After a couple of recent close encounters, the Knicks finally managed to close a game out, holding on to defeat the Boston Celtics on the road Wednesday night, 117-109, to snap a six-game losing streak. >> Box score
Things to know about Wednesday's game
1) The Knicks led for the entirety of the game but almost had deja vu from Friday's game vs. the Pelicans in the fourth quarter. The Knicks saw a 12-point lead with 2:27 remaining evaporate to just a one possession game in the final 30 seconds before they escaped with a much-needed victory.
Zion Williamson continues to show he is a force to be reckoned with.
The Duke freshman had another monster night against Gonzaga on Wednesday in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, although the Blue Devils were dealt their first loss of the season by No. 3 Gonzaga, 89-87.
Williamson did his part, though, recording a double-double with 22 points on 8 of 17 from the field and 10 rebounds.
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BOSTON -- On paper, a visit by the lowly New York Knicks should be just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Boston Celtics.
But the way things have gone for the Eastern Conference favorites this season, even an appearance by the Knicks (4-14) doesn't mean anything is guaranteed.
After losing at Charlotte on Monday night, the Celtics are 9-8 and have been called "the biggest disappointment" in the NBA by former star turned television commentator Paul Pierce. >> Read more
Pending free agent and Knicks target Kevin Durant had a succinct answer when asked if the Draymond Green spat would impact his decision after the season. "Nah," he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.
"Because at the end of the day, I'm just a ballplayer that's just trying to be in a great environment to play basketball and groom my skills every day," Durant explained. "And I want to compete on a level that once the game starts, I'm just totally comfortable with my surroundings, with just going out there and being me."
The above quote from Durant is all well and good, but it has nothing to do with his free agent decision and everything to do with how he'll deal with Green and the situation in Golden State for the rest of this season.
It was an uncharacteristcally quiet game from Duke PF Zion Williamson when the Blue Devils took on the Auburn Tigers in the Maui Invitational Semifinal on Tuesday night. But he managed to rack up double-digit points in the 78-72 win to help Duke stay undefeated and move on to the championship.
The Knicks potential draft target dropped 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting as well as 5-for-8 from the charity stripe. He did fill up the stat sheet elsewhere, though, with nine boards, two assists, and two blocks as well.
And one of his blocks came on a Tiger that tried to dunk on him. How do you think that one went?
The Knicks kept this one close, but the Trail Blazers eeked it out as New York dropped their sixth straight game, 118-114, on Wednesday night. >> Box score
Things to know about Sunday's game
1) It wasn't supposed to be a close game, but the Knicks made it interesting in the final minute as they were only down 116-114. They caught a big break, too, when Jusuf Nurkic (13 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST, 2 BLK) was called for a reach-in on Noah Vonleh (14 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK). But Vonleh missed both free throws to tie the game, and in turn, Damian Lillard buried a contested jumper which would be the eventual dagger.
Amid a five-game losing streak, Knicks coach David Fizdale has opted to reshuffle the team's lineup ahead of Tuesday night's game.
Enes Kanter is starting alongside Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mario Hezonja, and Noah Vonleh.
Hardaway Jr. and Mudiay are the only two holdovers from the most-recent lineup. Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, and Allonzo Trier started on Sunday.
After dropping 40 points on the Washington Wizards in a 119-109 win on Sunday night, Damian Lillard follows with an encore at Madison Square Garden, where the Portland Trail Blazers travel to take on the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Lillard had 31 of his 40 points in the second and third quarters to help Portland rebound from a two-game losing streak, which followed a four-game winning streak.
"We were in a situation where the players have to take over," Lillard said after the game. "In the second half, I already had my mind made up that I was going to come out with my foot on the gas and be aggressive. Whatever that result was, I was going to live with it and I'm just glad it turned out to be a W." >> Read more
Joakim Noah may be close to finding a new home after his exile from New York.
The Knicks bust is reportedly in talks with the Memphis Grizzlies about a potential contract, sources told the New York Times.
The Grizzlies have held "extensive discussions" with Noah's camp, per the report, and may come together on a deal in time for the center to suit up against the Knicks Sunday in Memphis.
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Knicks coach David Fizdale says he wants Kevin Knox to start taking his effort level up a notch.
