Knicks’ defense an utter disgrace in Lakers embarrassment

LOS ANGELES — The Knicks left their hearts in Utah. In a disgraceful defensive outing in a Sunday matinee at Staples Center, the Knicks were routed in the second half by the depleted, rebuilding Lakers, 127-107. The Lakers’ young prospects had their way with Jordan Clarkson notching 29 points and

The flaws exposing Knicks roster near trade deadline

SALT LAKE CITY — There was anger in the Knicks’ locker room late Wednesday night and anger in Jeff Hornacek’s voice after their 105-99 meltdown in Memphis. Perhaps they were hit by the realization of a playoff race slipping away into a developmental phase. Whispers are another few terrible

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

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

Michael Beasley’s fate is sealed, and he knows it

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Beasley apparently couldn’t score enough buckets to ensure a permanent spot in the rotation once Tim Hardaway Jr. is back to full minutes. Hardaway is questionable for the Knicks’ game Friday against the Timberwolves, but will play limited minutes if he does. Hornacek said once Hardaway

The Knicks’ offense has its Carmelo problem again

The ball is sticking for the Knicks. And no one can blame Carmelo Anthony this time. Coach Jeff Hornacek acknowledged after practice Thursday the Knicks’ offense lately has become overreliant on Kristaps Porzingis and Michael Beasley. This has led to some predictability and stagnation in the offense with the

Michael Beasley claims taunting isn’t how he got hurt

No taunt. Michael Beasley denied he was glaring at the Miami bench in overtime as he tripped over Wayne Ellington at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday, spraining his left ankle. Beasley missed most of the overtime in the Knicks’ loss, then missed Sunday’s win in Dallas. He wore a walking boot

Michael Beasley won’t change who he is for anyone

Knicks sixth man Michael Beasley takes a shot at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: Your kids are ages 8, 7, 6 and 5. A: It’s nothing for them to Google my name and read something that they’re not supposed to be reading, or something that I’m not

Michael Beasley reopens wound with coach who didn’t “believe’

MIAMI — Michael Beasley has bounced around in the NBA, but often he’s bounced right back to the Heat. Three times. When the sliding Knicks (18-20) face the scorching Heat on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena, Beasley will face his former team with some pangs of regret. Not once in Miami

Beasley hurt late, Porzingis struggles as Knicks fall in OT

MIAMI — Only Michael Beasley could go from potential hero to unfortunate exit when the Knicks needed him most. In his return to AmericanAirlines Arena, Beasley kept his offensive tear going and appeared to be carrying the Knicks to victory. Suddenly, Beasley had to limp off the court with

Knicks have a second half to forget in ugly loss to Wizards

WASHINGTON — The collapse started in the final seconds of the first half Wednesday, when the Knicks watched Washington’s John Wall chase down an offensive rebound and hit a tie-breaking buzzer beater. The bad vibe kept rolling to start the second half as the Knicks looked absolutely disinterested and

Michael Beasley couldn’t coax Knicks out of poor shooting night

You barely break 90 points. You just nudge over 40 percent shooting for the game. You normally don’t have anyone to be considered an offensive standout. But the .402-shooting, 100-91-losing Knicks in their effort Tuesday against the Spurs at the Garden, actually received a strong offensive game from Michael

Knicks fall below .500 with another crushing loss to Spurs

The Knicks returned home Tuesday from a three-game road trip, but often times it didn’t feel that way. A Garden flush with international tourists frequently burst out into their own twist of “Ole,” chanting a sing-song: “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole Manuuu, Manuu.” It went on right to the

Knicks overwhelmed by Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — The Knicks were just relieved they weren’t blown out of Alamo City. They received a holiday gift from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who rested superstar Kawhi Leonard on Thursday night for what the Spurs termed as “return from injury management.’’ Popovich made the right call and the

Kristaps Porzingis gets his mojo back

DETROIT — After scoring 28 points more than he did a night earlier, Kristaps Porzingis said he knows he’s on the right track. Bouncing back from a his NBA-worst 0-for-11, one-point outing in which he got benched for Michael Beasley in a win over the Celtics on Thursday, Porzingis

Frank Ntilikina contained Kyrie Irving when it mattered most

Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina got his first experience facing Kyrie Irving, and it went better than he could have hoped. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with Ntilikina in the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Celtics, and the rookie made the West Orange, N.J., great work hard.

