Knicks 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Wizards

The Knicks take on the Washington Wizards on Halloween Night, the second night of a back-to-back for the Wizards. Hopefully they will be tired out and the Knicks will be able to take advantage. John Wall and Bradley Beal are a tough matchup for the Knicks’ current starting backcourt, but hopefully they’ll be able to hang in there until the faster second unit enters the game.

Former Wizard and new Knicks Kevin Seraphim makes his season debut tonight. Hopefully he torments his former team!

Let’s go Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2015.10.31)

  • [New York Daily News] Derek Fisher sticking with Knicks starting lineup for now (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 02:36:39 GMT)

    Derek Fisher went through 65 losses last season, so he tried to offer perspective when asked about shaking up the Knicks lineup.

  • [New York Times] Rondo, Cousins Lead Kings to 132-114 Win Over Lakers (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 05:54:37 GMT)

    Critics have been doubting that Rajon Rondo can ever become an elite player again. The veteran point guard, now with the Sacramento Kings, proved Friday night he still has some game.

  • [New York Times] Bledsoe, Knight Lead Suns to 110-92 Win Over Portland (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 05:51:44 GMT)

    Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points, backcourt mate Brandon Knight added 18 and the Phoenix Suns pulled away in the second half to roll past the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-92 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Remain Unbeaten With Win Over Rockets (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 05:39:29 GMT)

    Beyond the result, perhaps what pleased Warriors interim coach Luke Walton most on Friday was his ability to evenly distribute minutes in advance of a quick turnaround to New Orleans and the first back-to-back this season.

  • [New York Times] Towns, Timberwolves Beat Nuggets, Ready for Flip’s Memorial (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 04:54:37 GMT)

    Two emotional road wins to start the season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now, an emotional day awaits as they attend the memorial service of Flip Saunders.

  • [New York Times] Curry Has 25, Warriors Rout Rockets in West Finals Rematch (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 04:30:44 GMT)

    Stephen Curry scored 25 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 112-92 on Friday night in a rematch of the Western Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: After Surgery on His Foot, Jodie Meeks Is Out Up to 4 Months (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 03:36:59 GMT)

    Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks will miss the next three to four months of the season after foot surgery.

  • [New York Times] Lots of Love for Cavaliers in Win Over Heat (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 03:36:27 GMT)

    It did not take long for the Cleveland Cavaliers to figure out how to lean on their star forward for victories.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 48, Thunder Down Magic 139-136 in 2 OT (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 03:27:45 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have delivered plenty of highlights during their NBA careers.

  • [New York Times] Leonard, Duncan Lead Spurs to 102-75 Win Over Nets (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 03:12:31 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and Tim Duncan added 15 as the San Antonio Spurs regrouped after a sluggish start to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 102-75 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Beal Scores 26, Wizards Beat Bucks 118-113 (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 02:57:32 GMT)

    Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and the Washington Wizards came back from a 13-point deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-113 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Bazemore’s 19 Points Help Hawks Hold Off Hornets, 97-94 (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 02:51:39 GMT)

    Dennis Schroder made Atlanta’s two-point guard lineup look good by scoring 14 points and the Hawks held off Charlotte’s late comeback to beat the Hornets 97-94 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Improve to 3-0, Outlast Bulls 98-94 in OT (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 02:39:44 GMT)

    Marcus Morris scored 26 points, Andre Drummond had 20 points and 20 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons took control at the start of overtime to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-94 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Roll Over Celtics 113-103 (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 02:30:50 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and Terrence Ross had 13 of his 21 in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors took command in the second half and beat the Boston Celtics 113-103 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Beat 76ers 99-71 for 1st Victory of Season (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 01:48:52 GMT)

    Derrick Favors had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Rodney Hood scored 17 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 99-71 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night

  • [New York Times] James, Love Lead Cavaliers Past Heat 102-92 (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 01:42:59 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 29 points, Kevin Love added 24 with 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their home opener, a 102-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Mel Daniels, Hall of Fame Center With Pacers, Dies at 71 (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 00:39:48 GMT)

    Mel Daniels, the Hall of Fame center who helped the Indiana Pacers win three American Basketball Association titles, died Friday. He was 71.

  • Hawks 112, Knicks 101. Fisher Tells Off Media

    Things certainly got interesting after the Knickerbockers got a clinic in what a free-flowing offense actually looks like in today’s NBA. Not to say the Knicks were terrible, but the Hawks were simply just so so so much better offensively. While I’ll get into the game in just a minute, can we all give Derek Fisher a round of applause for passive aggressively telling the New York media to chill the hell out?

