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The Knicks have dropped eight of their last nine. They're on pace to lose more than 50 games for the sixth straight season. There's uncertainty around the future of the front office and head coach. The young players from last season's team, by and large, haven't taken big steps forward this season. 

So, no, there isn't much reason for the Knick fan to be optimistic at the moment 

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RJ Barrett suffered a right ankle sprain in the Knicks loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

The rookie will be reevaluated in a week, but interim head coach Mike Miller believes Barrett will bounce back quickly from the injury,

"That's what I found out last night, that he's never really had a high ankle sprain like that," said Miller. "He'll bounce back quick."

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Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

RJ Barrett's X-rays came back negative on his sprained ankle and he will be reevaluated next week, the Knicks announced Friday afternoon.

Barrett injured his ankle late in the third quarter of Thursday's loss to the Suns, after taking a bad step off his right foot while driving to the basket. 

The rookie exited the game after the next possession and left Madison Square Garden with the help of crutches.

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The Bucks handled things from start to finish Tuesday night in Milwaukee, sending the Knicks back to New York with a 128-102 loss. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Bucks came out hot and all but ended the game in the first few minutes of action, going up 18-4 less than half way through the first quarter. Despite the Knicks coming back to make it 29-23 after 12 minutes, the Bucks went on a 36-17 to take a 25-point lead at halftime. Milwaukee got out to as large as a 35-point lead Tuesday night. New York's offense struggled without its leading scorer in Marcus Morris, who missed his fifth straight game due to a neck injury.

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Aside from spoiling Carmelo Anthony's return to MSG on New Year's Day with a win over the Blazers, 2020 hadn't been kind to the Knicks, who were riding a five-game losing streaking heading into Sunday's matchup with the Heat.

Miami came into the game as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and the Knicks were without their leading scorer in Marcus Morris, so it wouldn't have been all that surprising if the Heat left New York with another win under their belt.

Instead, the Knicks took a 10-point deficit into the fourth quarter and dropped 40 on the Heat, holding on down the stretch in a tight final minute to stun Miami.

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The Knicks outscored the Heat by 13 down the stretch in what became a nail-biting thriller in the final minutes and went on to win 124-121 at MSG on Sunday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks entered the fourth quarter down by 13 points despite the game having a closer feel than that throughout. But New York put up 40 points on Miami in the final 12 minutes to come back and beat one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler's mishandled pass to Bam Adebayo, that was stolen by RJ Barrett, all but sealed the win for the Knicks.

Adebayo got a three-pointer up with 0.5 seconds left that connected, but the shot came after the buzzer and was waved off, handing the Knicks arguably their biggest win of the season.

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Jan 10, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket against New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) and shooting guard RJ Barrett (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket against New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) and shooting guard RJ Barrett (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks dropped their fifth straight game on Friday, falling to the New Orleans Pelicans 123-111 at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) Taj Gibson led the Knicks with 10 points in the first quarter on 5-for-5 shooting, while Mitchell Robinson brought energy off the bench and scored six points on three powerful dunks. However, the Pelicans led the Knicks 33-31 after the first quarter thanks to 10 points from Brandon Ingram and seven points from rookie Jaxson Hayes off the bench.

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The Knicks dropped their fourth straight game on Wednesday, falling to the Utah Jazz 128-104 in Salt Lake City. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks' starting lineup had a different look on Wednesday. With both Julius Randle (personal reasons) and Marcus Morris (sore neck) not playing, Reggie Bullock and Bobby Portis were insterted into the starting five. The new group didn't get off to the best start, as the Jazz jumped out to a nine-point lead with four and a half minutes left in the first quarter. Utah maintained a 10-point lead after one, but they continued to shoot the lights out in the second quarter, finishing with a 65 percent clip as a team from the floor and a 72-53 lead at the break.

The Jazz controlled the second half, and while the Knicks' second unit made a late run in the fourth quarter, this game was all Utah, as the Knicks dropped their fourth straight game.

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RJ Barrett/Dwight Howard

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One of the few positives from the Knicks' 30-point loss to the Lakers? RJ Barrett.

After picking up two early fouls, the Knicks rookie showed strong composure in finishing the game with 19 points (9-for-19 shooting) and five rebounds in 31 minutes. And on top of that performance, it was Barrett's first game against LeBron James. 

