Knicks takeaways from 121-106 loss to Pacers – SNY.tv


Jan 11, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) controls the ball against Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott (20) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks couldn’t control the Pacers on their home floor, losing 126-106 at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.>>Box score

Things to know about Friday’s game

1) The last time Domantis Sabonis came to The Garden, he left with a perfect 12-for-12 line from the field in a monster game. He didn’t produce the same rare box score this time around, but he was still the Pacers’ leading scorer with 22 points on 9-of-14 from the field. He also made all four foul shot attempts. On top of that, he had a double-double with 15 rebounds and three assists.

2). Despite his quick surge in the second quarter to give the Knicks’ a 46-45 lead that didn’t last, Tim Hardaway Jr. had a rough game from the field. He went 4-for-11 and 2-for-6 from beyond the arc for a total 12 points. Emmanuel Mudiay was the team’s leading scorer with 21 points on 8-of-17 from the field. 

3) Rookie Kevin Knox had an efficient game in 27 minutes of work. He had 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with two rebounds and two assists. Knox continues to look comfortable coming off that hot December month. 

4) Victor Oladipo was also a problem for the Knicks, as he had 19 points with six assists, four rebounds, and a steal. Oladipo was a main reason why the Pacers pulled away in the second half and never looked back. He finished a plus-17 on the floor.

5. The Knicks’ struggles continue as they’ve now lost 10 of their last 11 games.

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What’s next:

The Knicks stay at home and take on Jimmy Butler and the Sixers on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks C Enes Kanter might be really sick after that cheat meal.

Kanter had to miss practice on Thursday with what the team called an illness, and it will extend to tonight’s matchup against the Pacers where he will be inactive.

This illnes came after a Wednesday night cheat meal that could have fed a family. 

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The Indiana Pacers are feeling the absence of center Myles Turner in the low post as opponents have been constantly getting to the rim in the past three games.

Turner has been ruled out again (sore right shoulder) for Friday’s visit to the New York Knicks. The Pacers are hoping to solve some recent defensive issues despite his absence at center in the finale of their season-high five-game road trip.

Turner was already dealing with a broken nose and wearing a facemask after getting hit by Atlanta’s John Collins on Dec. 31. He played 26 minutes last Friday when the Pacers opened the trip with a 119-116 overtime win at Chicago on Victor Oladipo’s game-winning 3-pointer.>>Read more

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Fizdale on Kristaps Porzingis
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David Fizdale talks about the current health of Kristaps Porzingis, and how he is looking forward to getting him back on the court.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has missed 69 games since tearing his ACL last season. Friday’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers will be Game No. 70, and that will impact his qualifying offer that could be his only route of becoming an unrestricted free agent sooner.

In missing his 42nd game of the 2018-19 season, Porzingis’ qualifying offer would drop from $7.5 million to $4.5 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

The reason for the drop in Porzingis’ qualifying offer is because Porzingis would need to meet the NBA’s starter criteria, which requires any top-14 draft pick to play in at least 41 games or 2,000 minutes of that player’s rookie contract.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina said he is making progress from an ankle injury he suffered last week but is still feeling some pain and unsure exactly when he will return.

The second-year guard, whose injury was changed to a left ankle sprain after the team initially ruled it a strain, ruled himself as “doubtful” for Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

“As a player and a competitor, you hate missing games,” Ntilikina said, according to the New York Post’s Greg Joyce. “You hate being on the side of the court and not being able to help your teammates. Obviously you’re doing the job of cheering and giving advice as much as you can do on the side of the court, but you want to be on the court.”

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter looks to pass as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and forward Dwight Powell defend during the first half at American Airlines Center. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks center Enes Kanter told CNN he has received “hundreds and hundreds of death threats, almost every day” over his comments regarding the Turkish government and him not traveling to London for fear of his life.

Kanter will not be flying to London for the Knicks’ matchup with the Washington Wizards next week because he said he feared “spies” could target him, saying, “There’s a chance that I can get killed out there.”

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Hezonja sees improvement
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Hezonja’s playing time has increased the last few games. He’s making the most of it and say sitting out helped him see the bigger picture.

For the past month, Knicks F Mario Hezonja hasn’t seen the hardwood much as head coach David Fizdale moved him out of the rotation. But that was until the team’s surprising win over the Lakers on Jan. 4. 

