If you're anything like me, you might find yourself straining to keep yourself from getting irrationally excited about this Knicks 3-0 start. You're running through the usual routine in regards to small sample sizes. It's only three games, the Knicks have played well for three games many times before, the Sixers started Kwame Brown on Monday, intentionally, and so forth.

But really, forget all that noise. If there was any sports team more in need of a good start it was these New York Knicks. Prior to the season, there seemed to be a whole industry waiting for the Knicks to be some kind of laughable disaster -- in fairness, the kind they've pretty much been for about a decade or so -- with folks lined up eager to basically turn them into the Jets.

Much ink was spilled debating on whether or not Knicks fans would be justified in switching allegiances to the Nets. Which to my mind never made any sense. I've watched Brooklyn so far and you know what they look like to me: The Nets, just in different uniforms. I don't know, but for me them playing in a different stadium didn't instantly wipe away a lifetime of rooting for the Knicks, "Look, they're wearing black! How fresh and exciting! Jay-Z!" I'm weird, I guess.

But the Knicks have already done something very important in these first three games. They've set a tone. What was so exciting about Monday night's win in Philadelphia was the workman-like nature of it. After a touch of a slow start, they just blitzed an inferior team for another easy win. That's what good teams do.

The only shame now is there's only one game over the next seven days. Um yes, more please.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:35
Knicks players speak after losing to the Cavaliers at MSG, while Derrick Rose remains day-to-day with a back injury.

NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love also surpassed 20, and the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the New York Knicks 126-94 on Wednesday night.

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Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

An MRI revealed that Derrick Rose has no structural damage and he is considered day-to-day with a back injury, reports ESPN New York's Ian Begley. New York expects Rose to travel with the team to the West Coast. 

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Dec 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with players during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 106-98. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with players during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 106-98. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks host the defending NBA champion Cavaliers on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Cavaliers have won the last seven meetings against the New York Knicks, their third-longest active winning streak against a single opponent.
  • The Cavs are averaging 11.8 points less per game on the road (103.5) than at home (115.3) this season, the third largest differential (road worse) in the NBA.
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Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball over Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The New York Knicks defeat the Miami Heat 114-103. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball over Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The New York Knicks defeat the Miami Heat 114-103. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Knicks president Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony is still holding onto the ball longer than he should be and also spoke about the triangle offense and what he considers the unfair backlash against it.

"Carmelo a lot of times wants to hold the ball longer than -- we have a rule: If you hold a pass two seconds, you benefit the defense," Jackson said in an interview with CBS Radio on Tuesday. "So he has a little bit of a tendency to hold it for three, four, five seconds, and then everybody comes to a stop." 

Anthony is averaging 23.5 points, six rebounds and 2.5 assists in 21 games this season.

In regards to New York's usage of the triangle offense, Jackson pointed to a pair of reasons why its usage gets such bad press

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Tommy Dee, SNY.TV:

For as far back as I can remember, great players in New York get treated differently by the media. Because their salaries are public knowledge, players who make the most money are often shouldered with the weight of the franchise as well as lofty and often unrealistic expectations.

It was that way with the likes of Patrick Ewing and Alex Rodriguez, and it's been that way with Carmelo Anthony since he was traded here in 2011.

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 (Sam Sharpe)
(Sam Sharpe)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV

As Derrick Rose sat out much of the second half of Tuesday night's game against the Heat, it was easy to see just how thin the Knicks are spread at point guard, with only Brandon Jennings to turn to next.

This was a cause for concern during training camp, when New York opted to let Chasson Randle go. The thought that they could be without 50 percent of their point guard depth exposes quite a weakness.

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Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) dunks over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The New York Knicks defeat the Miami Heat 114-103.  (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) dunks over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The New York Knicks defeat the Miami Heat 114-103. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 35 points, and the New York Knicks beat the injury-ravaged Miami Heat 114-103 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which is three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season. The Knicks lost Derrick Rose to back spasms in the third quarter.

Goran Dragic scored 29 points and Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who fell to 2-8 at home.

The teams were tied at 68 late in the third quarter, when the Knicks went on a 27-13 run over the next eight minutes to take control. Anthony finished 13 for 27 from the field, and Porzingis and Joakim Noah combined for 22 rebounds.

