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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back on TheKnicksBlog Podcast as the guys discuss Jeff Hornacek's terrible triangle offense, the trade possibilities for Carmelo Anthony, and the outside chance of Chris Paul coming to NY.

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Knicks G Derrick Rose says money won't be the number one factor when he hits free agency after the season.

Rose is reportedly seeking a max contract and can get the most money if he re-signs with the Knicks.

"I'm not even thinking about the money," Rose said, according to Steve Popper of NJ.com. "I've got enough money saved. If I was to stop playing basketball now, I'd be alright. I want to win and I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I'm at."

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Courtney Lee dribbles past CJ McCollum during the first half. (AP)
Courtney Lee dribbles past CJ McCollum during the first half. (AP)

Damian Lillard led all scorers with 30 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Knicks, 110-95. Kristaps Porzingis had 18 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.

The Knicks were down a lot early but battled back in the second half to make it a little closer. Portland evened the season series with the victory. 

 

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Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

Knicks forwards Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, and guard Derrick Rose will not play in Thursday night's game against the Trail Blazers, the team announced.

Anthony is dealing with left knee soreness while Thomas has a sore right hip.

Rose hurt his right foot during the Knicks' loss to the Jazz on Wednesday night.

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Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes (10) is pressured by Virginia Tech Hokies guard Ty Outlaw (42) and guard Justin Robinson (5) in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Mar 16, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes (10) is pressured by Virginia Tech Hokies guard Ty Outlaw (42) and guard Justin Robinson (5) in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Wisconsin senior forward Nigel Hayes is no fan of New York City, calling the Big Apple "too big" and "dirty."

"I don't really like New York," Hayes said. "It's too big. It's dirty. There's trash everywhere. There's too many people. And it's cold right now. It's nice to look at in the movies and stuff, but I've had my share of it. I'm just trying to come here and win some basketball games."

Hayes and No. 8 seed Wisconsin are in town for the NCAA East Region semifinal game against No. 4 seed Florida on Friday at Madison Square Garden. Asked specifically if he'd change his mind if the Knicks drafted him in this year's NBA Draft, Hayes didn't alter his stance.

"You'd have no choice. It's just something you'd have to live with," he said.

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Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

The Knicks continue their road trip with a matchup against the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on Thursday night at 10 p.m.  

According to STATS:

  • Portland is 7-2 in its last nine games against the Knicks, though the Trail Blazers lost on November 22 in New York (107-103), and lost their last time hosting the Knicks (112-110 on December 12, 2015).
  • The Blazers are 8-3 (.727) in March, tied for third best in the NBA. They had a three-game win streak snapped with Tuesday's 93-90 home loss to the Bucks.
  • The Knicks dropped their third straight game last night in Utah, 108-101. New York is 3-10 (.231) when playing on the second of back-to-back days this season.
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Can the Knicks run the triangle? 00:04:39
The Daily News Live panel debates whether the Knicks should keep the triangle offense philosophy of Phil Jackson or abandon it.

Wizards PG Brandon Jennings, who the Knicks waived on Feb. 27, discussed why he wasn't a fit and explained what went wrong with the team's offensive strategy during his time in New York.

"It was just too much going on behind the scenes that I didn't understand," Jennings said about the triangle, according to the NY Post.

"I think what just happened was they were just going in a different direction," Jennings added. "I wanted to play fast. I didn't really understand the triangle. I think that was my biggest thing. I really didn't understand it. I'm not saying it doesn't work. I just felt like the way the game is being played today, I just felt like you got to score. You got to score. You got to get up shots. When I came to New York, I wanted to put on a show every night. I wanted to put up shots with nice passes and things like that. So I guess it just wasn't the right timing."

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Jennings has been known to be an overzealous personality, both on and off court. It's ironic that in a season full of disarray, he's representing a voice of reason...

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 (Rick Bowmer)
(Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz rallied from 13 down to defeat the New York Knicks 108-101 on Wednesday night.

The Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Knicks dropped their third in a row.

