Nets receive blunt reminder of how badly they played vs. Knicks

On the court, it was a light day for the Nets. Off of it, something else entirely. “Today was very tough,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. He spent a good portion of Tuesday’s practice illustrating what went wrong in the fourth quarter of Monday’s ugly, 15-point home loss to

Trey Burke gives a brief glimpse at everything Knicks wanted

Trey Burke brought a new look at point guard — even if it was only for eight minutes. Making his Knicks debut, the newly signed jitterbug sparked the Knicks in a six-minute stint during the second quarter. Burke, the former Jazz lottery bust, showed a terrific handle — a

One star caught in Clippers-Rockets feud could switch sides

The most anticipated game on the upcoming NBA schedule is clearly happening Feb. 28, because that’s the next time the Rockets and Clippers play. It also will be at Staples Center, in case Chris Paul needs to plan any other covert postgame operations against his former team. If the

Celtics legend, Hall of Famer Jo Jo White dies at 71

BOSTON — Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died. He was 71. The Celtics announced his death Tuesday night. No cause was provided. The team says it is “terribly saddened” by White’s passing, calling him

What a Knicks sell-off would look like after Hornacek clue

As the Knicks head west to finish up what’s billed as a make-or-break, seven-game road trip, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek warned the media to slow its roll. Perhaps Hornacek’s statement should have been uttered by the new Knicks regime. Hornacek said a mouthful after the Knicks started their trip

Hornacek picks good time to lay out Porzingis’ path to greatness

With criticism mounting about Kristaps Porzingis’ long-term durability, Jeff Hornacek quickly came to the 7-foot-3 Latvian’s defense on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Monday’s was the 26 best-looking points Porzingis has scored in a while, and it came at a perfect time. Even before the Nets game, Hornacek put

Nets’ outside shooting let them down against bigger Knicks

Joe Tsai — expected to become the Nets’ new co-owner — made a rare visit to Barclays Center to watch his future team play. What he saw was the Nets get bullied and beat up, losing 119-104 to the rival Knicks. What he saw was their building get taken

Leave It to Jennifer Lopez to Make a Turtleneck Look This Damn Fabulous

If you ever wanted to dress up for a basketball game, just look to Jennifer Lopez for some inspiration. The songstress never leaves the house without looking glamorous, and her latest courtside outfit proves just that. After recently wearing a fuzzy vest at a basketball game, Jennifer attended another match

The Cavaliers have realized their bleak reality

The Cavaliers might be doomed. Following their 118-108 loss to the Warriors on Monday night, multiple players voiced their concerns to media outlets about a growing discontent that the Cavs have too many problems to fix to get back to their championship-seeking ways. The frustrated voices, which included “prominent players,”

Chris Paul covertly storming Clippers’ locker room broke Shaq

After the game is when the games began. The Clippers beat the Rockets in Los Angeles on Monday in what otherwise would be remembered as an intriguing and heated battle between Chris Paul and his former team, in which a jawing, inactive Austin Rivers got under the Rockets’ skin

Ntilikina’s breakout game shows Knicks what’s been missing

The three previous games it was noticeable. Very noticeable. But the struggles for Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina extended beyond the losses to the Bulls, Timberwolves and Pelicans when he shot a combined 1 of 8, scored two points and committed nine turnovers against eight assists. “The last few games,

Knicks’ newest point guard hope is here

The worst-kept secret of the week became official Sunday when the Knicks announced they had signed point guard Trey Burke. After waiving Ramon Sessions on Saturday to create a roster spot, the Knicks inked the 2013 Jazz lottery pick to a contract before a 123-118 overtime loss to the

Knicks paying today for Tim Hardaway Jr.’s game yesterday

With the Knicks remaining cautious after he soared over his minutes limit in Sunday’s overtime loss to New Orleans, Tim Hardaway Jr. sat out Monday’s second leg of a back-to-back against the Nets. After playing 25 minutes in his return Friday in Minnesota and an extended 33 minutes in

The Markelle Fultz enigma is getting very weird

Markelle Fultz’s shoulder is allegedly fixed, but his jumper is still broken. Footage surfaced over the weekend of Fultz, the 76ers’ jeweled No. 1-overall draft pick, trying to nail jump shots at practice, and it looked more like a shot-put heave than a basketball shot. Fultz, wearing the No. 20

