Friday's Knicks Links: Losing getting to Melo

Knicks' losing starting to take a toll on Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks’ next loss, which could come as early as Saturday in Washington, D.C., clinches a third straight losing season and sooner than later Phil Jackson’s team will be eliminated again from playoff contention. -- New York Daily News

Knicks better at passing the blame than ball: If only the New York Knicks could move the ball like they pass off responsibility. An entertaining game of Connect the Deniability emerges when you parse through the actions and quotes of the organization’s top figures over the last month, a timeline of contradictions and backward logic that only contributes to the atmosphere of dysfunction. Last week serves as a good starting point when Phil Jackson was asked about trading Carmelo Anthony. -- New York Daily News

Knicks’ free-agent hopes hinge on whatever Porzingis has left: Kristaps Porzingis is gasping to the finish line of his rookie marathon, but hoping for one last, strong kick. The 7-foot-3 Latvian is 13 games from the end of his first NBA season — one that began with such a smash and now is ending on a sour note. With the Knicks fading into oblivion, their 28-41 record is not going to impress summer free agents. -- New York Post

Porzingis wanted to play at end of blowout loss: Kristaps Porzingis still was feeling the effects of his stomach virus, but what happened on the court Wednesday night was enough to make other Knicks sick. Carmelo Anthony wondered where the Knicks’ fight and heart were during their 121-85 loss to the Warriors. -- Newsday