Knicks Morning News (Monday, Dec 31 2012)

  • [New York Times] Out With the Old: Clips Take Streak Into New Year (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:13:57 GMT)

    Having wrapped up December with just the third 16-0 month in NBA history, the Los Angeles Clippers face tough challenges starting the new year.

  • [New York Times] Still Hurt, Amar’e Stoudemire Is Itching to Help Knicks (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:30:04 GMT)

    The Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire, who had knee surgery two months ago, said he would try to play against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday if he continued to improve.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Win 17th in Row, Finish December at 16-0 (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:22:47 GMT)

    After their 17th consecutive victory gave them a perfect month, the Los Angeles Clippers finally paused to admire their achievement.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Section 15: Three Generations (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 05:48:40 GMT)

    Across four seats in Section 15 sat three generations of Brooklyn, proudly watching a team represent their native borough.

  • [New York Times] Thomas Leads Kings Past Celtics 118-96 (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:44:03 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and made one of Sacramento’s two four-point plays in the second half as the Kings handed the Boston Celtics their third straight lopsided loss on a California road swing, 118-96 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Prince’s Late Free Throws Lift Pistons Over Bucks (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 03:13:53 GMT)

    Tayshaun Prince made two free throws with 10.9 seconds left to give Detroit a 96-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night after the Pistons blew a 14-point lead.

  • [New York Times] Big 3 Help Spurs Send Mavs to Sixth Straight Loss (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 03:01:43 GMT)

    Tony Parker had 21 points and nine assists, Manu Ginobili had several key baskets among his 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed the Dallas Mavericks their sixth straight loss, 111-86 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Post] Amar’e Stoudemire might not be back in the lineup by New Year’s Day (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:25:21 -0500)

    The wait for Amar’e Stoudemire continues.
    Stoudemire, who hoped tomorrow, New Year’s Day, would represent his return from left knee surgery, went through a full practice yesterday with some approximation of the Knicks’ roster. While claiming he felt better, Stoudemire admitted he is not yet 80 percent and…

  • [New York Post] Symbolism of Stoudemire on New Year’s would be perfect (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:06:40 -0500)

    This is about strength of symbolism as much as it is about strength of Amar’e Stoudemire’s left knee.
    This is about the hope of a New Year coming together on the Garden floor tomorrow night. That is why Stoudemire needs to play against the Trail Blazers.
    The Knicks…

  • [New York Post] Melo misses practice â?? and he’s not alone (Mon, 31 Dec 2012 02:52:30 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony, who missed the past two games with a hyperextended left knee, shot on his own yesterday and did not practice with the Knicks. His status for tomorrow’s game against the Trail Blazers at the Garden is day-to-day, pending a further determination to be made today. “Carmelo was…

  • Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Dec 30 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] Melo, Amar’e and ‘Sheed could be back for New Year’s (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 02:24:52 GMT)

    The Knicks’ three-city West Coast trip was like a great television series. There were twists and turns, and you just couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.

  • [New York Times] Stunned and Battered, Knicks Need Break (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 08:09:04 GMT)

    Coming off a last-second loss in Sacramento, the depleted Knicks hope to have at least Amar’e Stoudemire back after three days off.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Surge in Fourth Quarter to Blast Heat (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:01:49 GMT)

    The Milwaukee Bucks stunned the Miami Heat with a fourth-quarter blitz on Saturday to record a 104-85 blowout win over the NBA champions.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Whip Short-Handed Celtics 101-83 (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 06:59:03 GMT)

    What a December to remember for the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Bucks Spoil Wade’s Return for Heat (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 06:24:03 GMT)

    Rudy Gay scored 8 of his 19 points down the stretch, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Denver Nuggets, 81-72, on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets 103, Cavaliers 100: Nets Talk Over Lunch and Win After Dinner (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 06:24:03 GMT)

    P. J. Carlesimo, the Nets’ interim coach, said the best way to persuade owner Mikhail D. Prokhorov to keep him is to do what he did Saturday: win.

  • [New York Times] Batum Sends Blazers to 89-85 Win Over 76ers (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 05:46:46 GMT)

    Nicolas Batum had 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Damian Lillard added 20 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 89-85 on Saturday night for their eighth straight victory at home.

  • [New York Times] Belinelli Scores 17 in Bulls’ Win Over Wizards (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 05:16:36 GMT)

    Marco Belinelli showed he can also be a force off the bench for the Chicago Bulls.

