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Is Porzingis frustrated? 00:01:41
Kristaps Porzingis took to Twitter with a cryptic message Thursday night.

 

Kristaps Porzingis does not have ligament damage in his right ankle, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Porzingis had been set to undergo further tests on Friday. 

His injured ankle was in a walking boot after the Knicks' loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday night. The 21-year-old said he did not know how long he would be out.

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Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) greets New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after the game during at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won 119-104. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) greets New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after the game during at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won 119-104. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the New York Knicks, who hung on to superstar Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose at Thursday's trade deadline.

James scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds with 15 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season.

Anthony, the subject of trade rumors because of a strained relationship with Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson, scored 20 points, going 9 of 25 from the field.

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New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after winning the skills challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. (Bob Donnan)
New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after winning the skills challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. (Bob Donnan)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With the NBA still coming off its All-Star Weekend, the Knicks have not played since losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder last Tuesday. But alas, the late additions of Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez to the weekend's festivities gave the team's fan base a little bit more to be excited about and invested in as things went on in New Orleans. 

When just about everyone in the NBA world collides for a few days, talk about the Knicks is never too far away. Speculation regarding the team's future, especially with the trade deadline steadily approaching, is running ramped as we speak. With that in mind, here are three things to ponder around this team in the week that follows.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates winning the three-point contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates winning the three-point contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Kristaps Porzingis dribbed around obstacles, passed the ball, shot 3-pointers and more en route to victory in the 2017 NBA Skills Challenge, defeating Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz.

Porzingis, participating in his second All-Star Weekend, first eliminated Nikola Jokic of the Nuggets before knocking out Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins

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Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; U.S. Team center Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers (33) and World Team forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (6) go for a loose ball during the Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; U.S. Team center Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers (33) and World Team forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (6) go for a loose ball during the Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kristaps Porzingis helped lead Team World to victory over Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge, as he scored 24 points and collected 10 rebounds. 

In 33 minutes on the floor, Porzingis shot 11-of-16 from the field and was 1-of-4 for from the free-throw line. His 24 points were third on the team after Buddy Hield (28) and Jamal Murray (36). 

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Boom or Bust: Knicks 00:04:32
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis play Boom or Bust for Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson and Kristaps Porzingis.

Jon Hein and Marc Malusis play Boom or Bust over Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson, and Kristaps Porzingis. 

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The Long Goodbye 00:02:51
The DNL crew discusses if Wednesday's game against the Thunder was Carmelo Anthony's last game as a member of the Knicks.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Carmelo Anthony is is headed to the All-Star Game. As the oldest participant, he's still holding his place amongs the league's best players. Both Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez (New York's biggest assets for the future) will take part in the weekend's festivities as well, participating in the Rising Stars Challenge. The Knicks have representation with feel-good stories to follow. All seems well, at least for a few days.

The next time the Knicks play, however, will be after the NBA trade deadline has passed --- five hours later, to be exact. Coincidentally, they'll face the Cavaliers. Will Anthony be in town suddenly donning a different uniform? 

Kevin Love's injury may make that difficult for the teams to accomplish. As it is, Love and his current contract isn't exactly the ideal return value for the Knicks. If and when they deal Anthony, New York needs flexibility, assets, future building blocks, etc. Love doesn't exactly fit that bill.

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Willy Hernangomez has been named as an injury replacement to the Rising Stars Challenge that will take place during NBA All-Star Weekend, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.

Hernangomez joins teammate Kristaps Porzingis on the World Team roster.

Hernangomez, 22, is averaging 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 48 games this season...

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(AP)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The news of Kevin Love's injury may put a wrench into a potential deal between the Knicks and Cavaliers surrounding Carmelo Anthony, but it also opens the door back up for Anthony and/or Kristaps Porzingis to once again receive All-Star Game consideration.

Whereas Anthony has been a mainstay at the midseason event for nearly a decade, Porzingis is just starting to knock down the door that leads to association with the game's top talents. As demonstrated in the fan, player, and media voting, the 21-year-old has increasing popularity.

As the ever-quickly budding centerpiece and potential superstar of this hungry Knicks squad, Porzingis has plenty of things going in his favor, including an injury to 76ers big man Joel Embiid...

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NBA television personality Greg Anthony during pre-game broadcast of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. (Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)
NBA television personality Greg Anthony during pre-game broadcast of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. (Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Knick Greg Anthony, who spent four seasons in New York as a teammate of Charles Oakley, believes players will look at the Knicks in a different light because of the recent treatment of Oakley and Carmelo Anthony.

"It sure as hell ain't gonna help..." said Anthony in an interview with Business Insider. "It's one thing to have your struggles on the court, but this is kind of becoming a domino effect where everything that can go wrong is going wrong for the organization. And it creates a tremendous distraction for the players that are still battling and fighting and figuring out a way to get into the postseason."

