Happy Knicks Year! (And Knicks-Clippers Game Thread)

It’s a very Bargnani end to 2014! As we send this sad, no-good, laughable year of ‘Bocker basketball into the dustbin of history, Fred Katz of Bleacher Report, ESPN and a bunch of nifty sites dropped by to give us the skinny on Donald Sterling’s Steve Ballmer’s shiny new team. You can read my and Kevin McElroy’s scorching-hot Knicks takes over at ClipperBlog.

So the Clips snaggled a slightly-used Mike Woodson. While It’s hard to gauge the impact of assistant coaches, your thoughts on his impact thus far?

Like you said, it’s hard to judge assistants from the outside, but if you’re looking for someone who looks like the illegitimate child of Steve Harvey and Mr. Potato Head, Woodson’s your guy.

If you hate eyebrows, Woodson’s your guy.

If you want an assistant who can do the Shimmy, Woodson’s your guy.

Early in the season, there were moments when the Clippers offense looked kind of “Knicksy.” Lots of isolation. Too much mid-range. And there are still moment when that happens, but the Clips are still scoring efficiently and mostly running the same plays. It’s hard t gauge actual value, and the presence of the great Alvin Gentry is surely missed in places, but Woody seems to be perfectly fine.

Blake Griffin’s been up and down this year. What’s going on? Why the increase in midrange heaves?

Doc Rivers has equated it to getting a new toy. You want to play with it as soon as you get it.

There’s no doubt Blake’s mid-range accuracy is improved this year, draining 40 percent of his attempts from that area, per NBA.com. But he’s also jump shooting so freakin’ much, getting away from his strength: finishing in the paint. He’s on pace for just 95 dunks, which seems like a lot, but is a little more than half of his previous career low. We’re not seeing rim-crushing Blake this year, and it’s hard to say exactly why.

There are times when he looks a sixteenth of a step slower or an inch lower to the ground on his vertical, nothing too damning, but subtle enough that it doesn’t allow for those Mozgovian moments. On top of that, he’s been more lax on the boards and on the defensive end.

Griffin is still one of the three of four best power forwards in the NBA. He’s scoring at an efficient and voluminous rate, even if it’s not quite as tidy as usual. He’s solidified himself as the NBA’s most versatile passing power forward at worst and it’s best-passing 4-man at best. He’ll be fine. It’s just been a little quirky.

What a nice, ebullient, probably-not-racist new owner you have. Which life event would you like to have had Steve sitting courtside to scream and sweat at: 1) Your Bar Mitzvah 2) The first time you ever kissed another human being 3) [insert your own option]?

He’d be a wonderful addition to my Bar Mitzvah if only because I’d love a glistening, salty, bald man screaming “Mazel tov!!” from across the congregation as Aunt Debbie and Uncle Mark finish their Aliyah. Conversely, I definitely wouldn’t want him there for my first kiss. I imagine that looked something like a frog stabbing at a fly, but if the fly was pretending that it wanted to be eaten. No one should have to witness the laws of nature dement to such a degree.

More than anything, though, I wish Ballmer were there the first time I successfully used the toilet. My father once told me (and by “once told me,” I mean he said it five minutes ago when I brought this up to him), “Potty training you was one of the worst experiences of my life.” He was elated when the diapers went away. Doesn’t he deserve a friend to celebrate with him after such a treacherous life-altering experience? Who better than Ballmer?

Knicks Morning News (2014.12.31)

  • [New York Times] Warriors Keep Rolling, Topple 76ers 126-86 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:07:14 GMT)

    Marreese Speights scored 23 points, Stephen Curry added 13 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 126-86 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Down the Raptors 102-97 in OT (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:07:11 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 26 points and nine assists and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 102-97 in overtime on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Leads Lakers to 111-103 Win Over Nuggets (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:58:18 GMT)

    The old Kobe Bryant sure looked an awful lot like the young Kobe Bryant.

  • [New York Times] Hornets’ Jefferson Out 4 Weeks With Groin Injury (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:46:02 GMT)

    The Charlotte Hornets’ playoff hopes took a major hit after an MRI revealed that center Al Jefferson will miss a minimum of four weeks with a strained adductor muscle in his left groin.

