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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Kyle O'Quinn took a shot at the Nets after the Knicks lost to them, 121-110, on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

"It doesn't sit well," O'Quinn said, according to the NY Post. "We got to go to the drawing board. But we don't play them no more. I think they got us this year. But it's tough, you know? A team like that, you look at the roster [and say] they shouldn't be in the gym with us, I feel. But they played hard. And anybody can win. It's March: Anybody can win in March."

Thursday night was the Knicks' second loss to the Nets this week, coming on the heels of their 120-112 loss on Sunday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn...

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:23
Brook Lopez, Kenny Atkinson and Jeff Hornacek react to the Nets' 121-110 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Brook Lopez scored a game-high 24 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets defeated the Knicks for the second time in five days, 121-110, Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn defeated New York 120-112 on Sunday at the Barclays Center.

The Nets trailed by seven at halftime and were down 67-58 with 9:53 left in the third. Brooklyn finished the third quarter on a 34-20 run to take a 92-87 lead into the final period.

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Lance Thomas added 17 and the New York Knicks used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Orlando Magic, 113-105 on Monday night.

Willy Hernangomez had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 points for the Knicks, who stopped a two-game losing streak. Kyle O'Quinn sparked the comeback with 11 points and eight rebounds, all in the fourth quarter.

Elfrid Payton had his first triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 25 points and Aaron Gordon had 17 in the Magic's third loss in four games.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Orlando Magic, Willy Hernangomez
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

By the time NBA All-Star Weekend came to a close, there was refreshing optimism in the air surrounding the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez were late additions to the festivities. Kristaps Porzingis went home a winner after snagging the trophy at the Skills Challenge. Following the passing of the trade deadline, New York stood pat. After a spirited Cleveland loss and an exhilarating win against the 76ers, signs led to the Knicks wanting to remain competitive, for better or worse.

But alas, reality has begun to set in. Waiving Brandon Jennings may be the domino effect for the tone of the rest of the season. The dust probably hasn't cleared. More changes could be on the way. It's time to look towards the future, build towards the draft, embrace and explore more youthful talent, etc. With that in mind, here's a look at the Knicks will face in the week ahead and beyond.

Defensive Communication: The Knicks' defense has been a raw source of frustration for this team all season long. Frankly, it's a bit strange to see a squad that added players like Joakim NoahCourtney Lee, and Willy Hernangomez in the offseason struggle on that end of the floor. Clearly, putting up a consistent effort on defense had been an initial priority. Such a plan hasn't come to fruition.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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Feb 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) defends against Philadelphia 76ers guard Justin Anderson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 110-109.
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Feb 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) defends against Philadelphia 76ers guard Justin Anderson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 110-109. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

While Carmelo Anthony's clutch points led the Knicks to a win over the 76ers on Saturday, Kyle O'Quinn gave the Knicks a spark off the bench in his 25 minutes of play. 

O'Quinn scored nine points and added five assists, five rebounds and five steals during the one-point victory. 


Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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Knicks quiet at deadline 00:08:08
DNL discusses the Knicks' decision to stay quiet at the trade deadline and Charles Oakley attending Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

The Knicks did not make any moves prior to Thursday's NBA trade deadline, which passed at 3 p.m. ET.

They had been engaged with the Timberwolves regarding a trade that would've sent PG Ricky Rubio to New York for Derrick Rose

In addition to Rubio, the Knicks had reportedly been asking the Timberwolves for F Nemanja Bjelicareported Marc Berman of the NY Post.

As the deadline approached on Thursday, some in the Knicks organization were ready to trade for Rubio without a second asset being sent back, but the Wolves refused, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

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The Knicks are asking for a first-round pick in exchange for Kyle O'Quinnreports Frank Isola of the NY Daily News.

Isola doesn't note which teams the Knicks have engaged regarding O'Quinn.

O'Quinn, 26, is averaging 6.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 55 games for the Knicks this season....

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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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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

Looking back, the Knicks are currently nowhere near where anyone thought they'd be. Carmelo Anthony is facing a fourth straight year without a playoff appearance. With his own fate/success as an executive seemingly tied to that of his team's star forward, Phil Jackson has failed amid the continued pressure to put a consistent product on the court. He went all in last summer, spending on veterans and proven contributors. New York's inability to meet expectations has led to trade speculation all around, which ultimately prevents this group from creating and maintaining the positive culture Jackson aspired to develop.
 