The 19-year-old rookie is shooting just 33 percent from the field through his first 10 games. But it's his motor that Fizdale pointed to as an area of needed improvement.
The coach described Knox's motor as "up and down" on Monday, telling the New York Post that the rookie is "still learning how to consistently play at a high motor.
Another day, another electrifying Zion Williamson highlight.
The Duke freshman didn't go off like he had in the past in the top-ranked Blue Devils' 90-64 win over San Diego State on Monday. But he did throw down an incredible windmill dunk off a steal.
Kristaps Porzingis is not the only one who is making progress.
Knicks guard Courtney Lee also began doing contact drills on Monday as he inches closer to returning to the court as he recovers from a neck strain.
Lee initially injured his neck in the preseason and has yet to play this season.
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There does not appear to be a miscommunication between David Fizdale and Kristaps Porzingis this time around.
The Knicks star forward recently told GQ he was close to returning that he could "taste it," and on Sunday, Fizdale seemed to share that sentiment.
The Knicks head coach spoke with much more optimism about Porzingis than he did two weeks ago and left the door open for the 23-year-old to return this season but cautioned that Porzingis is not cleared to practice just yet.
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The Knicks came back from a 17-point first-half deficit but were outscored 64-51 in the second half as they lost to the Orlando Magic 131-117 on Sunday at Amway Center. >> Box score
Things to know about Sunday's game
1. After the Knicks trailed 102-99 midway through the fourth quarter, the Magic went on a 10-3 run capped by a Jonathan Isaac three-point play that gave Orlando a 112-102 lead. New York never got closer than five points the rest of the way.
2. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 32 points and Trey Burke added 31 for the Knicks, who have lost five in a row. Enes Kanter recorded a 21-point, 20-rebound double-double in 37:40, though he only scored seven points in the second half.
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A week ago in Madison Square Garden, the Orlando Magic scored the first 10 points, led by 20 after the first quarter, by as many as 34 and rolled past the New York Knicks for their most lopsided win of the season.
The venue will be different this time when Orlando hosts New York on Sunday and so is the direction of the teams.
Orlando is 6-2 in its last eight games since it absorbed a 120-95 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 2. The Magic won their second straight Saturday night when they shot a season-high 53.8 percent in a 130-117 win over the Los Angeles Lakers...
Friday night in New Orleans featured yet another new starting five from David Fizdale and the Knicks. And despite the close loss, Fizdale was impressed by how it looked throughout the game.
All three Knicks rookies were penciled in, as Allonzo Trier joined MItchell Robinson and Kevin Knox at tip off. Fizdale mentioned before the game yesterday that all three players have earned their spots, and it was time to see what they could do together.
"I just wanted to keep an open mind to everything and see how it plays out," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "All of these guys to their credit have really shown some great moments in the NBA. So I figured why not look at them all together out there with Timmy and with our best passer and see how that looks if they're moving up and down the court fast."
The Knicks led the Pelicans for 45 minutes on Friday night -- and up 19 in the first half -- but still could not come away with the victory.
New Orleans fought its way back in the second half -- going on a 26-10 run to close out the fourth quarter -- and the Knicks squandered their lead with 2:33 left in regulation to fall to the Pelicans, 129-124, in their fourth striaght loss. >> Box score
Knicks coach David Fizdale changed his lineup at Oklahoma City on Wednesday, but New York lost 128-103 in its third consecutive lopsided loss even though the Thunder played without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.
"We gave up 128 points for the second time (in three games)," center Enes Kanter told the New York Post. "We were No. 1 in transition defense and tonight was pretty bad."
Fitzdale inserted Emmanuel Mudiay into the starting lineup at point guard and rookie Kevin Knox made his first NBA start. >> READ MORE
Knicks head coach David Fizdale's lineup experiment continues on Friday night when his starting five will feature all three rookies for the first time this season.
First-rounder Kevin Knox got his first career start against the Thunder in Wednesday's 128-103 blowout, and second-rounder Mitchell Robinson has been cemented at center for some time now.
It will be undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier making his first career start, as he has impressed early on this season. The three rookies will work alongside Emmanuel Mudiay and Tim Hardaway Jr. at tip off.
It's way too early for David Fizdale to be getting the ax as Knicks head coach, so why not bring one into the locker room?
