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The Knicks weren't able to land any high-profile free agents this past summer, which led to now ex-team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry signing a group of veterans to short, expendable deals. 

Now, with a new vision in the front office with Leon Rose the team president, those players -- and even some others -- might be on the chopping block. 

In this series, we'll look at whether or not the Knicks should let these players stay -- or let them walk. We'll focus this time on center Taj Gibson:

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Dec 7, 2018; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Spire Institute guard LaMelo Ball warms up prior to facing Bella Vista Prep at Chaparral High School. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Dec 7, 2018; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Spire Institute guard LaMelo Ball warms up prior to facing Bella Vista Prep at Chaparral High School. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

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Here's our weekly Knicks mailbag with SNY's NBA Insider Ian Begley...


We got a few questions about LaMelo Ball and the possibility of the Knicks moving up in the draft: 

@PrimeCarmelo: Do you think the Knicks trade up for Lamelo if they don't move up in the lottery?

@Jiggyx_1: How would the lottery results for this draft affect our motivation to trade up?? Is there a specific player they key in on?? How likely is that?

This shouldn't surprise anyone who has followed the 2020 draft class, but the Knicks have LaMelo Ball ranked as the top point guard on their draft board. One opposing scout said he assumed most teams have Ball at the top. But since @PrimeCarmelo asked specifically about LaMelo, it's worth pointing out that Knicks people think highly of the young guard. 

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Knicks president Leon Rose (Treated Image by SNY)
Knicks president Leon Rose (Treated Image by SNY)

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@Boujeecoujee: Are the Knicks in a relatively good position with the salary cap projected to go down, and a lot of younger assets under contract for 2-3 years along with stockpiling picks? Could this stoppage potentially help a rebuild in some ways compared to other teams

The short answer? A cap decrease could help the Knicks. But it's unclear how or if it will at this point.

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Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson has already established himself as an elite presence in the paint on both sides of the ball. And his potential would go through the roof if he developed a legit outside shot.

It seems like he might be doing just that during the coronavirus pause.

Robinson, in a video that is reportedly from Tuesday, is seen draining a straightaway three. He then displays some slick ball-handling before hitting a step-back three. 

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Elfrid Payton (Treated Image by SNY)
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The Knicks weren't able to land any high-profile free agents this past summer, which led to now ex-team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry signing a group of veterans to short, expendable deals. 

Now, with a new vision in the front office with Leon Rose the team president, those players -- and even some others -- might be on the chopping block. 

In this series, we'll look at whether or not the Knicks should let these players stay -- or let them walk. We'll focus this time on point guard Elfrid Payton:

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@mdavidsoniv: What is the overall sense within the org. of what the Knicks really got in the drafting of RJ Barrett? Now that they have 50+ games of film to dissect, do they feel he can be the star they hoped?

I haven't polled everyone in the organization but the sense you get is that everyone is generally optimistic about RJ Barrett's future. It seemed like he met all of the realistic expectations for his rookie season in 2019-20. 

I don't think anyone can predict whether Barrett, who was selected third overall in the 2019 draft, will become a star in the league. But people around the Knicks were impressed by Barrett's consistent approach to the job and his work ethic. Some scouts I spoke with were impressed by Barrett's ability to impact the game as a rebounder and defender fairly consistently in his first season. Those scouts think that if Barrett can improve his perimeter shooting and continue to progress as a defender, he'll have a long, successful NBA career. 

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SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley discussed whether the Knicks should trade Mitchell Robinson with an eye on drafting James Wiseman.

"I don't think any player on this roster is untouchable, but I think (RJ) Barrett and Robinson would be the two players the Knicks would probably only include in deals that brought back a bonafide star to come to their market," Begley explained.

Watch Begley's full answer above...

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Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell (Russell Isabella)
Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell (Russell Isabella)

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It doesn't sound like the Utah Jazz will be listening to trade offers for Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert anytime soon.

There was media speculation about the possibility of the Jazz trading either Mitchell or Gobert after a rift developed between the two All-Stars. After Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, Mitchell, who tested positive for the virus the day after Gobert, acknowledged publicly that he was unhappy with Gobert.

The Athletic reported recently that the relationship between Mitchell and Gobert "doesn't appear salvageable." 

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@KennethAntigua: If, as anticipated, the cap drops next season and with teams at or over the cap, do you think it would be wise for the Knicks to keep Miller, kick the can another year while accumulating assets from teams looking to save $? 2021 is a better year for FA and strong draft, too. 