"It was definitely cool. He was always my favorite player growing up. So that was good. Once I got in the game, it's just a regular game. Just got to play," Barrett said. 

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The Knicks played uninspired basketball for most of the night, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 117-87 on Tuesday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Neither team played their best game on Tuesday, but the Knicks' sloppy play eventually caught up to them. After the first 12 minutes, the Knicks trailed by just five points, but by halftime the Lakers had pushed their lead up to 62-45. The Knicks shot just 36 percent as a team in the first half of play. In the second half, the Knicks continued to play without any rhythm, and trailed by 15 points after three. In the fourth quarter, the Lakers ran away with the game. LeBron James took on most of the scoring for LA, finishing with 31 points, five rebounds, and five assists. The Knicks turned the ball over 17 times in defeat, while recording just 15 assists.

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Jan 5, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) as he drives to the basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 5, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) as he drives to the basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Like any NBA rookie, RJ Barrett has struggled.

While averaging 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists, Barrett entered Sunday's road game against the Los Angeles Clippers shooting 38.3 percent from the field, 31.1 percent on three-point attempts and 55.4 percent at the free-throw line.

Barrett left the Knicks' hard-fought 135-132 loss to the Clippers with a bounce-back performance, dropping 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting and a 9-for-11 mark from the charity stripe, coming after a timely sitdown.

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The Knicks fell to the Clippers 135-132 in a high scoring battle on Sunday afternoon. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks got off to a hot start, scoring 45 points in the first quarter -- tying the franchise record for points in an opening quarter. RJ Barrett led the team with 10 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting, including one three pointer. Julius Randle and Marcus Morris each chipped in seven points, while Bobby Portis had six points off the bench in two minutes of action.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Mark Edwards is a life-long Knicks fan. So he knows how desperate the fanbase is for a winner. 

Edwards is also a long-time basketball trainer. In his 26-year career, Edwards has trained dozens of pros, including Terrence Ross and Mike Scott, as well as hundreds of college players. 

This summer, he worked with Knicks' second-year wing Kevin Knox, and Edwards has a message for Knicks fans keeping an eye on Knox: be patient. 

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The Knicks are playing better -- and with more accountability -- since the team held a players-only meeting prior to David Fizdale's firing.

Recently, improving defensively has been a focal point of interim head coach Mike Miller, and the results bear that out. In back-to-back wins over the Nets and Wizards, the Knicks held their opponent to under 35 percent shooting for the game.

"I think we have sustained these possessions where maybe we would have a segment of three or four good ones," Miller said. "I think we're getting now where it's five, six, seven good ones, and we're able to impact the game a little bit more. I thought we defended really well at the beginning of the Brooklyn game, and in stretches, we put together really good possessions. And I think it takes some of the pressure off our offense. When it does that, we can get into a possession game and be able to make stops."

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The Knicks on Thursday must've looked a lot like the team management envisioned when they built the roster in July. 

Julius Randle (33 points on 14-for-26 shooting, 8 rebounds) dominated on offense. The ball moved well, thanks in part to Elfrid Payton (13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists). Marcus Morris complemented Randle (22 points, 8 rebounds) and the Knicks limited Brooklyn to an NBA season-low 27 percent shooting.

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Frank Ntilikina
Frank Ntilikina

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With the trade deadline a few weeks away, we've been asking teams about the trade value of some of the Knicks. Here's what three teams had to say about Marcus Morris. We also asked a few teams about Frank Ntilikina's value:

"They drafted him at eight (Ntilikina was the eighth overall pick in 2017) and they're obviously not going to get back a top-10 pick for him," one team said. "But he still has value. A lot of people value him around the league because he's still young (21) and he plays defense. His shot isn't there, but there's reason to think he can improve. Getting a second round pick for him, that's not even a question. I'm not sure about a first, maybe a late first. You can't rule it out. Crazier things have happened in this league."

The Knicks seemed committed to moving Ntilikina before the 2019 NBA Draft. But they couldn't find a deal that they liked. There's no indication at the moment that they're as eager to move him now as they were in June.

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Marcus Morris has played for seven coaches in the NBA, so he's well equipped to comment on the coaching profession. And, so far, he likes what he's seen from Mike Miller

"You've got to give Mike credit," Morris said. "It's unfortunate that Fiz got released but Mike's come in, being able to have a team that was kind of wounded and being able to kind of pull it together and get us going in the right direction, that's tough for any coach. He's dealing with it very well."