That's right: Fizdale imported a literal ax for his players to autograph as part of a bizarre (yet original) motivational tool.
"I promise I'm not going to kill anybody,'' Fizdale said reassuringly on Thursday, per the New York Post. "That's why I keep the rubber tip, in case someone wants to come after me over playing time.''
The Knicks are expected to make a hard pursuit at All-Star F Kevin Durant this offseason, as he's set to become a free agent.
But is the Knicks' losing culture going to hinder them from landing the two-time NBA Finals MVP?
The Daily News Live crew give their opinion on whether or not head coach David Fizdale's current team's struggles would turn Durant off to making The Mecca his new home...
Carmelo Anthony has played his last game with Houston.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey announced the team's split with the former Knick Thursday before Houston's game against the Warriors.
"After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution," Morey said in a statement. "Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D'Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him."
Knicks forward Enes Kanter is one of the biggest trolls in the NBA. From last year's incidents with LeBron James to posting a doctored image of commissioner Adam Silver in a Warriors uniform, he hasn't shied away from taking on anyone.
In Wednesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he had a taste of his own medicine.
Former teammate Steven Adams trolled Kanter by telling Knicks head coach David Fizdale during a stoppage, "Sub him out, he can't play defense."
"It's the only time I get to bloody see him, to be honest, mate," Adams said after the Thunder beat New York on Thursday, according to The Oklahoman's Maddie Lee.
The Knicks tried a new starting five on Wednesday night, but it didn't work as Paul George led the Thunder to a dominant 128-103 win on their home court. >> Box score
Things to know about Sunday's game
1) Head coach David Fizdale mixed up his starters with rookie Kevin Knox getting his first career start, and Emmanuel Mudiay taking over for Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina respectively. But the move didn't change the woes the Knicks have faced in the last three games. Knox did finish with 15 points, but only on 5-of-16 from the field, including two three-pointers. Mudiay had just seven points, and was quick to dish the ball back out to the perimeter when he looked to have an open lane to the bucket on some possessions.
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It was supposed to be a blowout when the Eastern Michigan Eagles traveled to Cameron Indoor to face the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday night.
And it was thanks to the team's leading scorer in Zion Williamson.
In just 20 minutes on the floor during Duke's 84-46 win, Williamson dropped 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds (team high), two assists, and two blocks as well.
After using the same starters for the last nine games, New York Knicks coach David Fizdale might overhaul his lineup for Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"We are going to look at some more stuff, me and the staff, when we get on the plane," Fizdale told reporters Tuesday before the Knicks left for Oklahoma City. "Look at some groups and I may make some changes, but I'm not there yet."
If Fizdale does decide to tweak things from the lineup that's gone 3-6, it figures to affect rookie forward Kevin Knox, who has had two solid games after missing seven games early in the season with an ankle injury. >> READ MORE
The Knicks are shaking up their lineup for Wednesday night's game, with Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay in, replacing Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina.
Ntilikina had been struggling with his shot recently, with head coach David Fizdale limiting him to six minutes during Sunday's loss to the Magic.
Knox, who recently returned after dealing with an ankle injury, has been shaking off the rust while coming off the bench and will be making his first career start...
Kevin Durant's on-court dust-up with Draymond Green resulted in a one-game suspension for the latter Warriors star.
But did Monday night's confrontation, which reportedly carried over into the Golden State locker room and included Green calling Durant a "bitch" several times, have any impact on KD's future?
Durant, who many expect to opt out of his Warriors deal and enter free agency this summer, has been linked to the Knicks by more than just a Manhattan billboard.
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There has never been a real timetable on Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis as he recovers from surgery to repair his ACL, but he's making progress -- shooting on court while sprinting off court.
Porzingis shared the sprinting photos after a mixup involving head coach David Fizdale regarding his supposed lack of progress. Fizdale has owned up for his mixup, and Porzingis continues to rehab. And he feels himself getting closer.
"The hard part is not being able to compete," Porzingis recently told GQ. Now that it's getting closer, I can taste it. I'm trying to stay patient. The day will come."
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Knicks forward Mario Hezonja told the New York Post on Tuesday that he needs to "definitely work more for my teammates."
But the question for coach David Fizdale remains: Where?
"I think I'm falling into the same things that other coaches have tried to find: What is he?" Fizdale told the Post. "What spot is best on the floor for him? Can he handle playing the four and the two from a position-less standpoint? Or does he just need to be slotted?"