Gobert carried the Jazz throughout with the 7-foot-1 Frenchman scoring off pick-and-rolls, offensive rebound put-backs and even going full-court for a dunk after a steal. The Jazz struggled on offense, but Gobert connected on 13 of 14 shots.

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(David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he isn't sure whether the current roster can work within the Triangle and get the team to the playoffs next season.

"You never know how these things will fit," he said, according to the NY Post. "Maybe a second year is helpful for us. I thought we got off to a decent start this year, then we had little injuries and lost close games and it piled on in confidence, got a little out of control. I don't know. It's something we're going to really look at.''

Hornacek added that his idea of injecting a more modern system to go along with the Triangle wasn't the best, and that he isn't sure which players should remain when the team implements the more classic system.

Of the core players, the Knicks are expected to again explore a trade of Carmelo Anthony, and Derrick Rose will be a free agent.

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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony sat out the entire fourth quarter on Monday night during the team's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

"Coach is starting to realize - he mentioned today he's going to start shortening minutes,'' Anthony said, according to the NY Post. "I've been understanding with the situation. I understand.''

"All the young guys, it's an opportunity to get that experience instead of getting practice experience, individual workouts - actually getting it live and direct in a game against top-level opponents," Anthony continued. "It's best to take advantage of that and for me to help them.''

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Carmelo's future in New York 00:02:40
The Daily News Live crew examines whether or not Carmelo Anthony will ever win a championship with the New York Knicks.

The Daily News Live crew examines whether or not Carmelo Anthony will ever win a championship with the New York Knicks.


Sep 09, 2016; Springfield, MA, USA; Shaquille O'Neal speaks at the Springfield Symphony Hall during the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.  (David Butler II (USA Today))
Sep 09, 2016; Springfield, MA, USA; Shaquille O'Neal speaks at the Springfield Symphony Hall during the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. (David Butler II (USA Today))

Shaquille O'Neal praised Knicks team president Phil Jackson and credited his triangle offense as a main reason for the Lakers winning three championships while the two were together in Los Angeles, writes the NY Post.

Shaq played under Jackson from 1999-2004 with the Lakers and is a strong proponent of the offensive system. He blamed the players for failing to commit to the system in New York as the reason why it has not worked during Jackson's tenure with the Knicks.

"If you look at how the second team runs the triangle, guys who don't have a lot of experience in the game and a lot of habits, they ran a lot of it late in the fourth quarter and got a couple of backdoor plays,'' O'Neal said. "It definitely does work. Look at the guys, when Phil put this team together, I was liking it: Porzingis, Carmelo, Rose, [Joakim] Noah. I said, 'OK, it's going to work if they embrace the triangle. I like it.' But again, the ball can never stop.''

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek reacts against the LA Clippers during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson - USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek reacts against the LA Clippers during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson - USA TODAY Sports)

Jeff Hornacek agreed with Kristaps Porzingis' notion from last week that the Knicks did not play like a team this season, and felt that the team's downfall was because his players were not unselfish enough on the offensive end.

"You see teams - open guys always end up with the ball,'' Hornacek told Marc Berman of the New York Post at Monday's morning shootaround before the Knicks faced the Clippers at Staples Center. "Here we do it in spurts. Then we have spurts where it sticks. One guy will take a shot that maybe he can move it on for a better shot. That's probably the biggest key is we get the good shots. We don't get the great shots. If we make one extra, we'll get a great shot. You see the good teams out there, they pass it up for better ones.''

Hornacek hinted that the offensive skill level of New York's trio - Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, and Derrick Rose - may have acted as a double-edged sword, as it led to them constantly looking to take shots instead of making the extra pass.

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(AP)

Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose each scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough as the Knicks lost in blowout fashion to the Los Angeles Clippers, 114-105, on Monday night at the Staples Center. 

Porzingis also had 11 rebounds and two steals to complete a double-double. Carmelo Anthony notched 16 points to go along with four rebounds. Ron Baker impressed with eight points and two steals in 20 minutes played, while Justin Holiday continued his good play of late with a 11-point performance.

The Knicks were outscored, 34-19, in the third quarter as the Clippers' bigs caused problems down low. Blake Griffin finished with 30 points and six rebounds. >> Read more...

