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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Ahead of their matchup with the Kings in Sacramento Friday night, the Knicks put out their injury report, which included Wayne Ellington being ruled out for the game.

Ellington has been ruled out with a sore left Achilles that is bothering the guard. 

Additionally, Dennis Smith Jr., who's been dealing with an illness this week, is probable to play.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Dennis Smith Jr., Wayne Ellington
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Allonzo Trier (Noah K. Murray)
Allonzo Trier (Noah K. Murray)

Allonzo Trier finally found his way back into the Knicks' lineup in their blowout against the Bucks on Sunday night after posted DNPs in the previous two. And unfortunately for him, that has been common of late. 

Trier's name hasn't come up a lot for the Knicks, and that is probably due to the fact that he has only played in two of the last 10 games. He had six straight DNPs before David Fizdale played him for seven minutes against the Raptors on Nov. 27. 

In fact, Trier has only played in 10 of the Knicks' 21 games this season, and the logjam in the backcourt is the main reason why. 

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Wayne Ellington, Scott Thompson
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Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

An unforgiving turnaround follows the Knicks' 103-101 loss to the Nets Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

After the Knicks (4-13) fell short of the fourth quarter's comeback attempt against the Nets (8-8), the week's brutal stretch looms large.

Following the weekend's back-to-back games at MSG, including Saturday's 111-104 defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs -- who snapped eight straight losses with the win over the Knicks -- second-year head coach David Fizdale leads his team into a daunting task.

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Oct 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) celebrates with center Julius Randle (30) after shooting the go ahead three point shot against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) celebrates with center Julius Randle (30) after shooting the go ahead three point shot against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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We talked to scouts about RJ Barrett and their early-season impressions of the Knicks. Here are their thoughts on the team:

The Knicks' most-used lineup through four games is Barrett, Elfrid Payton, Marcus Morris, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson. That five-man group has been outscored by 21 points over 39 minutes. The next most-used lineup features the four places above but replaces Robinson with Bobby Portis. It has outscored opponents by 13 points over 27 minutes. 

One scout who watched Monday's Knicks-Bulls game -- when Portis went off for 28 points -- suggested that Portis and Randle or Portis and Morris could be a combination worth looking at. But the scout suggested that having Randle and Morris on the court together would lead to inefficiencies on offense. 

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, Wayne Ellington, Ian Begley
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In the NBA, teams usually get the day off after playing two consecutive games. But the Knicks lost in Brooklyn on Friday and were embarrassed at home by Boston on Saturday, so they lost the luxury of an off day on Sunday. 

"Coach Fiz was on our tails yesterday," Bobby Portis said. "We were supposed to have an off-day….We came in and still put the work in."

The work wasn't apparent early on Monday against Chicago. But a key adjustment in the second half - and some timely shooting from Portis - helped New York rebound from a 18-point deficit to win for the first time this season. 

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, RJ Barrett, Wayne Ellington, Ian Begley
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The Knicks entered the summer with major aspirations and a blank checkbook, coming out the other side without their franchise-altering superstar but a deep roster of legitimate NBA talent. Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Marcus Morris, Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington signed via free agency, while R.J. Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis were picked up in the draft, joining a young core of Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr. and others. 

This crop of developing players showed their worth over the past few weeks at Las Vegas Summer League, and are key to New York's continued rebuild. However, the dearth of more established contributors will make getting everybody their due minutes difficult.

These veterans were signed to build up their own and the organization's reputation through their play and to potentially be moved on their flexible deals. Here's how the Knicks may be able to accomplish that while still allowing their inexperienced pieces enough burn to grow. 

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, Wayne Ellington
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Tony Brown looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports Images)

Kemba Walker scored 22 points, Troy Daniels made his first five 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points, and the Charlotte Hornets completed a four-game season sweep of the Brooklyn Nets with a 113-99 win on Friday night.

With the win, the Hornets (46-33) assured they'll be no lower than the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Charlotte still has an outside shot of hosting a playoff series, but trails Boston and Miami for the fourth spot.

Walker tallied his 41st game with 20 or more points this season.

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Thomas Robinson, Wayne Ellington
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San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan defends Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan defends Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to eight with a 106-79 victory Monday night over Brooklyn in the Nets' first game since an organizational shake-up.

A day after coach Lionel Hollins was fired and general manager Billy King reassigned, the Nets dropped their 10th straight at home and fifth in a row overall.

Kawhi Leonard added 17 points for the Spurs, who go to Detroit on Tuesday before putting their 31-game home winning streak on the line Thursday in a showdown with Cleveland.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Donald Sloan, Joe Johnson, San Antonio Spurs, Wayne Ellington
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Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard Marcus Thornton (10) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard Marcus Thornton (10) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

The Nets (9-22) rallied from 16 points down early in the third quarter for a 111-105 win at Miami on Monday, just their second victory in their last nine games.

Reserve guard Wayne Ellington tied a career high by making seven 3-pointers en route to a season-high 26 points, and Brook Lopez also scored 26 in Brooklyn's biggest comeback of the season and largest second-half rally in almost a year.

It was the first time in 18 games this season the Nets shot worse than their opponent and won.

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) is pressured by Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) is pressured by Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell)

Wayne Ellington is averaging only 5.2 points per game this season, but his unconscious second half was enough to get the Nets a win in Miami.

In 33 minutes off the bench, Elllington shot 50 percent (9-for-18), including a white-hot 7-for-9 from behind the three-point line. Six of the three-balls came in a second half where the Nets outscored the Heat 67-47, en route to a 111-105 victory.

"He's a fantastic shooter/scorer," Brook Lopez said of Ellington. "We need him to have confidence to put the ball up."

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USATSI)

MIAMI (AP) -- The best shooting night of Wayne Ellington's career was against Miami.

And now, so was his encore.

Brook Lopez had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Ellington tied a career best with seven 3-pointers - done twice now, both against Miami - on his way to scoring 26 more and the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 16 points down in the third quarter to beat the Heat 111-105 on Monday night.

Jarrett Jack scored 18 for the Nets, who had lost seven consecutive games to the Heat going back to the 2014 playoffs. Shane Larkin was inserted into the second-half starting lineup and had seven assists in the third quarter alone to spark Brooklyn's comeback, its biggest of the season. >> Read more...

Tags: Brook Lopez, Jarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young, Wayne Ellington
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The Brooklyn Nets celebrate their 94-91 win against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)
The Brooklyn Nets celebrate their 94-91 win against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK -- The sun wasn't shining in Brooklyn. At least, it wasn't on Tuesday night. 

Led by 23 points from Brook Lopez, a solid 11-point, eight-assist effort from Jarrett Jack and timely plays from Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington, the Nets pulled off a dramatic win 94-91 win over the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. 

The win, which was the team's fourth in a row at home, gives the Nets their first back-to-back wins of the season. For Lionel Hollins, the hope is that the solid effort is an indication of a team that is finally turning things around.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Jarrett Jack, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington, Moke Hamilton
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Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard Marcus Thornton (10) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard Marcus Thornton (10) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

 (AP) -- Jeff Hornacek is hoping his Phoenix Suns can be more consistent defensively after an improved performance.

They might be able to learn from the Brooklyn Nets, who have shored up their defense - at least at home.

Phoenix continues its six-game trip Tuesday night against the Nets.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Phoenix Suns, Wayne Ellington
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