New York Knicks News Mix: Kristaps Porzingis
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis is an All-Star, but will he get drafted by LeBron James or Stephen Curry? The Knicks look to gear up for an important back-to-back.

Kristaps Porzingis has made his first All-Star Game. He joins Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal, Kevin Love, Al Horford, John Wall, and Kyle Lowry as a reserve for the Eastern Conference. Now the question is who will he get drafted by in the new All-Star Game format.

Unfortunately, the draft won’t be televised and the draft order won’t be released. That’s a complete shame and it would be awesome to get a behind the scenes look at who gets shafted. You can bet that there would be some intrigue there considering LeBron James will have the options of picking his current and former teammates in Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving respectively. On the flipside, Stephen Curry has three teammates he could possibly draft.

It would be awesome to get a chance to see the order of the picks at the very least. But it looks like NBA fans will have to wait until next year for that possibility.

Pivotal Back-to-Back

After two straight losses and two calamitous defensive performances against the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, the Knicks need to bounce back in a major way. In order to head home feeling good about themselves, Jeff Hornacek and his team desperately need to win at least one of their next two games.

They are failing and flailing. They’ve fallen to 3.5 games back of the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, but that number is deceiving. They are six games back in the loss column, which puts them in the unenviable position of needing teams ahead of them to start dropping games. Coincidentally the Knicks are also six games ahead in the loss column of the NBA-worst Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings.

Thursday night, they will face off against the Denver Nuggets who are currently the eight seed in the Western Conference and sit at 24-23. Look out for Nikola Jokic who is having another fantastic season. He’s averaging a double-double and the big man chips in five assists per game as well. He’s one of the best passing big men in basketball. NBA Twitter loves this guy so don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a glimpse why.

Friday, the Knicks will travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns. The Suns have struggled with some heavy drama this season when they fired their head coach and traded away one of their better players in Eric Bledsoe. Despite the Suns hanging out towards the bottom of the league standings, Devin Booker is enough of a reason to tune in.

Booker is a super talented offensive player and he could slice and dice this recently porous Knicks defense. They’re gonna have to avoid letting him get touches in the post against smaller defenders because he could eat the Knicks alive if they let that happen. Booker is averaging a career-high 25 points per game this season.

It’s make or break time for the Knicks.

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NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.