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reflected on his time with New York and questioned if the team will be a contender with the franchise.

"Honestly, I think about it a lot," he told the New York Daily News' Frank Isola prior to Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. "... I think about it. I think about here, I think postseason, I think about my teammates. I just think about everything."

Since Anthony joined the Knicks in the 2010-11 season, the team has won just one postseason series and has missed the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, going through four different head coaches during that time.

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(Brian Spurlock)

The Knicks, who could have a top-10 pick in this year's NBA Draft, are interested in selecting Frank Ntilikina or Malik Monk, reports ESPN New York's Ian Begley

Ntilikina, a 6-foot-5 French guard, is considered to possibly be a lottery pick with his quickness at the guard position. 

Kentucky's Monk has averaged 20.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists this season. 

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New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson looks on during a stop in play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson looks on during a stop in play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Knicks president Phil Jackson celebrated his three-year anniversary in his position with the team, a tenure that has been marked by ups and downs. 

While he is credited for drafting Kristaps Porzingis, he has also been admonished for his handling of assets with the team, particularly Carmelo Anthony

Since his first full season taking over, the Knicks are 76-157.

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Daily News Live: Knicks 00:02:20
The Daily News Live panels discusses whether it would be a good idea for the Knicks to tank for the rest of the season.

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Kyle O'Quinn took a shot at the Nets after the Knicks lost to them, 121-110, on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

"It doesn't sit well," O'Quinn said, according to the NY Post. "We got to go to the drawing board. But we don't play them no more. I think they got us this year. But it's tough, you know? A team like that, you look at the roster [and say] they shouldn't be in the gym with us, I feel. But they played hard. And anybody can win. It's March: Anybody can win in March."

Thursday night was the Knicks' second loss to the Nets this week, coming on the heels of their 120-112 loss on Sunday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn...

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(Jeff Hanisch)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters he plans on playing his veterans for the rest of the season unless he is given directions from the team's management to do otherwise, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

New York's 121-110 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday clinched the Knicks' fourth straight losing season as they dropped to 27-42. It also represented the 13th time in 16 seasons that the Knicks will finish below .500.

"For me as a professional it's my duty regardless of the situation to still try to play and try to win until they say don't play nor more or sit us down with limited minutes,'' Carmelo Anthony said following the loss. "We still have go out there and finish the season out.''

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:23
Brook Lopez, Kenny Atkinson and Jeff Hornacek react to the Nets' 121-110 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Brook Lopez scored a game-high 24 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets defeated the Knicks for the second time in five days, 121-110, Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn defeated New York 120-112 on Sunday at the Barclays Center.

The Nets trailed by seven at halftime and were down 67-58 with 9:53 left in the third. Brooklyn finished the third quarter on a 34-20 run to take a 92-87 lead into the final period.

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Bondy discusses Knicks on DNL 00:05:35
NBA insider Stefan Bondy joins DNL to discuss the latest on Kristaps Porzingis, Jeff Hornacek and the future of the triangle offense.

NBA insider Stefan Bondy joins DNL to discuss the latest on Kristaps Porzingis, Jeff Hornacek and the future of the triangle offense.


 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will miss the Knicks' game against the Nets on Thursday night with a left thigh contusion.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury during Tuesday's win over the Pacers.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek predicted that Porzingis would return when the team begins a West Coast trip on Monday against the Clippers.

Porzingis is averaging 18 points and 7.2 rebounds in 58 games this season.

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Mar 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Willy Hernangomez (14) block a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Willy Hernangomez (14) block a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Knicks host the Nets at Madison Square Garden tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks have made at least 10 three-pointers in each of their last six games against the Nets in Madison Square Garden and have won the last three contests (won, 110-96, on November 9 earlier this season).
  • The Nets have allowed at least 100 points in 42 consecutive road games dating back to last season, the longest streak since the Denver Nuggets did so in 49 straight games (1989-90 to 1991-92).
  • The Knicks tied their lowest scoring output of the season, but still defeated the Pacers on Tuesday, 87-81. New York has only lost twice this season when its opponent scores 100 points or less (11-2).
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End for Jeff Hornacek? 00:02:45
The Daily News Live panel discusses if this is the end of the road for Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Latest Update (Mar. 16)

9:10AM: Despite all of the issues the Knicks have dealt with this season, along with the team's brutal record, Phil Jackson will not fire Jeff Hornacek, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

According to Berman's source, Jackson "can't afford to fire" Hornacek and hire a new coach.

