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Report: Knicks still looking to add guard, considering Jimmer Fredette

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The first name to come up was Tony Wroten, when the Sixers waived him. Next up in the rumor mill was Brandon Jennings when he returned from injury to the Detroit Pistons.

But the Knicks are still looking for a point guard to add to the roster and are taking a look at Jimmer Fredette, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

The degree of their interest in Wroten is unclear at this point. Detroit’s Brandon Jennings is also on the Knicks’ radar, but the club wasn’t impressed with what they saw from Jennings during Detroit’s loss to the Knicks on Tuesday, according to sources familiar with their thinking….

The Knicks also have been monitoring the D-League for potential additions. They have an open roster spot so they can add a player without making a corresponding roster move. In light of Cleanthony Early‘s knee injury from Wednesday’s shooting, the Knicks may need to add someone ASAP.

Jimmer Fredette of the Westchester Knicks is one candidate. Fredette has played well for the Knicks’ D-League club (23 points, 4.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds) and Phil Jackson is a fan of Fredette’s, according to a source, but that doesn’t guarantee him a roster spot with the Knicks.

For five seasons Fredette has struggled to find a spot in the NBA (including last season with a Pelicans team desperate for better guard play). He doesn’t have great athleticism and is playmaking skills are not NBA level. However, the biggest issue was always defense — when he would enter the game teams ran sets to go right at Fredette because he couldn’t stay in front of anyone. If he buys into being a role player off the bench for the Knicks and knocks down his looks he might have value on offense for the Knicks, but can they deal with his defense?

Whomever it is, look for the Knicks to add someone sooner rather than later.

Spurs’ Tim Duncan will play Saturday vs Rockets

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 95-70. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan will play Saturday when San Antonio hosts the Houston Rockets after missing the previous three games.

The team made the announcement on Thursday. Duncan sat out San Antonio’s win Monday against Minnesota for rest, but missed the next two home games because of soreness in his right knee.

Houston snapped San Antonio’s seven-game winning streak with an 88-84 victory on Christmas Day. It’s the Spurs’ lone loss in their past 11 games.

Duncan missed three games earlier this season for rest. The 39-year-old forward is averaging a career-low 9.0 points, but has deferred much of his offense to emerging star Kawhi Leonard and newly acquired LaMarcus Aldridge.

Duncan is averaging 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while anchoring a defense that’s limiting opponents to a league-low 88.6 points.

“I think we could use him,” said Spurs guard Danny Green, with a smile. “I think we can find a spot for him somewhere.”

San Antonio is off to the second-best start in franchise history on the strength of a franchise-record, 19-game winning streak at home to open the season.

The Spurs are 6-0 without Duncan, winning those games by an average of 24 points.

That success has more to do with San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich strategically sitting Duncan rather than the team no longer needing the future Hall of Famer, Spurs forward Boris Diaw said.

“It’s just fortunate that when he couldn’t play, it was games that we should win,” Diaw said. “It was not against the best teams every time he has been out.”

Teams that San Antonio played without Duncan are a combined 63-110, including a pair of games against Denver and a 51-point victory over Philadelphia on Dec. 7.

The Spurs are facing a much tougher test Saturday against intrastate rival Houston.

“We’ve got to play better,” Diaw said. “Basically, we missed shots last time we played them. We didn’t get in a good rhythm, they played pretty aggressive and we didn’t respond to that. We’ve got to turn that around by using their aggressiveness to our advantage.”

Duncan had 13 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes against the Rockets in Houston.

It’s official: Stephen Curry out Thursday against Rockets

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry watches from the bench during the first half the team's NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Dallas. Curry missed the game due to an injury. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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This was expected. When you have the best player in the game and your focus is a ring in June, you’re not going to risk much for a regular season game in December.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry will be out Thursday night when the Warriors face the Houston Rockets.

This is his second game in a row out, in the first one the Warriors’ offense stagnated and the Mavericks blew them out. They face an up-and-down Houston team that beat the Spurs on Christmas then dropped both games since.

The Warriors offense is 17.5 points per 100 possessions worse without Curry’s playmaking, shooting, and gravity to draw defenders away from Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and the rest. The question is can Houston exploit that, Dallas played a fantastic game against Golden State. Shaun Livingston likely gets the start in Curry’s place.

Curry’s MRI came back negative, he’s day-to-day and is not expected to be out for long.

PBT Podcast: Talking Bulls (and NBA news) with Sean Highkin

Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler, center, celebrates with Taj Gibson, left, and Pau Gasol after the Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-100 in overtime in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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The Chicago Bulls have won three-of-four starting on Christmas day, when they played their best game of the season against Oklahoma City, but still controversy surrounds the team as Jimmy Butler tries to establish himself as a leader on the team but does it a bit clumsily.

PBT’s Sean Highkin lives in Chicago and is at most Bulls home games, and in this latest PBT podcast he and Kurt Helin discuss what is going on in Chicago as we head into 2016.

We also hit on other news around the NBA such as Cleanathony Early, the meltdown in Phoenix, Philly winning two of three, and injuries changing the dynamics from Golden State to Charlotte.

You can listen to the podcast below, or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki in fantastic Zoolander parody (VIDEO)

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Well done Mavericks. Well done indeed.

Chandler Parsons understands that moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty. That comes through in this Zoolander parody by the Mavs’ marketing team, where Dirk Nowitzki plays Hansel.

If you don’t like this, well, I’m sorry that good-looking people like us made you throw up and feel bad about yourself.