The Knicks’ starting lineup included a 28-year-old rookie, the NBA’s oldest player and another aging forward who wasn’t even in the league three weeks ago.
No one ever would have predicted that their starting frontcourt in the middle of March would be Chris Copeland, Kurt Thomas and Kenyon Martin. But just about everyone could have predicted the result.

With Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire all sidelined with knee injuries, the Knicks were defeated, 105-90, by the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night as their losing streak reached three games. Dynamic rookie Damian Lillard had 26 points and 10 assists, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 and Nicolas Batum added 18 as Portland’s starters outscored the Knicks’ starting five 90-44.
J.R. Smith led all scorers with 33 points, while former Blazers guard Raymond Felton, booed from start to finish, had a rough outing with 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting. Copeland, Thomas and Martin combined for 27 points and 12 rebounds, but Martin finished the game in the locker room after appearing to injure his knee.
Bum knees are an ongoing theme for the Knicks, who fell to 38-25 but are hopeful to have Anthony and Chandler available for Sunday’s game against the Clippers in Los Angeles. Anthony, who had fluid drained from his right knee in New York on Thursday, is listed as questionable. Chandler, who injured his left knee in Wednesday’s loss to Denver, is day-to-day.


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