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

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

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

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

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

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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

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

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis reacts in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis reacts in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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

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

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

Tommy Dee, SNY.TV:

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

Several teams have emerged as potential trade matches

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back for their first show of 2017, and they are not happy as the past two weeks have certainly taken a toll. The guys discuss the Knicks' 6-game skid, Giannis Antetokoumpo's game-winner, Kristaps Porzingis' Achilles injury, and if the team should consider trading off some assets.

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

 

Kristaps Porzingis, who has missed three straight games due to a stiff Achilles tendon, is expected to return Friday night against the Bucks, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

The Knicks may consider a minutes restriction for Porzingis if he does return, Hornacek added.

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

None of the Knicks are on track to be starters at the All-Star Game on Feb. 19 in New Orleans.

Carmelo Anthony (189,817 votes) is fifth among frontcourt players, while Kristaps Porzingis (184,166) is seventh. Top vote-getter LeBron James has 595,288 votes.

Derrick Rose is fifth among guards with 129,924 votes. Top vote-getter Kyrie Irving has 543,030 votes.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek says the team is making strides despite having lost six games in a row, including Wednesday night's last-second loss to the Bucks.

"We did a lot of things right," Hornacek told reporters after Wednesday's game. "We moved the ball better. We played good defense, we helped each other out and they're in the locker room tired right now. So they played as hard as they could, and that's all you can ask. That's making strides."

Tommy Dee, TheKnicksBlog:

The reality surrounding Wednesday night's game, and perhaps the loss against the Magic, is that the if Kristaps Porzingis had played, the Knicks probably win both games.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

It's been nearly two weeks since the Knicks won a game. Prior to entering what's currently a five-game losing streak, the team's 16-13 record gave them good early playoff standing, and there was reason to be optimistic. But an inability to hold their own against the more competitive teams in the league has been a glaring weakness all season long.

Included in this recent skid are losses to teams like the Celtics and Rockets. Beyond that, however, the Knicks have failed to prove themselves as a contender by not taking care of business against seemingly weaker teams.

At this point, the reasons why the bleeding has continued are abundantly clear. It's up to everyone involved -- the front office, coaching staff, and players -- to put a stop to it before it's too late. Here's a look at three of the more pressing issues...

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Tommy Dee, SNY.tv:

I agree with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, who when asked repeatedly Monday night about the team's effort laughed off the idea that the team "hasn't been trying" during their five game losing streak.

Questioning effort is an attack on a team's professionalism and I don't think that's the case here. I truly believe it's a matter of teams feeling far too comfortable with what they see from the Knicks defensively and the simple understanding that if they can hone in and make shots, it will keep the Knicks out of transition where they like to get easy baskets.

In the last five games, starting with a loss at home Christmas Day against the Celtics, the Knicks have faced four teams -- Boston, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Houston -- that primarily run their offense through a PG/C pick-and-roll and surround the perimeter with three point shooters. This is the offense made famous by Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix and later in New York. This offense puts heavy pressure on the defense, with PG driving action causing defenders on the perimeter to help.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks need some new defensive schemes - or perhaps some new players.

Coach Jeff Hornacek said maybe the ones he has are "just not capable" of defending after their 115-103 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

The Knicks have lost a season-high five straight games and the last two have been particularly ugly. They allowed a season-high 69 points in the first half to James Harden and Houston on Saturday night, then surrendered 67 more by halftime Monday to an Orlando team that isn't exactly an offensive powerhouse.

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

Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 23 points, Serge Ibaka and Aaron Gordon each had 22 and the Orlando Magic rolled to a 115-103 victory Monday night over the New York Knicks, who lost their fifth straight game.

Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 13 rebounds and fellow reserve Elfrid Payton added 13 points and 14 assists for the Magic, who were routed in their previous two games but totally turned things around against a Knicks team that played without Kristaps Porzingis or much defensive intensity.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks, who have dropped eight of 10 to fall to 16-18.