Hornacek has done well in communicating and maintaining a strong rapport with Jackson and associate head coach Kurt Rambis, something Derek Fisher was unable to do which eventually led to his dismissal.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:09
Kristaps Porzingis is almost ready to go for Thursday's game. Jeff Hornacek and Derrick Rose give their take on the triangle offense.

Pacers PG Jeff Teague, who will be a free agent after the season, weighed in on his unfamiliarity with the Triangle.

"I never played in the triangle,'' Teague said, according to the NY Post. "I don't know too much about it - just from guarding it years in the past. So I recognize it.''

"Not really,'' Teague said when asked if it was difficult to guard. "I'm not saying you can't defend it. I think a player like Rose, it gives you a better chance of containing him."

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis missed the team's practice on Wednesday after suffering a deep thigh bruise, the club said.

Porzingis sustained a contusion to his left thigh after running into the Pacers' Monta Ellis during the Knicks' 87-81 win at the Garden Tuesday night. 

The 21-year-old scored 11 points in 24 minutes prior to leaving the game.

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Knicks playoff hopes dashed 00:04:01
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein speculate about Jeff Hornacek's job security after he admitted that the Knicks will probably miss the playoffs.

Carmelo Anthony looked strong on Tuesday, finishing the game with 22 points and 13 rebounds in New York's 87-81 victory over Indiana.

Anthony shot 8-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-6 from the three-point line, and added an assist and a steal.

The 32-year old veteran scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks outscored Indiana 25-17 in the final 12 minutes.

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

Carmelo Anthony scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Derrick Rose added 16 points and the New York Knicks overcame a 13-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 87-81 on Tuesday night.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis exited in the third quarter with a left leg injury. Rookie Willy Hernangomez entered in his place and had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

The Knicks trailed 59-46 with 9:07 left in the third after Turner's basket but closed out the quarter on an 18-3 run, capped by Anthony's 3-pointer that gave New York a 64-62 lead with 52 seconds left. >> Read more...

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Dec 7, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. 
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Dec 7, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso (USA Today))

Kristaps Porzingis said he still plans on working out with Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks this offseason, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.  

Porzingis has often had his style of play compared to that of Nowitzki.

"I'm sure it will help me out and improve my game, hopefully, unless Mark Cuban says no,''Porzingis said. "Dirk is a guy who can really help my game. Hopefully I'll have a chance to work with him, a few days to get on the court with him and pick his brain."

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(Erik Williams)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

At this point in the year, Knicks basketball is difficult to watch. The team doesn't appear to know which direction they are headed. Built like a squad hoping to compete sooner than later, the failures are abound.

However, the front office simply cannot afford to change this roster around yet again. There will be returning pieces, and New York should use the rest of the season as a trial period for those who intrigue them. They should prepare for next season so they can move away from this one's struggles.

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General view as the New York Knicks are introduced before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view as the New York Knicks are introduced before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

John Andariese, a New York Knicks broadcaster for more than 35 years, died Monday. He was 78.

The Knicks confirmed Andariese's death, but did not provide a cause.

A star player at Fordham and member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, Andariese started as a Knicks radio analyst in 1972 alongside Marv Albert. He later spent 12 seasons as a TV analyst for MSG Network from 1986-98 before returning to the radio side, retiring before the start of the 2012-13 season.

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Knicks continue to struggle 00:03:21
The Daily News Live crew discusses where the blame should fall for the Knicks disappointing season.

The Daily News Live crew discusses where the blame should fall for the Knicks disappointing season.


