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GEICO SportsNite: Lonzo on MSG 00:00:38
Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball discusses his anticipation for playing in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

With Lonzo Ball and the Lakers coming to New York, Knicks C Enes Kanter couldn't help but to add his two cents about his father -- LaVar Ball. 

Kanter believes Lonzo has the skills and talent to be a great player, but he thinks his father puts too much pressure on him. 

"He has the potential to be a really good player. But I feel like his dad is putting too much pressure on him. That's why whoever plays against him just wants to kill him, just wants to beat him on that court, just because his dad is talking all that crazy stuff," Kanter told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "If he leaves him alone, I think it's going to better for the kid because it's not going to be that much pressure. That's why I feel like he just needs to leave him alone and play his game."..

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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)  (Aaron Gash/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) (Aaron Gash/AP)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis doesn't want to hear anything about his team tanking. 

When fans see that their team is in a rebuilding stage, they want to see them tank to secure a top draft pick. However, this isn't the case for the Knicks accoring to their front office. General manager Scott Perry told the media on Saturday that there won't be any tanking for the Knicks as it looks to rebuild its franchise. 

Instead, Perry wants to see this team make the playoffs, and play in meaningful games. That is how he believes this team will mature and get better. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench and the New York Knicks withstood a late push from the Atlanta Hawks for a 111-107 victory Sunday night.

One night after losing to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls on the road, New York managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Hawks, who have the second-worst record in the league.

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After a surprising loss to the NBA-worst Bulls Saturday night, head coach Jeff Hornacek couldn't hold in his frustration after the game. 

The Knicks made a late run at the end of the game to tie things at 102. But SG Kris Dunn sealed the deal at the free throw line with 2.4 seconds left following a Courtney Lee foul. The loss continued the Knicks woes on the road, and with the Bulls facing travel difficulties, it comes as even more of a shocker. 

Despite the late rally, Hornacek didn't like the effort from his team whatsoever. 

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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) talks to forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) talks to forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Kristaps Porzingis assured everyone that the Knicks will find a way to win without Tim Hardaway Jr. in the lineup. 

Porzingis was back in the lineup himself last night as he returned from an ankle injury. He notched 18 points to help the team break their losing skid in a 99-88 win over the Grizzlies. 

The Knicks are happy their star forward is back on the court, but it is still unclear when their second-leading starter in Hardaway will return. Porzingis says no matter the case, the team will find ways to win with an easy next few games...

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:45
Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter discuss how the Knicks were able to dominate in the second half as they beat the Grizzlies, 99-88.

NEW YORK (AP) Courtney Lee scored 24 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 18 after a slow start in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-88 on Wednesday night.

Moving from forward back to shooting guard in Tim Hardaway Jr.'s absence, Lee fell just shy of his season high and was the catalyst in a big run to open the second half that largely determined the game. >> Read more

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after turning an ankle against the Miami Heat during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after turning an ankle against the Miami Heat during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will suit up and play in Wednesday night's game against the Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis (ankle) had missed Sunday's 105-100 loss to the Magic after spraning his ankle during a win against the Heat last week. He has also been dealing with an undisclosed illness. 

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks might be about to get back the services of one of their prized possessions on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in a matchup with the suddenly spirited Memphis Grizzlies.

However, they got some disappointing news on one of their other top players.

The team announced on Tuesday that star power forward Kristaps Porzingis was probable to return on Wednesday after missing two-plus games with a sprained ankle sustained Nov. 29 in a 115-86 win over the Miami Heat.

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The Knicks are 11-12 and past the quarter mark of the season. This team has had some highs and lately they have had some lows. In some aspects, they have been better than people expected, and in others, they have underachieved.

I said before the season that this would be somewhere around the fifth-worst team in the NBA. Clearly, I was wrong. The Knicks are better than that. However, a problem that will likely remain with them for the whole season is health.

It's alarming that this team still has 59 games to play and that they already cannot stay healthy. Only two players on the roster have played in all 23 games: Courtney Lee and Doug McDermott. That means only one starter (Lee) has played in every game this season. Their best player, Kristaps Porzingis, has already missed four games, and has had multiple different injuries and illnesses...and it's not even Christmas yet...