  • [New York Times] Even With Wade Back, Bucks Too Much for Heat (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 05:07:48 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 104-85 on Saturday night to spoil Dwyane Wade’s return.

  • [New York Times] Even With Wade Back, Bucks Too Much for Heat (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 05:04:59 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 104-85 on Saturday night to spoil Dwyane Wade’s return.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Surge in Fourth Quarter to Blast Heat (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 04:40:29 GMT)

    The Milwaukee Bucks stunned the Miami Heat with a fourth-quarter blitz on Saturday to record a 104-85 blowout win over the NBA champions.

  • [New York Times] Hornets Extend Bobcats’ Skid to 18 Games (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 04:01:44 GMT)

    Eric Gordon made his return to the lineup Saturday night. And for the better part of 24 minutes, he looked as if he’d never been away.

  • [New York Times] Gay Has19 Points, Leads Memphis Past Denver 81-72 (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 03:58:40 GMT)

    Rudy Gay scored eight of his 19 points down the stretch and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Denver Nuggets 81-72 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wolves Hand Suns 5th Straight Loss, 111-107 (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 03:46:42 GMT)

    Nikola Pekovic had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Love added 23 points and 18 boards to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 111-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Roll to 124-94 Win Over Rockets (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 03:44:28 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Oklahoma City Thunder built a big lead in the second quarter and rolled to a 124-94 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets Hold Off Cavs, Move to 2-0 Under Carlesimo (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 03:19:32 GMT)

    Brook Lopez scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets improved to 2-0 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-100 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Leads Raptors to Win Over Magic (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 03:10:35 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists, helping the Toronto Raptors to an easy 123-88 victory over the injury-depleted Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Williams, Horford Pace Hawks Past Indiana (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 02:46:38 GMT)

    Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and the Atlanta Hawks won their fourth straight, 109-100 over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Finally, Something James Doesn’t Do (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 02:19:55 GMT)

    For Miami’s LeBron James, who has conquered virtually every obstacle put in front of him, the next frontier appears to be a complete avoidance of personal fouls.

  • [New York Post] Stoudemire set for long-awaited return to Knicks (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 04:35:59 -0500)

    The Knicks trudged off the Sacramento court late Friday night heads bowed â?? the 2012 portion of their schedule ending in heartbreaking, buzzer-beating defeat that ruined what would have been a historic comeback.
    But the depleted Knicks also walked off with the knowledge the next time they play on Tuesday, Amar…

  • [New York Post] Chandler not expecting to miss time with sprained ankle (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 04:30:32 -0500)

    The scene was all too familiar. Another Knick holed up in the trainer’s room after a game, getting treated.
    This time, Tyson Chandler came out of the trainer’s room in Sacramento, his right ankle wrapped in mounds of tape. He limped to his locker, dressed, spoke softly and…

  • [New York Post] The rumble (Sun, 30 Dec 2012 04:25:42 -0500)

    Glen Noack is a 48-year-old principal of an elementary school in Bethlehem, Pa., but he may have a future as this generation’s Nostradamus.
    Noack, who played power forward at Division II Bloomsburg in the 1980s, tweeted an entry at 6:24 p.m. Wednesday night for The Post’s…

  • Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Dec 29 2012)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Rapid Reaction: Kings 106, Knicks 105 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:40:07 EDT)

    WHAT IT MEANS: Just when the Knicks had almost completed their best come-from-behind victory of the season — after being down 27 points in the second quarter — James Johnson put an end to that with his game-winning 3-pointer.
    The Knicks’ win would’ve been even more remarkable considering they had no Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire — and they outscored the Kings 55-35 in the second half.
    The loss dropped the Knicks to 1-2 on their road trip and 21-9 on the season.

  • [New York Times] Q&A: Covering J. R. Smith: A Knick Talks About His Tattoos (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:30:05 GMT)

    Knicks guard J. R. Smith, who lost count of his body art at “around 70-something,â? said he once told himself that he “would never get like this.â?

  • [New York Times] Clippers Beat Jazz 116-114 for 16th Straight Win (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:04:32 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Clippers already have a December to remember.

  • [New York Times] Carlesimo Has Prokhorov’s Trust and a Win in Debut (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:43:38 GMT)

    Skiing in Canada is postponed. Mikhail Prokhorov’s new agenda calls for lunch with his basketball coach.

  • [New York Times] Kings 106, Knicks 105: Knicks Fight Back Against Kings, Only to Be Blindsided at the Buzzer (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:28:12 GMT)

    Playing without Carmelo Anthony or Raymond Felton again, the Knicks rallied from a 27-point deficit on the road, but Sacramento’s James Johnson made a 3-pointer as time expired.

