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Porzingis taking center stage in N.Y.

With Carmelo Anthony gone, there are more touches to go around for the Knicks. As you might expect, budding star Kristaps Porzingis is taking on much of the extra work.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Suns have asked about young Knicks such as Frank Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez in trade talks about guard Eric Bledsoe, sources confirm. But New York have been opposed to trading either young player, sources told ESPN. Hernangomez has not been in head coach Jeff Hornacek's regular rotation in the first two games of the season, which has left the second-year center frustrated. But Hernangomez's lack of playing time isn't a sign that the club is looking to move him. Ntilikina has dealt with several injuries early in his career but the point guard remains part of the young core New York wants to build around and management, as of Monday afternoon, did not want to move him in a Bledsoe deal. The Suns' interest in Hernangomez and Ntilikina was first reported by Basketball Insiders.

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NBA Power Rankings: Knicks slip a spot

The Knicks need to find a way to get scoring outside of Kristaps Porzingis, who put up 31 points in the season opener.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are among the teams who have reached out to Phoenix recently about trading for guard Eric Bledsoe, per league sources.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says Frank Ntilikina will not play on Tuesday against Boston due to an ankle injury. Ntilikina missed most of practice Monday but Hornacek said the rookie's lateral movement has improved and the Knicks hope to have him back for Friday's game against Brooklyn. Ntilikina has missed two games with the ankle sprain, which he suffered in practice Friday. He missed the final four games of the preseason with a knee contusion and the entire summer league with a similar injury. Hornacek said the organization isn't worried about Ntilikina, whom they selected with the No. 8 overall pick, being injury-prone. The coach said the 19-year-old's ailments are a result of playing with maximum effort. "He's playing as hard as he can .... I can't complain about that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina (ankle) did not practice today. The guess here is he is unlikely to play on Tuesday against Boston.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Attorney Alex Spiro, who represented Knicks great Charles Oakley in a criminal matter last year, is leaving his current firm, Brafman & Associates to join international firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Oakley, under Spiro's guidance, accepted a deal to have charges stemming from a February incident at Madison Square Garden dismissed. Oakley is pursuing civil litigation against Madison Square Garden and chief executive James Dolan. It is unclear how Spiro's move impacts Oakley's litigation, if at all. Spiro also defended NBA forward Thabo Sefolosha in 2015 when he was cleared of charges resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Sefolosha settled a suit against the New York Police Department for $4 million.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA's two-minute report states that Andre Drummond fouled Kristaps Porzingis before blocking his shot with 39 seconds to play last night and the Knicks down three. Officials didn't rule the play a foul, which the report states as an incorrect no-call because Drummond grabbed Porzingis arm. Porzingis should have been given two free throws. He said afterward that he felt he was fouled on the play. Had he made them, the Knicks would have trailed by one with 39 seconds to go in a game they once led by 21. The report also states that Tim Hardaway Jr. committed a defensive three seconds with 1:10 to play that was not called.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Stan Van Gundy, who is refreshingly honest with the media, candidly questioned the Knicks' coaching staff's defensive strategy late in New York's loss to Detroit. Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson helped fuel Detroit's comeback with several pick and rolls down the stretch. "They both were going well and we were trying to go at (Porzingis)," Van Gundy told reporters. "(He) kills you at one end and for some reason they were playing him on Tobias, I don't know why, but they were, so we went at that pick-and-roll."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Hardaway Jr. was asked if he just felt out of rhythm on Saturday when he missed 12 of 16 shots in a loss to Detroit: "Yeah I missed a couple of easy ones here and there, shots that I normally make. It's just tough to see those not go down," Hardaway Jr. said. "My teammates did a great job of just keeping me in it. Telling me to keep shooting. That's what I'm here for, just be a burst of energy and help out on the floor in any way I can. I didn't get it done tonight." The Knicks as a whole hit just eight of 30 3-point attempts. Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks need to be around 38 percent from three. He didn't place the blame on Hardaway Jr., who said he got the looks he wanted against Detroit. "Yeah. Transition shots, I just have to find ways. It's still a new offense but at the same time I still have to find ways to get to the line, get to the basket a little more, finish when I'm there. Missed a lot of bunnies today I wish I could take back and I definitely could have helped out on that end of the floor."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said management has told him to play the players who do the most to earn their minutes and he's given playing time at center so far to Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn over Willy Hernangomez. "Well, every summer that you come back it's a competition and guys, they earn their minutes through training camp and through exhibition season," Hornacek said Saturday when asked about Hernangomez. "Willy's done well, (it's) just something the other guys have done a little bit more. So the focus is on defense and that's one thing that we want him to get better at as a young player. We're trying to emphasize things to these guys that don't get repeated. All of the sudden, ‘Okay, I see, I understand,' and they fix it. And Willy's working on that. He's doing a great job. He comes to practice every day and practices hard. His opportunities will come." Steve Mills and Scott Perry both wrote that Hernangomez was part of the team's young core it hopes to develop, so it's a bit odd to see Hernangomez stuck to the bench. But Hornacek pointed out that those statements from Mills and Perry were made before the Kanter trade. "It's a tough spot," Hornacek said. "But that's when guys step up. I think Willy will too."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For the fire Jeff Hornacek crowd: hard to put this one on the coach. The Knicks allowed Detroit to shoot 50 percent in the second half and moved the ball much less in the final 24 minutes.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis felt he was fouled on his drive to the basket with under a minute to play that ended in an Andre Drummond block. He said he felt someone pull his arm down before the block. The Knicks were down 3 with 37 seconds to play at the time of the block.

