By Daniel Friedman
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Taking a look at the latest best and worst stories on the NY/NJ sports landscape:

Three Up


1. Mike Piazza

Former Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza gives a television interview after ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of Jan. 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Former Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza gives a television interview after ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of Jan. 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The former Mets slugger finally got the Hall call.

2. Henrik Lundqvist

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: Jimmy Hayes #11 of the Boston Bruins slides into Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden on January 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Jimmy Hayes of the Boston Bruins slides into the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11, 2016. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

He’s started to rebound after an uncharacteristically bad several weeks.

3. Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Jan.12, 2016. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Jan.12, 2016. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Knickerbockers pulled off another big win Tuesday night, beating the Celtics 120-114. Kristaps Porzingis stayed red hot, dropping 26 points.

Three Down


1. Lionel Hollins

Nets coach Lionel Hollins (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nets coach Lionel Hollins (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hollins became the second coach in the metro area to lose his job in the past two weeks. The first was slightly more accomplished during his tenure.

2. Billy King

Billy King

Billy King (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Nets didn’t stop with Hollins; they reassigned King, removing him from the general manager position. Fun times ahead in Brooklyn.

3. Islanders Defense

Washington's Alex Ovechkin checks the Islanders' Travis Hamonic at the Barclays Center on Jan. 7, 2016. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin checks the Islanders’ Travis Hamonic at the Barclays Center on Jan. 7, 2016. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

First, Johnny Boychuk went down with an injury and now Travis Hamonic joins him. This will be an extremely tough test for the Islanders.

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