The patient, build-through-the-draft approach that Kenneth describes above makes a lot of sense. I thought New York was going to take that approach under former team presidents Phil Jackson and Steve Mills, but, for various reasons, neither fully committed to that plan for a sustained period.

Will Leon Rose be committed to a long-term rebuild? That's unknown. 

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Cole Anthony (Rob Kinnan)
Cole Anthony (Rob Kinnan)

When Cole Anthony touched down in Chapel Hill, N.C. to play for the Tar Heels this season, he was expected to be one of the nation's top point guards that could vault himself into the conversation of top pick in this year's NBA Draft. 

But it wasn't a season Anthony or North Carolina believed was going to happen, as the Tar Heels struggled mightily before the NCAA canceled the rest of the season due to coronavirus.

Anthony still averaged double-digit points (18.5 per game) to be the nation's second-leading freshman scorer (Georgia's Anthony Edwards, an expected Top 5 pick, scored 19.1 per game). However, with only four assists per game, there are some who believe Anthony simply wasn't the playmaker they expected to see as he came out of Oak Hill Academy last year. 

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Chris Paul
Chris Paul

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If you're looking ahead to free agency for the Knicks, the first question to ask is: Will New York trade for Chris Paul

As noted last month, some people with the Knicks believe Paul would provide strong leadership for their young players and help jump-start the winning culture that New York wants to establish under president Leon Rose

It's unclear, at this point, if the Knicks will aggressively pursue a Paul trade, or if Oklahoma City is willing to move him. 

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Feb 27, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Feb 27, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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@SRF_NY: What has happened to Dennis Smith Jr.? Despite his efficiency stats, in his first year with the Mavs he was at least a serviceable starting point guard and definitely passed the eye test. Now it seems like he's on his way out of the league. What's with the regression?

Suggesting Smith Jr. is on his way out of the league is a little strong, @SRF_NY, but earlier this season, several teams had similar questions about Smith Jr.'s play. They wanted to know what was at the root of his struggles.

My best guess is that there were a few factors at play. First off, Smith Jr. suffered several injuries in 2019-20, including one in training camp. That hampered his play. He also lost his stepmother in late October. The death, as you'd imagine, had a tremendous impact on Smith Jr. off the court.  

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About a week before the 2020 trade deadline, some with the Knicks organization were optimistic that they had the framework of a package in place that would land D'Angelo Russell from Golden State. 

Any momentum in the talks with Golden State stalled when then-president Steve Mills was removed from his position. 

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If the relationship between Utah Jazz All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert is indeed not 'salvageable' as a recent report indicates, what could the Knicks offer to try to bring the New York native Mitchell back to the Big Apple?

The 23-year-old Mitchell, who has career averages of 22.7 points, 4.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds, is eligible for an extension with Utah this offseason and can become a restricted free agent following the 2020-21 season. 

Of course, it's a bit premature to think that Utah would want to break up their All-Star duo to begin with, and it also may be a bit of stretch to think that the Jazz would trade Mitchell before Gobert.

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Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) takes a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) takes a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Knicks weren't able to land any high-profile free agents this past summer, which led to now ex-team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry signing a group of veterans to short, expendable deals. 

Now, with a new vision in the front office with Leon Rose acting as the team's president, those players -- and even some others -- might be on the chopping block. 

In this new series, we'll look at whether or not the Knicks should let these players stay -- or let them walk. We'll kick it off with C Bobby Portis...

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Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau (Treated Image by SNY)

Here's our weekly Knicks mailbag with SNY's NBA Insider Ian Begley...


@Jdazz6: I would like to know if the Knicks do not retain Coach Miller, who's the most realistic replacement as coach? And of those options, who would be the best at developing these young players?

The most realistic replacement at coach is a tough one to answer. I'd think that the Knicks could get any of the following coaches if money isn't a mitigating factor: Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Atkinson, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Woodson. Usually, money isn't a holdup when the Knicks are pursuing a coach. Steve Kerr is one recent exception to that rule.

Also, I see John Calipari as a less realistic option because of the money it would likely take to lure him from Kentucky. He's also publicly said he's not interested in the job. But because of his relationship with Knicks president Leon Rose, I'm not taking him off of my list of candidates until Rose hires someone else.

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Earlier this week, several teams were holding out hope that the NBA season could resume in some form. 

