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    Dallas Mavericks Game thread: New York Knicks vs Dallas Mavericks 8:00 11/14/2019 [Game #12]





    (6-4) -- (2-9)

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    Injury Report

    Dallas Mavericks New York Knicks
    No injuries to report Reggie Bullock - Cervical disc herniation (OUT)
    - Elfrid Payton - Right hamstring strain (OUT)
    - Mitchell Robinson - Concussion (OUT)


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    It didn't take Kristaps Porzingis long during his rookie season with the New York Knicks in 2015-16 to realize he'd come to a city starved for a basketball winner. When he returns to the Big Apple Thursday night, he'll find a city more famished for winning basketball than ever before.

    Porzingis will play in Madison Square Garden for the first time as a visiting player when he and the Dallas Mavericks face the reeling Knicks in the final game between the teams this season.

    The Mavericks, who are completing a three-game road trip, last played Monday when they fell to the Boston Celtics 116-106. The Knicks continued skidding toward the bottom of the NBA on Tuesday with a 120-102 loss to the host Chicago Bulls.

    At 2-9, the Knicks entered Wednesday tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors. But while the Warriors at least have made five straight trips to the NBA Finals and won three championships, the Knicks haven't made the playoffs since the spring of 2013, haven't gotten to the Eastern Conference finals since 2000 and haven't won it all since 1973.

    "It's a city hungry for success in basketball," Porzingis said after practice Wednesday. "For them, for the fans, for the city to be going through this year after year, it's got to be tough."

    Porzingis appeared to be the franchise player around whom the Knicks could build during the 2015-16 season, when he averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while earning the "Unicorn" nickname for the versatility he offered in a 7-foot-3 frame.

    But Porzingis' relationship with the Knicks deteriorated over the next two seasons, during which Porzingis reportedly expressed concerns over the direction of the franchise while butting heads with management over the influence his brother/agent, Janis, and his physiotherapist, Manolo Valdivieso, had on him.

    Porzingis tore his ACL while trying to dunk over Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo on Feb. 6, 2018. He never played again for the Knicks, who traded him to the Mavericks in a seven-player blockbuster on Feb. 1 of this year.

    "This is a basketball city and it just sucks that we never really got to do something big here," said Porzingis, who is averaging 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game after signing a five-year deal worth the maximum $158 million with the Mavericks in July.

    The Porzingis trade was supposed to hasten the Knicks' latest rebuilding project. But they didn't win the draft lottery and the opportunity to select Zion Williamson, and the salary cap room created by the deal wasn't enough to lure any of the top-tier free agents to Manhattan.

    Since upsetting the Mavericks 106-102 in Dallas last Friday, the Knicks have lost to the Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers by a combined 39 points. After the loss to the Cavaliers, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry held a press conference to indicate their displeasure. On Monday, ESPN reported head coach David Fizdale was on the hot seat.

    "It's always a media firestorm in New York," Fizdale told reporters prior to Tuesday's loss. "For everybody else this is a big deal. But for us it's normal environment."

    (Field Level Media / cbssports.com)

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    A good read on what happened behind scenes with KP, and how the DSJ triple double against Knicks led to Mills pulling trigger on deal minutes after KP and his bro walked out of meeting with NYK.

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/...knicks-forever

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    Thanks for the previous game thread, tiger, i totally forgot about it by the time i called it a day. This time zone difference it's a bit tricky and if i'm caught off guard 2-3 hours before the tip-off chances are that i won't start the game thread

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    No prob Rady. Not really a big deal to make a thread since they are not up to what you make. Best game threads on the web always containing starting lineups, injury report etc.

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    Will KP score 50? Will DSJ hit a single shot? The suspense.

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .... The Bulls rookie Coby White stole the last Knick Game-Thread

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    MitchRob is back .. Dotson/DSJ receiving playing-time .. Frank came to play ..
    Randle's performance in the first quarter is still insignificant toward winning !!!

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    I know as well as anybody how fast things went south with KP, but the fans continuing to boo him throughout this first half seems excessive.

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    I say this with much trepidation, DSJ looks good so far. Please keep it up.

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    Has anyone notice .. Tim Hardaway Jr. are coming off the BENCH for the Mavs coach Carlisle ....
    DSJ & Morris hit a 3-ball back to back to give the Knicks a 38-30 lead in 2nd qtr.

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    Even Knits getting into the act with a 3; Knicks off to a good start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    I know as well as anybody how fast things went south with KP, but the fans continuing to boo him throughout this first half seems excessive.
    Knicks fans giving KP the business

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    Why why why do Randle have to dribble the ball every time he get a touch .. He has become a turn-over machine !!!

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    MRob clowning

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    When u put DSJ in the game, put Dotson in too .. RJ's inexperience belong on the court alongside Frank & Morris

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