavy on switching when defending the pick and roll. This tactic comes with considerable advantages, and is a philosophy that Woodson used effectively in Atlanta and early on this season with the Knicks, as well.

But the tactic has begun to leak oil, particularly over the last seven games. Rob Mahoney over at SI's Off the Dribble blog had a lengthy take on what's been going wrong, the whole thing is well worth your time:

Switching isn’t the only problem, but it’s a strategy that makes the Knicks that much more exploitable. As mentioned above, it lures Brewer, Kidd and Felton into needlessly doubling the post at times. It creates ample opportunity for opponents to draw the flat-footed Kurt Thomas and Steve Novak out to the perimeter, making the Knicks ripe for victimization in isolation scenarios that yield easy dribble penetration or virtually uncontested three-pointers (by virtue of Thomas and Novak’s sitting back and anticipating the drive). It reduces individual accountability for players like J.R. Smith, who was already prone to floating away from his man as if he were playing in a daydreamed one-man zone and now needn’t worry about that pesky back screen.

Now, reading that you're liable to slit your wrists, as it reads a little like, "The Knicks are just the worst at everything," and sort of depicts the Knicks' D as the Wile E Coyote in some perverse Road Runner cartoon. I do think this overstates the case about the problems of the Knicks' defense, which you could definitely argue has been mostly solid save for a couple truly terrible performances that have somewhat skewed the numbers. But I also tend to agree that the Knicks' switch-heavy strategy may need some adjustment, as sometimes you just need to have guys fighting through screens. Too often, the Knicks are left facing more of the drawbacks of all this switching without enjoying the desired fruits of these labors.

Everyone wants the fruits, am I right? Let's go get those fruits.

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

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

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

Tags: Boston Celtics, Derrick Rose

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris (Jeff Hanisch)

Kristaps Porzingis (sore left Achilles), C Joakim Noah (sore left ankle) will undergo MRIs on Thursday to determine the severity of their injuries, they told reporters Wednesday. 

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

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

According to STATS...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Adam Hunger (USA Today))

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

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

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

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

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

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(Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>> Read more... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

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

According to STATS...

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

Latest Update

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

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

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(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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(Gary A. Vasquez)

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

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

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

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(Sergio Estrada)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV

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

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

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

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(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks win 00:01:27
Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah discuss the relief of winning and staying motivated moving forward.

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

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Stefan Bondy on Knicks skid 00:04:52
Stefan Bondy joins DNL to talk Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks most recent meltdown against the 76ers.

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

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

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(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks G Derrick Rose is expected to seek a max contract when he becomes a free agent after the season, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

A max deal for Rose would be worth roughly $150 million over five years.

Rose ,28, was acquired from the Bulls along with Justin Holiday last June in a deal that sent Robin LopezJose Calderon, and Jerian Grant to Chicago.

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New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks have recalled Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee from their D-League affiliate in Westchester, the team announced.

Both players had been assigned to Westchester on Tuesday.

Ndour, 24, is averaging 14 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the D-League.

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GEICO SportsNite: Isola, Rooks 00:02:32
Frank Isola and Taylor Rooks break down the Knicks' frustrating buzzer-beater loss to the 76ers.

The Knicks blew a 10-point lead in the final two minutes against the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, losing on a buzzer-beater.

It was their ninth loss in their last 10 games.

"Definitely embarrassing the way we're losing games,'' Courtney Lee said, according to the NY Post. "There's no excuses. It's just us. This s-t is definitely embarrassing. We have to find consistency in everything -- soon. It's got to be defense first. We got to change our mentality."

Derrick Rose -- in his first game back after going AWOL -- had 25 points, with Carmelo Anthony scoring 28.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:43
Carmelo Anthony and others express their disappointment following the Knicks' 98-97 loss to the subpar Philadelphia 76ers.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- T.J. McConnell hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 98-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Joel Embiid had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points to help the Sixers rally from a 17-point deficit.

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Dec 23, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) looks to pass the ball during the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. The Hornets defeated the Bulls 103-91. (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 23, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) looks to pass the ball during the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. The Hornets defeated the Bulls 103-91. (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

Guard Jimmy Butler and forward Nikola Mirotic will both miss Thursday's game against the Knicks with an illness, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune

Both missed Tuesday night's game against the Wizards with the illness. Butler, who has remained in Chicago, will be joined by Mirotic, according to Johnson. 

Butler, in his fifth season in the league, is averaging 25 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in 2016-17. Mirotic, in 13.26 minutes a contest, has averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. 

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Derrick Rose talks absence 00:02:36
New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose meets the media to explain why he left the team prior to Monday's loss against the Pelicans.

Knicks G Derrick Rose will return to the lineup Wednesday night against the 76ers, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

Rose returned to practice Tuesday, one day after an unexcused absence from Monday's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Hornacek, who said the Knicks fined Rose for leaving the team, said the fine was "hefty" and a big enough punishment for the guard and he will not be suspended. 

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Rose's proper head space 00:03:44
Knicks Insider Frank Isola attempts to figure out Derrick Rose's place with the Knicks.

Dec 31, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) shoots a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Dec 31, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) shoots a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas is feeling better and should be good to play in Wednesday night's game against the 76ers, head coach Jeff Hornacek said. 

Kuzminskas missed Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with an illness.

He has averaged 5.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game in 31 appearances this season.

Tags: Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Jan 7, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III (40) defends in the second half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 123-109. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 7, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III (40) defends in the second half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 123-109. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.

According to STATS...