Porzingis frustrated? 00:03:38
Jon Hein and Sal Licata discuss whether or not the Knicks should worry about a frustrated Kristaps Porzingis in 2017.

After fouling out late in the fourth quarter of New York's 120-112 loss to the Nets, Kristaps Porzingis noted "confusion" on both ends of the court as a big factor towards the team's recent struggles.

"There's a lot of confusion," Porzingis told Marc Berman of the New York Post. "A lot of times it's basically one-on-one. Whoever, me, myself, Carmelo [Anthony], Courtney [Lee], we try to make something happen, and that's not how it's supposed to be."

The Knicks fell to 26-41 and a season-worst 15 games under .500 on Sunday, clinching its fourth consecutive non-winning season. 

"We've been switching things up because never at any point this season, we played like we wanted to," said Porzingis. "Maybe this will work. So we are looking for stuff. The coaching staff obviously is trying to do the best job they can to give us the information, but we never got it all together."

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GEICO SportsNite: Borough battle 00:01:24
Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jeff Hornacek react to the 120-112 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Jeremy Lin ended an 0-for-9 start with a 3-pointer that halted a Knicks comeback, and the Brooklyn Nets beat New York 120-112 on Sunday night for their first home victory of 2017.

The Nets ended a 16-game losing streak at Barclays Center. They hadn't won here since Dec. 26, when Lin strained his hamstring in a victory over Charlotte.

He missed the next 26 games and struggled through his return here Sunday until taking over after the Knicks had trimmed a 22-point deficit to five. His 3-pointer made it 109-101 with 4:58 remaining and he converted a three-point play with 3:25 to restore Brooklyn's double-digit lead.

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Mar 11, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter as Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris (13) defends at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Mar 11, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter as Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris (13) defends at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Tobias Harris scored 23 of his 28 points in the first half, when the Detroit Pistons took control with a fast start on their way to a 112-92 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.  

The Pistons raced out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter and took a 66-53 lead into the second the half.

New York trailed 66-53 at halftime and 89-81 after three quarters, and Detroit had little trouble closing out the game. Andre Drummond had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons.  

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Mar 8, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks take on the Pistons in Detroit at 5 p.m. 

According to STATS: 

  • The home team has won the last five games in this series, including both meetings in 2016-17. Overall, the Pistons have won five of its last six home games versus the Knicks.
  • The Knicks had just four points on the fast break in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee. New York is averaging 11.2 fast break points per game this season; entering this weekend, that ranked 24th in the NBA.
  • Detroit is averaging 108.4 points per game since the All-Star Game after putting up 101.2 PPG prior to the break. Entering this weekend, that 7.2 PPG increase was the third best in the NBA.
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Jan 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson (right) watches during the third quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson (right) watches during the third quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

As the Knicks ponder their future, there's no doubt Phil Jackson and his administration have uncovered some promising gems that can be used as building blocks for years to come. 

Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez obviously come to mind right away. Signing Mindaguas Kuzminskas from overseas was also a solid move. And while the team has lacked some very crucial draft picks, taking chances on undrafted guards like Ron Baker and Chasson Randle has already begun to pay off for New York. They, too, are capable of playing roles in the team's positive future.

With so much promise in the team's youth and the front office's ability to evaluate up and coming talent, something just doesn't fit. Players are feeling the pressure and the team has appeared to hit rock bottom. As they near closer to a fourth consecutive year without a postseason appearance (third under Jackson), all is clearly not right in paradise.

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson speaks to reporters during a news conference. (AP)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson speaks to reporters during a news conference. (AP)

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek confirmed Friday that team president Phil Jackson was on the court Thursday working with guards on the triangle offense.

"He had our guards out there, just showing them a couple things that are kind of probably further along in the triangle process than we're at now," said.

Horaceck said Jackson has been doing the sessions on a monthly basis. The Knicks coach added Jackson was teaching things Thursday that probably won't be used in the final weeks of the season, with the Knicks 5 1/2 games out of a playoff berth with 17 games to go.