The Knicks are 3-3 under Miller, while winning just four of 22 games under David Fizdale. Based on that alone, it's clear that New York has improved under their interim head coach. And the players seem to have bought in.  

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Trade season started, unofficially, on Sunday. That was the first day most free agents who signed over the summer were eligible to be moved. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 6, so there's plenty of time for teams to discuss potential deals.

It will be interesting to see how the Knicks approach the trade season, as the seven veterans they signed over the summer are now eligible to be moved. At 7-21, New York could be willing to trade some of those veterans to acquire future assets, and give younger players more minutes/chances to develop.

But, as noted earlier this month, it's unclear if they'll take that approach. Instead, they may look for ways to improve the roster in the short-term.

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The Knicks put together not just their best game this season, but one of their best performances in recent memory, in what was a full-team effort during their 143-120 win over the Hawks on Tuesday night.

Six Knicks scored in double figures Tuesday, and every Knick that touched the floor managed to score, as they showed what this team could look like if they put together united efforts like this one on a consistent basis.

"A hundred percent," Dennis Smith Jr. said after the game when asked if the vibe of the team was to go have fun out there on the floor Tuesday night. "We put up 140 and it was like spread across, you know everybody got touches and everybody got shots so we want to try and put out that effort every night."

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Th Knicks (7-21) came to play right out of the gate after returning from their west coast trip, as they absolutely dismantled the Hawks (6-22) 143-120 in what was Vince Carter's final game at Madison Square Garden >> Box Score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) The Knicks were happy to return to the Garden on Tuesday night and they showed it, scoring a season-high 41 points in the first quarter, by far their best 12 minutes of the year that included a 13-0 run to end the quarter.

New York continued its dominance into the second and third quarters, extending that run to 21-0 and scoring 77 points in the first half alone. At 81-53 in the third, the Knicks took their largest lead in a game this season and extended it to 84-53 to take a 31-point lead at a point.

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As the Knicks look to make moves in advance of the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline, it appears that their only untouchables might be rookie RJ Barrett and second-year sensation Mitchell Robinson.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that it's "certainly plausible" the Clippers could look to deal for Marcus Morris, and it was reported late Monday that the Knicks could also make Julius Randle available.

Specifically, an NBA source told Newsday's Steve Popper that it is "believed" New York would be open to trading Randle.

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Dec 15, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) dribbles the ball up court as New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) guards in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sportss (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 15, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) dribbles the ball up court as New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) guards in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sportss (Isaiah J. Downing)

After the Knicks consecutive wins over the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, New York fell short of three straight Sunday, falling 111-105 to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver and ultimately splitting the past week's four-game road trip. >> Box Score

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Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives against Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports  (Stan Szeto)
Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives against Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Knicks snapped a 10-game losing streak by holding on for a 124-122 overtime win over the Warriors. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks came out of the gates strong against the Warriors, who are without superstars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. New York jumped out to a 10-point lead after one, and they pushed their lead up to 18 points at the half. Early in the third, the Knicks led by as many as 22 points, but the Warriors' defense helped them get back in the game, cutting the Knicks lead to five points in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and then tied the game at 89-89 with eight and a half minutes to play.

With the game tied 103-103 with two minutes to go, Marcus Morris came up clutch, knocking down free throws to give the Knicks the lead, followed by a jumper to extend the lead. Thanks mainly to Morris, the Knicks were up by three in the final seconds, but D'Angelo Russell knocked down a three to send the game to overtime. 

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The Knicks learned that any time is Dame Time, as the point guard went off in Portland to lead the Blazers to a blowout 115-87 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) New York did a good job of keeping last week's Western Conference Player of the Week Carmelo Anthony at bay on Tuesday night. The former Knick finished with 16 points amid struggling with his shot -- Anthony went 5-13 from the field. 

But the Knicks forgot that Portland was Damian Lillard's town, and the star point guard made sure they knew it. The four-time All-Star was electric from beyond the arc, hitting 8 of 12 three-point shots and overall shooting 60 percent from the field to finish with 31 points in the win. Lillard still managed to dish out six assists in between lighting it up from three-point range.

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Marcus Morris called a players' only meeting on Friday before practice, and hours before David Fizdale was fired.

"I just called that meeting so we can, as players, talk it out and decide which direction we're trying to go in. At the end of the day, guys stood up, guys said their piece. I think it was a great meeting," he said Saturday.

