Lillard And Co. Look For An Encore Performance Against Struggling Knicks

Damian Lillard looks for another fantastic performance after dropping 40 points against the Washington Wizards on Sunday during a 119-109 victory. The Portland Trailblazers travel to Madison Square Garden as they take on the New York Knicks at 7:30 on Tuesday night.

On Sunday, Lillard scored 31 of his 40 points in the second and third quarters which ultimately helped lift Portland from a two game losing streak.

The Knicks have yet to find themselves this season after posting a 4-13 record. Enes Kanter is just one of the few players on roster experiencing difficulties. Kanter has seen his minutes get cut drastically after being movedto the bench. He played 38 minutes during Sundays matchup against the Orlando Magic but played just 15 minutes against the New Orleans Pelicans.

First year head coach David Fizdale has tried every combination this season in regards of figuring out which rotation works best for the scheme. However, Fizdale is taking playing time from veteran and soon-to-befree agents and giving more time to the younger players to develop.

The Knicks are currently riding a five game losing streak and have managed just one win in the past eight games. Nonetheless, the Knicks are still relying on Tim Hardaway Jr. for their scoring, much like Portland relies on Lillard.

The Blazers tied their season total with 26 assists against the Wizards on Sunday. However, even while the Blazers are a scoring machine ranking seventh in the NBA with 114.9 points a game they currently rank 27thin the league with 20 assists a game.

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