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

In another comeback victory for the Knicks, it was star F Kristaps Porzingis who iced the team's third straight win on Tuesday night. 

The Knicks capped off a 19-point comeback on Sunday night against the Pacers, and last night's contest against the Hornets was eerily similar. Down 15 at one point, they relied on Porzingis -- the recently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week -- to bring them home. 

The 21-year-old only had two points in the second half before a pair of free throw tied the ball game with 2:32 left on the clock. Then, Porzingis drained a three with less than a minute left to give the Knicks' a 114-111 lead.

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New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) shoots a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Erik Williams)
New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) shoots a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Erik Williams)

The Knicks are reportedly looking to shop SG Kuzminskas Mindaugas to make room for C Joakim Noah, per ESPN's Ian Begley. 

Noah is set to return from his 20-game suspension on Monday when the Knicks host the Cavaliers. With 15 guaranteed contracts on the Knicks' payroll, the best option to make space for Noah would be to trade an asset away instead of waiving a player. 

This is why the Knicks have opened up trade talks on Mindaugas, who has yet to see the floor this season. He is, however, a 28-year-old shooting guard who played valuable minutes in his rookie season last year, and showed some promise. He averaged six points, 1.9 rebounds, and one assist in 15 minutes per game. 

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Kristaps Porzingis talks about his career-high 38 points after the Knicks defeated the Nuggets for their third straight win.

Kristaps Porzingis scored at least 30 points for the fifth time this season to lead the New York Knicks to their third straight win with a 116-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday at Madison Square Garden.


Porzingis recorded 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Knicks, who hung on in the fourth quarter despite seeing their 22-point halftime lead evaporate in the third.

Kyle O'Quinn scored 15 points and brought down 12 rebounds, while Jarrett Jack had six points and 10 assists. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Denver Nuggets, Jarrett Jack, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- The Knicks took a gamble when they drafted Frenchman Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in this year's NBA Draft.

Some fans and observers felt they could've done better with an American college player such as N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr. or Kentucky's Malik Monk -- both of whom were available when the Knicks chose.

But Ntilikina may have eased some of those concerns when he helped key the Knicks to their first victory of the season on Friday, a 107-86 victory over the rival Nets at Madison Square Garden. He notched nine points on 4-for-11 shooting with five assists, one steal and three turnovers. With his long arms and reach, Ntilikina also played strong defense and disrupted the Nets' passing lanes...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Adam Zagoria
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Frank Ntilikina discusses being ready to go for Friday's game against the Nets and Jeff Hornacek talks about Ntilikina's energy and passion.

Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina (sprained ankle) has been activated for the team's matchup against the Nets Friday, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

Ntilikina missed this past Saturday's home opener and Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

The 19-year-old Ntilikina played eight minutes in his Knicks' debut last Thursday in Oklahoma City. He recorded an assist and missed his two shot attempts.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Luke Kornet worked out for more than a dozen NBA teams last spring, but when he watched the NBA Draft from his home in Lexington, Ky., 60 picks came and went without Kornet's name being called.

But soon after the draft, he received a call from the Knicks who wanted to offer him the unique opportunity of a two-way contract.

"The Knicks were the only one who offered me the two-way on the night of the draft, so that was a pretty good obvious choice from the beginning," the 7-foot-1 Kornet said Tuesday at Westchester Knicks Media Day.

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76ers guard Sergio Rodriguez (14) passes the ball as the Knicks' Kyle O'Quinn (9) defends.
76ers guard Sergio Rodriguez (14) passes the ball as the Knicks' Kyle O'Quinn (9) defends.

Multiple teams have called the Knicks to express interest in trading for C Kyle O'Quinn, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

The Knicks are not interested in trading C Willy Hernangomez, who is currently out of the rotation while O'Quinn and Enes Kanter get the bulk of the playing time at center.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis said earlier this week that he believes Hernangomez "deserves" more playing time after the center was limited to just four minutes in Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Detroit Pistons.

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New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez and forward Kristaps Porzingis speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez and forward Kristaps Porzingis speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis said he believes teammate Willy Hernangomez "deserves" more playing time after the center was limited to just four minutes in Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Detroit Pistons.

"He deserves it," Porzingis told the New York Post's Marc Berman. "But we have a lot of big guys on the floor and I understand everybody's fighting for those minutes. And not everybody is going to get what they deserve."

Head coach Jeff Hornacek told Hernangomez, who averaged 8.2 points and seven rebounds in 72 games last season, before Thursday's game that the 23-year-old center would not be in the team's rotation behind Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn in the frontcourt. 

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New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14)
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14)

Willy Hernangomez barely played during the Knicks' season-opening loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City, only entering the game in the final minutes of New York's blowout loss. 

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told Hernangomez before the game that he wouldn't be in the rotation.

Jake Brown | Twitter | With the Knicks preaching on their youth and rebuilding, it's foolish for a guy like Hernangomez to not be the first center off the bench when Enes Kanter sits.

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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

Knicks F Kyle O'Quinn will not have charges pressed against him by the Manhattan district attorney's office from an altercation in Zuccotti Park last May, per NY Daily News' Christina Carrega

The incident occurred on May 22, 2016 where O'Quinn allegedly assaulted 23-year-old Shakaira Elie outside Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan.

In her Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit, Elie said O'Quinn struck a conversation with her in the Trinity Place Bar and Restaurant, which made his girlfriend angry. She went on to assault Elie outside the bar. 

Elie and her friends proceeded to assault O'Quinn's girlfriend and take her purse at Zuccotti Park, according to court documents. Elie said that her purse was stolen by O'Quinn and she reported the brawl to the police...

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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)

With all of the controversy surrounding Phil Jackson, Kyle O'Quinn was not surprised the Knicks let go of the team president, he told the New York Post. 

"It's tough to see anybody go, but I knew a change was going to be made,'' O'Quinn told Marc Berman of the Post. "We didn't know what. We knew something had to be done. That's what they chose to do. I wish Phil the best of course. In any organization, no matter who it is, you hate to see somebody go." 

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Courtney Lee (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)
Courtney Lee (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks reportedly may consider trading Courtney Lee or Kyle O'Quinn in order to clear cap space so they can offer more money to free agents, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

New York has showed interest in guard Shelvin Mack, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The Pistons are open to trading the 12th overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft in order to acquire more of a "win-now" player, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Knicks currently have the eighth overall pick.

Team president Phil Jackson has suggested the Knicks will trade Carmelo Anthony this offseason as they look to build for the future, so dealing other veterans as part of that effort makes sense.

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(AP)

Jeff Hornacek hinted to reporters on Monday that the Knicks will be working on upgrading their defense during the offseason.

"I think if you look at our defense this year, we can use some more defensive players," Hornacek told Ian Begley of ESPN. "[Management] will look at that. [General manager] Steve [Mills] and [president] Phil [Jackson] and those guys will look at whatever can help us out. We know we need some help there."

New York has been in the bottom third of the NBA on defense throughout the entire season, which was a significant factor in the team missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. However the Knicks will have a top-10 pick in this year's draft, and can have nearly $25 million in cap space to spend in free agency, depending on their decision on the future of Derrick Rose with the franchise.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Willy Hernangomez
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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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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.

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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.

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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...

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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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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.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Keith Schlosser
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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.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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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.

Tags: Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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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.

Tags: Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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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.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Sasha Vujacic
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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.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn
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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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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

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn
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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.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Keith Schlosser
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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: