Courtney Lee's big game not enough as Knicks fall to Cleveland

Porzingis was seen hobbling back to the locker room at halftime during Thursday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and was wearing a walking boot after the game. The vague timetable given likely leaves him out for at least Saturday's game against Philadelphia, but it's probably unlikely that he makes a return Monday against the Raptors.

Now, in the second half of the season, the former MVP must find a way to help the New York Knicks reach the playoffs after a season with more turns than a roller coaster.

Lee led the way for the Knicks, scoring 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and a steal in 36 1/2 minutes of work.

I watched this game with a friend who doesn't follow the NBA and was heretofore lucky enough to be completely unaware of anything related to the New York Knicks basketball franchise.

In his second season, Porzingis is averaging 18.1 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting at a 38 percent clip from distance.

Only this time time it fell on February 23, the trade deadline - a day the Cavs traded for neither a backup point guard nor a big man.

"I had to get our guys involved, especially the second group", James said about his assist total.

While none of the Cavaliers starters hit three-pointers in the first quarter, Korver and Jefferson combined to knock down two of their three attempts from beyond the arc in reserve roles.

According to reporters at Thursday's game, Oakley was a guest of a local attorney who has season tickets, but after he arrived, Gilbert invited the burly ex-forward to sit next to him.

NY had sliced into the Wine and Gold's edge throughout the third quarter and got to within eight - 87-79 - heading into the fourth. He looked at me-with a veil of disgust, perhaps with a mix of fright and shame.

"We always think we have a shot until it's mathematically impossible", Jeff Hornacek said. "A long time ago we played for the Wizards and he was like, 'We got what we got.' That was just like a little joke".

  • Julie Sanders