    During his postgame press conference, Coach Fisher was asked if he would consider making any lineup changes. After spending 15-20 seconds essentially dancing around the question, he hit the media with a quick 1-2 combo that certainly made this orange and blue fan chuckle.

    “…It’s always very interesting to see how things change. Where last night, everything was great and the sun was up. Now, all of a sudden, there is no sun because we lost tonight. That’s the mentality we have to get out of in this organization, everybody,” said Fisher.

    Dear Derek, it would be great if that same tenacity came across on the court. We get that maybe you spent too long under the tutelage of the Zen master, but to be polite: Nobody’s got time for that “Mr. Calm, Cool, and Collected” crap. No one’s buying your nice technical fouls, especially when you’ve got Calderon and Vujacic getting blown by on every play.

    Speaking of which, let’s get into last night’s game with the Hawks.

    For me, the story of the game wasn’t Carmelo Anthony’s 10-27 shooting, nor was it the 21 turnovers. The biggest issue moving forward was what that beat writer eluded to: Why, oh why, is Jose Calderon the starting PG for the Knicks when he can’t keep a tortoise from getting past him?

    Calderon, through 2 games has a defensive rating of 102.5, which in comparison to Grant (104.4) and Galloway (102.9) is actually better. However, in Calderon’s 18 minutes of play, it’s his lack of contributions on the offensive end in correlation to his defense that are truly hurting the Knicks. The veteran guard is nearly 50 points below Grant and 40 below Galloway. Which means that per 100 possessions, when Calderon is on the court, the Knicks give up 102.5 points and score only 78.8, for a whopping -23.7 net rating.

    Not only can the man not get a stop defensively, but he also is doing absolutely nothing to help the team score! Grant has a net rating of +20.8 and Galloway, +14.8.

    There isn’t one category where Calderon outshines Grant and Galloway. His true shooting percentage is an abysmal 23%, he’s a poor rebounder, and he’s doing little more than setup the offense for the first unit. Not to mention, he’s typically setting up that offense because his player just scored or assisted on a scoring basket.

    While fans are calling for Grant to start in place of Calderon, I’ll give you one better, insert Langston Galloway to man the starting PG position. Grant has certainly been a breath of fresh air with his speed and savviness in the second unit. But it’s been Galloway’s on-ball pressure, outside shooting, and consistent care with the ball (zero turnovers through two games), that has caught my eye.

    While none of these point guards are going to be shutdown defenders at this point. Having a starting lineup of Galloway, Afflalo (when he returns), Melo, KP, and Lopez, you’ve got length, scoring, and rebounding at every position. Also, you’ll still have players in the second unit who can get out and score in transition, while Calderon and Vujacic will play against lower level guards on most nights and essentially become spot up shooters when Grant penetrates.

    Now all we need is for Fisher to watch some film with Phil and come to his senses.

    Additional Game Notes from tonight:

    KP’s steal at the top of the arc, “accidental spin” to elude Milsap, and dunk in the open court, was easily the highlight of the night. He also finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

    Derrick Williams came back down to earth, particularly in the second half. He finished with 9 points on 3 for 9 shooting. The turnovers and lack of defensive stops didn’t allow him to get out in transition.

    Carmelo Anthony, wearing a mic for TNT, pulled Galloway and Grant aside in the first half, telling them both to attack and then setup the offense. How bad does Melo want one of these two in the starting lineup?

    Lance Thomas and Robin Lopez providing offense that I definitely never expected, other than a putback or two per game. I like Thomas for his defensive activity in the second unit. Have to admit, I would like to see Cleanthony get some time because he was also very active defensively during the preseason. I expect Lopez to play better once Calderon is out of the starting lineup and Afflalo returns.

    Melo didn’t shoot the ball well, which I attribute to him not having his legs just yet. However, he’s had three and-1’s this year and he’s attacking the rim regularly. 61.1% of his points so far, have been in the paint.