No one knows at this point if playing games this summer will be an option amid the coronavirus crisis. It depends on factors that are impossible to project. 

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Knicks president Leon Rose, interim head coach Mike Miller and several players offered a thank you to healthcare workers battling the coronavirus crisis in a video posted Thursday. 


The intra-city rivalry between the Knicks and Nets took off briefly last summer when the Nets usurped the Knicks' throne as the most attractive team to play for in New York. 

Brooklyn managed to sign superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and earn respect for the progress the organization has made, from an afterthought to a potential superstar destination. 

The rivalry, though, has been non-existent with Durant out for the season, Irving playing just 20 games, and the Knicks being, well, the Knicks. 

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Knicks' Kevin Knox (Treated Image by SNY)
Knicks' Kevin Knox (Treated Image by SNY)

Though they may try to skip steps to playoff contention, the New York Knicks are in the developmental stage. One of the key players in New York's rebuild is forward Kevin Knox

In his second year in the league, Knox's growth and development as a player has stalled. With one more season before he's up for a rookie extension and two more seasons before he would become a free agent, it's important for the Knicks to crystallize what Knox's role and future would be in New York. 

It feels like a decade ago that Knox was being christened New York's latest savior after a splashy Summer League showing in 2018. While he piled up the points, Knox shot 35.1 percent from the field. That would be a hint at what Knox would really contribute in the NBA. The 6-foot-9 forward has yet to shoot at least 40 percent from the field in either of his two pro seasons in the NBA.

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Just 22 games into his second season as Knicks head coach, David Fizdale was let go after the team got off to a dismal 4-18 start. 

In one season-plus as the team's head coach, Fizdale coached the Knicks to 21-83 record, leading to his dismissal. 

On Wednesday, Fizdale was a guest on ESPN Radio, and when asked if the Knicks had a true star on the team, he pointed to rookie RJ Barrett while also saying that the Knicks need better shooters in place to help talented youngsters like Barrett and Mitchell Robinson reach their full potential.

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Knicks center Mitchell Robinson has a very valid question: Is he the new record holder for highest field-goal percentage in NBA history? 

While the NBA is working hard to figure out how to resume play once it is safe to do, the Knicks still hold a 21-45 record and sit as a 12 seed in the Eastern Conference. Though games were obviously left on their schedule, a revised NBA season could just jump right into playoffs. 

If that's the case, Robinson would have ended his sophomore campaign with a 74.2 field goal percentage after making 253 of his 341 field goal attempts...

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Frank Ntilikina (Geoff Burke)
Frank Ntilikina (Geoff Burke)

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Mike Miller sees a subtle difference lately in Frank Ntilikina's approach: 

"Before, when he had a defender in front of him, he made the pass to Mitchell [Robinson] or Bobby [Portis] or whoever. And now he's seeing open lanes to the basket, and he's going," Miller said Tuesday. 

That change is significant for Ntilikina, who scouts had seen as too passive on offense in his first two seasons. 

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Mar 8, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 8, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Some notes from the Knicks' win over the Pistons...


Kevin Knox had two blocks against Detroit, tangible evidence of what Mike Miller has been talking about for weeks: the young Knick is improving on the defensive end.

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The Knicks got back on track in Sunday's 96-84 win over the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Julius Randle came to life in the second half, tying for a game-high 22 points with a big chunk coming via the third and fourth quarters. The power forward added a game-high 13 rebounds, going 7 for 15 from the floor and making 2 of 3 three-pointers in 32-plus minutes. 

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Mar 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) grabs a rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) grabs a rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks made just four three-pointers in their 126-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. > Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) Chirs Paul led the Thunder with eight points in the first quarter, while former Knick Danilo Gallinari added in seven points as OKC took a 27-20 lead over the Knicks. Elfrid Payton had five points, five rebounds, and four assists for the Knicks, who went 0-for-7 from three as a team in the first quarter.

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Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

The Knicks are headed for another season out of the playoff picture and another year in the lottery. The team has a sizable collection of veterans, however, the franchise's focus should center on their young core of recent draft picks.

The team is in for another massive rebuild, and there is a lot to look at for new president of basketball operations Leon Rose. Though much is made of who the Knicks can pursue in free agency or the draft, the focus right now should be the evaluation of New York's prospects already on the team.

There is talent, but there are major questions. Is Kevin Knox a lost cause? Is Damyean Dotson a keeper? Can you build around RJ Barrett? Here's a look at the Knicks' top prospects based on their value...