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony Won’t Return to Face Kings (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:09:04 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks, who will miss his sixth game of the season on Friday night, now hopes to return from his knee injury on Tuesday against Portland.

  • [New York Times] Nets 97, Bobcats 81: Nets Beat the Bobcats but Pine for Phil Jackson (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:17:17 GMT)

    Interim Coach P. J. Carlesimo is on the bench for now, and he guided the Nets to an easy win on Friday, but Brooklyn has firmly targeted Phil Jackson to take over.

  • [New York Times] Vintage Spurs Ground Rockets 122-116 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:16:27 GMT)

    San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili delivered a vintage performance to lead the Spurs to a 122-116 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Kings 106, Knicks 105: Knicks’ Rally Falls Short Against Kings (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:51:25 GMT)

    Playing without Carmelo Anthony again, the Knicks closed a 21-point deficit in the second half against the Kings on Friday, but a 3-pointer at the buzzer sealed a Sacramento win.

  • [New York Times] Lee’s Double-Double Lifts Warriors Past Sixers (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:22:38 GMT)

    David Lee had 25 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors held off a late charge in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 96-89 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Surging Lakers Rout Trail Blazers 104-87 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:10:43 GMT)

    Dwight Howard had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and the Los Angeles Lakers never trailed in their sixth win in seven games, 104-87 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Leads Raptors Past Hornets 104-97 in OT (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:46:45 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Kyle Lowry had two big baskets in overtime and the Toronto Raptors held off the New Orleans Hornets 104-97 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Gallinari, Nuggets Spoil Nowitzki’s Return, 106-85 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:28:51 GMT)

    Danilo Gallinari scored a career-high 39 points and the Denver Nuggets spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first home game since returning from knee surgery by beating the Dallas Mavericks 106-85 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Top Short-Handed Heat (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:27:17 GMT)

    Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists, leading another spirited performance by the Pistons’ reserves, and Detroit beat Miami despite 35 points by LeBron James.

  • [New York Times] Duncan, Parker, Ginobili Carry Spurs Past Rockets (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:19:40 GMT)

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 84 points, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped the Houston Rockets’ five-game winning streak with a 122-116 victory on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Bryant’s Number Lately Has Been 30 a Night (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:14:14 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant, who reached 30,000 career points this season, has scored 30 points or more in 10 consecutive games.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Williams Dismisses View That He Caused Nets Coach’s Firing (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:11:07 GMT)

    Point guard Deron Williams said Friday that he did not quit on Avery Johnson, but he did accept some responsibility for the Nets’ poor play recently.

  • [New York Times] Teague Leads Hawks Past Cavaliers, 102-94 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:22:35 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points and the Atlanta Hawks scored the game’s final nine points to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Carlesimo, Nets Hand Bobcats 17th Straight Loss (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:16:37 GMT)

    The Brooklyn Nets gave P.J. Carlesimo a victory in his debut and the Charlotte Bobcats a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez in a 97-81 rout Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hill Scores 22, Lifts Pacers Over Suns 97-91 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:58:51 GMT)

    George Hill scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and led the Indiana Pacers to a 97-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Wizards End 8-Game Skid, Top Slumping Magic 105-97 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:46:40 GMT)

    Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and the worst-in-the-NBA Washington Wizards showed they can still win a game every once in a while, breaking an eight-game losing streak Friday night with a 105-97 victory over the Orlando Magic.

  • [New York Daily News] Woodson believes Avery will land on his feet (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:22:45 GMT)

    Mike Woodson had sympathy for Avery Johnson the day after Johnson was fired as coach of the Nets and can’t imagine he won’t have another job soon.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks drop heartbreaker to Kings after 27-point comeback (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 05:39:12 GMT)

    The Knicks were forced to go without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony again on Friday against the Kings because the hyper-extended left knee he suffered Tuesday against the Lakers is still swollen and painful. Playing without him and starting point guard Raymond Felton, who broke his pinkie Tuesday, didn’t catch up with them on Wednesday when they won in Phoenix, but one had to wonder if it was one of the factors against Sacramento as they suffered a heartbreaking 106-105 defeat at Sleep Train Arena.