  • [New York Times] Hayward Helps Jazz Rally to Beat Timberwolves (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:07:20 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward scored 11 of his 26 points in the final four minutes to help the Utah Jazz rally to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-94 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Lopez Leads Nets Over Bulls 96-82 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:01:04 GMT)

    Impressive wins have been rare for the Brooklyn Nets this season, but Brook Lopez believes the team can (and should) have more performances like Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Lopez Stars as Nets End Bulls’ Seven-Game Winning Streak (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:43 GMT)

    Brook Lopez scored 29 points, a season best, and Joe Johnson had a double-double in Brooklyn’s victory in Chicago.

  • [New York Times] Evans Scores 24 as Pelicans Hold Off Suns, 110-106 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:49:08 GMT)

    Tyreke Evans scored 24 points, including eight straight for New Orleans in the final 2 minutes, and the Pelicans held off Phoenix 110-106 on Tuesday night to stop the Suns’ winning streak at six games.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Leads Mavericks to 114-87 Rout of Wizards (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:37:04 GMT)

    Monta Ellis scored 20 points in 27 minutes and the Dallas Mavericks beat Washington 114-87 on Tuesday night, handing the Wizards their most lopsided loss of the season.

  • [New York Times] Hawks 109, Cavaliers 101: Hawks Spoil Party as James Turns 30 and Cavaliers Fall Without Him (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:02:52 GMT)

    Cleveland faded to 18-13 without James, who rested a sporadically sore knee and may be unavailable for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee.

  • [New York Times] Conley Scores 30 as Grizzlies Defeat Spurs 95-87 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:55:15 GMT)

    Mike Conley had 30 points and six assists, Marc Gasol added 17 points and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-87 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Powers Hawks Past Cavaliers, 109-101 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:16:02 GMT)

    Paul Millsap took over for Atlanta in the fourth quarter to help hold off a Cleveland comeback and the Hawks beat the Cavaliers, who were without LeBron James, 109-101 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Meeks Has Big Game Off Bench as Pistons Beat Magic (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:01:04 GMT)

    Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 34 points off the bench, shooting 9 for 11 on 3-pointers, and Andre Drummond added 17 points and 22 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 109-86 victory over the Orlando Magic.

  • [New York Times] The Knicks’ Cole Aldrich, a Bright Spot, Steps In to Fill the Void (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:47:58 GMT)

    The Knicks’ Cole Aldrich can laugh at himself and his missing tooth — a welcome bright spot in the team’s miserable season.

  • [New York Daily News] Woeful Knicks will add Andrea Bargnani on New Year’s Eve (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:52:47 GMT)

    A fully bearded Phil Jackson walked out of practice at the local Boys & Girls Club without speaking to the media beyond a “Happy New Year.”

  • Knicks Morning News (2014.12.30)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Carmelo Anthony’s knee issue looms as ’15 nears (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:02:47 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony’s status for the Knicks’ final game of 2014 is unknown.

  • [New York Daily News] Mike Woodson won’t knock struggling Knicks or Phil Jackson (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 04:32:20 GMT)

    The Knicks have lost as many games this season under Derek Fisher as they did during the entire 2012-13 campaign under , Mike Woodson.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Beat Jazz for 12th Straight Time, 101-97 (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 06:25:01 GMT)

    Blake Griffin scored 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Utah 101-97 Monday night for their 12th straight victory over the Jazz, breaking the franchise record for consecutive losses against one club.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Plumlee’s 22 Points Help Nets Top Kings (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 04:43:38 GMT)

    Wesley Matthews made six 3-pointers and had 28 points to lead Portaldn to a 101-79 victory.

