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Game Thread: Knicks vs Trail Blazers, January 9, 2024

Trade winds swirl as struggling blazers face surging Knicks

New York Knicks v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

On Tuesday night, the New York Knicks (21-15) host the struggling Portland Trail Blazers (10-25) at Madison Square Garden.

Portland ranks poorly in both offensive and defensive categories and is awash in trade speculations, with players like Malcolm Brogdon, Matisse Thybulle, and Jerami Grant likely on the move. Anfernee Simons is the Blazers’ offensive leader and showcased his skills on Sunday against Brooklyn, scoring 38 points and 11 assists. Despite being limited by injuries to 14 games this season, the young guard has averaged 25.5 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds this season.

The Knicks, undefeated since acquiring OG Anunoby, are thriving with Jalen Brunson earning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors, Julius Randle in full Beast Mode, and Isaiah Hartenstein going from a who? to a whoa! since assuming starter’s duties.

Tip off is 7:30 p.m. EST on MSG Network. This is your game thread. This is Blazers Edge. Please don’t post large photos, GIFs, or links to illegal streams in the thread. Treat each other kindly. Watch out where the huskies go and don’t you eat that yellow snow. And go Knicks!