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The Unicorn and The Siberian Express met at a party in New York on Monday night.
Kristaps Porzingis and Dolph Lundgren -- who plays Ivan Drago in Rocky IV and the upcoming Creed II -- went toe-to-toe for the cameras after Lundgren incredulously asked KP how tall he was.
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Kristaps Porzingis was back with the Knicks on Tuesday doing some light work with the team at their practice facility in Westchester.
The 23-year-old who is recovering from ACL surgery took some jumpers and 3-pointers without any difficulty.
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Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson has a bunch of highlight reel dunks to his credit so far this season, including the ridiculous reverse alley-oop he pulled off on Nov. 2.
And Robinson would love to be in the dunk contest at the All-Star festivities in February. Oh, and he wouldn't mind playing in the rookie/sophomore game too.
"It's crossed my mind,'' Robinson told Marc Berman of the New York Post. "I always wanted to be in one - a dunk contest. If I have a chance, why not go for it. And if I get selected for that [the rookie-sophomore game], it would be great, too. It's a big dream of mine. Maybe I can do both."
Knicks forward Kevin Knox sends a message to thank the troops for Veterans Day.
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The amount of vitriol and hate going around for Carmelo Anthony this offseason was ridiculous. And with his brief tenure with the Rockets reportedly about to come to an end, Melo is getting it from all angles again.
First off, let's talk about facts and what is justified criticism of the 10-time NBA All-Star.
A poor first quarter doomed the Knicks as they lost to the Orlando Magic 115-89 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score
Things to know about Sunday's game
1. The Knicks were held scoreless for the first 4:54 of the game and were outscored 30-10 in the opening frame as they lost for the fourth time in their last five games.
2. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mario Hezonja combined to make 5 of 22 shots, as New York was outshot .449 to .356. The Knicks shot 5-of-28 from beyond the arc, while the Magic made 17 of 41 3-pointers.
Coming off a 16-point loss to the league-leading Toronto Raptors on Saturday afternoon, the turmoil-plagued New York Knicks return to Madison Square Garden on Sunday night to host the woeful Orlando Magic and hopefully bring some calm into their world.
If it were just the on-court product, that would be one thing. The Knicks are certainly struggling on the hardwood, where they've dropped three of four, including a 116-115 loss to the Chicago Bulls in their last home game on Nov. 5.
But with coach David Fizdale in the news for all the wrong reasons -- he claimed Thursday that his star player and the face of the franchise, Kristaps Porzingis, had not made significant progress in his rehab and was not yet sprinting, only for Porzingis to post a video on Instagram of him sprinting later that day -- perhaps a date with the 5-7 Magic is what the team needs right now.
The Eastern Conference-best Raptors were too much for the Knicks, as New York fell 128-112 in Toronto on Saturday. >> Box Score
Things to know about Saturday's game
1) There was sloppy basketball to kick off this one, with both teams not hitting their shots and turning the ball over. But when things settled down, the Knicks were keeping up with the Raptors as the first quarter ending in a 25-25 tie. But the home team turned it up in the second quarter with 39 points to New York's 28, and ran away from there. Seven Raptors finished with double-digit points.
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Check All-Star SG Jimmy Butler off the Knicks' free-agent targets list. Or at least that's what it sounds like after the Sixers struck a deal with the Timberwolves for Butler on Saturday.
The Sixers landed Butler and C Justin Patton in return for SG Robert Covington, F Dario Saric, and a 2022 second-round draft pick. And they do so with the full intention of signing Butler to a long-term deal before he reaches free agency, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Knicks are expected to be very active this offseason, having enough cap room to sign a prolific superstar to a max deal if they can convince one to do so. Butler was a target for New York, but he is now off the table -- in the Eastern Conference nonetheless...
The early season has not gone so smoothly for the Knicks (4-8).
The team announced Friday that they will be without forward Lance Thomas for at least he next month after he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday to remove loose bodies.
"In the last week or so you could tell it was really bugging him," Knicks coach David Fizdale said.
The Timberwolves have finally granted SG Jimmy Butler's wish to leave Minnesota, as they reportedly traded him to the Sixers.
