Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Orlndo Magic 7:00pm 11/25/2015


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(8-7) -- (6-8)

Amway Center, Orlando, FLMSG7:00 PM EST

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Injury Report

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-C.J. Watson ? Sore left calf (OUT)

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The New York Knicks were rolling along before their worst offensive performance of the season led to the end of their longest winning streak in 19 months.

They had similar poor showings in two road matchups with the Orlando Magic last season, but the Knicks might be catching them at the right time Wednesday night.

New York (8-7) opened a four-game trip with wins over Oklahoma City and Houston to give it four straight victories overall for the first time since the end of the 2013-14 season.

The Knicks, though, came out flat in Miami on Monday, missing 15 of 16 shots early in the game en route to a 95-78 loss. New York set season lows in points and field-goal percentage (32.2) and matched a season-low by shooting 16.7 percent from 3-point range.

"We never gave ourselves a chance," coach Derek Fisher said after the Knicks became the eighth team this season to score no more than 30 in a half after not trailing by double figures in any of their last eight.

Rookie Kristaps Porzingis continued to play well with 20 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double. The No. 4 overall pick is averaging 20.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while shooting 51.9 percent - 66.7 from beyond the arc - in the last four games.

"We missed shots early. It kind of got us down a little bit," said Carmelo Anthony, who scored 21 but missed 10 of 16 shots and went 0 for 5 from deep. "We did a much better job in the second half making the adjustment. But by that time we were already in the hole."

New York failed to make adjustments after halftime in both games at Orlando in 2014-15. The Knicks were outscored 45-36 in the second half of an 89-83 loss Feb. 11 and 29-19 in the fourth quarter April 11, but they managed to eke out a one-point win in that one.

New York shot 34.2 and 37.8 percent in those matchups, two of its worst six performances on the road last season.

The Knicks now face an Orlando team that allowed Cleveland to shoot 53.1 percent in Monday's 117-103 road loss. The Magic (6-8) gave up their most points in regulation this season, and no team had shot higher than 49.4 percent against them.

"It was kind of men against boys," coach Scott Skiles said after his team's third loss in four games.

Skiles hinted he may make some lineup changes after Tuesday's practice.

"Whatever we do, if we do anything, is punitive," he said. "We're trying to find a little better balance between the first and second units and just how we can maximize everybody."

Magic fans will see a familiar face in Knicks reserve forward Kyle O'Quinn, who was drafted in the second round by Orlando in 2012. O'Quinn played in 177 games with the Magic before New York acquired the restricted free agent in a sign and trade in July and inked him to a four-year, $16 million contract.

Nikola Vucevic averaged 23.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in four meetings with the Knicks last season.



Great GAME-THREAD Rady .. I will miss the game got to travel.
I hope Fisher give 20 minutes each to bench player Quinn (ex-team), Lance, Gallo, and Grant


Quinn misses everything on a 15 ft er. Guy has completely lost his shooting touch. Both teams shooting less than 30% starting the 2nd qtr.


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Quinn getting some minutes against his old team, rims out a three and air balls a 2.

I'd like to see him play a lot tonight. Afflalo too, esp. with Galloway struggling for the 2nd straight game. WTF with Sasha man--put Afflalo back in and let's got to him!!!!


This bad shooting is contagious, Sasha misses a wide open 3 by about 3 ft. by hitting the left side of the backboard and nothing else.


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Clyde just said it--bad combination of players on the floor just now. This 11-pt deficit in all on Fisher.


2nd unit looks like crap. I mentioned this in the Miami game, if the 2nd unit doesn't produce the Knicks are not going anywhere. Fish has to fix this, he's got one of his hundreds of random lineups in there.


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I hate to jump all over Fish but you can clearly see that his lack of feel for this roster has hurt the team at times this season. Definitely hurting us tonight so far. The man has to shorten up this God. No reason for Amundson and Sasha to play. Lopez/O'Quinn/Seraphin was looking ok---stick with those 3 bigs up front...and Sasha didn't need to be inserted--go back to Afflalo!! Plus, Melo and KP sat way too long---Afflalo and KP still haven't gotten back in the game!!!
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Here's what doesn't make sense, they ain't scoring and Fish has Lou in and no DWill sighting yet. WTF.

Seriously--I forgot about D-Will. We definitely could use his scoring tonight. The thing there is: who plays between he and LT (Thomas has been playing well). We're almost too deep a team. Too many options for Fish to choose from--he needs to narrow it down. It'll help with continuity and help the top players in this rotation find their games.

Here's my take on D-Will vs LT --- LT playing fairly well doesn't vindicate Fish playing him and sitting D-Will. Not in my book. No other coach out there would be playing LT over D-Will. D-Will's clearly the higher-end talent. The moment this guy makes a mistake, Fish yanks him. How's he supposed to get comfortable being used like that?? Heck, Early beat LT outright in pre-season fair and square and that kid can't get off the bench. Fish got lucky LT's been playing well. And that's just one strange move that's somehow managed to work out for him so far. Other moves concerning this rotation have been even more head-scratching.
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Afflalo's looking damn good--hit on a straight away 3, hit on a turnaround in the post and he's had 2 more good attempts since...MILK this guy now!!!


Got the lead back down to 3 before Harris responds with a 3. Fish is going to have to lean on the starters to get this done tonight.