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Deja Vu: Knicks Drop Another Heartbreaker

SUNS 107, KNICKS 105 As Carmelo Anthony sat on the scorer’s table with a blank stare as yet another opponent celebrated a last-second win on The Garden court, a friend texted me that this Knicks team just finds new ways to lose. I disagree. These gut-wrenching defeats have a common theme and a similar feel. […]

Melo’s Future, All-Star Snubs & Official Reviews

Knicks Lose Heartbreaker to Hawks On MLK Day

HAWKS 108, KNICKS 107 Jeff Hornacek made changes, but the issues remained the same. And while Carmelo Anthony tried to put some recent controversy behind him, his missed put-back attempt with three seconds left was the latest in a series of frustrations that have piled up after these games like the sweat-soaked towels on the […]

Should Melo Start at Power Forward?

KNICKS 104, BULLS 89 Al Trautwig turned to me at the start of the postgame show and asked, “What did we learn from this game?” The answer came easy: Carmelo Anthony is a more effective player at both ends of the floor, at this point of his career, at the power forward spot. Of course, […]

Without Rose, Knicks Downed by Pelicans

PELICANS 110, KNICKS 96 Former MVP Derrick Rose, who was acquired to provide a long-awaited answer for the Knicks at the NBA’s most important position, did not show up for for the game against the Pelicans Monday night and his whereabouts were unknown while his team lost for the eighth time in nine games. “Everything […]

Knicks Experiencing Second-Quarter of Gloom?

PACERS 123, KNICKS 109 You would think that scoring 107.3 points per game over the last eight games would mean good things for any NBA team. But for the Knicks, it’s still not enough. Their defense continues to be exploited by opponents. In that same span of eight games, they’re allowing 113.5 points per game, […]

Can the Knicks Fix Their Defensive Woes?

January Is Big for Knicks

Knicks Exhibit Guts & Grit in Defeat to Rockets

ROCKETS 129, KNICKS 122 These are the games that give coaches sleepless nights, more than missed last-second shot or a bad call. It’s efforts like the one his undermanned team gave last night in Houston — while James Harden put forth a historic performance — that had Jeff Hornacek shaking his head. “That’s all we […]

Defense Haunts Knicks on Christmas Day

CELTICS 119, KNICKS 114 Christmas Day already included hearing me try to imitate Kristaps Porzingis’ grandmother singing his praises. That didn’t go well. Then I forgot my hat for the postgame show. That went even worse. And my Blue Christmas was complete when the Celtics celebrated a win on The Garden court after a frustrating, maddening […]

Knicks Kids Got Skills & A Kristaps Christmas Carol

Less is More for Melo

Is Early-Game Defense an Issue?

Focus Remains On KP as Knicks fall to Warriors

WARRIORS 103, KNICKS 90 Without Derrick Rose (back) and Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) this was already a daunting task, but despite the loss, it could prove in time to be another valuable lesson in the growth and development of Kristaps Porzingis. Yes, we’re focusing on him a lot these days, but for good reason. The future […]

LeBron, Cavs Outpace Knicks

CAVALIERS 126, KNICKS 94 The only thing that can be done with this game is exactly what Carmelo Anthony said after it: “Don’t let it linger.” “We have the opportunity to go on the road and do something good,” he added. “I just want to put this one behind us.” This was a challenge for […]

Melo Cools Off Heat in Miami

KNICKS 114, HEAT 103 There are games when you just find the mismatch and ride it until the opponent adjusts. Against a depleted Heat lineup, there was no adjustment to make against Carmelo Anthony so Jeff Hornacek exploited it through a 13-point third quarter by the Knicks‘ star. These are the games where it’s OK […]

Gutty Performance by Knicks vs. Kings

KNICKS 106, KINGS 98  Jeff Hornacek had just talked about it before the game; how his team’s recent tendency to build big leads only to give them back, had to be corrected. It’s a “Step on the Throat” mentality that Wally Szczerbiak often references in our postgame show. After it happened yet again — the […]

Belief in Melo Pays Off on Road

KNICKS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 104 Don’t ignore the choice of words Carmelo Anthony used after he turned an ugly game into a critical win for the Knicks with just two plays. “My coach,” he said, “believed in me.” After 13 seasons in the NBA, you’d think he’d be well beyond the need for someone to believe […]

Westbrook, Thunder Too Much for Knicks

THUNDER 112, KNICKS 103 This time, it wasn’t the start that did them in. It was the finish. The Knicks jumped out to an early 11-point lead and held a nine-point advantage in the second quarter, but were eventually undone by the dynamo that is Russell Westbrook and his two burly big men, Steven Adams and […]

Melo Carries Knicks to Thrilling OT Win

Knicks 113, Hornets 111 (OT) Well, that was fun. Twenty-two lead changes, a third-quarter comeback, incredible blocks at the rim, game-winning clutch shot and one last defensive stand that brought the house down. It wasn’t just the players on both teams that were tired after that game, everyone in the building left exhausted from this […]

Inspiring Team Win Over Portland

KNICKS 107, TRAIL BLAZERS 103 Perhaps the best thing that happened Tuesday night for the Knicks was Carmelo Anthony had an off night. But, how does this make any sense? Simple. It forced him — and the Knicks — to discover that they don’t have to rely solely on one player to close out a […]

More Focused & Energized Approach Leads to Win

KNICKS 104, HAWKS 94 The effort to win this Sunday afternoon game began on Saturday morning when the Knicks gathered before practice for a long meeting — attended by Phil Jackson — where the players aired out their frustrations and also their expectations. Also, out of it came a determination to not allow what’s happened to Knicks […]

Fast Finish Not Enough vs. Washington

WIZARDS 119, KNICKS 112 It was too little, too late and Brandon Jennings called out his team for losing “a game we should win.” But on a night the Knicks had a chance to get to .500 against the struggling Wizards (3-8), coach Jeff Hornacek lamented that his team “kind of fell back to where we […]

KP & Defense Power Knicks Past Pistons

KNICKS 105, PISTONS 102 Unicorns and rainbows. Kristaps Porzingis has steadily emerged as a primary scorer for the Knicks as Jeff Hornacek has made it a priority to find the 7-foot-3 rare breed and exploit mismatches. Porzingis had 25 of his career-high 35 points in the first half and even had Carmelo Anthony marveling at […]

Hornacek Goes Small-Ball in Win

KNICKS 93, MAVERICKS 77 Jeff Hornacek, the mad scientist, found another five-man formula that had instant success and the Knicks rode it to a much-needed home win over an injury-depleted team. Much like the Euroballers lineup did against the Nets last week, this lineup — that essentially was four of the starting five with Justin Holiday […]

New York’s Defense Remains a Concern

RAPTORS 118, KNICKS 107 As the offense appears to be gaining momentum and chemistry, the concern remains a defense that has allowed over 100 points in all but one game so far this season. We saw the Knicks deploy a zone defense for a while in the second quarter against the Raptors, who are among […]

A Lot To Learn From Frustrating Night

CELTICS 115, KNICKS 87 Boston entered the game as an angry team and the Knicks left the game angry. There were six technical fouls, two ejections and a lot of frustration — both inward and toward the officiating — in the visitors locker room at TD Garden. “They came out hungrier than us,” Joakim Noah […]

European Unit Leads Charge

KNICKS 110, NETS 96 Did Jeff Hornacek find something in that fourth quarter lineup that featured four European players and one (Brandon Jennings) who played a season in Europe? There seemed to be instant chemistry in that group which featured Jennings, Sasha Vujacic, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez. They moved the ball well and cut […]