  • [New York Post] Knicks rally from 27 down … only to lose at buzzer against Kings (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:09:42 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Knicks were a second away from their biggest known comeback in franchise history Friday night, having rallied from 27 points down to take a four-point lead with 41 seconds left.
    But in a wild game and wilder ending, the depleted Knicks were on the heartbreaking end…

  • [New York Post] New Cheers Day: Knicks’ Wallace set to return (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:23:27 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? Knicks fans may be able to ring in the new year with “Sheeeed” chants.
    Coach Mike Woodson said Rasheed Wallace is gearing up for his return also on New Year’s Day â?? along with Amar’e Stoudemire.
    Wallace shed his walking boot and participated in the morning shootaround…

  • [New York Post] Injured knee forces Melo to miss 2nd straight game (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:23:27 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? A hobbled Carmelo Anthony missed his second straight game Friday night against the Kings because of inflammation in his left knee, saying ominously, “I could barely walk.”
    The Knicks are calling it a knee hyperextension that was suffered on Christmas against the Lakers and that no structural damage…

  • [New York Post] Smith’s hot hand almost gave Knicks rally-good â??W’ (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:03:22 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? Super-sub J.R. Smith continued his West-Coast hot hand last night, coming off the bench to almost lead the Knicks to their biggest comeback win of the season before they fell short, 106-105, against the Kings.
    Smith, who was nearly unstoppable on the three-game road trip, scored a…

  • [New York Post] Buzzer beater spoils Knicks’ comeback (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:29:50 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? The Knicks were a second away from their biggest known comeback in franchise history last night, having rallied from 27 points down to take a four-point lead with 41 seconds left.
    But in a wild game and wilder ending, the depleted Knicks were on the heartbreaking end of…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks lose to Kings at buzzer after rallying from 27-point deficit (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:42:00 EST)

    So, J.R. Smith, what was it like winning a game at the buzzer Wednesday, then watching your team lose at the buzzer two nights later?

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony misses second straight game (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:42:42 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony and Mike Woodson insist there is no structural damage in the forward's left knee.

  • Knicks Morning News (Friday, Dec 28 2012)

  • [New York Post] Knicks point to Jason with Felton out (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:38:30 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? Bring it on, Jason Kidd says.
    With the Knicks formally announcing Thursday night Raymond Felton is out four to six weeks with a broken right pinkie, the starting point guard position is all Kidd’s, all the time, all at age 39.
    As the Knicks moved on for…

  • [New York Post] Iman to start practicing (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:32:46 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? Iman Shumpert said he will join the Knicks for Sunday’s practice on a limited basis when the club returns from its West Coast trip, but is not ready to be cleared for contact â?? the final step to his long-awaited return.
    Shumpert declined to pick a target date…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks veteran Kidd to fill in for Felton at point guard (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 04:39:20 GMT)

    Several Knicks players are going to have to contribute to make up for Raymond Felton’s absence, and 39-year-old Jason Kidd will do most of it by moving over from shooting guard to the point.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: P.J. Carlesimo, Nets Interim Coach, Puts Choke in Past (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:10:05 GMT)

    After being dismissed from previous N.B.A. coaching stints, including with Golden State, where he was infamously choked by Latrell Sprewell, P.J. Carlesimo will take over as the Nets’ interim coach.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Bully Celtics to Extend Winning Streak (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:34:27 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Clippers left the Boston Celtics battered and bruised in a physical 106-77 victory on Thursday to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 15 games and remain on top of the NBA standings.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Roll Past Celtics 106-77 (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 07:43:33 GMT)

    The Clippers came roaring out of the opening tip and kept on going to their 15th consecutive victory.

  • [New York Times] Raymond Felton’s Broken Finger Reshuffles Knicks’ Lineup (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 06:37:18 GMT)

    An injury to Raymond Felton, the Knicks’ primary point guard, means the team may need to fill the spot by a committee led by Jason Kidd.

  • [New York Times] Slumping Brooklyn Nets Fire Coach Avery Johnson (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 06:27:35 GMT)

    Despite the Nets’ franchise-best start, recent turmoil led Nets ownership to dispatch Coach Avery Johnson.

  • [New York Times] Wade Picks Up One-Game Ban for Kicking Incident (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 06:25:28 GMT)

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was handed a one-game suspension without pay on Thursday for kicking out at Charlotte’s Ramon Sessions in a contest the previous evening.

  • [New York Times] Thunder 111, Mavericks 105: Westbrook Rallies Thunder Past Dallas (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:49:37 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 40 points while Russell Westbrook added eight of his 16 points in overtime to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Dallas on Thursday night for their 11th straight win at home.

  • [New York Times] Dwyane Wade Is Suspended One Game Without Pay (Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:10:38 GMT)

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of Charlotte Bobcats’ Ramon Sessions.

  • Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Dec 27 2012)

  • [New York Post] J.R. Smith’s baseline jumper gives Knicks last-second victory over Suns (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 06:13:06 -0500)

    Knicks guard J.R. Smith shoots the game-winning shot over Suns defender P.J. Tucker to give New York a 99-07 victory.

    PHOENIX â?” Carmelo Anthony is their MVP but J.R. Smith is their Miracle Man.
    With Melo out with a hyperextended knee and Raymond Felton gone for at…

  • [New York Post] Fractured pinkie fells Felton (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:58:24 -0500)

    PHOENIX â?? Will the Knicks ever get healthy and whole?Raymond Felton, the team’s starting point guard, said last night he has a fracture in his right pinkie, discovered following an X-ray. He added he will likely need surgery and be out four to six weeks.Bah, humbug. Carmelo Anthony…

  • [New York Post] Smith hits another buzzer-beater as shorthanded Knicks prevail (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:11:28 -0500)

    PHOENIX â?? Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks’ MVP, but J.R. Smith is their Miracle Man.
    With Anthony out with a hyperextended knee and Raymond Felton gone for at least a month with a broken pinkie, Smith saved the night in the Valley of the Sun. Smith hit his second buzzer-beater…

  • [New York Post] Melo’s injury not deemed serious (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:08:38 -0500)

    PHOENIX â?? Carmelo Anthony’s health and the Lakers don’t mix.
    Anthony missed last night’s thriller with a hyperextended knee he suffered on Christmas Day when Marcus Camby fell on his leg after the Knicks center tripped when driving to the bucket.
    Woodson said no tests are scheduled for…

  • [New York Newsday] J.R. Smith beats buzzer as Knicks stun Suns (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:39:56 EST)

    The first question to Mike Woodson before Wednesday night's game naturally was about the Knicks' several injuries coming out of Tuesday's loss to the Lakers.

  • [New York Newsday] Raymond Felton has fractured finger, says surgery is a possibility (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:01:00 EST)

    Raymond Felton knew the injury to his right pinkie finger might be more serious than he originally had hoped, but he still was not fully prepared for the diagnosis he got after a halftime X-ray here Wednesday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Smith nails buzzer-beater as Knicks top Suns (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 04:48:35 GMT)

    J.R. Smith caught an inbounds pass from Jason Kidd thrown with 1.0 seconds on the clock and drained a miracle jumper from the left side to give the Knicks a wild 99-97 win over the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center Wednesday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Amar’e getting closer, targets Jan. 1 return (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:17:24 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire still has some soreness and discomfort, and the expected date for a return has been pushed back.

  • [New York Times] Smith’s Baseline Jumper at Buzzer Beats Suns 99-97 (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:04:37 GMT)

    Without Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton, the New York Knicks still had enough to eke out a 99-97 victory in Phoenix, thanks to a pair of very late, very tough jumpers by J.R. Smith.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 99, Suns 97: Hobbled by Injuries, Knicks Win on Last Shot (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:29:16 GMT)

    Jason Kidd, the 39-year-old veteran, scored 23 points and recorded 8 assists, and J.R. Smith made a difficult jumper as time expired to lift the Knicks over the Suns on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Replay: Dec. 25 (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 06:49:15 GMT)

    The Celtics pounded the Nets, the Lakers stopped the Knicks and the Heat survived the Thunder.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Show No Mercy Against Injury-Depleted Raptors (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 06:28:27 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs took advantage of Toronto’s injury woes to snap the Raptors’ five-game winning streak with a 100-80 home victory on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Heat Add to Bobcats’ Slide (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 06:00:14 GMT)

    LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists as the Miami Heat handed the host Charlotte Bobcats their 16th straight defeat.

  • [New York Times] Bucks 108, Nets 93: Nets Fall to Bucks as Deron Williams Sits With Wrist Injury (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:57:14 GMT)

    With Deron Williams on the bench with an injured wrist, the Nets continued to struggle offensively on Wednesday, losing for the 10th time in 13 games.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Run Away From Kings, 109-91 (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:37:46 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Sacramento Kings 109-91 on Wednesday night to avenge a loss on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Snap Raptors’ 5-Game Winning Streak (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:37:40 GMT)

    Tim Duncan scored 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 100-80 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night, snapping the Raptors’ five-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Snap Raptors’ 5-Game Winning Streak (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:34:41 GMT)