."This is a little more kind of advanced, just so they see it and they have it in the back of their heads," Hornacek said. "It's good to kind of put that out there so when we do get to it at some point, whether it's this year or next year, they'll have seen it at least."

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are officially in the dog days of the season as the guys discuss what Knicks fans can look forward to for the rest of the year. They also take a look at the likelihood of Derrick Rosereturning to the team andLatrell Sprewell's return to the organization.

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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks, almost certainly heading toward another season where they miss the playoffs, have discussed how a team like the Heat has a better record than they do.

"Guys discuss that a lot," Carmelo Anthony told Frank Isola of the NY Daily News. "We talk about that amongst ourselves, kind of what is it. What's happening, especially with the talent we have in this locker room."

The Knicks are 26-39, 5.5 games behind the Bulls for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Mar 8, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reach for the loose ball during the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reach for the loose ball during the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 of his 32 points in the second half to help the Milwaukee Bucks overcome a third-quarter deficit and beat the New York Knicks 104-93 on Wednesday night.

The Bucks extended their winning streak to four games with the win, moving to within a half-game of Chicago for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Mar 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives around Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives around Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks go to Milwaukee for a matchup with the Bucks at 8 p.m. 

According to STATS: 

  • Since 2014-15, the Bucks are 7-3 (.700) against the Knicks, including 3-2 at home. In the previous three seasons, Milwaukee was 3-8 (.273) against New York, including 2-3 at home.
  • The Knicks had seven players record at least 10 points in Monday's 113-105 win against the Magic, the most double-digit scorers New York has had in a game this season.
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Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony would like to play 20 seasons in the NBA, he told reporters Wednesday.

"I would love to get 20 in, I could do 20,'' Anthony said. "I could do 20. I've done a great job taking care of my body. I'll continue doing that. No severe injuries. I can see myself going for 20.''

The 34-year-old is currently in his 14th season and his sixth with the Knicks.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

While this season has been a major disappointment for the Knicks, the team's ability to develop its young players represents a glimmer of hope for the future of the franchise.

As Stefan Bondy of the Daily News points out, the Knicks coaching staff has put together several success stories. Lance Thomas joined the Knicks on a 10-day contract and eventually earned himself a spot in the starting lineup along with a $27 million deal. Langston Galloway began his career on a 10-day deal with New York, yet ended the season as an All-Rookie selection (before being signed away by the Pelicans a year later). Ron Baker went undrafted last year and is now starting and playing well for the Knicks. Willy Hernangomez was a second-round pick who has developed into an offensive weapon at just 22-years old. Undrafted rookie Chasson Randle is now starting to look like a piece of New York's future. Justin Holiday never played meaningful minutes before joining New York as a throwaway in the trade for Derrick Rose but is now averaging career-highs in every major statistical category. 

Besides Hernangomez, the rest of the players mentioned above went undrafted, while three played for the Knicks D-League team in Westchester. 

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You can say the Knicks got lucky. After releasing Chasson Randle following a refreshingly productive training camp, New York allowed him to play in the D-League. Though the organization was able to keep close tabs on him in Westchester, they were essentially developing him for another team.

Free to sign with any interested club, Randle intrigued the 76ers and signed a multi-year deal by the end of January. For the Knicks, he was immediately the one that got away, especially considering how their decision to roll out a veteran squad wasn't resulting in a legitimate playoff push. They needed to be focusing on developing their youth and Randle should have been a part of that all along...

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Lance Thomas added 17 and the New York Knicks used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Orlando Magic, 113-105 on Monday night.

Willy Hernangomez had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 points for the Knicks, who stopped a two-game losing streak. Kyle O'Quinn sparked the comeback with 11 points and eight rebounds, all in the fourth quarter.

Elfrid Payton had his first triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 25 points and Aaron Gordon had 17 in the Magic's third loss in four games.

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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose controls the ball against Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose controls the ball against Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose is playing through an eye issue after injuring it in Sunday's game against the Golden State Warriors, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Rose said he had blurry vision and a headache in Sunday's loss and saw a specialist after the game when it swelled, according to Berman.

The injury occurred when teammate Kristaps Porzingis elbowed him.

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