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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis announced he will play for the Latvian national team during this summer's European championships, but did not clear it with the New York organization beforehand, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

"Kristaps is in a position to decide for himself on playing for the national side," Porzingis' older brother and agent, Janis, said in Latvian, according to a transcript, when the 21-year-old Knicks forward was asked about New York's role in determining his status for the European championships.

Porzingis, who skipped his exit meeting with president Phil Jackson due to his reported displeasure with the team's handling of Carmelo Anthony, has not spoken with the team since. However, he expressed his will to be a Knick both in the short- and long-term future.

"My next focus is national team,'' Porzingis said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "My third season is still far away. The main thing is to put in a lot of work during the summer to be ready, first for national team, then for next season. The European championships ends before the official NBA camp starts, so I have enough time to turn back to New York. I'll be there on time."

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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Daily News Live: 'Melo/Knicks 00:02:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses Carmelo Anthony and his future with the Knicks.

The Knicks were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs during Wednesday night's loss to the Heat, making this the fourth consecutive season where New York will not reach the postseason.

"I think today was mathematically [eliminated] but I think the writing was on the wall prior to this," head coach Jeff Hornacek said, according to Newsday. "So the other guys have played a little bit more. Maybe they'll continue to play a little bit more."

Carmelo Anthony, who was the subject of trade rumors before the deadline and is expected to be shopped during the offseason, said he's at peace with the reduced minutes he's been receiving with the team trying to get their younger players more experience.

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The Knicks were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs during Wednesday night's loss to the Heat, making this the fourth consecutive season where New York will not reach the postseason.

"I think today was mathematically [eliminated] but I think the writing was on the wall prior to this," head coach Jeff Hornacek said, according to Newsday. "So the other guys have played a little bit more. Maybe they'll continue to play a little bit more."

Carmelo Anthony, who was the subject of trade rumors before the deadline and is expected to be shopped during the offseason, said he's at peace with the reduced minutes he's been receiving with the team trying to get their younger players more experience.

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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony sat out the entire fourth quarter on Monday night during the team's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

"Coach is starting to realize - he mentioned today he's going to start shortening minutes,'' Anthony said, according to the NY Post. "I've been understanding with the situation. I understand.''

"All the young guys, it's an opportunity to get that experience instead of getting practice experience, individual workouts - actually getting it live and direct in a game against top-level opponents," Anthony continued. "It's best to take advantage of that and for me to help them.''

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas
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 (Erik Williams)
(Erik Williams)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

At this point in the year, Knicks basketball is difficult to watch. The team doesn't appear to know which direction they are headed. Built like a squad hoping to compete sooner than later, the failures are abound.

However, the front office simply cannot afford to change this roster around yet again. There will be returning pieces, and New York should use the rest of the season as a trial period for those who intrigue them. They should prepare for next season so they can move away from this one's struggles.

Tags: Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks shooting guard Ron Baker (31) drives against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks shooting guard Ron Baker (31) drives against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With the release of Brandon Jennings and a likely season-ending injury to Joakim Noah, Knicks have a newfound freedom to explore what this team could be like next season. There's room to acquire somewhat of a taste. Noah figures to be around, but his inability to play big minutes leaves a question mark around his pending impact. As for Jennings, New York had seen enough after signing him to a one-year deal. This simply wasn't the right fit for him.

Win or lose, New York needs to continue examining which of their already in place pieces are worth keeping moving forward. That's what the next month plus should be about. There's an opportunity to answer questions regarding the future. Will this stay of execution past the trade deadline prove Carmelo Anthony can take somewhat of a backseat and play a supporting role to Kristaps PorzingisDerrick Rose still leaves something to be desired on the court, but does do some positive things. Can he still fit and be retained at a reasonable price this offseason? Which of the team's youngsters have the potential to flourish in an expanded roles? Here's a look at some opportunities that could prove to be small stepping stones for this team as they plan ahead.

Balanced point guard play: With Jennings in town, the Knicks had two offensively minded floor generals who both looked to score. He and Derrick Rose simply weren't the best match, despite how talented each one was. 

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

The Knicks had an empowering win over the Spurs to cap off the weekend. Beyond that, however, the dysfunction has only continued. The rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony continue to swirl. Frustration around the team's feeble defensive effort continues to set in. The mystique around what Phil Jackson's next remark may be (or how he chooses to communicate it) keeps everyone on their toes. And as if all of this wasn't enough, James Dolan played a part in a bizarre sequence of events this past week, reminding all that he is never truly far enough away.

As the trade deadline approaches and the losing continues, there are question marks around this team. Can the Knicks build off of the win against San Antonio, or will they fall back into their poor ways? Here's a look at what the team will face in the week ahead. 