    Tim Duncan scored 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 100-80 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night, snapping the Raptors’ five-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Brewer’s 27 Points Lead Nuggets Past Lakers (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:07:32 GMT)

    Corey Brewer matched his career high with 27 points and the Denver Nuggets overcame a 40-point effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 126-114 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win at home.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Injury-Depleted Raptors (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:01:36 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs took advantage of Toronto’s injury woes to snap the Raptors’ five-game winning streak with an 100-80 victory on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Beat Jazz 94-83 (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 04:37:59 GMT)

    Stephen Curry scored 23 points, David Lee added 18 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 94-83 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Edge Pistons in 2 OTs (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 04:10:53 GMT)

    Josh Smith scored 31 points, Al Horford added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 126-119 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Beat Nets for 13th Straight Time, 108-93 (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:49:36 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, Monta Ellis added 20 points and a season-high six steals, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets for the 13th straight time, 108-93 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Wright, Hawes Lead Sixers Past Grizzlies 99-89 (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:49:32 GMT)

    Dorell Wright scored 28 points and Spencer Hawes had 20, season-highs for both, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 99-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Harden Rallies Rockets to 87-84 Over Timberwolves (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:46:32 GMT)

    James Harden scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets rallied to win their fifth straight, 87-84 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Pacers-Bulls Postponed Because of Storm (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:01:25 GMT)

    The N.B.A. game between the Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls was postponed by a snowstorm that hit the Indianapolis area. No new date for the game was set.

  • [New York Times] Hornets End 11-Game Losing Skid, 97-94 Over Magic (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 02:59:02 GMT)

    Robin Lopez had a season-high 29 points and Greivis Vasquez scored a season-best 27 as the New Orleans Hornets snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 97-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] James, Heat Hand Bobcats 16th Straight Loss 105-92 (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 02:58:54 GMT)

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Miami Heat avoided a big letdown and got the win they needed.

  • [New York Times] Irving’s 26 Leads Cavaliers Over Wizards 87-84 (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 02:37:47 GMT)

    Tristan Thompson’s three-point play with 24.4 seconds remaining gave the Cleveland Cavaliers their first two-game winning streak of the season as the Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards 87-84 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] In N.B.A. on Christmas Day, at the Intersection of Religion and Realism (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:04:37 GMT)

    A day off would have been a merciful itinerary, but for roughly 450 of the world’s best basketball players, this is the life they have chosen, and many cherish: work on Christmas.

  • [New York Times] Heat 103, Thunder 97: Heat Beat Thunder in Finals Reunion (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:04:30 GMT)

    The Heat came away with the win once more, but given the quality of the teams and the playoff intensity, Miami and Oklahoma City could certainly meet again in June.

  • [New York Times] Lakers 100, Knicks 94: With Steve Nash Back, Lakers Get Even With Knicks (Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:02:35 GMT)

    With star point guard Steve Nash running the show, the Lakers avenged a previous loss to the Knicks on Tuesday to move to .500 on the season.

  • Knicks 99, Suns 97

    New York Knicks 99 Final
    Recap | Box Score
    97 Phoenix Suns
    Kurt Thomas, PF 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | 0

    Some nifty Kurt minutes tonight.Of course, KurtMinutes are starting to morph into so many Schrutebucks. Both are kinda fun and funny but not really useful in the grand scheme of things in a healthy, well-functioning paper company/basketball team.

    Ronnie Brewer, SF 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +1

    Brew’s starting to get that Mark Sanchez look about him. No, I don’t mean wearing some blindingly white, practically sheer, disturbingly form-fitting-enough-to-make-the-most-rabidly-heterosexual-male-question-the-basic-nature-of-his-sexual-preferences, white, homoerotic slacks while plastered on the pages of GQ, I mean his confidence seems rent into smithereens. He’s shot 21% from the field and 6% from downtown this month. That’s not a regression to the mean, that’s a statistical anomaly that’d make Nate Silver quiver. I was half-surprised he didn’t dribble up another Knicks backside and fumble the ball. And yes, I’m a Jet fan too, so I feel wholly justified in regurgitating some of this NFL season’s comic absurdities. I’m assuming that those shots will fall eventually, but once a player’s spooked like Branchez, it’s hard to know.

    Tyson Chandler, C 37 MIN | 6-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -4

    With the top two shot-takers riding the pine, we got to see the most aggressive, offensively-inclined Tyson since…well…actually his entire Knick career. There were a couple of Amar’e-esque dribble/drives from the top of the key and two attempted non-dunk-type jumpers. He even made one, so drink, everyone! I assume it’s egg nogg. That’s what you goyishe drink this time of year, right? Aside from that anomaly, this was a standard-brand, solid, not great but definitely swell Tyson-y example of rim-protecting and rebound-gobbling.