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Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) attempts a lay up against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena.  (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) attempts a lay up against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Derrick Rose exited the Knicks' game on Tuesday night in Miami early and is not expected to return. 

Rose is reportedly dealing with back spasms (Begley, Dec. 5). 

In just under 25 minutes played, Rose scored 10 points with three assists with two steals.

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DNL on Phil and LeBron spat 00:04:03
The DNL crew analyzes Phil Jackson's controversial comments that stirred up LeBron James.

Update, Dec. 5

While appearing as a guest on CBS Sports Network's "We need to talk," Phil Jackson expressed regret for his choice of words towards Lebron James and those associated with him (CBS Sports, Dec. 5). 

"We are not supposed to discuss other team's players in this position that I have here," Jackson said. "So I violated one of the tenets... And the obvious thing is, the word itself carries connotation. And I just don't understand that part of it, the word. So I guess word choice could be something I would regret. But talking about other teams' players, that's out of the box."

In an interview with ESPN on Nov. 15, Jackson referred to Lebron and those surrounding him as a 'posse,' which caused Lebron and long-time friend Maverick Carter to publicly denounce the comments made. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots a free throw during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots a free throw during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

MIAMI -- This season may be the first time in 17 years that the New York Knicks can actually say they are better than the Miami Heat.

New York, led by established standouts Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose and superstar-in-the making 7-3 center/forward/shooting guard Kristaps Porzingis, may be for real this time around.

The old rivals -- more on that later -- will meet on Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, and the Knicks (11-9) are in a virtual three-way tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. They have won three in a row and eight of their past 11 and are just one game out of third place.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Derrick Williams, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks this past June, told Marc Berman of the NY Post that the decision was tough.

"For sure it was a tough decision,'' Williams said. "I love my time in New York. Being one of the fan favorites, leaving a place where I felt I could keep getting better, keep growing. But ultimately I feel it was the right decision. It might not seem that way right now. But I'm getting better each day. Even though I may not be on the court right now, this is for the second half of the season."

Williams, who played 80 games for the Knicks last season, has appeared in just 11 of the Heat's 20 games so far in 2016-17.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Tommy Dee, SNY.tv:

The idea of competition for playing time can be a very slippery slope, especially if incumbents with higher salaries feel threatened and cause locker room friction. But the sense so far is that players, top to bottom, are pushing themselves for minutes, resulting in the Knicks outplaying opponents -- especially at home -- more often than not.

When the Knicks signed Mindaugas Kuzminskas from Unicaja, a Spanish team in the Euroleague, I texted a scout friend of mine who was familiar with his game.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Kristaps Porzingis didn't bounce back in the way the New York Knicks hoped he would have following a 2-of-12 shooting performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he still managed to help the Knicks get a 106-98 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Porzingis shot 6-for-18 from the field and wasn't alone in his struggles, but simply couldn't get anything to fall no matter how often New York looked at him. (Granted, some overzealous foul calls against the Knicks prevented them from getting into a flow.) Despite Porzingis' off night, his teammates -- notably Derrick RoseCarmelo Anthony and Brandon Jennings -- picked him up at different points. As Porzingis struggled, head coach Jeff Hornacek kept him on the floor, and it was easy to see why.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Sacramento Kings, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks as Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos looks on during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks as Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos looks on during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony each scored 20 points and the New York Knicks held off the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Sunday night for their eighth win in 11 games.

The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 18 consecutive points in the third quarter but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win their third straight overall and improve to 9-3 at home.

Brandon Jennings added 19 points for New York and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Minnesota Timberwolves
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Kyle O'Quinn (9) had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Knicks win over Minnesota and Karl-Anthony Towns (32) Friday. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Kyle O'Quinn (9) had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Knicks win over Minnesota and Karl-Anthony Towns (32) Friday. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks will try to end a four-game losing streak to Sacramento when they host the Kings Sunday night at the Garden.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back on TheKnicksBlog Podcast where the guys discuss the team's recent string of success, including Wednesday night's win over Minnesota. Later in the show, Ant and Moke debate whether Derrick Rose deserves a contract extension and talk about the importance of the next 10 games on the schedule.