All of this has given way to a very underwhelming 6-19 record in 2017. The Knicks had to put forth a really strong comeback effort just to defeat the 9-40 Nets last week. Here's a look at some of the questions facing New York as they look for stability.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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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.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV

Kyle O'Quinn was part of Phil Jackson's first wave of free agent signings in the summer of 2015, signing a four year deal worth $16 million.

Having not averaged more than 18 minutes per game in his first three seasons with the Magic, this acquisition was all about O'Quinn's potential. He wasn't considered overpaid, but the deal signed included some risk, as it required somewhat of a long-term investment.

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GEICO SportsNite: Isola, Rooks 00:02:32
Frank Isola and Taylor Rooks break down the Knicks' frustrating buzzer-beater loss to the 76ers.

The Knicks blew a 10-point lead in the final two minutes against the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, losing on a buzzer-beater.

It was their ninth loss in their last 10 games.

"Definitely embarrassing the way we're losing games,'' Courtney Lee said, according to the NY Post. "There's no excuses. It's just us. This s-t is definitely embarrassing. We have to find consistency in everything -- soon. It's got to be defense first. We got to change our mentality."

Derrick Rose -- in his first game back after going AWOL -- had 25 points, with Carmelo Anthony scoring 28.

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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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 (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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Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green and Pau Gasol defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports Images)
Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green and Pau Gasol defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks are looking into trading for Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Nothing is imminent, however there are some people within New York's front office that called Tucker a possible trade target, according to Begley.

Tucker, 31, is averaging 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 36 games with Phoenix this season, but Begley notes Tucker's defensive RPM (22nd among 80 qualified small forwards) as a reason why the Knicks would have interest.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Phoenix Suns, Willy Hernangomez
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(Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

It's still early, but the Knicks nevertheless have good standing in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. There's optimism in the air, but still vast room for improvement. New York has lost four of its last six contests, and their inability to keep up with the Celtics on Christmas Day exposed many weaknesses. 

As the Knicks look to contend, they'll need to take care of business against the stronger teams of the league. Here are three of the other more pressing issues the team has faced as of late...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

The Knicks' defensive effort this season has been poor, and that was evident Sunday during their 119-114 loss to the Celtics.

"It was all defense, the way I look at it," Rose said about the loss, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "We didn't communicate well."

The Knicks outscored the Celtics in the third and fourth quarter, but couldn't overcome the large deficit that was a result of them being outscored 34-20 in the second quarter.

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 (Nelson Chenault)
(Nelson Chenault)

Tommy Dee:

With the Grizzlies entertaining offers for Tony Allen, one of the NBA's premiere perimeter defenders, I wondered what Phil Jackson would be thinking about come March's trade deadline.

It just so happened this idea occurred as the Knicks were in the midst of losing to the Celtics on Christmas Day, having allowed Boston to shoot 14-for-36 from three point range and score 119 points.

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(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. 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez
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Hornacek right for Knicks? 00:03:05
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 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.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Derrick Rose (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks (13-10) are off to their best start since a 54-win campaign in 2012-13 -- the last season they made the playoffs. Coach Jeff Hornacek's team will look to continue that momentum on Sunday when they take on the Lakers in Los Angeles in the second game of a five-game road trip.

The Knicks said guard Derrick Rose is probable after missing the past two games with back spams.

The Knicks knocked off the Sacramento Kings 103-100 on Friday when forward Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points, including two key free throws with 14.8 seconds left. Anthony topped 30 points for the fifth time this season and became the 29th player to reach 23,000 points. With 23,022, he's 127 shy of Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor on the career list.

 

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

No Noah, no problem. The Knicks have gone on 4-0 without Joakim Noah, but there's no denying having him rise up and be the player New York is hoping he can be would pay dividends rather quickly. 

Unfortunately, he hasn't been that player since (at the very most recent) the 2014-15 season. The player the Knicks have acquired looks like a shell of his former self. Of course, he's provided flashes of intrigue, physicality, and toughness here and there.

Noah's vision on offense is among the best for centers in the NBA. With a bevy of tip-backs when crashing the glass, Noah continues to create second-chance opportunities. On defense, he plays an excellent mental game and can frustrate opponents. 

