Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/4/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


And as the once unstoppable offensive threat ages and slows down, it may be time for the New York Knicks to move on from Anthony. With early mock drafts and draft boards, getting into the top-seven should be the goal for the Knicks. With 36.4 minutes per game in 2002-03, he not only led the team in playing time, but he was clearly the overall leader of that team in general.

Anthony finished with 23 points.

Courtney Lee dropped 14 points, Maurice Ndour registered a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds), and Justin Holiday scored 12 off the bench. The Knicks will be Porzingis' team - perhaps beginning next season. We asked you on Twitter, and in this PBT Extra I break down the results. So the second-year big man has yet to prove he can be a franchise player or go-to guy.

On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102.6 points, 45.9 rebounds and 22.2 assists per game. Three seasons and 163 losses later, the Knicks are no closer to being competitive than they were when Jackson agreed to his five-year deal. "He's made great strides and he's heading that way", Hornacek said.

But those were the players taking the Bulls to school, when the Bulls were the ones who apparently had something to play for, when they came in on a season-high four game winning streak. Phil deserves his share no doubt about it but so do these players, especially Carmelo Anthony. "You don't know what writing is on the wall, though, but I see what writing is on the wall". Need I remind everyone that Allen Iverson carried his Philadelphia teams year-after-year to the playoffs without much help - including the 2001 National Basketball Association finals where his second best player was arguably Eric Snow.

Hornacek said Porzingis has "done well" adjusting to that.

Melo says "I can't wait" when it comes to playing in the Triangle after Jackson is hired. NY is getting its young players more involved over the final weeks of the season and will have a chance to impact the playoff races with remaining games against Chicago, Washington, Memphis and Toronto. I can't count how many times I've heard this over the course of the year.

The Knicks were without Kristaps Porzingis, along with former Bulls Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, but they still dominated thanks to a much stronger effort overall.

"We were in the locker room and we had a feeling that these guys were ready to go", Hornacek said.

According to the Knicks, Rose has not yet scheduled his surgery on his torn meniscus.

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