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Carmelo Anthony was ejected just over three minutes before halftime during the Knicks' 102-98 overtime loss to the Hawks on Wednesday night.

Anthony had been called for a double technical foul along with Thabo Sefolosha of the Hawks, took it a step further by throwing a punch at Sefolosha.

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters he doesn't blame Anthony for swinging at Sefolosha, saying Sefolosha had his hands around Anthony's neck.

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The Knicks' Derrick Rose (25) dribbles the ball while being defended by Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4). (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
The Knicks' Derrick Rose (25) dribbles the ball while being defended by Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4). (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas led six Celtics in double figures with 27 points as the Celtics held off a furious comeback by the Knicks 119-114 in a Christmas Day matinee at Madison Square Garden

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis controls the ball against Orlando Magic power forward Serge Ibaka during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis controls the ball against Orlando Magic power forward Serge Ibaka during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

A three-word declaration from Kristaps Porzingis was all New York Knicks fans needed to hear.

"I'll be ready," Porzingis said to reporters Friday as the Knicks prepared to host the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon after a one-year absence from the NBA's Christmas Day schedule.

Before his statement, it was a scary moment for Porzingis on Thursday. Early in the fourth quarter of New York's 106-95 win over the Orlando Magic, Porzingis banged knees with Nikola Vucevic and did not return.

After the game, Porzingis described it as "a sharp pain" and also said it had "a little inflammation in the tendon and the bone." Following his declaration on Friday, Porzingis reiterated it a day later by saying he will be ready to play as the inflammation is gone.

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Magic center Bismack Biyombo controls the ball against the Knicks' center Joakim Noah. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Magic center Bismack Biyombo controls the ball against the Knicks' center Joakim Noah. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose scored 19 points, Kyle O'Quinn had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Orlando Magic 106-95 on Thursday night.

Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez each had 15 points for New York, which has won two in a row since a three-game losing streak. 

Orlando led only once, 12-11 on D.J. Augustin's short jumper with 6:13 left in the first quarter. The Knicks responded with a 16-5 run for a 27-17 lead.

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 (Gregory Fisher - USA Today)
(Gregory Fisher - USA Today)

Tommy Dee, SNY.TV:

It all started during a blowout in the Nation's capital after a big win at home the night before against the Pistons.

The Knicks came out flat and were getting run off the floor, trailing by 22 points after three sleepy and uninspired quarters of basketball. The game was over and the team was ready to pack up and head on the Acela Express back to Penn Station.

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

The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement will not only increase Kristaps Porzingis' salary for the last two years of his rookie deal, but will also potentially line him up for a massive, $195 million max contract in 2019.

The agreement immediately affected Porzingis' current four-year rookie-scale deal, which has two years remaining. The new CBA will change its existing terms with a 15 percent increase from what he was supposed to make next year, and a 30 percent rise on what he would have received in his fourth year. 

Next season, Porzingis' salary will change from $4.5 million to $5.1 million, and in his fourth year, it will increase from $5.63 million to $7.28 million.

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Courtney Lee is greeted with a high five from head coach Jeff Hornacheck.  (Adam Hunger (USA Today))
Courtney Lee is greeted with a high five from head coach Jeff Hornacheck. (Adam Hunger (USA Today))

Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 35 points and the New York Knicks used a big second-half turnaround to beat the Indiana Pacers 118-111 on Tuesday night.

The Knicks fell behind by 15 in the third quarter, then suddenly seized control to snap a three-game losing streak. Anthony scored 26 in the second half.

Derrick Rose had 24 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 21 for the Knicks, who returned home after a poor finish to their five-game trip out West. They started slowly but improved to 10-4 at home.

 

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 (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
(Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

Tommy Dee: SNY.TV:

Heading into Tuesday night's game against Indiana at Madison Square Garden, Joakim Noah is still confident things will work out despite his underwhelming play that has faced serious criticism.

