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    Portland Trail Blazers Game thread: New York Knicks @ Portland Trail Blazers 10:00 12/10/2019 [Game #24]





    (4-19) -- (9-15)

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    Moda Center, Portland, OR MSG 10:00 PM EST



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    Injury Report

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    Wayne Ellington - Sore left Achilles (OUT) No injuries to report so far
    Reggie Bullock - Cervical disc herniation (OUT) -


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    The New York Knicks lost by just a single point in interim coach Mike Miller's first game on the job.

    That doesn't seem so bad when you consider the club lost by 44 and 37 in David Fizdale's last two contests before being dismissed.

    Miller seeks his first NBA coaching victory and the Knicks attempt to halt a nine-game skid when they visit the struggling Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

    Miller, a former college and G League head coach, got the Knicks to play well in his debut on Saturday night before they succumbed 104-103 to the visiting Indiana Pacers. Knicks forward Julius Randle split two free throws with 0.1 seconds to play as New York came up short.

    "You get in those games, you've got to make another play, and we just didn't make another play," Miller said afterward. "Loved the effort. That was fun."

    Fun hasn't often been a word used to describe anything about the Knicks, who own the worst record in the NBA at 4-19.

    New York has lost seven games by 20 or more points and hasn't notched a victory since defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 18.

    The stop in Portland is the first of a road trip in which the Knicks play four games in six nights. Games against the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets follow.

    Miller is hoping the club can stem periods of inconsistency that plague its chances of recording victories.

    "Our focus has been on the consistency on both ends of the floor, that's where it's at," Miller said. "The players, we have a high character group of players, they're professional, they come in and work every day. The message is we want to be more consistent. And we're going to be more consistent in what we do and how we work play to play and possession to possession."

    The Trail Blazers have problems of their own as they have lost three of four games and rank as one of the league's biggest underachievers with a 9-15 record after reaching the Western Conference finals last season.

    Their troubles continued on Sunday night when they took a 108-96 home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Portland shot just 36 percent from the field, including 9 of 33 from 3-point range, in a game in which it was outhustled by the Thunder. Making it more maddening to star point guard Damian Lillard is that the Trail Blazers previously defeated Oklahoma City twice this season, including a solid 136-119 home win on Nov. 27.

    "I just thought our urgency wasn't where it needed to be," Lillard said afterward. "You come out with an opportunity to get some momentum going into another home game with another opportunity to win against a team that we just played a few games ago and blew them away, played a great game.

    "Then the ball's not going in, so we don't lock in and stay sharp on the defensive end. We just allowed them to do pretty much what they wanted."

    Lillard scored 26 points, but he was one of the cold shooters, going 8 of 24 from the field, including 2 of 12 from 3-point range.

    Forward Carmelo Anthony shot 4 of 18 while scoring nine points, guard Kent Bazemore was 3 of 11 while also scoring nine points and shooting guard CJ McCollum made 8 of 21 shots while tallying 20 points.

    There is plenty of time for the Trail Blazers to turn things around, but there are some team habits that Lillard doesn't like.

    "I think we kind of just play well in stretches, and we don't really have the luxury of playing well in stretches," Lillard said. "We're a team that if the ball's not going in, we gotta be getting to the 50-50 balls, we can't be letting teams get second and third opportunities. We foul every 30 seconds.

    "I mean, we are doing a lot of things as a team that are putting us at a disadvantage."

    Portland has fared well against the Knicks of late, winning the past five meetings.

    (Field Level Media / cbssports.com)

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    Thanks for the Thread... Great as usual.

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    Thanks for the game thread Rady. Just a correction on the injury report, Rodney Hood is probably lost for the season with a torn Achilles and Bazemore replaces him in the starting lineup. POR has been a disappointment this season but being in Modi should give them the nod over the Knicks.

    Tomorrow is the battle of the 2 worst teams at GS, Dray and DLo are back and the kid from Westchester Paschall will make it tough for the boys.

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .. We going up against one of my favorite NBA super-star PG Damian Lillard .. Frank & Payton got a super big task tonight defending Lillard. We might give the game away tonight having rookie RJ defending SG-McCollum, I would have assign Dotson for that task.
    The iso-Randle vs iso Melo are gonna be a hilarious highlight show tonight .. I'm looking for Morris & MitchRob to pull this Knicks win for coach Miller tonight.
    Lets GO Knicks !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    TI'm looking for Morris & MitchRob to pull this Knicks win for coach Miller tonight. Lets GO Knicks !!!
    now thats the spirit.....

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    The start of the Final quarter : Knicks 59 - Blazers 86 SMH ?????

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    Another game, another pathetic blowout. At least the blowout wasnít a low-blow blowout.

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    Not sure what Miller is doing with the PG position, dividing up the minutes between the 3 of them doesn't allow any of them to catch a rhythm. All 3 of them shot a low percentage, better to rotate them in 3 game spans giving them 25-30 minutes in a game ie play Ntilikina in 3 games giving him 25 mins then DSJ, then Payton if Miller wants to experiment.

    Mills and Perry accompanying the team on this road trip, they get to see first hand how unwatchable the Knicks are.

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    4 and 20, tied for worst start in franchise history.

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    Waiting to see if anyone watched the game and wants to comment on Miller giving Dotson more minutes than RJ in this blowout loss.

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    Um um um another debacle Knicks-Tank

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    i'm thinking that maybe the coach aint the problem... i'm thinking maybe its the players...

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    Quote Originally Posted by paris401 View Post
    i'm thinking that maybe the coach aint the problem... i'm thinking maybe its the players...
    And who put them together as a team? And who put the management in charge? This team will never amount to anything as long as Dolan is at the helm. It's time for Silver to step in.
    "Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."
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    Miller is a good back to fundamentals coach. He ran more pick and roll last night. The players are a problem, but like others have said, biggest problem is the front office who assembled the team.

    Let Miller finish the season, fire the front office, and then bring in Thibodeau with the new regime. Thatís my preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Miller is a good back to fundamentals coach. He ran more pick and roll last night. The players are a problem, but like others have said, biggest problem is the front office who assembled the team.

    Let Miller finish the season, fire the front office, and then bring in Thibodeau with the new regime. Thatís my preference.
    Amen! Donít let this regime screw things up anymore. Heck, maybe even wait another year for Massi U to become a free agent.

    Iím fine with Miller rest of the way, unless you find your GM / HC duo sooner...

    Morris and a DAL 1st for Massai!

    Donít discount Kidd, either, as HC bc some feel heíll attract Giannis. Lol.

    And, donít fire Mills but keep him at MsG and have next GM report to that tool.

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