Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers 7:30 11/13/2017 [Game #13]


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Madison Square Garden, New York, NYMSG7:30 PM EST

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Injury Report

Cleveland CavaliersNew York Knicks
Derrick Rose - Left ankle sprain/soreness (OUT)No injuries to report for today
Isaiah Thomas - Right hip (OUT)-
Tristan Thompson - Left calf strain (OUT)-

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NEW YORK -- When the Cleveland Cavaliers head to Madison Square Garden on Monday night to face the New York Knicks, there are bound to be some awkward moments.

After all, LeBron James can't both play against the Knicks and be their general manager, can he?

James created headlines on Sunday after telling reporters that Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. -- who had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a 111-104 loss to the Cavaliers early that night -- "should be a Knick."

The thinly veiled jab at New York's selection of guard Frank Ntilikina, who with the eighth pick went one selection ahead of Smith in June's NBA Draft, elicited social media responses from the Knicks and sparked intense debate.

New York players and coaches responded after practice on Sunday, though Ntilikina seemed offensive least of all.

"I mean, I don't know why he made those comments, but all I can say is we love Frank, we're happy with him," Kristaps Porzingis told reporters. "He's doing a great job. He's playing great, and he's doing what he's supposed to. And I would not change Frank for anybody. Simple."

The return of Joakim Noah from a 20-game performance-enhancing drug suspension will add to the intensity of the matchup, the team's second of the season after a mid-October Knicks win.

Noah and James have a heated rivalry that goes back nearly a decade.

In order to make room for Noah, the Knicks released forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who was signed before last season and has played in just one game this year.

"The respect this franchise has for Mindaugas cannot be overstated," Knicks general manager Scott Perry said in a statement. "His professionalism and work ethic were greatly appreciated by his teammates, coaches and the entire staff.

"This decision was extremely tough for us. We wish him nothing but the best moving on with his playing career."

With Noah back in the fold, the Knicks appear to have one of the strongest frontcourts in the league.

Porzingis has blossomed into one of the NBA's top scoring threats. He is one of just three players averaging better than 30 points per game.

Enes Kanter has impressed in his first season with New York after being traded by Oklahoma City in the package that brought Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder. Kanter is averaging nearly 14 points and 11 rebounds and has played stellar defense, including that for Ntilikina on Sunday.

"I don't care who, I just cannot let anyone disrespect my family like that because when I play for an organization, I see my teammates and that organization as like a family," Kanter said. "And it doesn't matter if it's LeBron or whoever it is, I cannot just let him disrespect him like that.

"The coaches, the GMs, the president, this organization knows what they're doing.... I mean, come on. That's a rookie. You cannot just say anything like that about him."

While still not scoring much, Ntilikina has impressed of late with his defense and passing. He is averaging nearly seven assists and two steals in November games. The Knicks are 7-2 since Ntilikina returned from an early season ankle injury, including their 114-95 win over the Cavaliers on Oct. 29 when Porzinigis scored 32 points and James finished with 16.

( via STATS)


Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .... Good point in mentioning Lebron's comment bout our draft selection .. the way the Cavs guards been performing Lebron need the Mavs draft pick DSJ more than the Knicks to replace Kyrie scoring.

I know i mention several times i dont want Frank in the starter lineup as a rookie .. but for this one game vs Lebron i would like for coach Horn to put Frank in as the starting PG to play 30 minutes of relentless defense for another win over the Cavs.


Lebron must be an idiot:

Rachel Nichols tweets:

LeBron confirms of course he was taking a shot at Phil Jackson when he said the Knicks missed by not drafting Dennis Smith:
"For clarification of people who just live in a box & for Enes Kanter, who always?s got something to say. [shakes head] I don?t know what?s wrong with him."

Really? So what is it? You just wanted to stick it to a PHil without it coming off as you saying DSJ isn't better? Please explain that's lj.


Beating the Cavs 2 in a row is a real possibility. Cavs may put Lebron on KP for the entire game. KP has been unstoppable so I don't even think Lebron can stop him.


Wtf they cut Kuz for Noah and hes not even in uni tonight.

I like Kuz, but Noah's leadership n experience on the bench is better than our entire coaching staff.

Im looking for KP, Kanter, and Quinn to have high scoring games tonight .. Kanter is ready for a big night


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Lebron has no love for the Knicks and that's fine by me. He tried to clean up his comments and sorry his explanation doesn't fly with someone who is as conscious as he is.


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Looks like we're trying to push the ball but maybe a little too in haste as we're turning it over in transition. We're active though


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I?m depending on your guys play by play as I?m not ready to shell out for league pass. Still paying for my NFL Sunday Ticket:( Go Knicks!!!!


Frank elbows Lebron after his dunk. Lebron takes offense and Franks big brother Kanter comes in to give Lebron a piece of his mind. No T's though.