Added Julius Randle: "It was what we needed. Nobody's going to turn this around for us except us. We just have to keep doing what we were doing (Saturday) and we're going to win." 

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Before and after their game Saturday night against the Pacers, Knicks players spoke to the media and reacted to the firing of David Fizdale on Friday afternoon.

Here's what a few of them had to say:

RJ BARRETT

"I appreciate everything coach Fizdale and coach (Keith) Smart have done for me. They were the first ones to give me a chance in the league so I appreciate them. I spoke to coach Fizdale. Wished me the best.''

Barrett added that he spoke with management after the firing, but kept the details to himself: "Oh that's private. I can't talk about what management told me."

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Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts after a turnover against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts after a turnover against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

We are at about the quarter-way point of the NBA season and the Knicks find themselves with the second worst record in the league and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

At 4-17, the Knicks have fallen to new lows and are on pace to break the record they tied last season for the worst season in team history. 

Head coach David Fizdale has been in an extremely hot seat ever since Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry held a rare press conference after the team started the season 2-8. 

Since then, the Knicks have gone 2-9.

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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA;New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA;New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

RJ Barrett certainly wasn't alone as Knicks who didn't have their best performance on Monday, as the team was handed a 44-point drubbing at the hands of Milwaukee.

But Barrett's game may have been the worst of his 20-game NBA career. The rookie did not hit a field goal, going 0-for-9 from the field, and his two free throws were the only points he scored in the contest, the fewest he's put up in a game this season. He played just shy of 20 minutes, also a career low.

But Barrett knows if he's going to progress in his rookie season, he has to put peformances like this behind him.

 

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The Knicks played their best defensive first half all season, but fell apart in the second half, losing 101-95 to the 76ers on Friday night. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) The Knicks got out to a 31-18 lead in the first quarter, as the team went 5-for-8 from three point land. It was the first time all season that they gave up less than 20 points in the first quarter. Rookie RJ Barrett led the way, scoring 10 points after playing all 12 minutes.

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RJ Barrett's Toronto homecoming didn't go the way he may have hoped, as the Knicks fell to the Raptors 126-98 on Wednesday, but there's plenty the rookie can learn from his return to his hometown.

As a team, the Knicks played consistent, team basketball in the first quarter, leading by as many as 10 points and taking a 29-21 lead into the first quarter break. 

But the Raptors answered back, as reigning NBA Champions tend to do, outscoring the Knicks 105-69 over the final three quarters, led by 31 points from Pascal Siakam.

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The Knicks held the lead after one quarter, but Toronto dominated the rest of the way en route to a 126-98 victory on Wednesday night. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) RJ Barrett took the court in his hometown of Toronto for the first time as an NBA player, showing some love for his hometown with his footwear. The rookie did not have a very efficient night from the floor, shooting just 5-of-17 from the floor overall, but he chipped in with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

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Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Hours before Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Raptors at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Knicks shooting guard RJ Barrett revealed during shootaround that he plans to play for Team Canada over the summer after his rookie season wraps up.

Barrett's head coach, David Fizdale, fully supports the move as Barrett aims to help Team Canada's pursuit for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

"I love it," Fizdale said, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. "I think those experiences really help those guys. It gives them an opportunity to see how other very good basketball players work and you're playing against the best in the world."

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Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dunks the ball in front of San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dunks the ball in front of San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

RJ Barrett plans to play for Team Canada this summer, he told reporters on Wednesday.

"One-hundred percent. I definitely plan on playing for my country this summer. I'm very proud to say that," the shooting guard said at the Knicks' shootaround at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto ahead of the rookie's first game at home in Canada.

Barrett didn't play for Team Canada last summer ahead of the FIBA World Cup due to injury.

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The Knicks released an injury report before their contest with the Raptors on Tuesday, and RJ Barrett was listed as questionable with an illness. However, head coach David Fizdale believes he'll be able to touch the hardwood by tip-off. 

"I think it's just a matter of him feeling better in general," Fizdale told reporters after practice on Tuesday. "But I think he'll be ready to go."

Barrett affirmed those remarks from Fizdale, saying that he is feeling better since missing Sunday night's contest against the Nets.

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RJ Barrett (Bill Streicher)
RJ Barrett (Bill Streicher)

The Toronto homecoming for Knicks rookie RJ Barrett may not be too joyous, as the team announced he is dealing with an illness and is currently questionable to play. 