The Knicks are facing a rebuild, something the franchise has historically not done slowly through the draft. This past offseason, New York traded for Derrick Rose, while committing over $120 million to Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee in an attempt to improve the team quickly. Anthony believes the situation involving Oakley will not do the team any favors in trying to attract free agents in the future.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Memphis has won its last four games against the Nets, by an average of 12.3 points. The teams are meeting tonight for the first time in 2016-17.
  • The Grizzlies gave up a season-high 122 points in Friday's 122-107 home setback versus the Warriors. Memphis is 1-12 this season when allowing 110 or more points.
  • Brooklyn dropped its 12th straight game -- and 23rd of its last 24 -- with Friday's 108-99 loss versus the Heat. It is the franchise's longest losing streak since the Nets lost their first 18 games of the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Trevor Booker is averaging career highs of 10.0 points and 8.7 rebounds, while his 15 double-doubles are 10 more than he had in any of his previous six NBA seasons.
  • Brook Lopez and Marc Gasol are two of five NBA players with at least 75 blocked shots and 75 three-pointers this season. The others are Kevin DurantKristaps Porzingis, and Serge Ibaka.
  • Mike Conley is averaging 20.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting in road games this season, compared to 17.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting at home.
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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

On pace to miss the NBA postseason for the fourth straight season, Carmelo Anthony knows what losing is all about. Since the Knicks won the Atlantic Division title back in 2012-13, Anthony has slowly but surely seen all of the talented veterans from that successful squad depart the Big Apple. In turn, the spotlight casts its shadow more and more on the star forward. Anthony has been unable to deliver since then.

Things are finally appearing to come to a head with New York shopping Anthony more aggressively than ever before. The team is motivated to deal him, as the vision with him leading the Knicks back to the promise land hasn't come any closer to fruition. As Anthony watches his closest friends and NBA counterparts chase and successfully capture NBA titles, he's arguably as far as he's ever been from one. This means it's time for a change all around. Nevertheless, Phil Jackson hasn't done himself or the team any favors. This organization has a negative vibe around it and the executive's recent comments and respective actions certainly haven't made things any easier for Anthony. 

Unfortunately for the Knicks' future, Anthony may not be the only one suffering from this lack of positive culture. New York is motivated to shop Anthony, not only because things haven't worked out, but because they have a beacon of light in Kristaps Porzingis to turn to next. Still, this slow transition and negative atmosphere can't be doing the budding superstar any good. Anthony obviously has more experience with this by now, but Porzingis too is getting used to losing. Through a season and a half, the young gun's Knickerbockers have gone 54-82. He's already been mentored by three head coaches. Teams have been known to change players from one season to the next: it's relatively normal. Nevertheless, after drastically changing the makeup of last year's squad, the revolving door would appear likely to keep swinging, given this season's shortcomings. More changes are coming.

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Is Dolan still in Phil's corner? 00:03:04
The DNL panel addresses several Knicks questions, including whether owner James Dolan is still fully supporting Phil Jackson.

Carmelo Anthony responded to Phil Jackson's latest barb on Wednesday, saying he's "self-motivated" and that anyone would get tired of verbal spats.

"I think anybody would get tired of it if you went to work every day and you had these spats about you, eventually you'll get tired," Anthony said, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. "Unless you're as strong as I am, know how to deal with it and move on from it. But I think anybody, any human being, at some point in time, will start feeling a way about it. Can't cry over spoiled milk."

Anthony was responding to a critical tweet Jackson wrote about him on Tuesday, stemming from an article in Bleacher Report. It was the latest in a series of public comments about Anthony by Jackson. In the tweet, which head coach Jeff Hornacek called a "distraction," Jackson said you can't change the spots on a leopard...

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GEICO SportsNite: NYK blown out 00:01:03
Carmelo Anthony, Jeff Hornacek and Kristaps Porzingis discuss the Knicks' embarrassing loss to the Lakers

Several Knicks players and head coach Jeff Hornacek questioned the team's pride after their 121-107 loss to the Lakers on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

"You've got to play for some pride," Hornacek said after the game, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "If you're just going to come out and just play basketball, then you're in the wrong level."

Brandon Jennings, who had 16 points, five assists and three rebounds in 28 minutes against the Lakers, said it was the worst the Knicks had looked this season.

"You can't coach effort and energy," Jennings said. "That's something we should all have. We all make millions of dollars playing this game, so the least we can do is go out there and play hard every night. Regardless of who's making shots or anything like that, just effort and energy, just leave it all out there on the court."

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New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Lou Williams scored 22 points, Nick Young had 17 and the Los Angeles Lakers handed the New York Knicks an embarrassing 121-107 defeat on Monday night to stop a 12-game losing streak on the road.

Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram added 14 points apiece for the struggling Lakers, who won for only the third time in 13 games overall. They had dropped 17 of their previous 18 away from home, with the only road victory during that stretch coming on Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.

It was Los Angeles' first victory over New York at Madison Square Garden in six years.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Kristaps Porzingis thinks it would be detrimental to his development if the Knicks traded Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks are "determined" to trade Anthony before the deadline, and have been in dialogue with the Cavaliers, Clippers, and Celtics about a potential deal.

"I think it would make life harder for me on the court (if Anthony was traded)," Porzingis told Stefan Bondy of the Daily News. "He makes stuff easier for me."