Noah hasn't been able to do this on a consistent basis. He's missed games and New York has proven to be successful without him already. His absences have forced the Knicks to get into a different rhythm -- one that works without him on the floor. When inserting Noah back in, such cohesion often looks lost.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Tommy Dee, SNY.tv:

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

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

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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 (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.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Knicks have clearly been content taking their time with Willy Hernangomez. After being drafted in 2015, the big man remained overseas for a year. 

Since coming over, there have been questions as to whether or not he could make meaningful contributions as an NBA rookie. So far, he's received DNP-CD's, watched games in a suit, and been assigned for D-League practices.

On Wednesday against the Nets, Hernangomez finally received the call for prime time and didn't disappoint.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek (L) speaks to his players on the bench during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek (L) speaks to his players on the bench during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Knicks' opening night loss to the Cavaliers looked like a preseason game for many reasons. The contest served as quite the wakeup call. New York subsequently displayed better behaviors and an increased level of communication in their game two victory over Memphis.Plenty of players --- Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Kyle O'Quinn among them --, showed great improvement from one game to the next. That surely gave the Knicks a big boost, but head coach Jeff Hornacek should be praised for a key conscious decision he made as well. He hasn't gotten enough credit for it just yet.Three fewer players took the court for the Knicks against the Grizzlies, shoring up what should develop into a consistent ten man rotation. Game one was treated much like a preseason contest because the minutes were divided up relatively evenly and everyone was given a shot. When it's time to compete and something more substantial at stake, that's not an efficient strategy. The better players should receive the bulk of playing time.

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 (Soobum Im)
(Soobum Im)

Before he became "Skizzy Mars," Myles Mills was a basketball prodigy and frequent contributor to TKB. Now that his grind has slowed down after getting a record deal with Atlantic, he again has time to weigh in on his beloved Knicks. I'm proud of his success and happy to see him back here with the following thoughts about the 2016-2017 season...

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points as the Knicks beat the Celtics, 122-96, Wednesday night in Boston.Joakim Noah had two points and seven rebounds in roughly 13 minutes played.Lance Thomas had seven points and four rebounds while Courtney Lee had 11 points and two rebounds.Sasha Vujacic added 12 points and four assists off the bench.Kyle O'Quinn had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.The Knicks shot 48 perent from the field, including 24 percent from three-point range.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Willy Hernangomez, the prized Knicks rookie who the team acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers and who Carmelo Anthony (and several others in the organization) liken to Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies, has already made a big impact on the team this preseason. His performances are getting the attention of not only Anthony, but the coaching staff as a whole. And that's great news for those who believe the Knicks' biggest weakness is backing up Joakim Noah.With every preseason game Hernangomez plays, he gains a bit more confident and that bodes well for the Knicks, who are going to need positive front court minutes behind Noah and Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks are hoping the trio of Kyle O'Quinn, Hernangomez and Marshall Plumlee can keep the team afloat against second units so they don't have to stretch Noah well into the 30 minutes per game range on a nightly basis.

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 (Dennis Wierzbicki)
(Dennis Wierzbicki)

Making his Knicks' debut at The World's Most Famous Arena on Saturday, hometown kid Joakim Noah was ushered in as Hell's Kitchen's own on the Garden PA system. The crowd roared and welcomed what has been a long awaited arrival.The big man was brought in to serve as New York's defensive anchor. A former Defensive Player of the Year award winner and one-time MVP candidate, Noah demonstrated even in his first performance why his overall talent garners the type of investment the Knicks made in him this past summer. His health will obviously be an ongoing concern, but when he's on the court, there's reason to believe he'll be an upgrade over Robin Lopez.

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Marshall Plumlee (40) dunks the ball as Washington Wizards guard Daniel House (4) defends during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. 
		  (Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today)
Marshall Plumlee (40) dunks the ball as Washington Wizards guard Daniel House (4) defends during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today)

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We've been talking a lot recently about the Knicks' final roster decisions and one name to take out of those who may be in jeopardy is Marshall Plumlee, who continues to get rave reviews from inside the Knicks organization.


New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

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As the Knicks (1-1) head into their third preseason game tonight at Madison Square Garden there's plenty to discuss about the roster, playing time and keys to ultimate success as fans have had the chance to watch the team on the actual basketball court.

Sounds like the perfect time to check Twitter and field some questions.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic
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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks on win 00:00:36
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek and big man Kristaps Porzingis react to the team's preseason win against the crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets.