  • The Knicks have won five straight, and nine of their last 10 games against the Sixers dating back to March 10, 2014. Over that span, the Knicks are shooting 45.5 percent from the field while holding the Sixers to 40.9 percent.
  • Philadelphia has won three of its last four games, just the third time in the last three seasons they have won three games in a four-game span. The last time the team won four games in a five-game span was from December 29, 2013 through January 6, 2014.
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Rose's proper head space 00:03:44
Knicks Insider Frank Isola attempts to figure out Derrick Rose's place with the Knicks.

TNT Basketball analyst Brent Barry told the NY Post that Joakim Noah is a terrible fit for the Knicks and that Carmelo Anthony should ask to be traded.

"I was a little bit shocked,'' Barry said about the Knicks signing Noah to a four-year deal worth $72 million this offseason. "Who else was bidding for Noah's services? Maybe Washington. It was an interesting gamble in the sense the last couple of years he had not been healthy."

Barry added that Noah doesn't fit in Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek's system.

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 (AP)
(AP)

Knick guard Derrick Rose's actions were "beyond unacceptable," former Knick and current TNT and NBATV analyst Greg Anthony told the Daily News.

"I don't think there's anything a player could do to damage the dynamic of a team more so than what Derrick did by going AWOL," Anthony said. "Like that one to me is beyond unacceptable. It just really is. And it's disappointing because I know Derrick, I'm a fan of his, I know how hard he's worked to get back, I know how much he loves the game."

Rose left the team and went to Chicago on Monday, missing the Knicks' 110-96 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Rose said his absence was a family matter and would not elaborate further.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Rose Garden 00:02:39
Frank Isola goes inside the Knicks training facility as Derrick Rose and Jeff Hornacek weigh in on Rose's absence vs. the Pelicans.

GEICO SportsNite: Rose no-shows 00:00:29
Knicks guard Derrick Rose did not show up to the game against the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden leading to concerns from the team.

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose left the team without permission for Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans to deal with what he told teammates as a family issue back in Chicago, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Rose's absence, which surprised several teammates and temporarily went unaccounted for, could possibly lead to a suspension and may have cost himself long-term job security with the Knicks, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek did not specify why Rose was not with the team for the Knicks' 110-96 loss, even after teammate Courtney Lee said Rose, who has played in 33 of 38 games this season, was at shootaround before the game, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. The Knicks' full statement during the game, according to Deadspin, was, "He's not with the team."

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, New Orleans Pelicans
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Will Knicks ever jell? 00:02:16
Daily News Live discusses the Knicks lack of team chemistry and inconsistent play so far this season.

Anthony Davis had 40 points and 18 rebounds before leaving with a left hip injury after a hard foul Monday night in the New Orleans Pelicans' 110-96 victory over the New York Knicks, who started the game without Derrick Rose and lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection.

Rose was not with the team for unspecified reasons, and Anthony was back in the locker room late in the third quarter after getting thrown out for arguing with the officials.

Davis played only 29 minutes and also blocked three shots. He left the game when he was flagrantly fouled by Kyle O'Quinn, ejected for swinging his arm down hard on Davis, who was dribbling up the floor on a fast break and ended up being knocked into the front row of fans behind the baseline. >> Read more

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Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, New Orleans Pelicans
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(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Currently in the midst of a 1-7 stretch, there's reason for the Knicks to be concerned about their season. No longer looking like a contender, their playoff hopes are in serious doubt.

After spending big on players like Joakim NoahCourtney Lee, and others last summer, this season was supposed to be different. Instead of remaining patient and building around a budding star in Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks instead surrounded Carmelo Anthony with the talent necessary to make a competitive push sooner than later.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

G Chasson Randle, who was with the Knicks' D-League affiliate in Westchester, will sign a 10-day contract with the 76ers, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical.

After playing for the Knicks in the summer league, Randle signed with them on Aug. 4 before being waived on Oct. 21.

Randle, 23, did not appear in a regular season game this season for the Knicks.


 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

Tommy Dee, SNY.TV:

As we've talked about here several times, Phil Jackson is actively working the phones hoping to find a situation that upgrades the Knicks' roster from a talent perspective without giving away too many assets in return. 

Several teams have emerged as potential trade matches

Tags: Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn
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Dec 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) motions in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.  (Isaiah J. Downing (USA Today))
Dec 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) motions in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing (USA Today))

Ron Baker has provided the Knicks with a spark off the bench as the team's third-string point guard, writes Mike Vorkunov of the New York Times.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek has turned to Baker in the previous two games with the Knicks trailing in the fourth quarter in search of a lift on the offensive end. While his stats might not jump off the charts, his teammates come to life when he is on the court.

"When Ron gets in there, he gets it to Carmelo and K. P. and makes the right play," Hornacek said, referring to Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. "He's a smart, heady guy. I don't have to call plays when he has the ball. He's smart enough to just do that."

Baker, who signed with the Knicks as an undrafted free agent, can have his rookie contract guaranteed for the year if he remains on the active roster through Tuesday. 

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

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Over the course of the Knicks' 1-7 skid, their defense has left much to be desired. There's been a lack of intensity and the urgency to get early stops hasn't been there either. Such a wavering effort often creates too much of a hole for New York to climb out of. By the time the team attempts to make a late push, it's already a lost cause. That's become a pattern most recently.

Getting key defensive stops can often propel a team's effort on the other end. Because of how poorly the Knicks' offense has been, this too has become a pattern for opposing teams. The team's offense has been completely and utterly stagnant over this frustrating stretch. There are too many turnovers. 

While a brief absence of Kristaps Porzingis was seemingly to blame early on, their struggles have only continued with him on the court as well. There's very little flow to the offense. Players aren't moving freely without the ball. Instead, most players are left standing around, waiting to see what their teammate with the ball decides to do. If those around the ball-handler aren't getting themselves open, there isn't room for the ball-handler to do much other than isolate and/or force up a contested shot.

Tags: Derrick Rose, Keith Schlosser
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