  • [New York Times] Beal, Pierce Help Wizards Hold Off Rockets 104-103 (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 04:33:57 GMT)

    Bradley Beal scored 33 points and Paul Pierce added 21, and the Washington Wizards survived a furious fourth-quarter charge by the Rockets for a 104-103 victory Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Plumlee Leads Nets Over Kings 107-99 (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 03:25:08 GMT)

    Mason Plumlee continued his impressive play with a team-high 22 points, Joe Johnson and Jarret Jack each scored 16, and the Brooklyn Nets held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 107-99 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Hold Off Heat at End, 102-101 (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 03:15:59 GMT)

    Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points, Victor Oladipo scored seven of his 22 in the final minutes and the Orlando Magic beat the Miami Heat 102-101 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Knight Helps Lead Bucks Over Hornets 104-94 in OT (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 03:09:59 GMT)

    Brandon Knight scored 18 points, including a layup to force overtime, and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away to beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-94 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Butler Lead Bulls Over Pacers 92-90 (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 02:54:56 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 92-90 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: N.B.A. Rookies Carefully Choose Stockings to Fill (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 02:24:56 GMT)

    Around the holidays, young players who have recently earned their first big paychecks face pressure to buy gifts for family members, friends and hangers-on.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Jackson Asks Knicks Fans to Take a Sky-High Leap of Faith (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:52:03 GMT)

    Phil Jackson, the Knicks’ president, has asked fans to be patient, but the Knicks lack the kind of breakout players Jackson worked with in winning championships as a coach.

  • [New York Post] Carmelo feels ‘weakness’ and Fisher open to shutting him down (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 01:34:19 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES — Derek Fisher hinted he'd be OK if Carmelo Anthony decides to shut it down for a stretch to rest his injured left knee. The Knicks coach yanked…

  • [New York Post] Jovial, chipper Mike Woodson finally weighs in on Derek Fisher (Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:00:59 -0500)

    LOS ANGELES — Dressed in a dark blue Clippers warm-up suit, Mike Woodson smiled more in a 15-minute chat with a handful of New York writers than Derek Fisher has…

  • The Knicks Should Take a Risk

     

    The New York Knicks are in a difficult situation going forward. Yes, they have cap space coming available this summer, but they also need to reshape a large chunk of their rotation.

    Working under the presumption Carmelo Anthony isn’t going to be traded, he’s literally the only player you can consider a lock to be on the team past the 2014-2015 season.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jose Calderon are expected to be. Timmy because he is still on his rookie contract through 2016-2017 and Calderon is locked in through that same season at over $7 million per year. Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Samuel Dalembert, Jason Smith, Shane Larkin and Cole Aldrich are all on expiring contracts and presumably gone. Iman Shumpert, Quincy Acy and Travis Wear are restricted free agents. J.R. Smith has a player option and Pablo Prigioni has an unguaranteed contract year. The other two players most likely to be around are second-round picks Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

    When you add in their 2015 first round pick, president of basketball operations Phil Jackson will realistically need to fill four to nine roster spots next season. It probably will end up falling somewhere in the middle of the two.

    Given this information, it’s logical that the Knicks should try to find more players they would want to keep in the long term. New York’s path to contention is more than a one-offseason rehabilitation project and no matter who is back an influx of talent is necessary. Both sides of the ball must improve, the defense is horrendous, but the offense is entirely reliant on Anthony.

    With Melo on the floor they average 104.3 points per 100 possessions. With him off that drops to 94.9. The problem has been trending in the wrong direction for two years. In 12-13 the ORtg dropped by five points, but that was from 110.5 to 105.3. The 105.3 mark with Anthony sitting would have ranked as the ninth most efficient offense that season. In 13-14 it also dropped five points – the difference was a 101.3 mark with Melo off the floor ranked in the bottom third of the league.

    The pattern shows how the Knicks supporting cast has been getting worse and worse. This is the reason I endorse the Knicks looking into the trade market and taking a risk on Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters or Hornets guard Lance Stephenson.

    As a side note there are other players I’d target before these two, but these are realistic options based on their standing with their organizations. Taking a run at Terrence Jones would be fantastic now that the Rockets have signed Josh Smith — I don’t think the Knicks have the assets to make something like that happen.

    I don’t even know if New York has enough to pull off getting Stephenson or Waiters, but anyone not named Melo you could put on the table and come out on the right side of a deal.

    Despite a very popular anti Waiters and Stephenson culture that exists here is a list explaining why it makes sense for the Knicks to take a risk on either player.