    Jason Kidd, PG 31 MIN | 8-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 23 PTS | +13

    I have no words. I mean, there’s probably a halfway-decent “Hot Tub Time Machine” joke or “That was some serious Yoda shit” line I could sling, but I don’t want my incessant desire for cheap yuks/verbal gymnastics to take anything away from/do a disservice to an absolutely masterful performance. To paraphrase Samuel Beckett, every word would be an unnecessary stain on silence.

    James White, SG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0

    If not for some grade A J.R. Smithery, the foul he committed with 34 seconds to go that sent Jared “Really? We’re going to let a mediocre nonentity like Jared Dudley ring up 34 points” Dudley to the line, would have planted a set of gigantic goat horns firmly upon James’ dome tonight. You owe J.R. some snacks. Or maybe a nice bedtime story featuring a nice lady’s butt in a thong that fights an evil dragon.

    Chris Copeland, SF 30 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | 0

    I’ve said it before (and if not, I probably should have) and I’ll say it again: Cope really reminds me of Lee Nailon. For those who’ve Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-ed away the end of the Layden Administration, Nailon was a bucket-getting SF/PF ‘tweener who wasn’t really into the whole defense/rebounding thing. Like Cope, though, if given his druthers, he could put the biscuit in the basket from inside and out. Though I doubt Lee ever referred to Sheed, Kurt and Marcus as “The Three Wise Men”, like Chris did when interviewed by NBA TV after the game. Which was nice.

    Steve Novak, SF 28 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +7

    Once again, Stevak just couldn’t find the open space necessary to do his thang. Perhaps one of the more x’s n’ o’s inclined among all you Knickerbloggeristas could ‘splain to your umble correspondent whether this is a question of unimaginative playcalling or the brunt of the burden should fall upon Stevak’s sloped shoulders. In either case, his scoring is going to become increasingly necessary if bodies keep dropping with greater speed and blood-soaked, grand guignol ferocity than the Battle of Verdun.

    Marcus Camby, C 13 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +6

    Hey, look who’s rounding into some semblance of the player we expected to see! The Phoenix TV guys actually compared Marcus’s shot (for lack of a better term) to Satchel Paige. No, I still don’t understand what they meant either unless they just think he’s old and it’s too late to go scouring YouTube for highlights of Satch hurling the horsehide, creakily moving towards the plate, limbs and elbows flying in every direction but the one the ball will eventually go. In my mind, it’s like watching a cobra unfurl. But anyhoo, Marcus did a decent job subbing for Tyson, blocking shots and tipping rebounds, like a strange glimpse into a distant (around 2020 or so) future when Chandler’s been robbed of his otherworldly athletic gifts, yet remains an effective deterrent at the tin.

    Pablo Prigioni, PG 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -11

    Remember when people (well, me at least) were clamoring for more floor time for the Pest and scratching our heads and making trips to the oracle at Delphi for answers as to why, no matter the quality of his outing, Priggy’s PT seemed to be firmly limited to 12 minutes, no more, no less? ‘Member that? Well, here’s one reason: turnovers. For all the guttural, fatally injured forest creature-type howls of, “STOP SHOOTING,” that Felt induces; at least he doesn’t cough the ball up with impunity. He’s going to be playing more in the near future. But we’ll get to that painful development soon enough.

    J.R. Smith, SG 37 MIN | 11-27 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 27 PTS | -2

    MY. NAME. IS. EAAAAAAAAAAAARL. Wow. I think we all were assuming that J.R. would launch somewhere between 25 and 2,343,563,799.3251 shots tonight. And to be honest, many of them were of the “No, no, no, no, no…YES!” off-balance variety at the end of the shot clock to bail out a botched offensive set. Efficiency deficiencies notwithstanding, 27 points, 6 bounds, 5 dimes and 5 steals is my-t-fine. Plus, J.R. was tweeting last night at 5am (2am EST, but still) and thus, the correlation between his nocturnal activities and the appearance of Bad J.R. (save for a silly flagrant where he submarined Goran Dragic) has been rendered moot. Amazingly,he’s the 4th player in last 10 seasons with 2 buzzer-beaters in a month. The last was Kobe Bryant in Dec. 2009 [H/T ESPN Stats & Info]. (And if you doubt that J.R. thinks he’s just as good as Kobe, you don’t know Jack Earl.) For all his foibles, I dare you to unearth any Knick fan with an operant limbic system that doesn’t have a storage unit-sized soft spot in his/her heart for our John Starks/Jamal Crawford amalgam. <3 U, Earl.

