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    Portland Trail Blazers Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Portland Trail Blazers 7:30 11/27/2017 [Game #20]





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    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY MSG 7:30 PM EST


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    Injury Report

    Portland Trail Blazers New York Knicks
    Al-Farouq Aminu - Right ankle injury (OUT) Enes Kanter - Back spasms (QUEST)
    - Kristaps Porzingis - Back pain (QUEST)
    - Joakim Noah - Illness (OUT)




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    NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks are a starkly different team at home, and their last two road games highlighted the disparities.

    After two road losses, the Knicks return home to oppose the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

    The Knicks (10-9) blew a 17-point lead in a 116-104 loss Friday in Atlanta, then squandered a 22-point advantage in a 117-102 loss at Houston on Saturday.

    New York is 9-3 at home, where it averages 109.4 points and shoots 47.9 percent. On the road, the Knicks are 1-6 while averaging 96.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting.

    Enes Kanter missed both road games with a back injury while Kristaps Porzingis sat out Saturday with the same injury.

    Kanter hopes to return the face the Blazers, but his status was questionable.

    "I think I'm going to try to play the next game Monday," Kanter said. "I might not be 100 percent, but I'm going to try to play Monday. If they don't give me the green light, I can't do anything about it. But I want to play Monday for sure."

    Porzingis is expected to return against Portland, but Kanter's continued absence could prompt the season debut of Joakim Noah, who was activated from a 20-game suspension on Nov. 13 but has yet to suit up. Noah was punished for violating the league's policy prohibiting performance-enhancing drugs.

    Regardless of who plays, New York hopes to improve on offense.

    The Knicks are averaging just 101 points per game over their past five, in which they went just 2-3. In the previous 11 games during an 8-3 stretch, New York averaged nearly 110 points per game.

    Portland, meanwhile, hasn't exactly lit up the scoreboard, but with a standout defense, the Trail Blazers went 6-2 during their past eight games, and 4-1 in their past five after pulling out late wins in Brooklyn on Friday and Washington on Saturday.

    Led by the superb backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum -- the tandem has combined to average 47.4 points per game, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists -- Portland has been particularly dangerous from outside of late.

    On Saturday in a 108-105 comeback win at Washington, the pair combined for 55 points on 20-of-37 shooting. The duo combined for 24 of Portland's 35 points in the fourth quarter when the Trail Blazers rallied from a 17-point deficit in the final 8:14.

    "It's the NBA -- a 20-point lead can turn into a one-point lead in a matter of two or three minutes if you execute the right way and get stops," Lillard said. "We did that. We gave ourselves a chance, finally. We got over that hump."

    The Knicks will counter Portland's talented guards with a four-man backcourt rotation that has been maddeningly inconsistent in recent days.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. has taken some of the scoring burden off of the mighty shoulders of Porzingis, scoring 38 in a 108-101 win over Toronto on Wednesday and 22 in a 116-104 loss at Atlanta on Friday. However, he had just 13 in a 22-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 20 and 11 on Saturday, when he went just 4 of 12 from the field.

    While the Knicks are hoping for the return of Porzingis and Kanter, Portland remains without the services of one of its big men.

    Al-Farouq Aminu has missed a dozen games with an ankle injury and isn't expected back anytime soon. Noah Vonleh has played well in his absence, averaging 5.2 points and 7.8 rebounds.
    (cbssports.com via STATS)

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    Thanks for the great game thread, Rady.

    Need to try to get back on track tonight. Past 2 games have driven the pro-tanking contingency on here into a frenzy. Let’s go Knicks!

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    Porzingis and Kanter out for this game. Realistically we have little chance of beating them w/o Kanter and KP, rest other guys like CLee and THJ and play Frank and Dotson starters minutes. I watched Donavan Mitchell in the Bucks game and forget why we didn't draft DSJ, we should have drafted him. Best PG in this draft so far hands down, the comment I hear about him and I completely agree is he does not play like a rookie. Not afraid to take the big shot, range on his jumper, great handle and the ability to create havoc in the lane with it and elite athleticism.

    Other news Grizz fired "Take that for data Fizdale", thougt he was a motivator and leader but the losing streak and reports he wasn't getting along with Gasol did him in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Porzingis and Kanter out for this game. Realistically we have little chance of beating them w/o Kanter and KP, rest other guys like CLee and THJ and play Frank and Dotson starters minutes. I watched Donavan Mitchell in the Bucks game and forget why we didn't draft DSJ, we should have drafted him. Best PG in this draft so far hands down, the comment I hear about him and I completely agree is he does not play like a rookie. Not afraid to take the big shot, range on his jumper, great handle and the ability to create havoc in the lane with it and elite athleticism.

    Other news Grizz fired "Take that for data Fizdale", thougt he was a motivator and leader but the losing streak and reports he wasn't getting along with Gasol did him in.
    I think Kanter is out, but KP is playing.

    Noah should have been activated with Kanter out these games.

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    O’Quinn getting the start tonight. Finally getting his chance after inexplicable DNPs so many times last year. I like the way O’Quinn plays with Ntilikina, hopefully they overlap quite a bit tonight.

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    WHG checks into the game with a little over 3 minutes to go in the 1st quarter. Not going to lie, I think we could use Noah’s defense more than WHG’s offense in a game like this.

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    All 25 and under lineup out there late in the 1st quarter. KP, WHG, THJ, Ntilikina, and McDermott.

    A few seconds later, Dotson checks in for some 1st quarter minutes.

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    We continue to play poor defense during this stretch. Down 30 to 23 at the end of the 1st quarter.

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    Here comes Noah for the 1st time this season. Getting 2nd quarter minutes.

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    Noah with a block, a rebound, and a hard screen on offense within 30 seconds of checking into the game.

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    I was wondering how he was going to break into the lineup but with WHG playing like a scrub, he can prove something.

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    Good start for Noah. Makes an 8ft hook shot on the move.

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    Horn pulls the quick hook on Noah after 3 mins. Harlowe says he's in shape, if so I want him in as the 2nd big while Kanter is out and playing 15 mins. Let's see what kind of game he's got.

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    KP falling in love with that 3 pt shot again.

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    What a load of sloppy garbage we are doing on offense. Just bombing it up there. No real ball movement. We’re down 51 - 37 at the end of the 1st half. 37 1st half points! Just awful.

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