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Kyle O'Quinn has earned the right to stay in the rotation when Joakim Noah returns to the Knicks lineup. ( Adam Hunger)
Kyle O'Quinn has earned the right to stay in the rotation when Joakim Noah returns to the Knicks lineup. ( Adam Hunger)

The Knicks are 4-0 without Joakim Noah thanks in part to Kyle O'Quinn, who has certainly held his own. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek will have to find a place for O'Quinn when Noah returns.

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 (AP)
(AP)

Carmelo Anthony was red hot as the Knicks built up a lead against the Timberwolves on Friday. Connecting on five shots from long range, there was clearly an extra pep in his step as he broke out of what has been a much too long offensive slump. Anthony ran the floor with gusto as he made shot after shot in transition. It's clear he can create for himself when necessary, but his teammates undoubtedly aided his efforts to have a breakthrough game against Minnesota. His 29 point performance was needed.

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Phil Jackson smiles during a news conference. (USA Today)
Phil Jackson smiles during a news conference. (USA Today)

Much was made during the off season as Knicks president Phil Jackson ignoring free agent Tom Thibodeau during the coaching search. While Jackson decided between David Blatt and the eventual winner Jeff Hornacek, Thibodeau, who was looking for a level authority not available in New York, landed in Minnesota with the upstart Timberwolves.

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Kyle O'Quinn (9) had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Knicks win over Minnesota and Karl-Anthony Towns (32) Friday. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Kyle O'Quinn (9) had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Knicks win over Minnesota and Karl-Anthony Towns (32) Friday. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Derick Rose had 24 and Kyle O'Quinn added 20 points and 13 rebounds as the New York Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-114 on Friday night.

Zach LaVine scored 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 for the Timberwolves.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Knicks take on the Timberwolves in the back end of a home-and-home at Madison Square Garden on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

Joakim Noah will remain out on Friday night against the Timberwolves due sprained left ankle, the team announced. 

He was also out on Wednesday night due to the ankle injury.

Courtney Lee will also be unavalable on Friday night.

Lance Thomas, who has been dealing with a bone bruise in his ankle, will be available.

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Stefan Bondy on Melo, Porzingis 00:05:09
Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy joins Daily News Live to discuss Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks moving forward.

Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy joins Daily News Live to discuss Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks moving forward.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Kristaps Porzingis has led the New York Knicks to a 6-4 record over their last 10 games. The second-year forward ranks second only to nine-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony on the team with 21.4 points per game. And as Porzingis continues to flourish on the offensive end, there's already talk about whose team this is.

Does it even matter? After a slow start to the season, New York looks competitive. As the Knicks hit their stride, Anthony and Porzingis are standing tall as a very formidable 1-2 punch. They're clearly stronger together, playing off one another and keeping opposing defenses on their toes. Porzingis seems to understand that.

"Since I've been here [Anthony has] been that guy for me and he still is the guy that draws the most attention from the defense," Porzingis said in a recent interview with SLAM. "That gives me more space and more options to be open.

"We're still figuring it out, we're not even close to what we can do and how much potential we have. We're working towards that and once we click 100 percent, we can do big things."

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday (8) reacts after scoring a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday (8) reacts after scoring a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Justin Holiday may have had a poor shooting night against Minnesota, but he found himself on the court when it mattered most. In what has become an often occurrence for Knicks' reserve, he was once again on the floor in the closing seconds of an important game. Alongside Carmelo Anthony and the team's more notable players, Holiday was depended on for defensive prowess.

Once considered simply an after thought in the Derrick Rose trade, Holiday has been much more than that. In the absence of Lance Thomas, he has given New York's second unit exactly what they needed: a mature veteran who can spread the floor and play intelligent defense. 

"There's such a premium on guys that can make shots. You have to make shots. With the way the game is today, defenses are rotating so quickly and the ball is going to find the open man," Michael Peck, who coached Holiday in 2012-13 on the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League told SNY.tv and TheKnicksBlog.com. "If you're that guy, you've got to be ready to knock those down. He has great length and great elevation on his shot, which makes him hard to cover."

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Stefan Bondy on Melo, Porzingis 00:05:09
Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy joins Daily News Live to discuss Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks moving forward.

I've always felt based on studying the Knicks as closely as I have over the years that there's an inner conflict that has been building within the fanbase surrounding Carmelo Anthony.

Some fans want to see the Knicks win with him, and it seems some don't.