    Mike Woodson

    Good job by Son of Wood getting an undermanned team ready on the second night of a back-to-back. Friend-of-the-blog also notes that he straight up pilfered the center handoff the LA beat them with last night. Considering the degree to which he’s incorporated (or copied, depending on how generous one is) SSOL, this shouldn’t be very surprising. Well done, Mr. Sticky Fingers.

    Five Things We Saw

    1. That was fun. When the word was given to the people that neither Melo nor Ray-Ray would be playing, I certainly thought a win would be tough to come by. They’d need a stellar effort from Earl (Good Earl) and at least one other non-scorer to fill the hoop in a manner unlike any we’d seen this year. There was an equal possibility of a Chicago-like meltdown and a Cleveland-like, somehow cobble together enough scoring to eek out a close win versus a substandard opponent. Thanks to J.R.’s heroics, that was pretty much tonight’s script and all was joyous in Knickville until…
    2. …Oh Crap. Jut heard that Raymond Felton’s got a broken finger that might require surgery (we’ll know more Friday/over the weekend/never) and if he does need to go under the knife, he’ll miss 4-6 weeks. There’ll be time for a greater examination of how the Knicks will deal with his absence/the cobbling together of fake trades but for now, pardon me while I go off on an extended rant about both the Knicks medical staff and how this team deigns to parse information out to we mere serfs.
    3. One the one hand, it’s possible that the team is completely incapable of making a correct diagnosis. Roger Hinds and his team of wacky, meatball surgeons haven’t inspired much confidence in their skillz lo these many years. That’s problematic enough. But, honestly, I don’t think that’s the case. For some reason, the entire Knicks hierarchy is so insanely paranoid that they insist on hoarding information as if the results of an x-ray were a tightly guarded, heavily redacted state secret. It’s insulting. There’s no need to treat the fans and/or the media like the enemy. And it’s so easy to see through the bullshit. There’s NO WAY that they didn’t perform an MRI on Carmelo. Of course they know the severity of his “hyperextended knee”. They’d be contractually liable/subject to a serious lawsuit if they didn’t perform some form of test beyond a Dr. Feelgood-type prod and poke. So when Woodson casually mentions pregame that he’s “worried” about the knee, naturally I assume the worst. I half expect that we’ll wake up tomorrow and find out that Melo’s actually deceased (Though if he did die, the Knicks would still list him as “day to day with an acute myocardial infarction resulting in death”). Just like they Knew Felt had a fractured finger all day yet insisted on spewing this crapola about a sprain for 24 hours. Why? I have no idea. But whatever the reason, it sucks massively inflamed donkey testes to realize that you’ve been had, you’ve been took and you’ve been bamboozled (again). I don’t know about you, but there are very few things in life that make me grind my teeth down to the nubbin in a dyspeptic, stomach-churning rage more than being bald-facedly lied to, where the prevaricator either assumes I am/you are a credulous imbecile who can barely read above 8th grade level and lists, “likes to color” as a hobby or honestly doesn’t give eight shits whether I/you believe it or not. Fuck that noise. And fuck you, James Dolan, for generally treating one of the most loyal fan bases in any sport like a bunch of mentally challenged, shiny-from-all-the-excess-drool-dribbling-down-the-front-of-his/her-chin numbskulls or some unknown gelatinous particle that you needed a shrimp fork with particularly sharp tines to dislodge from the grooves in the heel of his boot.
    4. Thank you. I feel slightly better. In case you’re still royally pissed. Here are some awesome GIF’s courtesy of of the final moments of this evening’s contest. Let’s just watch these on an endless loop because, as previously stated, they’re awesome and not totally depressing like every other thought I have about my continuing devotion to a professional team that wavers between laughingstock and an execrable example of everything that’s wrong with 21st Century capitalism.




      THE SHOT


    6. Luckily, the schedule-makers are giving this team a bit of a break as they attempt to deal with the latest injury-based conundrum. It’s the sad sacks from Sacto followed by a few days off. By that time the ‘Bockers might have STAT back or maybe they’ll ink Delonte West or Derek Fisher (Veterans! Mentoring!) or maybe they’ll pull a Norman Dale and send four players out onto the floor. You know the old (possibly apocryphal) Chinese Parable/Curse. “May you live in interesting times.” Yeah, that. This team.