    Knicks Morning News (2015.10.30)

  • [New York Post] Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier talks Porzingis, Carmelo and his suits (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 03:10:38 -0400)

    MSG analyst and Knicks great Walt "Clyde” Frazier talks Kristaps Porzingis being "cool,” Carmelo Anthony's optimism and how even his own suit game fell off last season with The Post's Justin Terranova. Q: How has Porzingis developed since the summer league? A: I've seen tremendous improvement. He seems to be more aggressive, more relaxed. He…

  • [New York Post] How the Knicks are putting a crimp in Mike Breen’s Mets fandom (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:45:32 -0400)

    Mike Breen's night job is getting in the way of his first love. The MSG and ESPN play-by-play man's regular season started Wednesday night with the Thunder's thrilling 106-102 win over the Spurs in Oklahoma City. But the normal excitement of the NBA season came with some trepidation this year as Breen's beloved Mets were…

  • [New York Post] Thabo Sefolosha: I won’t stop talking about police misconduct (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:12:34 -0400)

    Thabo Sefolosha was back in New York on Thursday for the first time since being acquitted of resisting arrest in April. Earlier this week, the Hawks forward said he would sue the NYPD and the officers who broke his ankle and ended his season. He also said he would use his platform as an NBA…

  • [New York Post] A deeper look at Carmelo Anthony’s ugly shooting numbers (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:10:18 -0400)

    Carmelo Anthony's regular season has started the same way his preseason ended: with an ice-cold shooting touch the Knicks can ill afford. It's never a good sign when your unquestioned franchise player is also one of your coldest, but that's the situation the Knicks find themselves in. Anthony struggled for the second straight night to…

  • [New York Post] How the Knicks honored Kyle O’Quinn’s fallen father (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 01:47:52 -0400)

    Queens native Kyle O'Quinn fulfilled a lifelong dream Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, playing at home for his childhood team. He had dreamed of the moment for years, but when he arrived, the picture was incomplete. Missing was his father, Tommie, who died in a car accident over the summer and had been a…

  • [New York Post] The moment that shows Porzingis is worth watching — even if Knicks aren’t (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 01:28:21 -0400)

    Outside the Garden before the home opener, workers from Phil Jackson's marketing department handed out free posters of the new, towering frontline of 7-foot Robin Lopez, 7-3 Kristaps Porzingis and 6-9 Carmelo Anthony. By midseason, the free posters may just feature the Latvian rookie for the 20-year-old may be the only reason to still show…

  • [New York Post] Tim Hardaway Jr’s trade-day story: at dinner with Knicks (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:44:44 -0400)

    The draft-night trade that sent Tim Hardaway Jr. from New York to Atlanta shocked the young guard. It also gave him some added motivation, which he carried with him into the Knicks' home opener Thursday against his Hawks, a 112-101 Knicks loss. "They have a chip on their shoulder, just like I do,'' Hardaway, who…

  • [New York Times] Griffin Guides Clippers Past Mavericks (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:21:33 GMT)

    Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to guide the Clippers to a 104-88 victory over the short-handed Mavericks on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:27:44 GMT)

    Blake Griffin had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 15 points in the Clippers’ 104-88 victory over Dallas on Thursday night in Los Angeles’ home opener.

  • [New York Times] DeAndre Jordan and Clippers Rout Mavs 104-88 in Home Opener (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:24:37 GMT)

    Blake Griffin had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 15 points in the Clippers’ 104-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night in Los Angeles’ home opener.

  • [New York Times] Hawks 112, Knicks 101: Knicks Return to the Garden and Reality (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 04:26:56 GMT)

    One day after their season-opening victory producing a rare feeling of optimism, the Knicks were manhandled in their home opener.

  • [New York Times] Balanced Hawks Cruise Past Knicks (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 04:12:27 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks were one of the most unselfish teams in the NBA last season, ranking second in the league in assists and in a 112-101 win over the New York Knicks on Thursday, the Hawks once again shared the ball and the scoring.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Beat Knicks 112-101 for 1st Victory of the Season (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:51:45 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 23 points, Al Horford added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the New York Knicks 112-101 on Thursday night for their first victory of the season.

  • [New York Times] Gasol, Conley Help Grizzlies Get Past Pacers 112-103 (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:06:40 GMT)

    Marc Gasol scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 13 points and 10 assists in his return home Thursday night, helping the Memphis Grizzlies rally for a 112-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks open Garden with a dud in loss to Hawks (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:52:00 GMT)

    Following an encouraging opener – mirage? – in Milwaukee, the Knicks opened at the Garden a day later to poor results.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks and Porzingis showing their potential early on (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:32:17 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis introduced himself to New York with a sequence so graceful that Phil Jackson should be fined for saying Shawn Bradley.

  • Quick Recap: Hawks 112, Knicks 101

    Well, there goes the ‘Bockers chance to start out 2-0 for the first time in 16 seasons. A tragedy of epic proportions, n’est pas? Just thumbing through the box score, but a couple of things stand out.