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The Knicks suffered their first loss in the Leon Rose era, falling to the Utah Jazz, 112-104. > Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Jazz started the game on an 33-16 run, and interim head coach Mike Miller called two timeouts before the halfway-point of the first quarter. Despite Rudy Gobert easily being the tallest person on the floor with Mitchell Robinson out, the Jazz were pulling from deep and knocked down four of their first six shots from behind the arc - Bojan Bogdonavich also knocked down all his free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt. The Jazz started the game 8-for-14 from the floor. 

The Knicks went on a 19-9 run of their own immediately following, knocking down seven of their next 13 shots, including their first four (three three-pointers).

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Feb 29, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) shoots the ball as Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) defends during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Feb 29, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) shoots the ball as Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) defends during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

As the Knicks host the Utah Jazz at 7:30 p.m. from Madison Square Garden looking for a three-game winning streak, New York does so with one key player unavailable.

Prior to tip-off, the Knicks announced that center Mitchell Robinson was out with a sore hamstring.

Kevin Knox (leg contusion) is available to play, the Knicks announced. Interim head coach Mike Miller added that wing Reggie Bullock (illness) is also available.

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Mitchell Robinson dunks during Knicks game
Mitchell Robinson dunks during Knicks game

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Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson turned in another strong performance on Monday, dropping 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 13 rebounds (five offensive) in New York's win over Houston. 

Tyson Chandler, a former Knick and current Rockets vet, was impressed by what he saw. 

"I love his game. Very talented young player. He's very raw. But his athletic ability and what he can turn into and things that he can accomplish, I feel like are limitless," Chandler said. "I don't think he even knows how talented he is yet."

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One possession after shooting an airball on a 3-pointer, RJ Barrett had the ball in his hands, Knicks up one, with 20 seconds to go. He drove left on PJ Tucker and finished over him, giving New York a 3-point lead with 8 seconds to play. 

Barrett's bucket and Frank Ntilikina's defense against Russell Westbrook on the game's final play sealed a surprising win for New York

It also underscored one of the most important qualities Barrett's showed in his rookie season: a seemingly unshakeable confidence. 

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After leading most of the game, the Knicks came out flat in the fourth quarter, but got a full team effort and held on for a 125-123 win over the Rockets on Monday. > Box Score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) Houston opened the game on a 9-1 run and it looked like the Knicks were well on their way to a similar performace to their 11-point loss to the Rockets at Toyota Center last Monday. But a Barrett three-pointer spearheaded a 9-0 Knicks run of their own, who ended the first quarter leading 36-31.

New York extended its lead to 10 at halftime (though they led by as many as 21), and it remained a 10-point lead after the third quarter when James Harden sank just his second three-pointer of the night at the buzzer. The Rockets quickly cut the lead to two just three minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Knicks clung on to the lead and refused to relinquish it, despite a ferocious dunk from Russell Westbrook to cut the Knicks' lead to two with less than two minutes to play. Westbrook had another chance to tie it at the buzzer, but his 17-footer rattled out and the Knicks held on for the win.

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Leon Rose officially took over as Knicks team president on Monday. Here's a look at a few important decisions he'll face in the near future:

1) Get prepared for the 2020 NBA Draft

Hiring a coach, of course, is one of the biggest decisions Rose will make as team president. But bringing in/retaining the right front office executives and scouting staff is just as imperative.

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Knicks center Mitchell Robinson scored a career-high 23 points and added in 10 rebounds, two blocks, and two assists during the team's 125-115 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

Teammate RJ Barrett talked about Robinson's dominance as of late during practice on Sunday afternoon.

"He's going on a real good run right now," Barrett said. "I think he's just being himself, and he's just playing hard. That's his talent. His talent is playing hard. He can get every offensive rebound, block everything, and he dunks everything."

 

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The Knicks entered Saturday's game against the Bulls with some sour news, as guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Reggie Bullock were going to be unable to suit up and play.

Additionally, Frank Ntilinkina played despite being listed on the injury report earlier in the day with a sore groin.

But with their guards core beaten down a bit heading into what felt like a must win game for the Knicks, the bigs, including Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle, came to play, helping New York secure a 125-115 win over Chicago.