The deal, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania, has the Sixers dealing SG Robert Covington, F Dario Saric, and a 2022 second-round pick for Butler and C Justin Patton.
Knicks team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry made it clear that they didn't want to trade for a player like Butler because it would be a waste of assets for someone set to be a free agent this offseason. However, Butler's free-agent may be changed before this season ends.
Now, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and head coach David Fizdale are on the same page.
Porzingis called Fizdale on Friday morning to update him on his rehab from a torn ACL, Fizdale said, after the two had differing statuses regarding Porzingis' recovery.
Fizdale said on Thursday that Porzingis hadn't begun sprinting and was at the same stage in the recovery process as he was during the summer. Later that night, Porzingis took to his Instagram story to post two photos of him sprinting at a nearby outdoor track.
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Knicks forward Lance Thomas will be re-evaluated in about four weeks after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Thursday, the team announced on Friday.
Thomas underwent surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery by team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen to remove loose bodies in his knee. He will begin rehab immediately and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Thomas did not play in Wednesday's game over the Hawks and was limited to five minutes in Monday's double-overtime loss to the Bulls.
Forget Kyrie Irving, perhaps the Knicks will make a play for the other Celtics point guard, Terry Rozier.
The 24-year-old has taken a backseat to a healthy Irving this season and if Irving is true to his word and plans on returning to Boston, the Celtics could decide to shop Rozier.
According to The Athletic, at least seven teams are monitoring Rozier's status waiting to see if the Celtics decide to part ways, knowing they have a verbal commitment from Irving.
Kristaps Porzingis appears to prefer doing his talking on Instagram.
The Knicks' star forward was spotted in New York by TMZ Sports on Thursday night but refused to answer any questions, which included an update on his surgically repaired left knee.
TMZ reported their encounter with Porzingis was shortly before he posted photos on his Instagram story of himself sprinting on a track, which was in response to comments made by Knicks head coach David Fizdale to the New York Daily News about the 23-year-old's progress from ACL surgery nine months ago.
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After a report indicated Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has yet to begin sprinting nine months following ACL surgery, the 23-year-old star posted photos on his Instagram story of him sprinting to show his progress.
Knicks head coach David Fizdale told the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy on Thursday that Porzingis, who suffered a torn ACL in February, was at the same stage in his recovery as he was over the summer.
"He's still kind of there," Fizdale said Thursday, per the New York Daily News. "Not huge jumps."
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Knicks center and potentially aspiring WWE star Enes Kanter knows a thing or two about pro wrestling, but the big man is no fan of one Hawks social media staffer delivering a WWE-themed joke at his expense.
Kanter on Thursday called out the unnamed staffer who highlighted a dangerous tumble Kanter took over Atlanta's Miles Plumlee while battling for the ball Wednesday night. The tweet -- captioned with Jim Ross' famous WWE call "As God as my witness, he is broken in half!" -- dramatized Kanter's fall in a video, and he was having none of it.
"I don't know who's running their social media - a high schooler?'' Kanter said, per the New York Post. "I know they've been tweeting some crazy stuff. Probably a high schooler. Whoever it is, they should consider anyone [else] for sure because it is terrible."
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Shortly after he was fired as Knicks head coach in February 2016, Derek Fisher said he thought implementing Phil Jackson's triangle offense was complex because it "requires so much terminology-wise [and] specific skill set-wise."
On Wednesday, he took his admission to another level, telling FS1's "The Fair Game Show" he may not have accepted the Knicks job had he known ahead of time Jackson wanted him to run the triangle offense.
"Had he said, 'Hey, Fish, you have to run the triangle. There's no way around it. If you're not going to do that, it's going to be an issue and maybe we need to go in a different direction,'" Fisher told FS1, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "... Those weren't conversations that we had. So our communication wasn't effective that (would have) allowed us to both go into the situation knowing this is what it's going to be."
The Knicks stumped Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks with a 112-107 win on the road Wednesday night. >> Box Score
Things to know about Monday's game
1) Tim Hardaway Jr. was a main reason the Knicks totaled 47 free throw attempts on Wednesday night, which is the most by any team in franchise history. Hardaway got 20 attempts from the charity stripe, converting 16 of them on his way to a team-high 34 points. He also had three assists and three steals on the night, as he continues to be the veteran scorer the Knicks need him to be.