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Cole On The Block.
Career-high 35 pts from Butler. Bulls lead 96-91 with 2:35 left.
Hardaway's really struggled to stop Butler, but he does have 23 pts. Is 5-of-7 from deep and has career-high 4 assists.
Butler with 30 points now on just 10 made FGs. Career-high for him is 32 pts, and 8:43 left in the game.
Three choices, Duke game refs: travel, offensive foul, or reach on a different player. Fifth on Brimah was a distant, wrong fourth choice.
Knicks have taken a 72-71 lead over the Bulls here in the third. Hardaway leads NYK with 18 points.
This is such a tense broadcast. Lots of angst.
Serious question: Do you even really need to scout Okafor?
Knicks cut the deficit in Chicago to 2 pts with Hardaway's triple, 52-50.
I like that Phil found the triangle emoji.
Barkley fires back at Phil Jackson: "I don’t do any social media but he’s too old to be tweeting... Phil's got sensitive in his old age."
They're now deconstructing Phil's tweets on the broadcast. Only 54.5 games to go.
I just keep refreshing twitter all night waiting for Phil to reveal the key to the triangle. I think it's MJ and Kobe.
Charles on Bargnani helping Knicks: "The last thing I need when I'm having a heart attack is a band aid."...You insulted him a little bit.
Phil getting snippy on twitter today with his critics. He ought to take up meditation.
Does this mean Phil's not scouting Jahlil Okafor in his backyard?
I personally like it.
Should Phil Jackson be taking shots at Barkley for his TV commentary when team is 5-22?. Jackson not at game as he doesn't travel.
Its pretty crazy to think the top exec from Knicks -- one of the quieter front offices in sports -- is having in-season convos on Twitter.
Phil has felt the need to lash out at his critics twice via Twitter today. Seriously, could you see Pat Riley doing that? R.C. Buford? West?
Amar'e Stoudemire just made a phenomenal move. He looked like his old dominant self on that.
A fan to the left of us just shouted, "I don't know who anyone on the Knicks is."
Pleas someone alert Charles Barkley that Phil is challenging him.
do I have to mute this game? Chuck just remember your fundamental...key to
Jimmy Butler on scoreboard professing his love for Taylor Swift - suddenly Knicks plans come clear. Welcome to New York.
The bigger question is why are so many in the big bad NY media afraid to tell the truth about the Knicks? Is it access? Comp tickets? Money?
Charles Barkley: "Why is it that if you're telling the truth about the Knicks you're hating on them?" Bingo.
Jose out of his seat on bench, in Shane Larkin's ear during free throws, instructing him on some things. Good to see.
Only thing worse than being bad is to be boring. And these Knicks are B-O-R-I-N-G.
Jimmy Butler -- Tim Hardaway's assignment on defense -- opens 4-of-4 in the 1Q. Has 12 points and 4 assists already.
Bulls move the ball. Find Tim's man open. Tim drops head.
Joakim Noah airballs -- and knuckleballs -- a FT.
Jayhawk on Jayhawk crime.
I had no idea the Izod Center was still alive.
Charles Barkley has been "asked" to be careful when addressing Andrea Bargnani. I'll leave it at that.
I'm already looking up Tim Hardaway Jr's career-high for shot attempts in a game.
Knicks have first possession of the game. Ball bounces off Travis Wear's dome for a turnover. Good Lord.
Kirk Hinrich is the last guy announced in Chicago's starting lineup when Rose doesn't play? OK, then.
"But watch anyway." -TNT just now
Worth repeating: tonight's Knicks' starters are: Jose Calderon, Tim Hardaway jr.,Travis wear, Amar'e Stoudemire and Cole Aldrich.
If players keep moving and signing and re-signing the Knicks best chance in free agency might be Jahlil Okafor in 5 years.
Amar'e is not the only one making his way into the Knicks lineup tonight. Jose Calderon was taking Emergen-C - no cold will stop him.
Knicks go with their 14th different starting lineup in 28 games. But I think I like this one best of all - first NBA start for Travis Wear
Amar'e is phenomenal: "I just can not fathom to see our guys struggling and playing without at least one of their star players.
Got to love Amar'e: "I just can not fathom to see our guys struggling and playing without at least one of their star players."
Amar'e: "I talked to coach and said no way I can sit this one out (with Melo missing).''
I wonder if the Celtics' future draft picks are hanging out with the Sixers' future draft picks. Just sitting there, in draft purgatory.
Fisher tells reporters in Chicago that Calderon, Hardaway Jr., Travis Wear, Stoudemire and Cole Aldrich will start tonight vs. Bulls.
Amare said he went to Fisher and said he'd go tonight once he found out Melo wasn't playing.
Amar'e said he went to Fisher and with Carmelo out he wanted to play and be there for his team.
TNT's Charles Barkley just said "My God, it's going to be awful tonight."
Barkley walks by. "It's going to be awful tonight."
Charles Barkley - "it's going to be awful tonight."
To those asking abt Stoudemire, yes, he was initially scheduled to take tonight off for rest purposes. But w/ Melo out, he decided to play.
In many ways, it's the Western Conference versus LeBron James. That's the real NBA matchup for the next few years.
Charles Barkley doing the game as color analyst for game. Someone has to tell him who Travis Wear is.
Wonder if it's too late for TNT to go with A Christmas Story?
Do I need to say it again. This Knicks lineup is only missing ken The Animal Bannister.
Tonight's starters: calderon, Hardaway jr., Travis wear, Stoudemire and Cole Aldrich
Knicks lineup - Amare, Cole Aldrich, Travis Wear, Jose and hardaway jr.
Calderon, Hardaway, Wear, Stoudemire and Aldrich will start today. Yeeesh
Travis Wear and Cole are starting on TNT
Carmelo won't play tonight
Carmelo officially out. Stoudemire knew that recovery day made no sense any more.
Knicks say Carmelo won't play tonight vs CHI
Melo will sit out tonight - wonder how the folks in Chicago like hats.
Waiting for Fisher to make Melo's out status official.
Amare not going to have rest day after all. Probably means Melo out.