Knicks Morning News (2015.12.31)

  • [New York Times] Injury Woes Hit Warriors’ Title Defense (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:57:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors’ NBA title defense has been hit by a spate of injuries to their players, an issue they did not have to grapple with in their triumphant previous season.

  • [New York Times] Lack of Curry Leaves Flat Warriors With No Stomach for Fight (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:24:28 GMT)

    The Dallas Mavericks took full advantage of Stephen Curry’s absence with a lower left leg injury by bolting to an early 17-point lead on the way to a 114-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Sixers Surprise Kings for 2nd Win in 3 Games (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:12:43 GMT)

    Ish Smith scored five of his 18 points over the final 3 1/2 minutes and Jerami Grant made three late free throws to help lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 110-105 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] McCollum Helps Trail Blazers Knock Off Nuggets 110-103 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:51:40 GMT)

    C.J. McCollum scored 29 points, Allen Crabbe had 20 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 110-103 on Wednesday night for their third consecutive victory.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Scores 34 as Raptors Edge Wizards 94-91 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:45:41 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors had their regular starting lineup together for the first time in weeks, and DeMar DeRozan took care of the rest.

  • [New York Times] Butler’s Tip-In Gives Bulls 102-100 OT Win Over Pacers (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:24:36 GMT)

    It was a broken play, and the result made the Chicago Bulls’ night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Collapse Against Magic; Warriors Fall Flat as Stephen Curry Sits (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:23:46 GMT)

    Nik Vucevic had 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Orlando rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Nets. In Dallas, the Warriors were routed as Curry sat out with a bruised leg.

  • [New York Times] Curry-Less Warriors Blown Out by Barea, Mavs 114-91 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:15:31 GMT)

    Even if Klay Thompson had been making shots with Stephen Curry sidelined by a leg injury, the other half of the Splash Brothers knew Golden State would have a hard time winning.

  • [New York Times] Towns, Wolves Hold Off Short-Handed Jazz, 94-80 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:51:35 GMT)

    Karl-Anthony Towns had just finished overpowering the overmatched Utah Jazz, looking every bit the No. 1 overall pick the Minnesota Timberwolves made him last June.

  • [New York Times] Charlotte Forward Jefferson to Undergo Knee Surgery (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:39:28 GMT)

    Charlotte Hornets forward Al Jefferson is to undergo surgery for a right knee injury and is expected to miss around six weeks, the team announced on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge’s Double-Double Helps Spurs Rout Suns 112-79 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:09:49 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Spurs routed the Phoenix Suns 112-79 on Wednesday night for their 19th straight home win to start the season.

  • [New York Times] Bryant ‘s Double-Double Carries Lakers Past Celtics, 112-104 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:27:39 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles in likely his final game in Boston, leading the Lakers to a 112-104 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Redick Scores 26 as Clippers Hold Off Hornets 122- (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:03:34 GMT)

    J.J. Redick scored 26 points, Austin Rivers added a season-best 22, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 122-117 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Rally in 4th Quarter, Down Nets 100-93 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 02:57:44 GMT)

    Nik Vucevic had 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-93 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Warriors’ Curry to Miss Game in Dallas With Leg Bruise (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 01:18:50 GMT)

    Golden State star Stephen Curry has a bruised lower left leg that sidelined him for Wednesday night’s game at Dallas, and could keep him out for the second day of a back-to-back in Houston.

  • [New York Times] Cleanthony Early of the Knicks Is Robbed and Shot in the Knee After Leaving a Queens Strip Club (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:45:28 GMT)

    A group of men converged on his cab after he left a strip club, the police said. They stole his cash, gold caps on his teeth, an iPhone and metal chains and shot him in the knee.

  • [New York Daily News] J.R. Smith defends Early, NBA players’ right to go out (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:49:41 GMT)

    Ex-Knick J.R. Smith, now with the Cavaliers, voiced that it’s his right — and NBA players’ rights — to have a good time.

  • [New York Daily News] Early being shot another bad incident from Knick’s life (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:42:52 GMT)

    Before he was a Knick, Cleanthony Early stood on the court inside Koch Arena at Wichita State and talked about tragedies in his life.

  • [New York Daily News] After teammate shot, Carmelo makes plea for gun control (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:12:51 GMT)

    In the wake of a teammate being robbed and shot by masked thugs, Carmelo Anthony made a plea for gun control.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Cleanthony Early shooting makes Knicks a tougher sell (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:22:18 GMT)

    First, Chris Copeland was stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub. Then fellow NBAer Thabo Sefolosha had his leg broken by a N.Y. cop.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Thursday (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:39:18 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Thursday

  • [New York Post] Nets: ‘Pray’ for Cleanthony Early and remember, he was the victim (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:51:41 -0500)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — After Knicks Cleanthony Early was shot in his right knee while leaving a Queens club early Wednesday morning, players from the crosstown rival Nets expressed shock and sympathy for the young forward. "It's very unfortunate, because in a perfect world you should be able to go anywhere that you want to as…

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  • [ – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Wednesday (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:45:09 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Wednesday

  • [ – New York Knicks] How it happened: Derrick Williams' reverse dunk for Knicks (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 01:59:08 EST)

    How it happened: Derrick Williams' reverse dunk for Knicks

  • [New York Times] James Scores 34 as Cavaliers Beat Nuggets 93-87 (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:45:32 GMT)

    On nearly 31-year-old legs, LeBron James found a little more elevation for all his emphatic dunks.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook and Durant Lead Thunder Over Bucks 131-123 (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:36:31 GMT)