I won't go as far as to say people root for the Knicks and against Anthony because that thought process makes zero sense to me. Maybe that's just some people's way of stirring the pot on social media, but ever since Anthony has been here it's been a roller coaster ride for fans who believed Carmelo was supposed to be the savior taking the Knicks to the promised land after coming here from Denver.

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Nov 30, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the second quarter at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 30, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the second quarter at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points and eight rebounds in a thrilling duel with Karl-Anthony Towns, helping the New York Knicks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-104 on Wednesday night. 

Carmelo Anthony capped a quiet night with a game-winning 18-footer over Andrew Wiggins with 2.3 seconds to play, helping the Knicks avoid what would have been an epic collapse in the fourth quarter. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Minnesota Timberwolves need to find a way to right the ship after once again failing to close out a game, the latest instance coming Monday against the Utah Jazz.

They'll have two straight chances against the New York Knicks to do so. Minnesota hosts New York on Wednesday at Target Center before traveling to Madison Square Garden for another game against the Knicks on Friday.

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 (Sam Sharpe)
(Sam Sharpe)

In the wake of the discussion surrounding the Knicks and Derrick Rose as it relates to a contract extension, I thought it would be prudent to take a look at the numbers of both Rose and Brandon Jennings to get a good idea how productive both have been to start the season.

The eye test tells me that the Knicks are at their best when Rose and Jennings are surrounded by three jump-shooters, considering neither does a particularly good job of stretching the defense from three-point range.

That immediately causes a "space" issue for the Knicks in the half court offense. Rose is just 7 of 27 this year (26 percent), while Jennings is shooting just a bit better with more frequent attempts making 16 of 53 for 30 percent.

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Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

On the heels of Derrick Rose pouring in a season-high 30 points against the Thunder, the New York Post reported that the New York Knicks are yet to discuss a contract extension with the 2011 MVP.

And that's the way it should be. Rose has shown flashes of promise with regard to being the kind of player New York needs. Still, a big plus to his acquisition was the flexibility his expiring contract will present them moving forward. As Rose comes off the books, the Knicks will have an opportunity to regroup and assess their priorities during free agency. If no player entices them enough to garner the kind of money Rose would, they could instead hold off on making a big commitment until the following summer. 

"I haven't talked to them about it,'' Rose said of an extension. "It's been more about winning games. We'll see. I'm more concerned with trying to win games, but it's something I'd have to talk about with my family and team.''

Sometimes flexibility is more valuable than signing a player prematurely tends to be. Signing Rose to an extension that would hover around $75 million would tie up the Knicks' money. Is he really the player they want to commit to long term?

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:57
Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and coach Jeff Hornacek speak after practice as the team heads to Minnesota looking to end its road woes.

New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) during first half against Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) during first half against Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)

After missing two games with the flu, Joakim Noah returned, only to play limited minutes in the weekend back-to-back against Charlotte. The Knicks came away with two commanding victories in the games he missed, so the fact that Noah failed to make a big impact upon returning created doubt he'd be a solid fit for New York moving forward.

It's worth noting that the Hornets went small during crunch time. As the Knicks attempted to match up in the best way possible with their opponent, Noah was an obvious odd man out. Sometimes different opponents dictate the use of less favorable, or simply varied, lineups, and this was one of those times.

With an imposing and physical front line of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, (and not to mention, the NBA's best rebounding guard in Russell Westbrook), Noah had a quick chance to redeem himself. Unfortunately, he couldn't take advantage of the opportunity.

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Knicks SG Courtney Lee sprained his shooting hand during New York's 104-94 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 20, according to Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News.

While the injury occured nine days ago, Lee says the sprain has not affected his shot. 

On the season, Lee is averaging 9.6 points per game while shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from the three-point line.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

I equate the final minutes of the Knicks game last night to a football team that ran the ball down the throats of the opposing defense until the clock ran out. The Thunder simply were stronger than the Knicks on the offensive glass, ripping down 17 rebounds on the offensive end -17 chances for the Knicks to have ended a possession. Overall they won the rebounding battle 53-40 and that helped the Thunder break the Knicks' (8-9) six game home winning streak.

"We didn't do a very good job of boxing guys out," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said to reporters following the Thunder's 112-103 win at Madison Square Garden last night. "We can't just turn and not drive a guy away from the basket and think we can just get it."  

