New York Knicks News Mix, 3/26/17: Tanking in San Antonio, More Joakim Noah (Highlights)
Mar 25, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose (25) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Jonathon Simmons (17) during the second half at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks went into full on tank mode in their road loss to the San Antonio Spurs and more news is out on Joakim Noah‘s suspension.

The New York Knicks finished their four-game road trip winless after a Saturday night loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Derrick Rose returned to the lineup to try and ease some pressure off Kristaps Porzingis, but without Carmelo Anthony (sore knee) and Lance Thomas (sore hip) for the second straight game, there wasn’t enough firepower.

Porzingis struggled again. He committed four fouls in a bizarre first half which he again looked out of sync without Anthony. Surprisingly, he didn’t foul out, but he only played 26 minutes and shot 3 of 8 from the field with 12 points.

MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard torched the Knicks for 29 points on 11 of 18 shooting including 4 of 6 on threes. Without Anthony to make him work on defense, this one was too easy for Leonard.

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The triangle was in full force on Saturday night. New York only attempted ten shots from three-point range (they went 3-10) while San Antonio decided to go more modern launching 25 shots from beyond the arc. They made ten.

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Willy Hernangomez had himself a night. The rookie scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds becoming only the third Knicks rookie in the last 30-plus years to reach those numbers. The other two are Porzingis and the great Patrick Ewing.

The Knicks made big headlines off the court this weekend when Joakim Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy. Details of Noah’s situation were released on Saturday.

The former Defensive Player of the Year tested positive for a testosterone booster called Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033. He will not appeal the suspension.

Kristaps Porzingis told Al Iannazzone of Newsday, before the San Antonio debacle, that he wants to learn how to be the focal point of the offense.

“I’m trying to learn how to be the guy, how to be the focal point,” Porzingis said after the game. “Make a play or create a shot for myself. I’m still working on that. I still have a lot to learn. That’s one thing as I keep growing as a player I’ll have to learn and be better at.”

Saturday night was more proof that the unicorn still has a long way to go before he can carry a team by himself.

ESNY’s Robbie Stratakos explained why Kentucky Wildcats point guard De’Aaron Fox would make such a great fit next to Porzingis.

Up Next: The Knicks return home to host the sliding Detroit Pistons (34-39) on Monday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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