Porzingis busts through slump as Knicks run away from Nets

Kristaps Porzingis played his most efficient game of 2018, and the Knicks continued to have the Nets’ number. In starting out their seven-game road trip with a bang, the slumping Knicks manhandled the Nets, 119-104, in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Barclays Center. Porzingis poured in 26

NBA star publicly denies girlfriend offer from “married’ fan

Apparently one fan of Devin Booker’s isn’t well versed in the pages of “He’s Just Not That into You.” During a rapid-fire Q&A Sunday with his Twitter followers, the Phoenix Suns guard answered a few pressing questions ranging from his favorite J. Cole song to his shoe size. After

The Grammys are breaking a Knicks MLK Day tradition

Blame the Grammys. The game is only a borough away, but the Knicks-Nets Monday match at Barclays Center will break the Garden’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day streak at 30 years. The Knicks have staged an MLK Day matinee at the Garden every season since 1987, with some memorable contests

Knicks had no answers for Anthony Davis in brutal beat

The shot that let Anthony Davis know he was locked in didn’t even count. Just after the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter, with his team trailing the Knicks by 14, the Pelicans star heaved a full-court shot that swished through the net. “You never really make those,” Davis

Nets will be able to get Jeremy Lin replacement they need

The Nets will file for a Disabled Player Exception on Jeremy Lin by Monday’s application deadline, a source told The Post. The move will give the team an extra $6 million in cap room to use to help replace Lin. The point guard suffered a torn patella tendon in

Ranking latest punishing Knicks loss in pantheon of heartbreak

Google Milt Palacio. Until Sunday, Palacio represented as stinging a loss as a New York-area team has experienced. Like ever. It was against the Nets, who won all of 26 games in 2000-01. But of the 56 defeats suffered that season, none were tougher to take than that loss

Kristaps Porzingis gives Knicks big reason to worry about future

Call him Mr. November. The Knicks have a lot of issues, but none more concerning than what to make about Kristaps Porzingis’ third straight post-Christmas decline. The entire franchise is built upon Porzingis becoming a superstar for the ages, contending for greatest-Knick-ever status. And while he should become a perennial

Hornacek threatens changes after ripping into Knicks

Forty-seven seconds into the second half, Jeff Hornacek called timeout and proceeded to rip into his players on the bench. A wide-open Anthony Davis jump shot infuriated the Knicks coach, continuing a pattern of sloppy starts in the third quarter. He’s not going to stand for it much longer. “We

The Ball brothers’ pro debut was embarrassing

PANEVEZYS, Lithuania — LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball went scoreless in their pro basketball debut, finishing a combined 0 for 7. The younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball played in the Lithuanian league for BC Prienai on Saturday. Their team lost 95-86 to Lietkabelis Panevezys. LiAngelo went 0

Nets big comeback falls just short in OT loss to Wizards

WASHINGTON — On the second night of a back-to-back, on the road against a playoff team, the Nets needed to get a decent start. What they got was a start so bad that even their stirring second-half rally — and last-ditch shot that forced overtime — wasn’t enough to

Nets rebound from Pistons debacle with gritty road win

ATLANTA — The Nets ended the first half of the season with a humiliating loss to the Pistons that left a bad taste in their mouths. They opened the second half Friday night with a sweet come-from-behind 110-105 win over the Hawks. “It was big-time, because we’ve had a

Tim Hardaway Jr. “surprised’ he felt so good in first game back

MINNEAPOLIS — He wasn’t so rusty. Tim Hardaway Jr. said he did felt better than he expected despite the Knicks’ losing upon his return, 118-108, at the Target Center on Friday. After missing almost six weeks and 20 games with a stress reaction in his lower left leg, Hardaway was

Warriors barely escape with win in Stephen Curry’s return

TORONTO — After a huge first half, Stephen Curry and the Warriors had to hold on late to wrap up their eighth straight win over Toronto. Curry returned from a two-game absence to score 24 points, Klay Thompson had 26 and the Warriors blew nearly all of a 27-point

One Nets veteran comes up big in rare start

WASHINGTON — With Nets center Tyler Zeller out for Saturday’s 119-113 overtime loss to the Wizards with a sore hip, Quincy Acy got his first start of the year, and just his second in 70 games as a Net. He finished with eight points, six rebounds and hit a