    * The Knicks finished the game with 21 turnovers. This is not good.

    * The Calderon/Vujacic backcourt pales in comparison to the young turks, namely Messrs. Grant and Galloway, idling on the pine. The starters finished a combined 2-13 with only 3 assists. Those frisky kids put up a nifty 4-8 from the field with 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

    * Carmelo Anthony’s preseason net splashing was so much iron pyrite. He scored 25 points on 27 heaves, with 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

    * Overall, the Knicks simply didn’t have it tonight. They spent the bulk of the game shooting 40.9% from the field (including 6-29 from downtown), even though they got a ton of open looks.

    * You know how everyone and their brother thinks they can cobble together a better starting lineup than the coach? Well, they might be right. Calderon looked like the Walking Dead for the 2nd night in a row and couldn’t begin to guard Jeff Teague.

    * KP had an up and down game. Lots of effort-type plays and bricked threes, though he did manage to snaggle 8 rebounds.

    * If we’re handing out hardware–and hey, it’s one game, but everyone participated, so we’re turning this in to an awards ceremony–the Knickscar goes too… Kyle O’Quinn. Once again, he finished with a double-double, threw a bazillion mean mugs at refs and snot-green clad Hawks alike. He’s our very own, better-passing Kurt Thomas. Do you think he can dunk? Or at least jump over the Manhattan phone book?

    Hard to say. Recap in the mornin’, Knicker-backers!

    Knicks 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Hawks

    Sorry, folks, there was a bit of confusion. One of our newest writers, Heather Rose, will be handling the recap of the game tonight, but I thought that that meant that she would be starting the game thread, as well. My mistake.

    Welcome to the Knicks’ home opener, as the Knicks try to run the Hawks out of the Garden. The Hawks looked sluggish in a Game 1 loss to the Pistons. Can the Knicks follow up yesterday’s amazing blowout victory with another win over a playoff team from last year? Let’s hope so!

    Let’s go Knicks!

    We join the game in progress as the Knicks hold a 6-5 lead in the first…

    Game 1 Notes: Knicks 122 Bucks 97

    Below are my notes from last night’s game.

    National Anthem:
    So my building was sold again this year, which means I have to go through the process of training a new set of owners how appartments need heat. This is seriously affecting my drink choices. I’ve been home all day, and I’m freezing, so I’m thinking winter time beverages. In the fridge is some heavy cream, so I’m going with a Brandy Alexander. She usually doesn’t make an appearance until Christmas, but I’m wearing a sweatshirt right now.

    Introductions:
    CHRIS COPELAND!

    Wow I love how folksy the Bucks owner is. Somebody tell me that “speech” to the crowd is somewhere on YouTube.

    1Q
    Porzingis loses a rebound. Someone make this kid carry around a pumpkin to build up those wrists & fingers. It’s October, so no one will notice.

    Bucks run a pick & roll. Calderon desides to admire the bright lights for a few minutes as Milwaukee plays basketball. Bucks first guy misses, but the second makes the basket. Not a good start.

    Kristaps shows some nice defense on a Copeland drive (was it a block). His length will be causing problems on the defensive end.

    Calderon passes it directly to the Bucks. And then follows it up by letting them have an easy bucket off another pick. He’s looking like the 19th pick in the draft.

    Wow and on the next play Michael Carter-Williams beats Jose on a back door alley-oop. If I’m coach, I’m putting in Galloway or Grant. 11-4 Bucks, Knicks time out.

    Carmelo scores on a drive. He might as well, no one else is doing anything.

    Porzingis has missed 3 shots I think. On this last one, Copeland just put a hand in his face. I’m glad I took the under with regards to his true shooting percentage.

    O’Quinn & Williams are in, along with Vujacic, Galloway, and Melo.

    Ooooh I just came up with a nickname for O’Quinn: Oaq.

    I was refreshing my drink (and not watching) when Jerian Grant scores. Promise to catch the next one.

    Derrick Williams just split two defenders, and had Oaq wide open under the hoop. He keeps the ball and gets fouled instead. Assists are meaningless to this man.

    On the Bucks feed, I see William Shatner doing a commercial for a local law firm. Nice owner? William Shatner endorcing local business? Where is this magical place called Milwaukee?

    We’re not even 12 minutes into the new season, and I know who Derrick Williams is. He’s the guy at your local court who can score, but will shoot the ball anytime it hits his paws.

    He’s taken two shots while I wrote those sentences about him.

    OK the color guy on the Bucks telecast just mentioned “analytics” about Williams getting to the free throw line. I’m getting the suitcases out.