    1. Stephenson is 24 and Waiters is 23. If the Knicks traded for one of them they would immediately become the second most skilled player on the roster. A sad but true statement.
    1. According to NBA.com New York averages the least amount drives in the league at 13.3 per game and the least amount of points generated by drives per 48 minutes at 7.1. In 32 minutes a game Lance averages 5.0 drives per game this season.  In only 22.8 minutes per game Dion Waiters averages 4.2 drives per game. Last season when Waiters was on a less talented team he averaged 7.4 drives per game in 29.9 minutes. This is an offensive skill New York desperately needs from its two-guard position with Calderon being more of a spot-up shooting complement.
    1. You’re buying low. People always want to trade for players playing well, but acquiring someone at their low-point can be beneficial because they cost less. Stephenson and Waiters are both better than what they’ve been this year and have the chance to grow into more. Reflect back to reason #1 — 24 and 23 years old. These are the type of players you want to give a shot despite their flaws.
    1. As was already established the Knicks aren’t competing for a championship next year, but obviously you would like them to go from dismal to in the mix for a playoff spot as a part of the lowly Eastern Conference. This still gives you some room for experimentation. Neither Stephenson nor Waiters are inhibiting other improvements to your roster short or long term. Both would essentially be a one-year tryout. Waiters is signed for slightly over $5-million next season before hitting restricted free agency, while Stephenson gets paid $9-million in 15-16 and it’s a team-option in 16-17.
    1. It’s time to stop trying to build the roster around signing max players. For once be realistic about what your options are. There’s no reason to save money for Marc Gasol this summer or Kevin Durant next because the Knicks aren’t going to get either player. Don’t do the Stoudemire thing all over again and learn from your mistakes. If the idea here is to build around Melo strive to accentuate what he does well and cover up the holes in his game. A roster is obviously always fluid, but attempt to acquire targets with the idea they will be with the franchise for a long time. Create an atmosphere that puts players in a position to succeed and not fail. This is an area the Knicks have failed in miserably through the years and it continues to this day.

    It was by accident, but the 12-13 Knicks ended up being good because they were a team of parts that made sense with each other. It’s getting harder and harder to just throw together talent and have it be successful as we’re seeing with the Cavaliers, Suns, Pelicans and Nuggets. When you have the Warriors, Grizzlies, Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Rockets, Trail Blazers, Bulls, Raptors and Hawks – that not only have talent, but are conceptually fluid throughout the organization and on the court – it takes a lot of facets in sync to compete.

    Think what the Wizards were able to do when they traded for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor that was widely criticized at the time. That move helped them establish a culture moving the organization in the right direction. This is the point where the Knicks are at. They are not a one-player signing, quick fix away. While the Wizards needed to create stability and a positive environment for John Wall, New York flat-out needs players who can potentially be really good at basketball. That sounds ridiculous and simplistic yet it’s factually accurate.

    Stephenson and Waiters clearly have issues they need to overcome. The Knicks are in a position where they need to be searching out for talent wherever they can get it. These are two potential options that could pay off huge in the long run and if they don’t work out avoid decimating the franchise like other prior risks.

    This isn’t crushing your future trading for Eddy Curry or signing your franchise over to the bad knees of Amar’e Stoudemire. What I’m talking about here is trying to create a low-risk, high-reward situation – there’s the potential to find a long-term, young, building block they will have a difficult time seeking out from other avenues.

    Knicks Morning News (2014.12.29)

  • [New York Post] The Knicks’ strategy that may net under-the-radar Blazers stud (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 01:45:42 -0500)

    PORTLAND, Ore. — While the focus has been on Phil Jackson signing another superstar such as Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, there's a feeling in the league the Zen Master could be…

  • [New York Newsday] Knee pain, fatigue force Carmelo Anthony out of Knicks' loss to Blazers (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 01:43:53 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony asked to be removed in the first half Sunday night because his bothersome left knee felt tired and weak. It might not be long before he shuts it down for an extended period.

  • [New York Newsday] J.R. Smith feeling better, but misses 10th straight game (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 01:31:13 EST)

    J.R. Smith said his left foot is feeling better, but he remains limited and was in a walking boot after a pregame workout.