What's been obvious to me in watching the team play is that Noah and Courtney Lee -- the player Noah helped recruit here -- have had trouble clicking in the lineup together. Noah seemingly has more chemistry, and the team does as a whole, with Justin Holiday instead of Lee at the shooting guard position. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

For their efforts through the first part of the season, Kristaps Porzingis and head coach Jeff Hornacek have been recognized by USA Today. 

Writer Sam Amick has Porzingis listed as his Most Improved Player and Hornacek was considered for Coach of the Year at the quarter mark of the season. 

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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Without the injured Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, and with Kristaps Porzingis struggling, the Knicks' bench helped keep them competitive with Golden State during their eventual 103-90 loss.

Justin Holiday had 15 points and six steals, while Ron Baker added 13 points and three assists.

Meanwhile, Willy Hernangomez added eight points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.

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 (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
(Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis struggled Thursday night during the Knicks' loss to the Warriors, shooting just 4 of 13 for eight points.

He added five rebounds, committed two turnovers, and missed both of his free throw attempts.

Thursday's effort came on the heels of Porzingis' 34-point night against the Suns during the Knicks' overtime loss in Phoenix on Tuesday night.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
(Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Kristaps Porzingis thinks he can help recruit free agents to the Knicks, he told reporters.

"I think (I'll recruit players), yeah," he said. "Of course, you want to build a team around you so you can win, so you can go all the way and win the championship one day. Of course, that's on everybody's mind, I think, that's in a position to do that."

Porzingis, 21, is averaging 20.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 25 games this season.

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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Knicks president Phil Jackson has settled into his life away from Los Angeles and his competitive fire is lit, writes Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

"Jackson's competitive fire is fully aflame now that the Knicks are on the upswing-they are 14-11 and have won 11 of their past 16 games entering Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors-but it's more than just feeling better about his work," says Ding.

"Jackson has settled into life away from Los Angeles and fiancee Jeanie Buss, exploring the varied non-basketball interests to which New York caters. Jackson is connecting over lively card games or stimulating dinner conversations with friends who knew him before he was famous, feeling the energy of the city."

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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony had 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists during Tuesday night's overtime loss to the Suns in Phoenix.

It was Anthony's second consecutive 13-point game, and he is shooting a career-low 42 percent from the field on the season and an even less efficient 39 percent in December.

He is averaging 22 points, 6.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 25 games this season.

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The DNL panel discusses if it's a good thing to see some fight out of Knicks second-year forward Kristaps Porzingis.

Kristaps Porzingis reacted strongly to being shoved to the floor by the Suns' Marquesse Chriss in the third quarter of the Knicks' 113-111 overtime loss on Tuesday night.

Porzingis got to his feet and immediately shoved Chriss back, earning a technical foul in the process. He wasn't ashamed by the way he reacted, either, according to the Daily News.

"I think it fires up the whole team, just showing that you stand up for yourself," Porzingis said. "And you have teammates that have your back. That's the team spirit. So sometimes it's good to have that."

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The DNL panel discusses the Knicks' recent success and debate if it's now clear that coach Jeff Hornacek was the right hire for the team.

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is downplaying Tuesday night's return to Phoenix, where he served as head coach for a year and a half before getting fired midway through last season.

"I've never really been that way even when I was traded to different cities to go back," Hornacek said, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday . "To me, it's another game probably. You get to go back to Phoenix to see a lot of people you know. You try not to make it a distraction where you're talking to everybody and seeing everybody."

Hornacek added that the focus is on the game, but Knicks PG Brandon Jennings mentioned the Phoenix connection.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)

One of the beauties of social media is the friendships you can make. John Henson is a big time Knicks fan and he sent me this tweet yesterday, "#knicks have won 11 of 15, tied for 3rd in east, on pace for 47.5 wins w/ 1st rd pick & room for max FA next yr"

It was so spot on that I had to write about it.

Seriously, what more could you ask for as we speak right now when talking about the New York Knicks? They've drafted the franchise player in Kristaps Porzingis, they have a player in Carmelo Anthony who can still be a top 10-15 player in the entire league on any given night and they have a former MVP in Derrick Rose who is starting to show signs of his former self. They have a bench filled with players who can come in and contribute at a moment's notice and a coach who is pressing all the right buttons.

