Porzingis Looking Like Franchise Player Knicks Need

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And that's noteworthy from a player who skipped an exit meeting to prompt such change. "Now there's a little continuity, and that has helped me out a lot".

- It wouldn't have been a story. They've been playing much better since the beginning of the season. And I do think he will be a draw.

After a slow start, the 6-foot-8 McDermott has come on of late, reaching double-figures in three of his last five games.

Janis Porzingis made it seem that it was no slam dunk that Kristaps would sign an extension next summer. He has judiciously utilized his roster, deftly maximizing the veterans while developing 19-year-old rookie Frank Ntilikina, who early on has shown signs of being a future elite NBA point guard. That's a pretty good quartet.

"I always accept the challenge and that's why I knew coming into this season, if Melo was not going to be here, then I am going to have to be the guy".

Obviously, Jackson's time in New York felt like the Knicks were stumbling down a hill most of the time. He doesn't even need to create space on his shot; he is the space!

The ridiculous Joakim Noah signing, the alienation of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, and this. Porzingis scored 40 points on Sunday against Indiana and is averaging over 30 points a game. Both have been valuable during this hot streak.

Porzingis scored 28 points and McDermott added a season-high 20 as the Knicks won for the sixth time in seven games, beating the Charlotte Hornets 118-113 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks are playing the second game of a back-to-back, which likely contributed to the team's decision to keep Porzingis from playing in Orlando.

Doug McDermott wasn't just a fan favorite Tuesday night.

Deep into the first quarter, Zeller drove into the paint, hoping to extend his team's lead. So yeah. They can get some people.

NOTES: The Knicks are 36-15 at home in the all-time series against the Hornets. Matching O'Quinn with Porzingis more, and putting Kanter with the second unit might help that. "We know what he's capable of doing, and he's doing it".

And if it's an off night for the unicorn, one in which his iso game fails him and the post-up buckets won't drop, head coach Jeff Hornacek can just place him in a variety of pick-and-rolls and tell him to go to work.

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