The Knicks routed the Nets 116-98 in an exhibition game Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

  • Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 16 points and four points in 19 minutes.
  • Undrafted rookie point guard Chasson Randle had 14 points was 3-for-5 from three-point range.
  • Kristaps Porzingis and Maurice Ndour both had 12 points. Porzingis added a team-high six rebounds, also in 19 minutes.
  • Brandon Jennings finished with 4 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for the Knicks, who played without Derrick Rose as he remained in Los Angeles because of his civil trial.

Highlights

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 (Mike Dinovo)
(Mike Dinovo)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

In what would appear par for the course in Phil Jackson's Knicks tenure, Joakim Noah has been bitten by the hamstring injury bug.

During the 2014-15 season, the Knicks were prevented from really getting into a consistent rhythm all campaign long. Planning to depend on their starting point guard (Jose Calderon), only to see him plagued by hamstring issues and limited to 42 games will do that to a team. Calderon, who has battled hamstring issues throughout his career, faced the obstacle early in the preseason. From there on out, he was never truly 100 percent.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

The New York Knicks opened the preseason with a 130-103 loss to the Houston Rockets.

  • Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 22 points, adding four rebounds and two blocks.
  • Derrick Rose had 16 points in his Knicks debut.
  • Brandon Jennings, also making his Knicks debut, had seven points and four assists.
  • Carmelo Anthony had 10 points and two rebounds.
  • Kyle O'Quinn started at center in place of Joakim Noah and had four points and nine rebounds.

Highlights:


Future Knicks teammates Willy Hernangomez, left, and Carmelo Anthony, middle, got to know each other during the Olympics when Spain played the U.S.
Future Knicks teammates Willy Hernangomez, left, and Carmelo Anthony, middle, got to know each other during the Olympics when Spain played the U.S.

One of the more exciting things during NBA training camp is when position/rotation battles begin to unfold. An array of new players (especially in the New York Knicks' case) normally calls for opportunities for different players to earn their keeps. It's a chance to see what each respective player is made of.

As New York fills out its second unit, Lance Thomas and Brandon Jennings would appear to be locks for consistent roles and minutes. After shooting 43 percent from deep through 27 games with Chicago last season, fourth-year veteran Justin Holiday should get a legitimate opportunity to earn playing time as well. As for the big men, perhaps returning player Kyle O'Quinn has an inside track. Even so, he shot a career-low in field goal percentage and put up the weakest numbers (including minutes per game) since his rookie year across the board. The Knicks chose not to depend on him too heavily, so there's no guarantee things will change drastically this coming season.

Thus, there may be an opportunity for one of the team's younger bigs to step up in a much needed way. Wily Hernangomez, Marshall Plumlee and Mindaugas Kuzminskas are all on guaranteed contracts. Of course, receiving playing time could come down to varying matchups over the course of a season. They all have different (and respectable) skill sets to offer.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) listens to forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) listens to forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)

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As Carmelo Anthony hosts his annual "A Very Melo Weekend" in Puerto Rico, many of his teammates have posted social media updates suggesting they've joined him. The list seems to include Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee, but in past years, additional players have arrived midway through the weekend as well.

Kristaps Porzingis stayed back in New York City, and with so many of teammates heading out, perhaps he had to find a new workout partner. He definitely found an interesting one.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) listens to forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) listens to forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)

Despite knowing full well that changes had to be made following two failed seasons, Phil Jackson also understands the importance of team continuity. If nothing else, the tail end of last season was used to evaluate both the good and the bad. In doing so, Jackson and Co. not only came to understand who to let go of, but also who to keep.

Of course, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are the team's headlining attractions. Lance Thomas was rewarded for his hard work and loyalty with a more lucrative long term contract. A positive locker room presence and respected veteran, Sasha Vujacic will also be returning to New York this coming season.

Under the radar, however, as a returning player is Kyle O'Quinn. With three years remaining on the contract he signed last summer, perhaps some have taken for granted that the Queens native is coming back. O'Quinn's playing time was sporadic last season. As such, consistency in his efforts was hard to find, despite some promise. The Knicks could have opted to deal him for a small draft asset and/or simply moved him as a salary dump in favor of another free agent signee. 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony praised team president Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills for reshaping the team's roster this offseason.