More specifically, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah couldn't stop Enes Kanter and Steven Adams, who combined for 41 points and 20 rebounds including 10 offensive rebounds. Kanter had 2 critical offensive rebound put backs down the stretch to seal the victory.

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GEICO SportsNite: Hornacek 00:00:47
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek discusses New York's 112-103 loss to the Thunder at home Monday night.

Russell Westbrook got his third straight triple-double and nearly did it by halftime, finishing with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists for his NBA-leading eighth of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 112-103 on Monday night.

Westbrook had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists at the break and is now averaging a triple-double for the season, raising his averages to 30.9 points, 11.3 assists and 10.3 rebounds through more than a month of the season.

Enes Kanter added a season-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Steven Adams had 14 points and 10 boards in the Thunder's third straight victory.

Derrick Rose scored a season-best 30 points, but the Knicks had their six-game home winning streak snapped. Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points and Carmelo Anthony had 18, but shot just 4 for 19. >> Read more

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots a free throw during the third quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots a free throw during the third quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Point guards Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, chosen first and fourth, respectively, in the 2008 draft, will renew acquaintances on Monday when the New York Knicks host the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden.

Rose's Knicks (8-8) have won six straight at the Garden. Westbrook's Thunder (10-8) are 4-3 on the road.

Oklahoma City comes in after a 106-88 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday when Westbrook posted 17 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds for his second consecutive triple-double and seventh this season. It was also his 44th career triple-double, which ties him with Cleveland's LeBron James. It took Westbrook 395 fewer games than James to achieve the milestone.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

When the Knicks face off against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder during Oklahoma City's only regular season visit to Madison Square Garden, it will be the first of a handful games in which New York will face a team from the NBA's Western Conference over the next month.

Starting Mondy night, eight of the Knicks' next 10 games will be non-conference, including a five-game road trip starting in Sacramento that will see the Knicks face the Kings, Lakers, Suns, Warriors. and Nuggets starting December 9. That could prove to be an important, season-defining stretch for the Knicks, who have struggled on the road mightily this season.

Historically speaking, the Knicks' road trips out west have been a challenge to say the least, but they won't be playing any back-to-back games, where they have been 0-4 this season. In fact, with head coach Jeff Hornacek's new "modern triangle," the Knicks want to play at a faster pace getting more possessions. And five of the seven teams the Knicks will play over the next 10 games are all in the top-10 in possessions per game.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Lance Thomas will remain out due to a sore left ankle when the Knicks play the Thunder on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, the team announced.

His ankle was in a walking boot after last Wednesday night's game and Thomas said the injury had turned into a bone bruise.

"I don't want to be something that keeps me out for too long but when I come back I want to be effective to the team," Thomas said. "I've been playing through the injuries. My teammates know I've been trying to do my best.''

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New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday reaches for the net during the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday reaches for the net during the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Justin Holiday and Mindaugas Kuzminskas have stepped up in the absence of the injured Lance Thomas, but how will head coach Jeff Hornacek adjust the players' minutes when Thomas returns?

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Nov 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks forward center Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives past Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert (55) to score during the first half of the game at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks forward center Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives past Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert (55) to score during the first half of the game at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

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In a troubling theme that is starting to become commonplace, the Knicks fell to 0-4 on the second game of back-to-backs last night to the Charlotte Hornets. In each of the four games (three being on the road), the Knicks seemed to lack the ability to match the energy of their opponents. It's a flaw that everyone in the locker room is aware of, including the coach, and it all starts with the leg strength of the Knicks big three players: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose.

"They didn't quit, which is a positive, but we need to get off the better starts," Jeff Hornacek said. "I think they had 24 points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the game. So that's probably where the game was won or lost right there."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots on a technical during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots on a technical during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

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After falling behind by double-digits relatively early on Saturday, the Knicks did manage to catch up to the Hornets. Unfortunately for them, they failed to hang on to a very brief lead. In what has become a familiar occurrence for New York during Carmelo Anthony's tenure, playing catch up is no easy task. When the Knicks create a sizable hole for themselves, it proves difficult to fully climb out of. Saturday's game was no different, especially as they played on tired legs.