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Pistons come from 21 down to beat Knicks

Tobias Harris scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half, and the Detroit Pistons erased a 21-point deficit to beat the New York Knicks 111-107 on Saturday night.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Pistons 111, Knicks 107: New York falls to 0-2 after letting a 21-point first-half lead slip away. Kristaps Porzingis was fantastic for much for the night, pouring in 33 points on 20 shots. He made just four of his final 13 attempts though. Tim Hardaway Jr. struggled with his shot, missing 12 of 16. Tough night for Jeff Hornacek's club, which gave away a winnable game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis passed up an open three with the Knicks down three and 30 seconds to play. He instead drove but was rejected at the rim by Andre Drummond. Detroit is in control here, up five with eight seconds to play.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Point guard play has hurt the Knicks in the closing minutes. Ramon Sessions took a 3-pointer early in the shot clock with the Knicks down one with around three minutes left and then fouled Reggie Jackson on an And-1 two minutes later. Detroit up 3 with 45 seconds to play.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting test for Kristaps Porzingis here: he checks in with the Knicks down one with about nine minutes to play. How much of an impact can he have down the stretch of a winnable game here?

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Stan Van Gundy has put Anthony Tolliver on Kristaps Porzingis to start the second half and the Knicks have gone scoreless in the first 3:30. Detroit cuts a 13-point halftime lead to six.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina was asked if it's frustrating to miss the home opener due to a sprained ankle. "It is a little bit," the rookie guard said. "I want to be out there and play and get experience and just play basketball. But now I got to be strong mentally and do the best for my body and do the best I can do for my body and my career." Ntilikina's ankle sprain doesn't seem serious. He said it was feeling much better on Saturday, a little more than 24 hours after the sprain. He can run back and forth but has trouble moving laterally. He hopes to play on Tuesday against Boston. Ntilikina missed all Summer League games with a knee injury and sat out of New York's final four preseason games due to a separate knee ailment.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis has hit his first seven attempts tonight - abusing John Leuer and Stanley Johnson. He's scored in the post and has hit two threes, helping the Knicks build an -18-point lead.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis has flashed strong moves with his back to the basket. He generated eight of his 11 points out of the post in the first quarter and has hit his first four shots. He and Enes Kanter have dominated Detroit inside early on.

Team Stats

Points Per Game95.529th
Rebounds Per Game40.0Tied-26th
Assists Per Game19.5Tied-24th
Points Allowed108.019th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-1802.000
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207
2013-143745.451

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