Knicks' Rose mys­te­ri­ous no-show at Madi­son Square Gar­den

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YORK -- New York point guard Der­rick Rose was a mys­te­ri­ous noshow at Madi­son Square Gar­den on Mon­day, and that was just one of the Knicks' prob­lems in a 110-96 NBA de­feat to the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans.

The Knicks started Bran­don Jen­nings at point guard in­stead of Rose, the team tweet­ing only a terse an­nounce­ment that "Der­rick Rose is not with the team."

Coach Jeff Hor­nacek had given no in­di­ca­tion of Rose’s ab­sence in his pregame press con­fer­ence. Af­ter the game he tried to de­flect ques­tions on Rose, say­ing the team didn't have enough in­for­ma­tion to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

"Right now we don't have enough in­for­ma­tion to re­ally give you any­thing," Hor­nacek said, try­ing to head off ques­tions. "So that's just go­ing to have to wait un­til we hear some­thing from Der­rick him­self."

Hor­nacek re­fused to be drawn on re­ports that team staff had been un­able to con­tact Rose.

"I'm not go­ing to com­ment on any of that stuff," he said. "We ex­pect him back, sure. It's just a mat­ter of time.

"We want to re­spect what­ever he's go­ing through, and we're just not go­ing to com­ment on it."

The 28-year-old Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valu­able Player with the Chicago Bulls, has been ef­fec­tive in his first sea­son with the Knicks.

He's av­er­ag­ing 17.3 points in 33 games, miss­ing a few ear­lier this sea­son with back spasms.

In Oc­to­ber, a judge in Los An­ge­les dis­missed a civil law­suit against Rose brought by a woman who claimed she had been gang-raped by the player and two friends in 2013.

In Rose's ab­sence, the Knicks lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Star for­ward Carmelo An­thony was ejected dur­ing a third quar­ter time­out, draw­ing two tech­ni­cal fouls for ar­gu­ing over of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Shortly there­after, Knicks re­serve Kyle O'Quinn was ejected for a hard foul that sent Pel­i­cans star An­thony Davis fly­ing into court­side seats along the basel i ne.

Davis, who scored a game-high 40 points, made both free throws to stretch New Or­leans' lead to 87-63, but left the game with a hip in­jury.

Hor­nacek ac­knowl­edged that frus­tra­tion over the Knicks' re­cent strug­gles may have con­trib­uted to the ejec­tions.

"Pos­si­ble," he said. "I think some of that goes by think­ing they should get a cou­ple of these calls, so that some­times gets to you as a player, gets to you as a coach."

The Knicks left the court to boos from their home fans -- which had started well be­fore the end of the game.

"It was just a tough night for us," Hor­nacek said. -

New York Knicks guard Der­rick Rose (25) han­dles the ball while Hous­ton Rock­ets guard Tyler En­nis (6) de­fends dur­ing the fourth quar­ter at Toy­ota Cen­ter. Photo by Erik Wil­liams-USA TO­DAY Sports/Reuters

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