The Knicks are used to exerting so much effort in merely catching up to an opponent, that it's rarely taken into account that by the time they do, a team like the Hornets hasn't slowed down one bit. New York worked hard to claw their way back, but didn't have enough energy sustain a lead of their own. 

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Nov 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) and guard Brandon Jennings (3) react to a call after Rose is charged with a foul during the second half of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. Hornets win 107-102. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) and guard Brandon Jennings (3) react to a call after Rose is charged with a foul during the second half of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. Hornets win 107-102. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

With the chance to sweep a home-and-home with the Hornets, the Knicks fell in Charlotte in the back end on Saturday. 

Despite having won their previous three games, the Knicks again fell on the road, where their record now stands at 1-6. New York has now lost four consecutive games away from Madison Square Garden. 

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The Knicks' Brandon Jennings (3) and the Hornets' Ramon Sessions (7) go after a loose ball. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)
The Knicks' Brandon Jennings (3) and the Hornets' Ramon Sessions (7) go after a loose ball. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

The Hornets held Carmelo Anthony to 18 points the day after he scored 35 against them in New York and held off the Knicks for a 107-102 victory Saturday in Charlotte.

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Nov 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) reacts to the win against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 113-111. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) reacts to the win against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 113-111. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

CHARLOTTE -- The Charlotte Hornets won't have too much time to dwell on giving up a 13-point lead to the New York Knicks, only to lose 113-111 in overtime on Friday in New York.

The two teams will go at it again on Saturday in Charlotte.

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(Adam Hunger)

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Derrick Rose continues to embark on his bounce-back year with the Knicks, all in hopes of proving his worth and earning a sizable next contract. As he does this, there's been continued chatter as to whether or not he returns to MVP form, or at least a high enough level to assume star status once again. But alas, vintage Rose is gone, he says.

Rose's game is changing with a new role on the Knicks. As he puts it, he's had to make sacrifices. But he isn't the only one. Joakim Noah has had to deal with injuries and illness already, but even when he's up to full strength, it appears as though his playing time may be sporadic. What's more, Carmelo Anthony has been tasked with ensuring the ball is big enough for he, Rose and Kristaps Porzingis. As the emergence of the young gun continues at a rather rapid rate, there are questions as to how much longer the Knicks will be considered Anthony's team.

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(Adam Hunger)

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As Carmelo Anthony posted up in his office, the left pinch post, to try and finish off a pesky Charlotte Hornets team in overtime last night, he waved Derrick Rose away to make sure he had enough space to go to work against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

After the shot fell giving the Knicks (8-7) a 113-111 victory at home, the team's sixth straight at the Garden, the team huddled around Anthony knowing full well the nine-time all-star had carried them all game and they were one stop from victory. Rose, who had hit a big bank shot earlier in the game on the heels of his game-winner the other night against Portland, didn't hesitate to get out of Anthony's airspace when asked to do so, a sure sign of selflessness.

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Nov 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 35 points, including the tiebreaking jumper with 3.1 seconds left in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Hornets 113-111 on Friday night.

Derrick Rose added 16 points and blocked Kemba Walker's 3-pointer that would have won it just before the buzzer. Kristaps Porzingis also scored 16 points in the Knicks' sixth straight home victory. 

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(Adam Hunger)

The Knicks host the Hornets on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • This is the front end of a home-and-home series, as the teams are scheduled to play in Charlotte on Saturday. The Hornets have won six of the last seven games in this series.
  • After starting the season 6-1, the Hornets have gone 2-5 in their last seven contests, including dropping the last three of these.
  • The Knicks have had 20 or more assists in each of their last four games (3-1); this is their longest single-season streak since they had eight consecutive games with 20+ assists, January 16-29, 2016. New York had 20+ dimes in just three of its first 10 contests this season (3-0).
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(Brad Penner)

In back-to-back victories against Atlanta and Portland, the Knicks' center-by-committee worked out quite well. 

Kristaps Porzingis asserted himself more confidently with extra minutes at the five, Kyle O'Quinn filled in nicely with a steady rebounding presence, and Willy Hernangomez flashed plenty of potential as he held his ground against veteran big men Dwight Howard and Mason Plumlee.

Following this very short string of success, there's already concern regarding how Joakim Noah will fit in moving forward. Such questions are premature.

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