Knicks show grit they’ll need to maintain for this tough stretch

Consider the obstacles for the Knicks. The opponents were the Boston Celtics, owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference. Yes, for one night Thursday the Celtics had a simply awful second unit and played on the second half of a back-to-back. But still, the best record in

Michael Beasley explodes for 32 as Knicks stun Celtics

The festive Garden crowd chanted “M-V-P’’ when the Knicks’ gangly power forward stepped to the free-throw line during his second-half rampage. The serenade, however, was for Michael Beasley — not the 0-for-11 shooting Kristaps Porzingis. Up was down and down was up Thursday at the Garden. Beasley continued his stunning

Brad Stevens not surprised by the Knicks’ improvement

It didn’t exactly begin well for the 2017-18 Knicks. They opened the season 0-3, capped off by an ugly, uninspiring 110-89 blowout loss in Boston. But those days are long gone. After a few tweaks, mainly inserting point guard Jarrett Jack into the starting lineup, the Knicks bounced back, and after

Dissecting Knicks’ road woes, which they can no longer run from

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Five thoughts on Monday’s queasy 109-91 Knicks loss in the Queen City: 1. The Knicks’ home-road statistical differentials are staggering, so it’s no surprise the records are so disparate. The Knicks are second in the NBA in home wins with a 14-5 record, but Monday’s meltdown dropped

The discovery that led to Michael Beasley’s Knicks breakout

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With Michael Beasley’s December rejuvenation, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek has discovered he’s more “comfortable’’ playing power forward than small forward. Beasley started for the second straight game Monday at power forward in place of the injured Kristaps Porzingis and scored a team-high 23 points in a

Knicks not ruling out a Kristaps Porzingis return versus Hornets

On Saturday, there was a notion Kristaps Porzingis — who is recovering from a sore left knee that he tweaked against the Nets — would be available to play against the Thunder. False alarm. Now for Monday’s game in Charlotte, where the Knicks will seek a fifth straight victory,

How Michael Beasley stole Carmelo Anthony’s night

Michael Beasley welcomed the challenge of going against his idol, Carmelo Anthony. He said he grew up watching Anthony and was intrigued by his moves. So Saturday in a starting role for the Knicks against Anthony and the Thunder, Beasley got a chance to go one-on-one with one of

Carmelo homecoming wrecked by dominant Knicks victory

Carmelo Anthony couldn’t have everything. The ex-Knick got a rousing welcome during player introductions that included a stirring video montage, then the night went downhill from there, crashing and burning. Anthony would find himself in a familiar spot — a loser at the Garden. Booed almost every time he touched

No foul trouble, no problem in Beasley’s big finish

In his previous game, Michael Beasley received a standing ovation from the Garden crowd. For fouling out in 9:49, which really takes some doing. But Tuesday, Beasley had the Garden crowd in a frenzy because of what he did when the game mattered most. And that was not just staying

Knicks can’t stop raving about Enes Kanter’s dedication

Enes Kanter showed up for the Knicks game with the Hawks on Sunday on crutches. So naturally, he started. “If you’re going to make the playoffs, you’re going to make some sacrifices,” said Kanter, who was feeling the effects of getting kneed in the hip Saturday in Chicago — an

Knicks’ many flaws exposed, and season in early jeopardy

Hey, it was nice while it lasted. On Monday in Indianapolis, the Knicks sank below .500 at 11-12 for the first time since Nov. 1. There are ominous signs that perhaps they’ll never see the north side of .500 again after losing five of six. And that’s despite playing their

The Kristaps Porzingis backup plan is proving he belongs

A walking bucket. That’s what Michael Beasley labeled himself back in August. And when called upon, the 6-foot-9 forward has looked like the scorer believes he is. Making his third start of the season for Kristaps Porzingis (sprained right ankle, illness) on Sunday, Beasley notched a team-high 21 points

Knicks look lost on both ends of the court in lifeless defeat

INDIANAPOLIS — The Knicks are officially losers again and December is shaping up as less than merry. The Knicks were without their top two scorers in Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., but coach Jeff Hornacek would not give his team a pass for being lifeless on defense. With a

Knicks can’t find their old Garden magic as slump worsens

The Knicks are slumping. The buzz of electricity that had echoed through Madison Square Garden in the early stages of this surprising season was replaced by groans and scattered boos Monday night as the sluggish Knicks easily were handled by the Trail Blazers 103-91 for their third straight loss. The