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back on TheKnicksBlog Podcast as they continue to debate the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors, and if the Knicks should (and could) make a move for the playoffs. Later, the guys get into some all-star talk and discuss whether Kristaps Porzingis can win the Pass, Dribble, and Shoot event.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Latest update (Feb. 3)

The Knicks remain interested in trading Carmelo Anthony to the Cavaliers, despite the fact that Cleveland refuses to include Kevin Love in a potential deal, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Knicks also remain engaged with the Clippers and Celtics regarding Anthony, with the Knicks not interested in receiving G Jamal Crawford as part of a potential deal with the Clippers, reports Mitch Lawrence of Forbes

In many of their talks with the Cavaliers and Clippers about Anthony, the Knicks have broached the idea of three-and-four-team trades due to the "complexities involved" with trading Anthony, notes Begley.

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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)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis will participate in the Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday in New Orleans Feb. 18

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Daily News Live: Knicks update 00:05:28
The DNL panel discusses what free agents the Knicks should target, Wednesday's win in Brooklyn and the maturation of Kristaps Porzingis.

Jan 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) controls the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) controls the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Guard Derrick Rose will sit out Wednesday, while Kristaps Porzingis is expected to play against the Nets, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters. 

Rose injured his ankle during last Friday's game against the Hornets and has missed the Knicks' last two games. Hornacek told reporters that he expects Rose to practice later this week and that he could play Saturday. 

Dealing with the stomach flu, Porzingis missed Tuesday's game against the Wizards. 

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Jan 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Amidst trade rumors swirling about Carmelo AnthonyKristaps Porzingis is supporting the forward and would like to see him stay in New York. 

Porzingis has now played with Anthony for two years and believes that he has been a leader for this team. 

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(AP)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away, which gives the Knicks a limited amount of time to explore and pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal involving Carmelo Anthony

While they could certainly wait until the offseason, moving Anthony sooner than later would give the team a clear direction as they start fresh and look toward the NBA Draft.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are ready for the Knicks to trade Carmelo Anthony. The guys discuss where Melo could be headed and what they would receive in return. Later, Ant and Moke get into the issues surrounding Kristaps Porzingis.

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 (Todd Kirkland/AP)
(Todd Kirkland/AP)

Point guards Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings struggled on Wednesday night as the Knicks lost to the Mavericks, 103-95, in Dallas.

Rose had 13 points, three assists, and three turnovers, and was a -13 in 35 minutes.

He had scored at least 20 points in each of his four previous games, including a season-high 30 points against the Celtics on Jan. 18.

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Kristaps Porzingis has been named to the World Team roster for the Rising Stars challenge that will take place during All-Star Weekend...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Joakim Noah has finally found more consistency rebounding the ball and hasn't played up to his former disappearing act as of late, and the Knicks also want to experiment more with Kristaps Porzingis at the center position. 

The above developments sensibly limit Willy Hernangomez's opportunities, but he's still making the most of them. As he continues to do so, Kyle O'Quinn's minutes have decreased. It's not as if he is playing poorly, but Hernangomez has just been too good to ignore.

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

Kristaps Porzingis, who recently returned from an Achilles injury, had one of his worst games of the season during Monday night's win against the Pacers.

Porzingis scored eight points on 3-of-11 shooting and added four rebounds before fouling out after playing just 25 minutes.

"The first quarter was the worst quarter I've ever had, I think,'' Porzingis said after the game, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis has the NBA's 7th most popular jersey, the league announced Tuesday morning.

PG Derrick Rose ranked 10th, while F Carmelo Anthony came in 15th.

The Knicks are also 5th in the league in most popular team merchandise. 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is guarded by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is guarded by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)

After blowing a 16-point fourth-quarter lead, Carmelo Anthony hit a go-ahead jumper with under 30 seconds to play as the New York Knicks hung on to beat the Indiana Pacers, 109-103, on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Kristaps Porzingis had 15 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes in his return during Thursday night's 113-110 loss to the Wizards at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis, who has been dealing with an Achilles injury, was seeing his first game action since Jan. 11.

He received results of an MRI on Thursday, which revealed no structural damage in the Achilles.

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

Latest Update (Jan. 19)

6:00PM: An MRI confirmed no structural damage to the left Achillies of F Kristaps Porzingisthe Knicks announced Thursday evening.

Porzingis will be available for tonight's game.

Joakim Noah's MRI confirmed a sprained left ankle, and the center will not suit up for tonight's game.

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With the injured Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah out, Derrick Rose scored 30 points during Wednesday night's 117-106 win over the Celtics.

Rose added 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and two steals.

"Teammates were giving me the ball and wanted me to take the shots and told me to be aggressive and they called by number," Rose said, according to the NY Post. "We didn't fuss while we were on the floor. We've been talking about playing this way the last 10 to 15 games. There's been ups and downs, mostly downs. Hopefully a win like this can spark something."

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 (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
(Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New York Knicks 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)

Latest Update

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

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

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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.

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Daily News Live discusses the Knicks lack of team chemistry and inconsistent play so far this season.

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

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

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

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

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

Tommy Dee, SNY.TV:

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

Several teams have emerged as potential trade matches

Tags: Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn
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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.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis
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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)
(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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