Hezonja played just 14 minutes in that contest, but he was more than ready to make an impact. He scored 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting and 3-of-6 from the charity stripe. He also had two assists. 

And since that game, Hezonja has received more time from Fizdale — 31 minutes against Portland on Monday and 25 minutes against the Warriors on Tuesday…

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks currently sit in the depths of the NBA standings, and with an early Kristaps Porzingis return likely out of the question, there’s little hope for a miracle run at the postseason.

There’s plenty to look forward to with young players like Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier impressing, a high draft pick on the way and, perhaps most importantly, a shot at a major free agent come July. It’s no secret the Knicks are going to pursue a franchise-alterer like Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard.

But what if they say no?

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Trade talks for Knicks center Enes Kanter continue to gain traction. 

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Knicks and Kings have been engaged in talks that would exchange Kanter for Zach Randolph, but nothing is close yet. 

Kanter and Randolph — the latter of which has not played this season — both have expiring contracts and the Kings reportedly are looking to deal more expiring contracts and a third team could potentially get involved. 

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A look back at how Kevin Durant’s 66-point game at Rucker Park in 2011 made him a New York City hoops hero.

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January 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Knicks were no match for the star-studded Warriors, who put New York away with ease in a 122-95 victory on Tuesday night.>>Box score

Things to know about Tuesday’s game

1. The Knicks appeared to be holding their own against the Warriors early, taking a 49-48 lead over Golden State with 3:02 remaining in the first half. However, the Warriors flipped a switch and went on a 13-1 run to close out the half with a 61-49 lead. 

2. The Knicks had no answers for Klay Thompson, who had a game-high 43 points and shot 7 of 16 from beyond the arc. The Warriors as a team shot 14 of 45 from three-point range which the Knicks could not compete with, hitting just 6 of 24 three-point attempts. 

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Jan 8, 2019; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) goes up for a shot against Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Sharone Wright Jr. (2) in the second half at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

As expected, the No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils took down Wake Forest in dominant fashion — an 87-65 rout on the road. And though this has been the norm for this Duke team this season, what Zion Williamson posted on the stat sheet was historic.

The Demon Deacons were no match for Williamson, as he posted 30 points — a career high — on 13-of-16 shooting from the field. But that wasn’t it. Williamson had a double-double with 10 rebounds, and he tallied five assists, four steals, and one block on the night. 

This performance, according to ESPN Stats & Info, made Williamson the only DI player to post a 30-10-5-4 line with 80 percent shooting from the field in the past 20 years. Sixers PG Ben Simmons posted the same line back when he was a freshman at LSU, but he didn’t shoot 80 percent or better from the field…

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Durant talks Knox and Knicks
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Does Kevin Durant tip his hand about possibly coming to New York and joining the Knicks?

It has been nearly three years since Kevin Durant first dubbed Kristaps Porzingis a “unicorn,” but the Warriors forward will not be getting the chance to go up against the Knicks’ mythical creature when they square off on Tuesday. 

Instead Porzingis continues to recover from his ACL surgery, which he had 11 months ago, but Durant offered some words of encouragement for the 23-year-old during Tuesday’s morning shootaround. 

“I hope he recovers from his injury and gets to play the game that he loves,” Durant said. “The fans in New York and his teammates love having him out there. I know how tough injuries are. Being away from the game so long can be tough … hopefully he gets back on the court.”

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Two teams with losing streaks at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., clash at the venue Tuesday night when the New York Knicks duel the Golden State Warriors.

The Knicks (10-30) will be making the final stop on a six-game trip highlighted by a 119-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night but that has seen the Knicks lose four games, including Monday night at Portland, 111-101.

That loss to the Trail Blazers came despite double-doubles from Enes Kanter (18 points, 14 rebounds) and Noah Vonleh (16 points, 14 rebounds).>>Read more

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Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

James Dolan believes the Knicks need some star power. 

The owner of both the Knicks and Rangers spoke with reporters on Monday, and as the Knicks dropped to 10-31 with a 111-101 loss to the Trail Blazers, he said the difference between the two teams he owns is that the Rangers have a star in Henrik Lundqvist.

“If the Knicks had a Henrik, they’d probably be competing for a playoff spot,” he said, per Stefan Bondy of the Daily News. “No Henrik, no playoff spot.”

