The New York Knicks attempt to halt a nine-game skid when they visit the struggling Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. The game will be the second under interim coach Mike Miller, who replaced the fired David Fizdale after the club's porous 4-18 start.
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Miller, a former college and G League head coach, almost won in his debut before the team succumbed 104-103 to the Indiana Pacers when forward Julius Randle split two free throws with 0.1 seconds to play. "You get in those games, you've got to make another play and we just didn't make another play," Miller said afterward. "Loved the effort. That was fun." Portland dropped three of its past four games and shot 36 percent from the field during Sunday's 108-96 home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. "I just thought our urgency wasn't where it needed to be," star point guard Damian Lillard said afterward. "... Then the ball's not going in so we don't lock in and stay sharp on the defensive end. We just allowed them to do pretty much what they wanted."
TV: 10 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), NBCS Northwest (Portland)
ABOUT THE KNICKS (4-19): Miller has seen some bad habits from the Knicks this season and is hoping to curb patterns of inconsistency. "We have a high character group of players, they're professional, they come in and work every day," Miller told reporters. "The message is we want to be more consistent. And we're going to be more consistent in what we do and how we work play to play and possession to possession." Forward Marcus Morris scored 25 points in the loss to Indiana for his 12th 20-point outing of the season.
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (9-15): Portland went 9-of-33 from 3-point range in the loss to the Thunder and Lillard is frustrated with some of the things he is seeing. "We're a team that if the ball's not going in, we gotta be getting to the 50-50 balls, we can't be letting teams get second and third opportunities," Lillard said. "We foul every 30 seconds. I mean we are doing a lot of things as a team that are putting us at a disadvantage." Lillard scored 26 points but he was one of the cold shooters by going 8-of-24 from the field, including 2-of-12 from 3-point range.
1. The Trail Blazers won the past five meetings.
2. New York SG Wayne Ellington (Achilles) could miss his second straight game.
3. Portland F Carmelo Anthony was just 4-of-18 shooting versus Oklahoma City and is 8-of-31 over the past two games.
News Breaking News
Portland Trail Blazers
- LegLate Feb | out
Nurkic is recovering from surgeries to repair compact fractures in both his left tibia and fibula. He is expected to be out of action until after the All-Star break.
- AnkleProb Sun | probable
McCollum has missed the last three games with a sprained left ankle, but it is likely he will return Sunday versus the Pacers.
- GroinProb Thurs | probable
Whiteside has a groin contusion but is expected to take the court Thursday versus the Mavericks.
- AcquiredProb Wed | probable
Bazemore was recently acquired via a trade and is expected to make his debut against the Pistons on Wednesday.
- AcquiredProb Wed | probable
Tolliver is projected to be available for Wednesday's contest versus the Pistons despite being recently acquired through a trade.
- IllnessProb Sat | probable
Lillard is ailing from an illness but is expected to take the court against the Thunder on Saturday.
- IllnessQues Sat | questionable
Trent Jr. exited the previous game with an illness, and it is unknown if he will be available for Saturday's contest against the Thunder.
- Illnessday-to-day | questionable
Lillard has an upper-respiratory illness, and it is unknown if it will impede his status for Friday's game against the Mavericks.
New York Knicks
- ThumbProb Mon | probable
Gallinari sat out the last game due to left thumb soreness, but he is expected to play against the Mavericks on Monday.
- AnkleEarly Feb | out
Barrett suffered a right ankle sprain, and he is expected to be out until at least the early part of February.
- AnkleProb Wed | probable
Morris Sr. sustained a right ankle sprain in the previous game, but he is likely to be available for Wednesday's battle versus the Lakers.
- IllnessProb Wed | probable
Ellington missed his second straight game due to illness, but he is likely to face the Lakers on Wednesday.
- ObliqueProb Wed | probable
Smith is out of commission due to a left oblique strain. He is expected to return to action Wednesday against the Lakers.
- RestOut Sat | out
Gallinari will not be available for Saturday's matchup versus the Trail Blazers as he is to be rested.
- NeckProb Sat | probable
Bullock was absent from the lineup during the last game with neck soreness, but he is likely to take the court Saturday versus the 76ers.
- NeckProb Thurs | probable
Morris Sr. has been absent from the lineup with a sore neck. It is anticipated that he will return to the fold Thursday against the Suns.