  • [New York Times] Suns Hold Off Lakers 116-107 for 6th Straight Win (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:09:06 GMT)

    When the Phoenix Suns deploy their three playmaking guards simultaneously, even Kobe Bryant gets a bit overwhelmed.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Cavaliers at Hawks (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:24:09 GMT)

    The Hawks have adopted a team-oriented offense that may prove effective against a Cavaliers defense that has been lacking at times.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Carmelo Anthony Hobbled as Knicks Extend Skid to Eight Games (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:13:46 GMT)

    A loss to the Trail Blazers was the eighth straight for the Knicks (5-28), who had just nine available players to start the game and then lost Anthony for the second half because of a sore left knee.

  • [New York Times] Lowry’s Double-Double Leads Raptors Over Nuggets, 116-102. (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:06:26 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry had 30 points and 11 assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Denver Nuggets 116-102 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Lowry’s Double-Double Leads Raptors Over Nuggets, 116-102. (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:03:26 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry had 30 points and 11 assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Denver Nuggets 116-102 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Matthews Helps Blazers Beat Knicks 101-79 (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 04:33:05 GMT)

    Wesley Matthews had 28 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the short-handed New York Knicks 101-79 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Play-by-Play, but First Up: Charting Stats, Hour by Hour (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 04:21:33 GMT)

    Pete Pranica goes through unique rituals to prepare for the high-wire act of conveying the play-by-play action of Memphis Grizzlies games for live broadcasts.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki, Mavericks Rally Past Thunder, 112-107 (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 03:39:32 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki matched his season high with 30 points, Chandler Parsons added 26 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Green Leads Injury-Depleted Spurs to Win (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:57:04 GMT)

    Danny Green had 24 points and the injury-depleted San Antonio Spurs held off a late rally to beat the Houston Rockets 110-106 on Sunday, snapping a six-game skid against their intrastate rivals.

  • [New York Times] Jennings Leads Pistons to 103-80 Win at Cleveland (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:12:01 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, and the Detroit Pistons used an 18-0 run in the second quarter to roll past the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-80 on Sunday.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo leaves with injury in Knicks’ loss to Trail Blazers (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:11:22 GMT)

    At different times in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against Portland, Carmelo Anthony appeared to be grimacing and in pain.

  • [New York Daily News] J.R. Smith still working way back (Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:08:24 GMT)

    J.R. Smith prides himself on being able to play through pain, but his most recent injury has him a bit befuddled.

  • Knicks Morning News (2014.12.28)

  • [New York Times] Kings 135, Knicks 129, Ot: Kings Edge Depleted Knicks in Overtime (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:05:34 GMT)

    Led by DeMarcus Cousins’s 39 Points, Sacramento sent New York to its seventh straight loss.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Shake Off Skid, Beat Timberwolves 110-97 (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 06:06:02 GMT)

    Stephen Curry had 25 points and six assists, Klay Thompson scored 21 points and the Golden State Warriors shook off a two-game losing streak by rolling past the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, 110-97 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Cousins Leads Kings Past Knicks 135-129 in OT (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 05:57:03 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins scored nine of his season-high 39 points in overtime in his return from a stomach ailment, and the Sacramento Kings handed the New York Knicks their seventh straight loss, 135-129 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Shut Down Carter-Williams, 76ers, Win 88-71 (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 04:59:59 GMT)

    Derrick Favors had 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Utah Jazz to an 88-71 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pacers’ Bench Proves Too Much for Nets (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 04:53:34 GMT)

    Indiana’s bench dominated that of the Nets, outscoring it, 50-16.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Beat Bucks to Split Home-And-Home Series (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 04:24:07 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Al Horford added 20, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 90-85 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Snap Nets’ 3-Game Win Streak, 110-85 (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 04:15:14 GMT)

    Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points, David West added 17, and the Indiana Pacers overwhelmed the Brooklyn Nets 110-85 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Beat Pelicans 107-100 for 6th Straight Win (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 03:36:00 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler scored 33 points, Derrick Rose had 19 and the Chicago Bulls beat the New Orleans Pelicans 107-100 on Saturday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Snap 4-Game Skid, Top Heat 103-95 (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 03:21:04 GMT)

