Lance Thomas was back with the Knicks on Monday wearing a protective mask, but coach Jeff Hornacek said the reserve swingman is about a week away from playing in games. According to the Knicks, Thomas is still suffering from headaches and concussion-like symptoms after fracturing his orbital bone one week ago. Thomas, who was putting up shots but did not go through shootaround Monday, has already passed concussion protocol.
Storyline: Lance Thomas Injury
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He is ignoring the week that was, the anger he felt a week earlier when someone showed him the article written by Phil Jackson’s long-time friend and confidant, Charley Rosen, the brief meeting two days later when he would reiterate to Jackson, the Knicks’ president, that he wants to remain in New York — as long as the team wanted him. “I don’t know. I’m done kind of worrying about that,” Anthony said. “My only focus is these guys that’s in this locker room, playing with them. I can’t control anything else.”
Storyline: Jackson-Anthony Dynamic
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“I want to say ‘frustrating’ is the word. You don’t want to lose these games like this, those games like we have been losing,” said Carmelo Anthony, whose potential game-winning 3-pointer Saturday in a 107-105 loss to Phoenix went in, and then out at the buzzer. “It’s difficult to keep watching.” And it’s even more difficult to accept. “Obviously it’s tough,” said forward Kristaps Porzingis. “It’s just we’re not there yet. We’re not that good. We’re not able to finish those games yet. But I think we’re playing the right way.”
Storyline: New York Knicks Turmoil?
“It’s keeping the belief in and the faith in ourselves and one another to know that when we lose one or two plays you can’t fault the effort. The effort is there,” Anthony said. “We’re not doing the small things that when you’re winning you have that feeling that it’s easy to build off of that. “As far as emotionally draining, I try not to think about that,” Anthony said. “For it to come down to that one play [Saturday], that shot was in. That shot goes in we’re singing a different tune.”