Questions about team culture: One could argue that the poor culture is going to affect the Knicks for years to come. Clearly, the lack of positivity makes it difficult for players already in the Big Apple to perform at an optimal level. What's more, all that has gone on as of late could certainly impact the decisions of prospective free agents and scare them off from donning orange and blue. For years, James Dolan has been criticized for his poor way of handling things and a lack of overall basketball knowledge. While he has stayed out of Phil Jackson's way, he proved this week with Charles Oakley that he himself will never be far enough away not to play a role in something here or there. That's not a good feeling.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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 (AP)
(AP)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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

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

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

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

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

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

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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

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

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Keith Schlosser
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Dec 31, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) shoots a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Dec 31, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) shoots a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas is feeling better and should be good to play in Wednesday night's game against the 76ers, head coach Jeff Hornacek said. 

Kuzminskas missed Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with an illness.

He has averaged 5.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game in 31 appearances this season.

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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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Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, New Orleans Pelicans
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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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 (Brace Hemmelgarn)
(Brace Hemmelgarn)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

As the Knicks' struggles continue, it's clear changes are necessary. With the team in need of some sort of injection of life, it may be worth throwing Mindaugas Kuzminskas into the mix a bit more aggressively and giving the NBA rookie more minutes.

Kuzminskas has shot well and always seems to produce when given more playing time. Shooting just over 40 percent from the three-point line, he's already exhibited the type of prowess from deep the Knicks had been hoping to get from Lance Thomas when the season began. 

As an international veteran seeing his first action on the NBA hardwood this season, Kuzminskas tends to catch opposing defenses off guard. That's a good thing. There's great fluidity to his game, as he's someone who is always on the move. 

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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.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

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

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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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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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Derrick Williams, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks this past June, told Marc Berman of the NY Post that the decision was tough.

"For sure it was a tough decision,'' Williams said. "I love my time in New York. Being one of the fan favorites, leaving a place where I felt I could keep getting better, keep growing. But ultimately I feel it was the right decision. It might not seem that way right now. But I'm getting better each day. Even though I may not be on the court right now, this is for the second half of the season."

Williams, who played 80 games for the Knicks last season, has appeared in just 11 of the Heat's 20 games so far in 2016-17.

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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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Stefan Bondy on Melo, Porzingis 00:05:09
Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy joins Daily News Live to discuss Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks moving forward.

I've always felt based on studying the Knicks as closely as I have over the years that there's an inner conflict that has been building within the fanbase surrounding Carmelo Anthony.

Some fans want to see the Knicks win with him, and it seems some don't.

I won't go as far as to say people root for the Knicks and against Anthony because that thought process makes zero sense to me. Maybe that's just some people's way of stirring the pot on social media, but ever since Anthony has been here it's been a roller coaster ride for fans who believed Carmelo was supposed to be the savior taking the Knicks to the promised land after coming here from Denver.

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New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday reaches for the net during the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Justin Holiday reaches for the net during the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Justin Holiday and Mindaugas Kuzminskas have stepped up in the absence of the injured Lance Thomas, but how will head coach Jeff Hornacek adjust the players' minutes when Thomas returns?

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Nov 22, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) react against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 22, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) react against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie Mindaugas Kuzminskas played a big role off the bench in the Knicks' 107-103 win over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. 

The 27-year-old chipped in 10 points in 21 minutes of play off the bench, with five of those points coming in the fourth quarter. He also added three rebounds, one assist and one steal. 

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

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

 

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Portland Trail Blazers, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Chase Budinger (34) during the second half at Madison Square Garden ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Chase Budinger (34) during the second half at Madison Square Garden ( Adam Hunger)

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When the Knicks first signed Mindaugas Kuzminskas, I texted a friend with intimate knowledge of the Euro League for some thoughts.

"Best player on his team and doesn't start." 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Give this edition of the Knicks credit so far this season. When faced with adversity and turmoil, they've responded by playing well.

Behind a vintage Carmelo Anthony performance, which saw the superstar forward score 14 consecutive points for the team in the third quarter (22 points overall), the Knicks (3-4) overcame a sluggish start to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 110-96 at the Garden.

It was the first time the Knicks held an opponent below 100 points this season and the win comes at a time where the Knicks seemingly were in the midst of some internal friction in regards to the team's offensive philosophy. 

Lost in the discussion was just how brutally awful they've been defensively, and the team responded with their best defensive performance of the season.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Knicks (1-1) enter into the game tonight in Detroit on the heels of a solid home win on Saturday. To me, this is a pretty favorable match up, if the Knicks can maintain the offensive balance from Saturday night. That needs to be the model to follow night in and night out. The Pistons (2-1) enter the game on the heels of a monster game from star center Andre Drummond, who scored 20 points and collected 23 rebounds in a 98-83 win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. The Pistons will be playing without star guard Reggie Jackson, who is sidelined with a knee injury for the next 6-8 weeks.

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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...

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New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Chase Budinger (34) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (91) defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Chase Budinger (34) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

In a preseason full of questions surrounding the Knicks' bench, Mindaugas Kuzminskas has provided some refreshing stability. 

When the Knicks signed Kuzminskas to a two year, $6 million contract this past summer, one had to wonder if it would truly be worth it. Many international players take time to adjust to the NBA game. Would he be able to do it in two years time? All the while, would he be able to make an impact as a member of the team's second unit, or would he simply just ride the pine as New York oversaw his development at a slower pace?

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