It would be a shame if Barrett couldn't play in his first game in his home country, especially considering the Raptors are reportedly planning a tribute for the 19-year-old, per The Post's Marc Berman. Barrett has played for Team Canada in the past, while his father, Rowan Barrett, is the GM for the Canadian national team. 

Barrett actually sat out of his first game on Sunday against the Nets with an illness, but it was only as a precaution. If Barrett does have to sit out again, it wouldn't just hurt the Raptors' plans for him, but would hurt the Knicks' production as well.

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Nov 16, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles the ball while being defended by Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 16, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles the ball while being defended by Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks guard RJ Barrett is the youthful face of Canadian basketball. When he returns to his home country on Wednesday, he's going to get a warm welcome. 

According to a report from The Post, when the Knicks (4-13) visit the Toronto Raptors (11-4) this week, the home team is going to "show a tribute" to Barrett. 

Barrett, 19, will be playing in his first-career game in Toronto. 

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The Knicks refused to go away, but the Nets held on 103-101 Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Starting for rookie shooting guard RJ Barrett, who missed the game with an illness, the Knicks went with small forward Kevin Knox at the two. Knox was unable to contribute much offensively, scoring five points on 1-of-4 shooting and two free throws, and added only three rebounds and three assists. Barrett's overall presence was missed on both ends.

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The Knicks will be without rookie guard RJ Barrett on Sunday night against the Nets, as he sits out with an illness.

Kevin Knox will replace Barrett in the starting lineup as the Knicks try to win the second installment of the "Battle of the Boroughs" this season.

Considering Barrett put up 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and a career-high six steals against the Nets in their first meeting, the Knicks will sure feel his absence.

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Nov 20, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) passes the ball past Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Nov 20, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) passes the ball past Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Knicks were unable to hold on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where New York fell 109-104 to the Sixers. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) Backup point guard Dennis Smith Jr. started strong but cooled off, but his 13 points off the bench served the Knicks a bright spot. He shot 5 for 9 from the field and drilled 2 of 3 three-point tries, leading the Knicks with 10 at the half.

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The Knicks jumped out to a 12-point lead after the first quarter against the Cavaliers on Monday and never looked back, coming away with a 123-105 win at Madison Square Garden

Head coach David Fizdale was impressed with the all-around effort, but focused on a main point of emphasis as the team's reason for success in the game.

"The biggest thing is that we protected the paint," Fizdale said. "That's been our biggest emphasis. We finally did a solid job against the speed guards. I thought our guys really took the challenge against Collin [Sexton] and Darius [Garland]. Our bigs did a good job of sliding our feet." 

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Nearly a week after being blown out by the Cavaliers, the Knicks returned the favor in a wire-to-wire, 123-105 win. >> Box Score

Here are five takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Knicks didn't sweat much against the Cavaliers on Monday. After falling 108-87 to the Cavs just over a week ago which prompted an interesting press conference, the Knicks flew out of the gate and held a big lead throughout the game. At halftime, the Knicks had a 13-point lead and led by as much as 27 in the second half. Worth noting, the Cavs were without their top-player, Kevin Love due to a back injury.

 

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The Knicks split the first two games of their three-game homestand between Thursday's 106-103 win over the Mavericks and Saturday's loss to the Hornets, but they came away from the opposite final results with an optimistic outlook overall.

"We're giving these guys 30 to 45 minutes to be happy or to be down and then we've got to move on to the next, but there's a lot of positives that came from that," said second-year head coach David Fizdale. "I would say it's the best two games we've played back-to-back this year. The kid just ... hit a bomb on us, ripped our hearts out, but we got some good learning lessons that we can take from it and get better from."

The Knicks (3-10) have a chance to win two of three for the first time on the early 2019-20 season when they return to action at Madison Square Garden for Monday's 7 p.m. tip-off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-8).

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The Hornets had to dig themselves out of a hole Saturday night against the Knicks, but in using the three-ball to do so, they were able to escape Madison Square Garden with a big victory.

It was impressive to see how many three-point shots the Hornets attempted in this game, let alone how many they hit. Once it was all said and done, the Hornets finished 17-of-48 from three-point range. 

No three was more important than the final one, a Devonte Graham dagger with 2.1 seconds left to play. The go-ahead shot was Graham's ninth three-pointer of the game.

