Game recap: Bucks 117 — Knicks 113

Result: The Knicks’ furious fourth quarter rally came up short after they trailed by 26 points in the third.

Need to Know: Carmelo Anthony, who was limping and visibly in discomfort in the third period, led the Knicks with 26 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 24 and Iman Shumpert, back after missing Sunday’s game with a bruised hip, finished with 21.

The Knicks outscored the Bucks 33-22 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Milwaukee’s 36-19 advantage in the second.

Milwaukee outrebounded the Knicks 44-28, 17-11 on the offensive end. Zaza Pachulia had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Milwaukee, which had six players in double figures.

The Knicks led 40-39 with 8:07 left in the second period before Milwaukee closed the half on a 27-9 run.

The Bucks take a 6-5 record to Brooklyn Wednesday when Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd returns to the Barclays Center. Milwaukee started last season 5-21.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Knicks visit Minnesota Wednesday night (8 p.m.) to wrap up a quick two-game Midwest trip.

Tonight’s Game: Knicks at Bucks

The Knicks are in Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Tuesday night.

The game is schedule for 8 p.m. on MSG and ESPN New York.

Quincy Acy, Carmelo Anthony, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and J.R. Smith are expected to start.

Iman Shumpert is questionable with a contused right hip. Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Cleanthony Early are all out.

Last Season’s Meetings

Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 22 points and 17 rebounds over 44 minutes. Andrea Bargnani posted 14 points and three rebounds over 19 minutes. Iman Shumpert added 12 points. Kevin Love led the Wolves with 34 points and 15 rebounds over 41 minutes. Kevin Martin recorded 30 scoring for the seventh time, while posting his sixth 20-point effort in 23 games since All-Star (10 overall). Carmelo Anthony posted his ninth consecutive 20-point effort with 23 points and a team high.

How much of an impact will Jose Calderon make when he returns?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

While the returns of Andrea Bargnani and Iman Shumpert may be near, the player the Knicks may need even more could be next.

The Knicks are coming off a commanding victory on Sunday afternoon, and very well could stand to build off such momentum. But the fact remains that in ten games prior, New York’s offense had been in disarray.

USATSI_8115444_110579513_lowresJose Calderon shouldn’t be considered a savior of sorts, but he’s a dependable and proven point guard, nonetheless. In preseason competition, he was making positive contributions for the Knicks in a number of different ways.

Eleven games in, and the team is still struggling to find a consistent secondary scorer to emerge next to Carmelo Anthony. Prior to his injury, Iman Shumpert was shooting the lights out, but hasn’t been known to keep up with such a hot streak in the past. The likes of J.R. Smith and Amar’e Stoudemire can both either score in bunches, or instead end up fading into the background.

Of course, Calderon stands to help New York’s offense pick up the slack. Coincidentally enough, the veteran was one of his team’s most aggressive players in the preseason. He was actively looking for his own shot — shooting mid-range jumpers off screens, knocking down the long ball, and even attacking the basket with the tear-drop layup as well.

Creating his own offense for a change, Calderon surprisingly emerged to provide the Knicks with that secondary scoring they often lack.

But the floor general’s biggest impact won’t come from his own offense, but much rather how he goes on to ensure his teammates shine, as well. Calderon can push the tempo and create easier shot opportunities for his teammates around the perimeter. The key to this will be everyone else’s ability to move efficiently without the ball, but hopefully Calderon can take command and play the role of choreographer to help them get to the right spots on the court. Spreading the floor will also make things easier for and take the pressure off Anthony. This should be Calderon’s primary goal upon hitting the hardwood.

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Cleanthony Early had knee scoped, out at least one month

Cleanthony Early had his knee scoped to “remove a loose body in his right knee,” the Knicks announced.

Early will be re-evaluated in a month before he can return to the court.

This season, Early is averaging 2.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 7.7 minutes per game. The rookie was a second-round pick (No. 34 overall) out of Wichita State in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The surgery was performed by team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

In most cases, the timing of such a surgery for a second-round rookie draft selection wouldn’t be as alarming.

This isn’t much of a big blow for the Knicks, but nevertheless, it’s been interesting to see how head coach Derek Fisher has utilized Early thus far.

Over the first eleven games, New York has obviously been involved in their fair share of games that have gone down to the wire. As such, Coach Fisher has an increasing amount of experience coaching final-second situations in tightly contested games.

Proving to be mindful enough to actively swap out players on offense and defense during such situations, Fisher has called upon Early to defend. While the biggest reason for this is obviously to keep some of the team’s more important players out of foul trouble, it still puts some important responsibility on Early’s shoulders early on. There are surely other players to choose from, but Fisher has looked the rookie’s way on multiple occasions in limited spurts.

The Westchester Knicks host their home opener this coming Wednesday, November 19th. With Early being actively utilized by Fisher, it wasn’t a sure bet to see the young gun down in the NBA D-League too often to start off the season. But perhaps as he makes his way back to the court from this surgery, he’ll go on to hit the minor league hardwood first to shake some of the rust off when the time comes.

Talk with Phil Jackson provided ‘clarity’ for Carmelo Anthony

Finally, the Zen Master has made his presence felt.

Though he isn’t coaching the New York Knicks, it has not stopped Phil Jackson from letting his voice be heard as the team attempts to climb out of a 3-8 hole.

In an interview with ESPN New York, Carmelo Anthony said he had a conversation with Jackson to gain some “clarity” on his role in the triangle offense, and as a result led to Anthony dropping 28 points to snap a seven-game losing skid.

“We had a great conversation, a very positive conversation,” Anthony said. “It gave me some clarity whether it was in the system, whether it was things I should do out there for myself, whether it was things I should do out there for the players, for my teammates … I took it extremely well.”

Anthony had made 44 percent of his shots over the previous four games prior to Sunday night’s victory. That includes a two-game stretch in which Anthony missed 31 of 41 attempts.

On Sunday, things began to turn around for ‘Melo. He scored 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. He also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out three assists.

“In my mindset, I’m thinking about it as if it’s any offense,” Anthony added. “Go out there and still play my game within the system that’s being implemented. I’m still learning the system, I’m still getting better at it. Each day I’m still challenging myself to figure some things out. I know it’s going to take some time but, as of right now, I’m becoming more comfortable as the days go on.”

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If such is the case, Jackson needs be more hands-on with his team. The triangle isn’t exactly the easiest system to understand, especially for a handful of veterans use to play different styles of basketball throughout their careers.

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are among the handful of superstars that will always credit Jackson for helping morph them into some of the best basketball players to ever take the court. Jackson’s next project has to be Anthony, who seems receptive to Jackson’s advice and tutelage, which bodes well for Knicks fans.

Shumpert to test hip during shootaround Tuesday

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

After missing Sunday’s win over the Denver Nuggets, Knicks guard Iman Shumpert will give his contused right hip a go during shootaround on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

“[It's] a lot better, each day it’s getting a lot better,” Shumpert said Monday. “I’m going to give it a go tomorrow in shootaround and see how it’s feeling.”

Shumpert injured the hip 55 seconds into Friday’s loss to the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden and instantly fell to the floor.

“It was a bump in the air,” he said of how the injury occurred. To read more of this story, click here

Knicks’ Bargnani could make debut Saturday vs. Sixers

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Knicks big man Andrea Bargnani could make his season debut on Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers after battling a hamstring injury through the early part of the season.

Bargnani practiced Monday for the first time since training camp.

“I can’t wait to play,” the former No. 1 pick said after practice Monday. “As soon as the doctor tells me that I’m cleared to go, I can go.”

He added that he “felt good doing everything” in practice. To read more of this story, click here