"I don't want no credit," Anthony said, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears. "Phil did everything. Phil and Steve."

Following a 32-50 season, the Knicks, now led by Jeff Hornacek, transformed their roster by trading for former Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, signing free agents Joakim NoahBrandon Jennings and Courtney Lee, and bringing over Willy Hernangomez from overseas. 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Chicago Bulls, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas
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Drew Gooden (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
Drew Gooden (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks are among four teams that have inquired about free-agent center Drew Gooden, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

The Washington Wizards waived Gooden, 34, on Thursday after he averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 30 games last season.

The Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers have also shown interest in Gooden, according to Spears.

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 (Sam Sharpe/USA Today Sports Images)
(Sam Sharpe/USA Today Sports Images)

After agreeing to terms with Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee, the New York Knicks are trying to create more cap space by trading one of its players, ESPN's Ian Begley reports.

The Knicks have approximately $8.5 million in cap space after the two signings, according to Begley. He writes:

If the Knicks choose not to renounce Lance Thomas and keep their qualifying offer to Langston Galloway, as expected, they would have about $4.6 million in space. This number, though, presumes they rescind cap holds to their remaining free agents, including Derrick Williams, Sasha Vujacic, Lou Amundson and Kevin Seraphin.

Noah agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal, while Lee agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract. Carmelo Anthony will earn $24.5 million next season, Kristaps Porzingis $4.3 million and Derrick Rose $21.3 million, according to Basketball-Reference.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic
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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

For weeks now, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks' coaching staff have craved better overall efforts from the players around him. And while on Wednesday night, they finally seemed to receive all that and more from many contributors, Anthony himself failed to meet such a similar standard.

The Knicks caught somewhat of a break as the Pacers' Paul George got off to a very slow start. That gave them an opportunity to find their rhythm as a team and find a comfortable pace, all while keeping the game close throughout.

Once George got going, the likes of Kyle O'Quinn (19 points), Jose Calderon (20 points) and Langston Galloway (17 points) all helped keep New York afloat, but there was no doubt they were missing Anthony's contributions down the stretch to help give them that necessary extra push.

Here's a look at some other observations from the loss...

  • On a night where many things went right, the Knicks' downfall was due to their poor execution down the stretch. The three-point shot opportunities created for Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony were not very strong plays at all. One would have to think that the Knicks could have spaced the floor and created higher-percentage opportunities, especially if they chose to use Anthony as a decoy and targeted a player towards someone else with a hot hand.
  • Anthony's frustrations are clearly mounting, and this time, such pressure impacted his play on the court rather than just his demeanor afterwards. As things continued to boil over, Anthony looked discouraged (and arguably downright delirious in disbelief following the last play of the game). What's more, he let his emotions get the best of him with a poorly-timed technical late in the fourth.
  • Kurt Rambis shortened his rotation to nine players, which was a good move when hoping to get the team's core guys into more of a rhythm. But as the season continues to get away from them, it's important he roll the dice on New York's younger players like Jerian Grant, Derrick Williams, and even Jimmer Fredette. Obviously they were still trying to win that one in Indiana.
  • It's a shame O'Quinn hasn't been nearly as consistent as he was on Wednesday all season long. Obviously, 19 points marks a season-high for him, but just the idea that he could be versatile, aggressive, and knock down the occasional perimeter jumper in transition would help the Knicks tremendously.
  • The back-and-forth battle between positive contributions from Kristaps Porzngis (22 points) and Robin Lopez (4 points) continued. Lacking other strong offensive options around the perimeter, the Knicks need to figure out how to incorporate both big men to help carry them on the offensive end a bit more, especially when a guy like Anthony is ice cold.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez

Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings takes a shot over New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USA Today Sports Images)
Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings takes a shot over New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USA Today Sports Images)

In order to get value, an NBA team normally has to give it back. Unfortunately for the Knicks, as Thursday's trade deadline approaches, the likes of Jose Calderon, Kyle O'Quinn and Kevin Seraphin would appear to be the team's most movable assets. How desirable such pieces are to opposing teams remains to be seen.

For better or worse, these are the pieces the Knicks have. While that might not be ideal, the Pistons appear very inclined to deal Brandon Jennings, and New York has been monitoring him for months. Though Jennings is still coming into his own again following an Achilles injury, he does boast career averages of 16 points, six assists and a 35 percent clip from deep. Playing just 18 minutes per contest this season, Jennings is doing so mostly between Detroit's budding point guard star Reggie Jackson.