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New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins and forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first quarter at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks followed their road win against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 111-101 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter.>>Box score

Things to know about Monday’s game

1. Since their 8-16 start, the Knicks have lost 14 of their last 16 games and have the third-worst record in the league. They snapped their eight-game winning streak on Friday at Staples Center.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored just five points on 2-of-12 shooting, while New York was outshot 47.1 percent to 40.4 percent. Enes Kanter scored 18 points and brought down 14 rebounds off the bench.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson is helped off of the court after suffering an apparent ankle injury during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie center Mitchell Robinson is looking to return from a sprained ankle. He now has to deal with a strained groin, too.

While practicing for the first time since he last played on Dec. 14, Robinson slipped and strained his groin.

“I slipped, really. My shoes don’t have grip because they’re new. And the court that we were on was a little bit slippery,” Robinson said, according to the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy. “I was trying to play defense and I was running back on the court, and I stopped myself. And I just slipped.”

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Knicks look to build on win
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The Knicks beat the Lakers and now look to string two in a row as they take on the Trail Blazers.

Having just played two tough games against Western Conference contenders Oklahoma City and Houston, the Trail Blazers would seem to be stepping down in competition Monday night when they play host to the New York Knicks in Portland.

That’s not the way the Blazers say they are looking at it, however.

“We won’t overlook (the Knicks),” Portland point guard Damian Lillard said. “We’re not one of those teams that can afford to do that. We have to be a certain way mentally. We have to play a certain way on the floor to win games.”

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter looks to pass as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and forward Dwight Powell defend during the first half at American Airlines Center. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter’s battle with the Turkish government also includes former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu. 

Turkoglu, now a chief adviser to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a 16-year career in the NBA, was critical of the Knicks center on Monday in response to Kanter’s comments that he was not flying to London with the team due to fears he could be murdered by Turkish spies. 

“Kanter can’t enter the UK not because of fears for life as he claims but due to passport and visa issues,” the former NBA player said in a statement via Twitter. “This being the long-known truth, he is trying to get the limelight with irrational justifications and political remarks. 

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina will miss an undetermined amount of time, beginning with Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a strained left ankle, head coach David Fizdale said, according to The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov.

Ntilikina suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday’s 119-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. X-rays came back negative on Friday night.

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Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Enes Kanter may not have requested a trade, but that doesn’t mean teams haven’t called the Knicks about the big man.

According to The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov, the Knicks are already seeing interest on Kanter, and they are listening. However, no deal appears imminent at the moment. 

Kanter didn’t ask for a trade, but he voiced his frustration with his playing time this season. After being the team’s starting center when the season kicked off, Kanter has reverted to a bench role, and he clearly isn’t happy about it…

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) answers questions at Knicks Media Day in Greenburgh, NY, USA; at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Courtney Lee is not bothered with the Knicks 2-13 record over their last 15 games and is taking an optimistic approach to the development of the Knicks’ young talent.

“Being in this league for a while you understand that’s the best direction to go in, especially having a young core,” Lee said in a report from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “And then just to look at the record it’s not what anybody wanted it to be right now, so one thing you can do to take a positive out of that is just developing the young guys. If you put yourself first, it’s very difficult. But I understand it’s for the betterment of the team.”

Lee has not played over the last three games. His last appearence was Dec. 27 in the Knicks 112-96 loss at the Milwaukee Bucks where he scored nine points in 23 minutes of action. 

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It is not often the Knicks win a game these days. 

What is even more rare is for owner James Dolan to be there for a road game, sitting courtside and celebrating with the team in the locker room afterwards. 

But that is exactly what happened when the Knicks snapped an eight-game losing streak against a LeBron James-less Lakers team with a 119-112 victory on Friday night. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter will not travel with the Knicks to London for their regular season game against the Bucks on Jan. 16 because, he says, his life would be in danger. 

The 26-year-old center is a wanted criminal in Turkey because of his criticism against their president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and had his passport revoked by the Turkish government the last time he traveled overseas. 

He fears “spies” could target him in London. 

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The New York Knicks snapped their eight game losing streak against a LeBron-less Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday. The impressive team effort included hot starts from Tim Hardaway Jr and Kevin Knox and a statement return from Mario Hezonja who was a key factor down the stretch. 
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