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter prepares to shoot the ball around Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter prepares to shoot the ball around Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points to lead seven Indiana players in double figures as the Pacers routed the short-handed New York Knicks 115-97 on Monday night.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 for the Pacers (13-11), who led by 26 at half and 95-65 after three quarters

The Knicks (11-12) were without leading scorers Kristaps Porzingis (25.8 ppg) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (17.8 ppg) for a second consecutive loss. Porzingis is dealing with a sprained right ankle and illness and Hardaway has a lower left leg injury.

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New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks will be short-handed again Monday night.

The question is whether the Indiana Pacers (12-11) be able to take advantage when they host the Knicks (11-11).

New York played without its two top scorers, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., in a 105-100 loss to the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday.

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The Knicks' top two scorers -- F Kristaps Porzingis and SG Tim Hardaway Jr. -- are out for Monday's game against the Pacers, per ESPN's Ian Begley

The two Knicks starter didn't see the floor in Sunday night's 105-100 loss to the Magic, and the team didn't include them in their travel plans to Indiana either as they nurse their injuries. Porzingis has a right ankle sprain he suffered during the team's win over the Heat last week as well as an undisclosed illness. He did test his ankle before the game, but the team determined he wasn't ready to get out on the floor. 

X-rays and an MRI have shown no structural damage to Porzingis' ankle, but he wasn't on the floor at practice for the two days before Sunday's game. He did say, however, that the swelling in the ankle had decreased since the initial sprain.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks on loss 00:00:49
Jeff Hornacek, Jarrett Jack and Enes Kanter discuss dropping a close game to the Magic and losing their star guard, Tim Hardaway Jr.

Nikola Vucevic scored 34 points - eight straight in a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run - and the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 105-100 on Sunday.

With the score tied at 85 midway through the fourth quarter, Vucevic made a short basket, a three-point play and a 3-point shot in succession to give the Magic the lead for good.

Evan Fournier had 20 points, Jonathon Simmons added 16, and Elfrid Payton had 15 for Orlando.

Michael Beasley, who replaced the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the starting lineup, led the Knicks with 21 points. Courtney Lee had 19, and Enes Kanter added 18 points and 16 rebounds.

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Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and forward Kristaps Porzingis will not travel with the team for Monday's road game against the Indiana Pacers, the team announced.

Hardaway has been dealing with a stress injury to his lower left leg, and head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters Hardaway will undergo tests on his shin, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Hornacek added that Hardaway's current leg injury is unrelated to the plantar fasciitis he dealt with in November.

Porzingis also will not travel with the team after he sprained his right ankle in Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat.

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Portland Trailblazers power forward Noah Vonleh (21) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Portland Trailblazers power forward Noah Vonleh (21) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Two days after allowing three Golden State Warriors to score 20-plus points in a 21-point loss, the Orlando Magic travel to New York on Sunday afternoon to face a Knicks team that could be missing its most dangerous weapon.

Kristaps Porzingis' status remains in doubt for the Knicks' tilt with the Magic, whose big loss to the Warriors followed one of their best wins of the season, a 121-108 victory against Oklahoma City that snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Porzingis sprained his right ankle less than three minutes into the Knicks' 115-86 home win versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, and he told reporters on Friday that swelling remained.

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after being injured against Miami Heat during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after being injured against Miami Heat during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Kristaps Porzingis was re-evaluated by Knicks doctors on Friday and is progressing as he attempts to return on Sunday from a right ankle sprain.

The MRI on Porzingis' injured right ankle revealed no structural damage, and Porzingis is day-to-day, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Despite the Knicks -- and all of Madison Square Garden -- expecting the worst, Porzingis' ankle is only sprained.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis warms up prior to taking on the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis warms up prior to taking on the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis joked that he didn't understand it when Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant first called him a "unicorn" when describing Porzingis' play on the court.

"At first I was a little confused. It's like what is it, a horse with a ponytail? What does it mean?" Porzingis said Thursday on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon." "But then he explained it to me, and what he tried to say was that I was a unique player, so it was nice to hear him say good things about me."

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Michael Beasley (8) is separated from Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) by referee JB DeRosa (62) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The altercation resultied in technical fouls for both Beasley and New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (not pictured). Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Michael Beasley (8) is separated from Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) by referee JB DeRosa (62) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The altercation resultied in technical fouls for both Beasley and New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (not pictured). Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks F Michael Beasley continues to thrive when called upon to fill in for Kristaps Porzingis

After Porzingis sprained his ankle just 2:30 into the first quarter, Beasley took over his role for the rest of the game. Though he only dropped six points, the former No. 2 pick added seven rebounds and was a plus-16 throughout the Knicks 115-86 win over the Heat. 