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The Knicks (3-10) couldn't hold on again Saturday night, as they blew a double-digit third quarter lead and ultimately fell 103-102 to the Hornets (6-7) on a go-ahead three-pointer. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game...

1) Once again, the Knicks allowed one player--this time Devonte Graham--go off on them and crush their spirits. Graham, a 2018 second round pick out of Kanas, hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 2.1 second left to send the Knicks packing. Graham scored 26 points and hit a stunning nine three-pointers to shut the Knicks down on their home floor.

 

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The Knicks earned their third win of the season on Thursday night, beating the Mavs 106-103, as two of their wins have come against Dallas.

Head coach David Fizdale talked about the team's struggles at home earlier this week, and also mentioned what went wrong after beating the Mavs on Nov. 11.

"I don't think it was complacency. I really don't," Fizdale said on Friday. "I really felt like this team is just trying to do so well for the city. I really do. Their intentions are right. They're trying to carry the weight of the city on their shoulders. I just told them you can't do that. I said it's an impossible task. You've got to focus on who's around you in the locker room and put forth effort for the people in the locker room and the city will appreciate that kind of effort. So hopefully we learned that lesson from last night."

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On a night when Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams was in attendance, one of his former players, Coby White, absolutely went off against the Knicks in the fourth quarter.

And while White's ridiculous fourth quarter - complete with seven made three pointers in the frame - was the biggest storyline of the game, the play of RJ Barrett was one of the few bright spots for the Knicks.

White was simply phenomenal in the final 12 minutes, and despite the fact that he entered the night shooting just 21% from three, he went 7-for-11 from distance, including 7-for-8 in the fourth.

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The Knicks (2-9) faced the Bulls (4-7) for a second time in the early season, but weren't able to get the win this time around, as Chicago pulled away in the fourth quarter to take a 120-102 victory>> Box Score

Here are Five Takeaway's from Tuesday's game...

1) Just as they did in their first matchup with the Bulls, the Knicks came back from a double-digit first half deficit to make things interesting by the end of the third with things tied at 85 heading into the fourth quarter. But rookie PG Coby White just exploded in the fourth quarter, hitting seven 3-pointers to break the Bulls back out to a double-digit lead, as the Knicks just had no answer for them in the last 12 minutes of play. White set a Bulls franchise record for 3-pointers in a quarter with seven and scored a career-high 27 points.

 

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The Knicks returned home to Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday after last week's two-game road trip and lost 108-87 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Taken by the Cavs just one spot in front of the Knicks' pick in the 2018 NBA draft, No. 8 overall selection Collin Sexton showed the Knicks what they missed out on. Sexton dropped a game-high 31 points -- also a season- and career-best scoring output -- shooting 10 of 16 from the field and going 5 for 8 on three-pointers to fuel Cleveland past New York. With the No. 9 overall pick, of course, the Knicks selected small forward Kevin Knox, who scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

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The Knicks held on to beat the Mavericks 106-102 on Friday night in their most impressive overall performance of the season. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) The Knicks seemed to find a rhythm offensively against the Mavs, as their hot shooting saw them out to a 12-point lead late in the third quarter. The Mavs answered back, though, and with 5:44 to go the game was tied at 92-92. But thanks to some timely offense and some smothering defense, the Knicks built their lead back up to 99-92 with under three to play. Down the stretch, the Knicks made just enough of their free throws to maintain a three-point lead, and with under 30 seconds to go, a Luka Doncic three with a foot on the halfcourt logo was off the mark, and the Knicks went on to win the game.

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The Knicks held on to beat the Mavericks 106-102 on Friday night in their most impressive overall performance of the season. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) The Knicks seemed to find a rhythm offensively against the Mavs, as their hot shooting saw them out to a 12-point lead late in the third quarter. The Mavs answered back, though, and with 5:44 to go the game was tied at 92-92. But thanks to some timely offense and some smothering defense, the Knicks built their lead back up to 99-92 with under three to play. Down the stretch, the Knicks made just enough of their free throws to maintain a three-point lead, and with under 30 seconds to go, a Luka Doncic three with a foot on the halfcourt logo was off the mark, and the Knicks went on to win the game.

 

2) Questions have been asked all season long about who on the team could step up to take over the reins as the team's starting point guard, and it's beginning to look more and more like Frank Ntilikina is the answer. The third-year guard once again showed an improved jump shot, as he went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Ntilikina looked comfortable running the offense, played strong defense, and ended the night with 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

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