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The Knicks led for nearly the entire game on Saturday, and they held on for a 125-115 win, snapping a six-game losing streak. > Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) The Knicks played solid basketball in the first half on Saturday, taking a 66-53 lead into the second half. New York led by as many as 17 points and ended the first half on a 16-2 run. The Bulls answered back in the third, though, outscoring New York 33-23 to cut the Knicks' lead down to three entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, the Knicks were able to extend their lead, thanks in part to Julius Randle, who finished the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and they'd hold on to win the game and snap their six-game losing streak. 

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Mitchell Robinson (Adam Hunger)
Mitchell Robinson (Adam Hunger)

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Knicks coach Mike Miller believes Mitchell Robinson is playing the best basketball of his career lately. But Miller has no plans to insert Robinson into the starting lineup.

Here's why: "How well Mitch is playing. It's that simple," Miller said on Saturday. "We were looking at it, if there comes a time we need to change it then we'll change it, but right now he's playing the best basketball of his career.

"We got into the decision the other night, should we go ahead and start him now or keep him in his role. We kept him in his role and then started him in the third quarter and he put together another good game. Taj (Gibson) has gotten us off to great starts. Sometimes it's a matchup… But for the most part it's because Mitchell is so effective in the role that he's playing. We just haven't been put in a situation where we think it's time to change it."

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The Knicks cut the Sixers' lead to five points late in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough, as they lost 115-106 on Thursday night. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) The 76ers led the Knicks 26-21 after the first quarter, thanks to 14 points from forward Tobias Harris. Elfrid Payton got the start with Frank Ntilikina out for the third straight game, and scored six points on 3-for-8 shooting. RJ Barrett chipped in five points and Mitchell Robinson had four points and three rebounds in six minutes off the bench.

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The Knicks trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, and their late-game effort came up short in a 107-101 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Hornets ended an evenly-played first half on an 11-1 run to take a 56-46 lead into the break. The Hornets, who led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, took an 85-75 lead into the fourth, but the Knicks refused to go down without a fight. New York, playing with a different lineup than many would have expected down the stretch, cut the Charlotte lead down to two points with around three minutes to play, but the comeback effort came up short down the stretch. 

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Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Knicks had no answer for James Harden, who led the Rockets to a 123-112 win over New York in Houston on Monday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) Like most teams this season, the Knicks were unable to keep Harden in check. Even though the Rockets were without Russell Westbrook, Harden paced the Rockets with 37 points to lead Houston to the win. With a 21-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, Harden fell awkwardly while backpedaling on defense, but remained in the game.

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The Knicks begin the second half of their 2019-20 season on Friday night (though it's really more of the final third of the season, with 27 games left on the calendar), and the hot topic around the team continues to be the balance of developing young players versus playing veterans. 

Interim head coach Mike Miller was asked about that subject once again on Friday prior to the Knicks' tip-off with the Indiana Pacers, and he reiterated that has no plans to play younger players more minutes solely because the team is out of contention.

"I talk to (GM Scott Perry) every day. We talk about personnel, we talk about player development, we talk about everything, every day. Multiple times, sometimes. We are in agreement, as we go through this, that we are high-level trying to develop players. And as we do that, the approach that we're taking is that their minutes are quality minutes," Miller said. "They're bringing value to the team when they're out there. We think that's helping them develop and moving them forward. 

"Again, we're looking at development in a lot of different ways and not saying it's just about, you just need 25 minutes a game to develop. I think there's more to it, there's more ways that we can help these guys grow then doing that. They're getting experience and they're getting opportunities and they're learning. We're seeing growth."

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The Knicks cut a 22-point deficit down to four in the final minute, but the Indiana Pacers held on for a 106-98 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) The story of Friday's game was an all too familiar one this season. The Knicks got off to a decent start and led by five points after the first quarter. But things then took a turn, and after trailing by seven points at halftime, things deteriorated quickly in the third quarter. The Pacers outscored the Knicks by 20 in the middle two quarters, giving Indiana a comfortable 80-65 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

The Knicks pulled within 12 points with around nine-and-a-half minutes to play, and a Frank Ntilikina three-pointer with just under seven minutes to go brought the Knicks within eight at 91-83. With under a minute to go, the Indiana lead was seven, but a Damyean Dotson three cut it to four points, but the late effort wasn't enough.

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks will take the floor for the first time since the All-Star break on Friday night, hosting the Indiana Pacers at The Garden, and they'll likely have a different starting lineup when they do.