Head coach Jeff Hornacek has picked his spots when to use Beasley, and though he has six DNPs this season, he just wants to help the team any way he can. 

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Kristaps Porzingis isn't the only Knicks player with an ankle scare as rookie PG Frank Ntilikina twisted his bad ankle at practice Tuesday. 

Ntilikina was on the sideline for Wednesday night's contest against the Heat, missing his third game this season. The right ankle he sprained in practice is the same one that he severely sprained in the season opener against the Thunder, which forced him to miss two games. Head coach Jeff Hornacek noted that considering how bad he twisted the ankle the first time, it definitely isn't fully healed yet. 

But Ntilikina downplayed this sprain, saying it isn't close to what occurred at the beginning of the season, and he isn't blaming his recent slump on offense for it. 

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) takes a shot against Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) takes a shot against Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) Enes Kanter had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 115-86 on Wednesday night despite losing Kristaps Porzingis to a sprained right ankle after 2 1/2 minutes.

Back after missing three games with back spasms, Kanter had his way against a Heat team missing starting center Hassan Whiteside because of left knee soreness, going 7 of 9 from the field. >> Read more

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) drives as New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) sets a pick against Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) drives as New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) sets a pick against Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

One day after traveling to face one of the premier power forwards in the league, the Miami Heat tangle with another Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

In its showdown with the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Miami must find a way to contain Kristaps Porzingis, the NBA's fourth-leading scorer.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:02:07
Michelle Yu reports on the Knicks' lazy effort in their loss to Portland despite the presence of a returning Kristaps Porzingis.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up a strong five-game road trip with their third straight victory, beating the New York Knicks 103-91 on Monday night.

Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.

Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:02:07
Michelle Yu reports on the Knicks' lazy effort in their loss to Portland despite the presence of a returning Kristaps Porzingis.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up a strong five-game road trip with their third straight victory, beating the New York Knicks 103-91 on Monday night.

Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.

Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah shouts from the bench in the fourth quarter against Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah shouts from the bench in the fourth quarter against Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forwards Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis will be active, while forward Enes Kanter will be inactive for Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters before the game.

Noah will make his season debut Monday after missing the first 12 games of the season due to a suspension stemming from last season and being a healthy scratch for the Knicks' seven other games.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks are a starkly different team at home, and their last two road games highlighted the disparities.

After two road losses, the Knicks return home to oppose the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

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Nov 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After many spent Thanksgiving giving thanks with their family and loved ones, attention then shifts to Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the season of giving. The two pseudo-holidays are for consumers to score valuable discount deals. In that light, who from the Knicks' 15 man roster are their best discount deals?

Kristaps Porzingis

In most American professional leagues, young labor is the greatest value in market inefficiency. On a fixed rookie contract, Porzingis gives the Knicks their most valuable asset-- for now. In a few years, he'll be on a max contract, hopefully in a Knicks' uniform...

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Knicks F Michael Beasley stepped up for his injured team last night as he notched 30 points in the team's loss ot the Rockets, 117-102. 

Knicks leading scorer, F Kristaps Porzingis, and C Enes Kanter were both on the bench with back problems Saturday night. In what was supposed to be a blowout because of this, Beasley didn't have that in mind. Instead, the Knicks hopped out to a 22-point lead mostly in part of the veteran journeyman. 

Beasley tallied 17 points in the first quarter, and those points to go along with the team's lead, he says shows their heart and determination despite being down from the beginning. 

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Jan 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; NBA former player Hakeem Olajuwon waves to the crowd during the game between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Jan 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; NBA former player Hakeem Olajuwon waves to the crowd during the game between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Hall of Fame C Hakeem Olajuwon said he would love to work one-on-one with Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis to teach him some of his ways. 

Olajuwon, who works with his former team -- the Houston Rockets -- as an advisor, already believes Porzingis has the necessary skills to be a star, and that includes his post game. 

"I think [he makes it] easy," Olajuwon told The Post's Marc Berman. "He's very skilled, very smart. The height he has the advantage in the post. The guy that got skill in the post game, he's already amazing. It gets much easier for him."

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Nov 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles against New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) in the second half at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Nov 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles against New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) in the second half at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 37 points and 10 assists as the Houston Rockets rallied from an early deficit to beat the New York Knicks 117-102 on Saturday night.

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter missed Saturday night's matchup against the Rockets due to back ailments.