    Jerian Grant with a nice drive & scoop layup to score. Told you I’d catch the next one.

    Knicks up 27-23.

    2Q
    Derrick Williams scores again to start the quarter. He’s definitely fun to watch so far.

    Oaq on Monroe with a nice defensive stop (blocked shot?). Looks like he can defend against centers which is a good thing.

    Bucks telecast is (partially) sponsored by Wendys. I’m fucking there! (Side note: is their chili the healthiest thing you can get in any fast food restaurant?)

    Attempted alley-oop to Porzingis. Not even close. Put that back in the binder until next year.

    On the other end his length is still causing problems. On this possession it was the cause of a back court.

    Kristaps drives baseline and scores off the glass.

    Knicks up 49-34, and Derrick Williams has 15 points.

    Porzingis with a block! What if he’s half of Dirk’s offense, but with a strong defensive game?

    Michael Carter-Williams now torches Vujacic for an easy basket. Guards wanted, non-defenders need not apply.

    Porzingis is the trailer on a Galloway breakaway. Takes three shots and gets fouled on the last one.

    Then Kristaps gets a steal, but Vuajic underthrows the alley-oop. Next year, guys. Next year.

    Zinger again at the line for being fouled on the break.

    Oaq scores from the blocks with 3 on him. Where were you in 1993?

    Porzingis again at the line. Maybe my pre-season concerns were unfounded.

    Oaq just thwacked Bayless on a fast break drive that looked like something the Iron Sheik would have pulled. The Buck announcers say he reminds them of … Charles Oakley. How much are plane tickets?

    Porzingis gets it on the low blocks. He’s a bit out of control, but gets bailed out by a Milwaukee foul. Oh and he’s at the line again!

    HALFTIME
    Knicks winning 63-51. I can see the MSG cast interviewing Derrick Williams in the background.

    3Q
    Switched to the Knicks’ feed. I have to grab the mute on my tv remote and inch up on the volume. We New Yorkers are a loud people.

    Anthony knocks down a three. He’s been quiet for Melo thus far.

    Anthony takes 2 more shots. They’re obviously trying to get him into the game more.

    The Knicks are up 70-55. Did I drink that much?

    Melo comes up gimpy on a contact play. My heart just skipped a beat. But Anthony stays in the game and appears OK.

    Kristaps on the half court trap is like having a windmill come to life and attack you. His presence helps force an easy steal for Sasha, and an easy transition score.

    On the next play Porzingis on Copeland and Chris dribbles the ball out of bounds. Zinger gets the ball in the post and pitches it out for a three. Then on the next Knick possession, he gets the ball in transition and scores again. Here is your window to the future.

    After a pair of Lopez free throws, they’re up by 20. Maybe the Brandy Alexander is on time, because Christmas has come early!

    Porzingis gets the ball wide open at the top and nails a three!

    With 4:35 left, Derrick Williams comes back into the game for the first time. Oaq enters as well. And before I can finish that, DW launches and misses a three.

    Monroe stays in the game and tries to cut the lead. But Galloway hits a pair of threes, and Williams draws a foul to keep the Knick afloat.

    O’Quinn attempts a three pointer with the shot clock expiring. It came about as close to the rim as if I had shot it.

    4Q
    90-73, Knicks. I still need some time to process this.

    Williams starts it off with a slam. Then goes coast to coast to draw a foul on Copeland. He. Doesn’t. Pass. Ever.

    Williams takes another shot. I’m curious what his usage will be when the dust settles.

    After a Galloway three, Derrick Williams with a blind side block. New York up 98-79 with just under 9 minutes to go. I don’t think we’ll see the starters again…

    Nope I’m wrong. They’re back in with the lead cut to 15. They are Melo, Vujacic, and Porzingis. No Rolo.

    Williams cares not if starters are in or not, and takes (and makes) another 3.

    Kristaps can’t secure another defensive rebound. Pumpkin buddy. Pumpkin.

    Ok now it’s an 18 point lead with 4:41 to go. Why is Carmelo in the game in the first of back-back games? Fisher?!?!

    Porzingis holds his ground against Monroe and forces a miss. I think I just noticed he’s playing center. But one thing I’ve kept my eyes on: Porzingis’ is solid defensively when he stays on his feet.

    It’s a 17 point lead with 3:02 to go. Why is Carmelo Anthony in? This is the only thing I can think about it. Why???

    And Melo now comes out. :-/

    The real basketball in this game is over…