Knicks injury report

Knicks injury report for tonight’s game against Charlotte:

Out: Andrea Bargnani (strained right calf) and Jose Calderon (contused left knee)

Questionable: Carmelo Anthony (recovery)

Amar’e Stoudemire is available



Today’s game: Knicks vs Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets are in town to play the Knicks this afternoon.

Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and can be seen on the MSG network.

Tim Hardaway Jr., Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith, Jose Calderon, and Cleanthony Early are today’s Knicks starting lineup.

Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire are inactive for the Knicks and Al Jefferson is out for the Hornets.

Game Notes:

The Knicks are looking to end their current 14-game home losing streak. While the Hornets are trying to increase their winning streak to a season-high five games.

Kemba Walker is averaging 30.8 points during this Hornets four-game winning streak.

This will be the first career start for the Knicks rookie Cleanthony Early.

In their first matchup this season, The Hornets won 96-93 on Nov. 3. A repeat performance seems unlikely given that Anthony and Stoudemire, who are both sidelined, combined for 45 points in that game.




Game recap: Bucks 95 – Knicks 82

Recap: With the Knicks 95-82 loss to the Bucks, they have now dropped 11 straight games.

Need to know: The Bucks (18-17) had a well balanced scoring attack as five players scored in double figures to beat the Knicks easily.

Brandon Knight had a game-high 17 points and five assists. Zaza Pachulia and Giannis Antetokounmpo each added 16 points.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks (5-31) with 17 points. New York has now lost a franchise-record 10 straight home games. They are one loss away from tying the team’s 1985 record for most consecutive losses.

Links: AP | Box score

What’s next: The Knicks travel to Memphis to play the Grizzles tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

Quincy Acy suspended for one game

Quincy Acy has been suspended for one game after committing a flagrant foul two on John Wall yesterday (Isola, Dec. 26).

There was skirmish that followed the foul which has also led to Wall being fined $15,000 for his participation.

Acy will miss tomorrow nights game against the Sacramento Kings.

Game recap: Mavs 107 — Knicks 87

Recap: The Knicks couldn’t recover from a poor start Tuesday as their home losing streak reached six.

Need to Know: Derek Fisher pulled all five Knicks starters after Dallas jumped out to a 29-13 lead with 4:44 left in the first quarter. The Knicks kept it competitive until the fourth quarter, when the Mavs pulled away.

Dallas won it from beyond the arc, where they were 15-for-33. The Knicks were just 5-for-21.

It was the Knicks’ worst loss in the home losing streak. The previous five were decided by seven or fewer.

Before Tuesday, New York was averaging just 91.3 points at home, the lowest average in the NBA.

The Mavs’ Tyson Chandler had eight points and 14 rebounds in his return to the Garden.

J.R. Smith (foot) did not dress.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s next: The Knicks visit Chicago to face the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. To read more of this story, click here

Will Travis Wear continue to make an impact for Knicks?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Two months ago, Travis Wear was going through the motions at NBA training camp, otherwise expecting to be waived by the Knicks and subsequently suit up for their D-League affiliate in Westchester.

Everyone else was widely expecting this, too.

But as many of New York’s players struggled to find their way in the new triangle offense (following a 4-13 start to the campaign, it’s safe to say many still are), Wear surprisingly emerged with an understanding for the system. He can spread the floor effectively and create problems for opposing defenses. At 6’10” and 225 pounds, he still has the prowess necessary to knock down the corner midrange jumper in transition with ease.

Since playing defensive stopper to LeBron James in arguably the Knicks’ most impressive victory this season last month, Wear has appeared in games rather sporadically, but somehow always manages to make a positive impact along the way. He’s proven to be a more than capable defender, and his offensive ability speaks for itself. He’s a good fit in the triangle. Perhaps the most staggering proof came on Friday night, when the forward stood as the only Knickerbocker with a positive plus/minus during the Thunder’s romp of New York. Wear owned a +11 in 15 minutes of play.

The question is, how long will such success last? Will it be short-lived, or will Wear continue to carve out a role for himself in this team’s rotation? When will opposing teams discover the book on the young gun?

When opponents eventually figure Wear out (and subsequently cover him and close off the passing lanes), it’ll be interesting to see how, or if, he adjusts. Can he prove to be more than simply a one-dimensional player?

That remains to be seen. But as Carmelo Anthony fights off the injury bug and the Knicks’ struggles continue, it’s clear the team is in desperate need of some help on the offensive end. And while that’s likely to come in the form of players like Amar’e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, and Tim Hardaway Jr. eventually stepping up and finding their respective ways, it’s worth noting that a player like Wear is obviously occupying a spot that could go to someone else with more to offer.

Now of course, the fifteenth man on a team’s roster isn’t likely to make any world-shattering impact. Whoever takes up that spot shouldn’t be considered a savior of sorts. Having said that, the Knicks could clearly use help in any form they can get it at this point.

Wear has been extremely solid this season, so it’ll be interesting to see if he continues to perform. But in the meantime as he aims to prove his worth even more, there will assumedly be other players attempting to break the door down and steal his spot along the way.

Take Orlando Sanchez, a fellow 2014-15 Knicks’ training camp invitee, for example. The St. John’s alum turned in one of the better performances by a D-League big man (this season) just last week against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He scored 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and added three blocks.

As camp began, New York brass believed Sanchez could be a steady fit in the triangle. He’s athletic, lengthy, versatile on the offensive end, but perhaps most importantly, can run the ball up the floor and find his teammates in transition. That’s quite an impressive attribute for a 6’9″ forward to have.

The minor leaguer is continuing to develop his game and gain more confidence in Westchester. He may not have as consistent of a midrange jumper as Wear, but Sanchez stands to be a more versatile player moving forward.

Is a player like Sanchez the answer to all of the Knicks’ prayers? Probably not, but neither is Wear. As the team continues to search for potential solutions to their problems, it’s worth noting that perhaps Wear is in a vulnerable spot, nonetheless. It’ll be interesting to see how he can continues to respond to the pressure.

Melo out, Westbrook returns for OKC

Carmelo Anthony has been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Head coach Derek Fisher said Anthony is making progress and would not rule him out for Sunday’s game against Miami. (Berman, Nov. 28)

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks announced Russell Westbrook will be in the starting lineup.  Westbook has been out since suffering a fracture in his hand during the second game of the season.

There were suspicions that Kevin Durant would make his season debut tonight but he has been ruled out as well.