    Mike Conley scored 24 points, Marc Gasol added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies never trailed on their way to beating the Miami Heat 103-95 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Beat Hornets 102-94 Despite Walker’s 42 (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:48:05 GMT)

    Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 21 points and the Orlando Magic overcame 42 points from Kemba Walker to beat the Charlotte Hornets 102-94 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Humphries, Pierce Lead Wizards Over Boston, 101-88 (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:27:01 GMT)

    Kris Humphries scored 18 points, Paul Pierce had 17 and the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 101-88 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Lowry, Valanciunas Lead Raptors Over Clippers (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:54:00 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry and the short-handed Toronto Raptors needed plenty of help from their reserves down the stretch to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks force overtime but still fall to Kings, 135-129 (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 07:53:06 GMT)

    We’ll say this about the Knicks: At least they make things interesting.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks force overtime but still fall to Kings, 135-129 (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 07:53:06 GMT)

    We’ll say this about the Knicks: At least they make things interesting.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Kings 135, Knicks 129; 7th straight loss (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:04:19 EDT)

    The New York Knicks put up a decent fight on Saturday night. But in the end, the result was the same: another disappointing loss in this disaster of a season. New York trailed by 15 in the first quarter but battled back to force overtime only to fall short against DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings, 135-129. Cousins crushed the Knicks for much of the game, finishing with 39 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost seven straight and 17 of their last 18.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Kings 135, Knicks 129; 7th straight loss (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:04:19 EDT)

    The New York Knicks put up a decent fight on Saturday night. But in the end, the result was the same: another disappointing loss in this disaster of a season. New York trailed by 15 in the first quarter but battled back to force overtime only to fall short against DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings, 135-129. Cousins crushed the Knicks for much of the game, finishing with 39 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost seven straight and 17 of their last 18.

  • [New York Post] 2014-15 Knicks joining worst teams in NY history (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 03:33:26 -0500)

    Yes, we can start thinking about the Knicks in these terms: They are awfully close to advancing to the ever-shifting Tournament of Woes-es Parade as the worst representative of each…

  • [New York Post] Acy admits hard foul on Wall was ‘unnecessary’ (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:39:03 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — My bad. Knicks power forward Quincy Acy responded Saturday to his one-game suspension, admitting he laid too hard a foul on the Wizards' John Wall on Christmas…

  • [New York Post] Knicks rally but fall in OT for seventh straight loss (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:38:57 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nine men, one goal, one overtime, but no victory. After giving up 67 points in the first half, the undermanned Knicks played a pesky final two quarters,…

  • [New York Post] 2014-15 Knicks joining worst teams in NY history (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 03:33:26 -0500)

    Yes, we can start thinking about the Knicks in these terms: They are awfully close to advancing to the ever-shifting Tournament of Woes-es Parade as the worst representative of each…

  • [New York Post] Acy admits hard foul on Wall was ‘unnecessary’ (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:39:03 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — My bad. Knicks power forward Quincy Acy responded Saturday to his one-game suspension, admitting he laid too hard a foul on the Wizards' John Wall on Christmas…

  • [New York Post] Knicks rally but fall in OT for seventh straight loss (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:38:57 -0500)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nine men, one goal, one overtime, but no victory. After giving up 67 points in the first half, the undermanned Knicks played a pesky final two quarters,…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks can't stop DeMarcus Cousins (39 points) in Kings' 135-129 overtime victory (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:53:52 EST)

    DeMarcus Cousins missed Friday night's game with an illness, but he recovered quickly. Then he made the Knicks sick.

  • [New York Newsday] Amar'e Stoudemire would like NBA to lighten schedule (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:04:20 EST)

    Amar'e Stoudemire would like to see the NBA scale back its schedule in light of so many players taking games off to rest.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks can't stop DeMarcus Cousins (39 points) in Kings' 135-129 overtime victory (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:53:52 EST)

    DeMarcus Cousins missed Friday night's game with an illness, but he recovered quickly. Then he made the Knicks sick.

  • [New York Newsday] Amar'e Stoudemire would like NBA to lighten schedule (Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:04:20 EST)

    Amar'e Stoudemire would like to see the NBA scale back its schedule in light of so many players taking games off to rest.