 

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New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 of his career-high 38 points during New York's crucial 28-0 third-quarter run in Wednesday's 108-100 win over the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks turned a 62-52 deficit into an 80-62 lead late in the third thanks to a game-changing run that included seven points from Enes Kanter, seven from Courtney Lee and just two from Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 22 points and brought down 12 rebounds in the game.

New York made 10 of 16 field goals in the 8-minute, 24-second stretch, including a Hardaway layup on a Kanter assist that capped the run and gave the Knicks an 18-point lead.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks win 00:00:43
Jeff Hornacek, Kristaps Porzingis, and, Tim Hardaway Jr. discuss the Knicks' come-from-behind win over the Raptors on Wednesday night.

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third quarter that sent the New York Knicks to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the third. >> Read more

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

SG analyst and former Knick great Walt "Clyde" Frazier told WFAN's Mike Francesa he believes the Knicks are capable of maintaining their early-season success.

New York enters tonight's game at Madison Square Garden against the Toronto Raptors with a 9-7 record, including an 8-3 mark at home.

"You know, last year we were 14-10. And then. And then," Frazier said. "So this year, I'm believing in this team, though. I think they're going to get better. … What they can't afford to have is an injury, a key injury to one of their players."

 

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Nov 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives around LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives around LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK -- Five days after getting dealt their worst loss of the season by the Toronto Raptors, the New York Knicks will welcome their northern visitors to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night for a rematch.

Toronto, one of the hottest teams in the NBA with wins in six of seven games, handed New York a sound thrashing last Friday, a 104-87 decision in which the Knicks shot just 33 percent from the field.

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Superstar rapper JAY-Z chimed in with his own take on LeBron James' "King of New York" comments while performing a concert in Cleveland. 

The New York native is friends with James, and has been for years. But that doesn't mean he was going to sit aside and look at James standing over the Knicks logo at Madison Square Garden, and make those types of comments. He addressed it at his show saying if James can make those comments, then he can be named "King of Cleveland."

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LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points, Enes Kanter had a double-double and the Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-85 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis led a Knicks charge midway through the second quarter and into the third, scoring 14 points during a 32-15 run that turned a 34-32 deficit into a 66-49 lead early in the second half.

Kanter had 12 points and 16 rebounds, Doug McDermott added 16 points off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. recorded 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for New York, which had lost three of its previous five games.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis passes to Knicks center Enes Kanter against the Utah Jazz during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis passes to Knicks center Enes Kanter against the Utah Jazz during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Just one-for-November, the Los Angeles Clippers head to Madison Square Garden on Monday night for a showdown with the recently inconsistent New York Knicks.

The source of New York's up-and-down play over the last two weeks: leading scorer Kristaps Porzingis.

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Knicks legend Bernard King joins GEICO SportsNite to talk about growing up in Brooklyn and his new book "Game Face."

Former Knicks great Bernard King has seen nothing like current star F Kristaps Porzingis in all his years in the game. 

King spent 12 seasons in the NBA -- four with the Knicks -- and he says he has never seen a player with Porzingis' physical attributes do what he can on the floor. 

"He's been really outstanding," King told ESPN's Ian Begley. "I've never seen a 7-3 guy that can hit 3-point shots the way he does. Also, he has a tremendous understanding of basketball and where his placement of his body is on the court in terms of positioning. And how to get position."

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With Kristaps Porzingis trying to break out of his slump in Monday's game against the Clippers, the Knicks look to end their losing streak.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Kristaps Porzingis and Aaron Judge are both outsized New York superstars.

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(John E. Sokolowski)

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry matched his season high with 22 points and added 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 22 and the short-handed Toronto Raptors beat New York 107-84 on Friday night, their eighth consecutive victory over the Knicks.

Toronto played without two injured starters in forward Serge Ibaka(swollen left knee) and guard Norman Powell (right hip). Reserve guard Delon Wright (dislocated right shoulder) also was unavailable.

C.J. Miles scored 14 points for Toronto. Pressed into the starting lineup, second-year forward Pascal Siakam scored 13 points and rookie forward OG Anunoby had 11.

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in the third quarter of the Knicks 108-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in the third quarter of the Knicks 108-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

TORONTO -- The New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors will meet for the first time this season on Friday night, each coming off uplifting, comeback victories on Wednesday.