Moving forward, they have all of their first round draft picks if they want to get aggressive and make an upgrade trade, and they have three picks in this upcoming draft, which may be as deep 1-50 as the 2015 draft that saw them land Porzingis, Jerian Grant and Willy Hernangomez.

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 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

Kristaps Porzingis had a huge game during Sunday night's 118-112 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Porzingis had 26 points, 12 rebounds, and seven blocks while hitting three of four of his three-point attempts.

"They didn't have a stretch 4, so I was able to be closer to the basket protecting,'' Porzingis told reporters about his blocks. "I was telling teammates not to foul them and I'm going to go for the block. I was able to do that -- and donate some money as well."

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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV

Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis' big nights are sure to garner the most headlines following Sunday's 118-112 win over the Lakers, but Willy Hernangomez and Brandon Jennings were both huge X-factors.

Filling in for an injured Kyle O'Quinn, Hernangomez played his part to perfection and looked like the best third-string center in the league. A rather physical performance, punctuated by 12 rebounds, was reminiscent of his gritty effort against Dwight Howard earlier in the year. Jennings' scoring prowess is undeniable and he has proved to be a much more versatile player this season, which allows him to catch opponents off guard with offensive outbursts. Scoring 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, it was as though Los Angeles had awoken a sleeping giant.

Such performances are proof of just how deep New York really is this season. How many times has the team employed a third-string rookie center who can log double-digit rebounds at the drop of a hat? Jennings' ability to pour in the points gives the Knicks the best offensive option they've had off the bench since J.R. Smith won Sixth Man of the Year back in the 2012-13 season. But the talent doesn't stop there. Now 6-1 during games in which he's grabbed at least seven rebounds, O'Quinn has certainly played a key role. Justin Holiday provides timely buckets and a strong rebounding presence for a reserve guard, complementing Courtney Lee really well. Lance Thomas has rebounded from a slow start to provide steady defense, and his shot is coming back as well.

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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shakes hands with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the second half at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shakes hands with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the second half at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has been dealing with an issue in his right knee, which he has labeled as a "pinch." 

Both Porzingis and head coach Jeff Hornacek said the injury is not something the team is too concerned with. 

"I'm good. I'm good. I'm good," Porzingis told reporters. "It's a little pinch that I'm getting when I'm not warmed up yet. Once I'm warmed up, I'm good to go. Don't worry about it, guys."

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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) during the second half at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) during the second half at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

Carmelo Anthony and his teammates had a team dinner Thursday night to discuss the importance of their current road trip, MSG's Mike Breen said on air prior to Friday's game against the Kings.

Instead of being asked about that night's game, Anthony was confronted by reporters wanting him to react to recent comments made about him by Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Thankfully, Anthony remained focused during the eight-minute question-and-answer session with reporters. And, he showed a similar focus with his teammates as they approached the start of the game.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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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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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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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 (Brad Penner)
(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.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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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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Prior to last night's game against Portland, FanSided's Sr. NBA Editor Ian Levy and I spoke to Kevin Pelton on our NBA podcast "The Mid Range Theory." One of the topics that came up was the league leaders in "Real Plus Minus", a metric that isolates the unique plus-minus impact of each NBA player by adjusting for the effects of each teammate and opposing player.

I've long been a proponent of the school of 5-man combination plus-minus instituted by Roland Beech on 82games.com where you can figure out the common denominator player by looking at the success/failure of each group they play in. For example, several years ago every 5-man group Amar'e Stoudemire played in for the Knicks was a combined minus telling you that he was a big reason, if not the biggest, reason why.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis defends Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis defends Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

While Kristaps Porzingis may benefit from playing alongside a bonafide star in Carmelo Anthony, the 21-year-old New York Knicks forward is further able to stand out on the court when he's playing with some of the team's role players off the bench.

 

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