Elfrid Payton is dealing with a sore ankle and will not play, according to Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller. Taking Payton's place in the starting lineup is likely to be Frank Ntilikina, per Miller.

Ntilikina has had an up-and-down third season with the Knicks. Starting 25 of the team's 49 games, Ntilikina has averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 assists while shooting .382 from the floor in 20.6 minutes per game.

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After the NBA All-Star break, the contenders and pretenders are usually set. Locked into the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 17-38, the New York Knicks are headed to their seventh consecutive losing season.

With a roster full of young players, the Knicks are looking to play out the string on another disappointing season. Still, there can be some positives to come out of the final 27 games.

Here are five goals the Knicks should focus on after the All-Star break.

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When the New York Knicks lost out on top-flight free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, they pivoted to mid-tier veterans on short-term deals. The lone free agent to sign with the Knicks for a guaranteed two years was forward Julius Randle.

Randle -- who signed a three-year, $63 million deal with a partial guarantee in the final season -- was coming off of a solid year with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Knicks signed Randle to be their lead option for the season.

A capable scorer, Randle's scoring average had increased in all five of his NBA seasons prior to this one. His ability to rebound the ball, but also leading a fastbreak charge as a frontcourt player, made him an intriguing player.

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Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks were outscored by 22 points in the second half on Wednesday, falling to the Wizards 114-96. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks and Wizards went back and forth in the first half of action from the Garden, with neither team jumping out to a big lead. But the story for the first 24 minutes was the Knicks defense, as they held the Wizards, who had scored 110+ points in nine of their last 10 games, to just 46 first-half points. The Knicks led by four points at the break.

In the third quarter, the Knicks led by as many as six points, but the Wizards fought back to lead by as many seven, taking a 77-73 lead into the fourth. In the final quarter, the Knicks stumbled, playing sloppy basketball and turning not executing on offense. As a result, the Wizards jumped out to a 14-point lead with less than five minutes to play.

Overall, the Knicks were just 3-for-23 from the three-point arc, while turning the ball over 20 times.

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

The Knicks led by 15 and trailed by 16, coming back late and forcing overtime, but New York ultimately fell in two overtimes at the end of Sunday's 140-135 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks jumped out to a 31-20 lead after the first quarter, but gave up 41 points to the Hawks in the second quarter. They maintained a two-point lead at the half -- 63-61. Julius Randle had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first half for the Knicks, while Hawks big man John Collins had 20 points in the half as well. The Knicks shot 54.2 percent from the field, as Reggie Bullock chipped in 13 points and Bobby Portis had 11 points.

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There are a couple of things worth keeping in mind amid another lost season at Madison Square Garden: 

1. How the young Knicks develop over the final 39 games

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Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

After recently passing the halfway point of the 2019-20 season, the New York Knicks find themselves tied for the third worst record (12-32) in the NBA after 44 games. The franchise is headed for their seventh consecutive losing season and sixth consecutive season with at least 50 losses.

After losing out on star free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last summer, the Knicks front office attempted to save face by adding mid-tier free agents such as Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, and Bobby Portis. The result of mixing numerous veterans to a young core has not worked as planned. The Knicks have a multitude of questions to ask as they play out the second half of another lost season. Here are the five most important.

Is Marcus Morris a part of the team's future?

Two seasons ago, the Memphis Grizzlies signed swingman Tyreke Evans to a one-year, $3.3 million deal. Coming off of multiple injuries, Evans' deal was a bargain and the former Rookie of the Year excelled immediately. Though Memphis struggled as a team, Evans posted 19.9 points along with a career-high 39.9 percent from three. 

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After a tight first half, the Knicks came out firing on all cylinders to start the third quarter and knocked off the Cavaliers in Cleveland, 106-86, snapping a three-game losing streak. >> Box Score

Six things to know from Monday's game

1) The Knicks trailed by one at halftime, but opened up the second half on a 16-4 run, punctuated by a four-point play from Marcus Morris after he landed on Kevin Love's foot while draining a three-pointer. Though Morris initially remained in the game, he limped to the Knicks' locker room late in the third quarter. He returned in the fourth quarter, however, and finished with 19 points on 8-for-16 shooting.

The Cavaliers cut the Knicks' lead to six after Morris came out of the game, but New York ended the quarter on another run and headed to the fourth up by 15, 79-64. They kept their foot on the gas the rest of the way to come away with the comfortable victory. The Knicks spread the offense around, with six players finishing in double-figures.

 

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