The Knicks (8-6) defeated the Utah Jazz 106-101 after trailing by as many as 12 points in the third quarter. It was the third time in eight days, the Knicks rallied from a double-digit deficit to win and they are 7-3 in their last 10 games after dropping their first three games.

The Raptors (9-5) trailed the New Orleans Jazz by 14 points in the first quarter before coming back for a 125-116 victory after defeating the Houston Rockets on Tuesday to go 2-1 on a three-game road trip.

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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, celebrates with fans after a NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)

"Knicks management is making a huge effort" to get in the good graces of Kristaps Porzingis' brother, Janis, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.

According to Berman, that effort included team president Steve Mills, GM Scott Perry, and head coach Jeff Hornacek all meeting with Janis at separate times earlier this week.

Janis Porzingis said earlier this month that money won't be the main factor regarding whether Kristaps remains with the Knicks long-term.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis break down the Knicks' 106-101 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points, including a key 3-pointer with 32.9 seconds left, to help the New York Knicks rally in the second half and beat the Utah Jazz 106-101 on Wednesday night.

New York trailed by 10 late in the third quarter but got its third comeback victory in eight days. Hardaway's 3 made it 102-98, and he added four free throws after that.

Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and Courtney Lee added 19 as the Knicks rebounded after blowing a 15-point fourth quarter lead in a loss to the Cavaliers on Monday night. Enes Kanter added 13 points.

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- It is never a good time to lose one of the league's most promising young big men, but the Utah Jazz picked an exceedingly bad time to lose Rudy Gobert for at least a month.

First the Jazz had to contend with Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns - and failed that challenge in a 109-98 loss to Minnesota on Monday night.

Now they'll have to handle Kristaps Porzingis on Wednesday night when they travel to Madison Square Garden for a showdown with Porzingis and the New York Knicks.

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Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks have a growing sense of confidence in coach Jeff Hornacek's offense this season, PF Kristaps Porzingis told ESPN Radio's "The Michael Kay Show" on Tuesday. 

With Phil Jackson and his insistence on running the triangle offense no longer part of the organization, the 22-year-old believes that Hornacek's ability to implement his own style is proving beneficial to the Knicks' early-season success.

"This year you can feel that Jeff has more, he's running his own stuff without anybody coming in and telling him what to do or how to do so I think from the top down you can feel that there's more confidence in what we're doing," Porzingis said. "It's a better feeling this way.

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(Brad Penner)

After a rough start to the season, Knicks SG Tim Hardaway, Jr. has been living up to his lucrative contract he signed this offseason. 

Hardaway signed a four-year, $71 million deal with the Knicks, and many were skeptical of the signing. Those skeptics weren't put to shame in the beginning of the season as Hardaway couldn't find his shooting stroke early on. However, after settling in, he has picked up his play drastically and looks to be living up to the deal -- for now. 

The 25-year-old has averaged 20.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and has shot 45.5 percent from the field in the past nine games. He recorded a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds against the Cavaliers on Monday despite the team's loss. 

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(Wendell Cruz)

Two NBA superstars will go head-to-head in The Garden Monday night as LeBron James and the Cavs travel to face Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks. 

James and Porzingis are opposites in many categories except for the fact that they are the face of their respective franchises. The 22-year-old Porzingis says he has watched players like James, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan to see how they have conducted themselves on and off the court. 

"Oh yeah, of course," Porzingis told The Post after practice Sunday. "There are a lot of things. Obviously off-the-court stuff, not just LeBron, but more and more [guys]. Kobe, Jordan, I watched a lot of their interviews and learned how they talked to people and how they do things off the court. But [James] also. There are a lot of things you can learn from guys like that."

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Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter respond to LeBron James' comment that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina is involved in his first NBA controversy and while his teammates vehemently defended him, Ntilikina is taking the high road.

The Knicks rookie point guard never mentioned LeBron James by name on Sunday after hearing James had ripped him indirectly the night before.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As Kristaps Porzingis becomes the face of the Knicks in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era, he says he is taking some leadership cues from LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Mavericks star F Dirk Nowitzki was waiting for the start Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis has had this season. 

This offseason, both Nowitzki and Porzingis worked out together with the 22-year-old asking the wise veteran "as many questions as I could." Porzingis has looked up to Nowitzki for years, but the 39-year-old has been watching the young Latvian star as well. 

Nowitzki called Porzingis "the real deal," and doesn't take any credit for his hot start to the season saying he already had the tools he needed to become a breakout player. 

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