All of this makes him expendable to a large extent, and the Knicks stand to benefit. The Pistons may value the pieces New York has to offer as potential key contributors for a steady playoff run ahead. Calderon would provide veteran leadership, and the frontline pieces could perhaps add value more so than Jennings at this point. Two of the three aforementioned pieces, perhaps with a future second-round pick to sweeten things, might just do the trick. 

Tags: Jose Calderon, Kevin Seraphin, Kyle O'Quinn, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

Without the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon, one might expect the Knicks to get blown out by a Raptors team led by two NBA all-stars on the road. 

But surprisingly enough, New York was able to hang tough throughout much of the contest. Much like their matchup with the Thunder earlier in the week, the Knicks received scrappy and gritty efforts from a number of players. Robin Lopez and Kyle O'Quinn manned the paint to the best of their abilities, but Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas was a beast on the offensive boards and fought hard to create massive second-chance scoring opportunities for his team. 

Given the weapons they had in available in their arsenal, it's impressive how close the Knicks remained, even closing the gap further at times with mini runs here and there. But in the end, they lacked the killer instinct to really attempt and get Toronto up against the wall. Players didn't seem to believe in themselves. No one or two players were confident enough to lead the charge and attack the opponent when they were teetering towards losing the lead. Gaining such a mentality comes with time together and added maturity as a team, regardless of whether or not the stars are suiting up. Just ask the Spurs.

Tags: Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kyle O'Quinn, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Sasha Vujacic, Keith Schlosser
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Detroit Pistons power forward Ersan Ilyasova shoots the ball as New York Knicks center Robin Lopez defends during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
Detroit Pistons power forward Ersan Ilyasova shoots the ball as New York Knicks center Robin Lopez defends during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

In an unusual night for the Knicks, both Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon performed exceptionally well against Detroit on Tuesday. Ironically enough, such success only proves just how elevated New York's play would be if it received consistent contributions at these given positions on a nightly basis. The duo was a major key in a decisive 108-96 victory.

Lopez played great defense on Andre Drummond, who, en route to becoming one of the Eastern Conference's top front-court players, is even beating Carmelo Anthony in All-Star votes. Nevertheless, Lopez limited space for Drummond inside, boxed out and played him rather physically. As a result, the Pistons' center shot poorly and failed to pull down boards. His numbers were well off his MVP candidate averages.

While Lopez anchored the defense, Calderon ran the floor like a pro. The Knicks were moving the ball well and players were constantly in motion without it. Calderon pushed the pace and ran the pick and roll nicely, resulting in a 54 percent shooting night for his squad. Needless to say, this victory came easier than expected. Here are some other observations from the win.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Detroit Pistons, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and Derrick Williams added 18 to lead six Knicks in double figures as New York snapped a four-game losing streak with a 108-96 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Jose Calderon added 15 points, Kyle O'Quinn had 12, Robin Lopez scored 11, and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 10.

Ersan Ilyasova led the Pistons with 19 points. Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson each had 17.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Robin Lopez
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New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony loses control of the ball as Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris defends during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony loses control of the ball as Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris defends during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

Carmelo Anthony will be available for Saturday's game against the Hawks after missing a game earlier this week.

Anthony missed Wednesday's road game against the Cavaliers with a sprained ankle.

Kyle O'Quinn, who missed the last two games with an ankle sprain, is also slated to return to the lineup.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kyle O'Quinn

New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) dunks the ball over the head of Orlando Magic forward Jason Smith (14) during the second half of a basketball game at Amway Center. The Magic won 100-91. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) dunks the ball over the head of Orlando Magic forward Jason Smith (14) during the second half of a basketball game at Amway Center. The Magic won 100-91. (Reinhold Matay)

As we approach mid-December, head coach Derek Fisher's rotation has finally taken shape for the 10-12 Knicks. Better late than never.

After seemingly experimenting and deliberating through approximately a quarter of the season, Fisher has shortened his rotation, sticking with guys consistently for prolonged periods of time. 

This is good news, but it's somewhat peculiar not to see Kyle O'Quinn included in the aforementioned bunch. He along with the likes of Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic, and Cleanthony Early are out of the rotation.

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