    Thunder coach Billy Donovan has seen his second unit struggle to preserve leads this season, so he decided this week to make a change, making rookie first-rounder Cameron Payne his backup point guard.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 108, Pistons 96: ‘Work in Progress’ Knicks Beat Pistons to End Another Four-Game Skid (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:34 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points, and Jose Calderon added 15 as the Knicks topped Detroit at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant Lead Thunder Over Bucks (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 04:50:20 GMT)

    Westbrook and Durant both scored more than 20 points, leading the Thunder to a 131-123 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Gasol’s Overtime Performance Sends Grizzlies Past Heat 99-90 (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 04:18:54 GMT)

    Marc Gasol scored seven of his 23 points in overtime to help the Memphis Grizzlies pull away in the extra period for a 99-90 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Horford Leads Hawks to 121-115 Win Over the Rockets (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 03:52:19 GMT)

    Al Horford had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 121-115 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Leads Knicks to 108-96 Win Over Pistons (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 03:15:52 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and Derrick Williams added 18 to lead six Knicks in double figures as New York snapped a four-game losing streak with a 108-96 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks get back on track at home, top Pistons to end skid (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 06:07:57 GMT)

    The Knicks came back home following a disappointing road trip on a bit of a tailspin, in need of a positive result.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Answer for Knicks may point to Brandon Jennings (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:13:05 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings was famously passed over in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Knicks.

  • [New York Post] Could Knicks be in future for free-agent-to-be Brandon Jennings? (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 03:05:12 -0500)

    The Pistons have a glut of point guards now that Brandon Jennings is healthy. Pistons coach/president Stan Van Gundy is so stacked he didn't get around to playing Jennings until Tuesday night when he made his season debut against the Knicks after tearing his Achilles last season. Jennings, after dressing but not playing for three…

  • [New York Post] The alterations Fisher, Knicks made that led to skid-busting win (Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:40:12 -0500)

    Derek Fisher needed this win. The Knicks had issues that needed to be addressed as they played their final game of 2015 and thrashed the Pistons 108-96 at the Garden Tuesday night. "We've come a long way, man,'' Carmelo Anthony said of the improvement from last Jan. 1 to where the Knicks are now. It…

  • 2015-16 Recap: Knicks 108, Pistons 96

    Well, that makes three games in a row I’ve decided to write about that the Knicks have won, which makes me a happy writer. I think everyone else on the staff can agree that it’s a lot more fun to write about (and for all of you who read our ramblings, to read about) a win than a loss. I’d pat myself on the back for being a good luck charm, but the truth is… Oh, what am I saying, humility isn’t one of my strong suits, I’m patting myself on the back profusely. We all know my decision to cover this game is the reason the Knicks won, right?

    No. Wrong. The reason the Knicks won this game is elementary, my dear: they shot the ball well. In their previous four losses the Knicks had shot 23-83 from 3, as if the team were imitating what a 3-point contest between Kobe and LeBron might look like. Tonight, they got their collective Steph Curry (or maybe Omri Casspi after seeing that game last night) on, going 8-16 from 3. But not just that, the Knicks shot 54.4% from the floor as a team, and that is quite the turnaround from their previous four efforts. For all of our talk of advanced analytics, +/- and WAR and all the other stats we love around here, basketball is really a pretty simple game. Put the fucking ball in the basket more times than the other team and you win.

    I would be remiss not to discuss Melo’s superb all-around game, which has become a thing of relative consistency lately, and D-Will’s 4th quarter explosion for 16 points. And if I don’t talk about Kristaps for a paragraph I assume a lynch mob will be organized and I’ll have to board the entrances to my home tomorrow, but honestly, nobody had a bad game. Even the much-maligned Fisher (who was thrown under the bus by team executives in a New York Post article early on Tuesday as being a bad X’s & O’s coach, as if the entire fanbase wasn’t painfully aware of that already) coached a little differently, as I saw many of you noticed in the comments of the game thread. It was honestly a very good effort from every player, and the result was a 12-point win over a good team. Was really refreshing to see the team so dialed in after the last four losses, none of which were not winnable, save the Atlanta game where the Knicks gave up faster than Sam Hinkie when he sees a chance to improve his team in the present.

    Kristaps only put up 10 points on 6 shot attempts and collected a Jose Calderonesque 2 rebounds in only 19 minutes of playing time, as perhaps Fisher heeded my warning to keep the kid the hell away from Drummond. The Knicks instead opted to play most of the game small, giving Lopez the bulk of the minutes at center and playing Melo at the 4. That was obviously a matchup decision, and God Bless Him, it worked out for Fish. Not that I think he suddenly knows what he’s doing, but every now and again the little house wrecker (my condolences, Matt Barnes) stumbles into a good decision. I still would have liked to see Zinger get on the floor for more than 19 minutes, but he has definitely started looking more and more exhausted lately and it’s good to give him a bit of a break. His poor play has been exaggerated a bit by fans because of our wildly enhanced expectations of him given the first month of the season, evidenced by the fact that he recently had stat lines of 23/13 and 16/13 during the losing streak, which is solid for any player, let alone a rookie.

    The Knicks don’t play again until National Hangover Day against the Bulls, a day that I’m always interested to see how much effort NBA players can muster. You can usually tell who needed to call an Uber to get home that night and who watched the ball drop on television as they toasted the New Year with a glass of milk. ‘Til then, Knicks fans, enjoy the win and have a safe and Happy New Year’s.

    To steal loosely from one of my favorite movies, Dead Poets Society, it’s okay to let your New Years be about something simple, like a champagne toast at midnight, or those stupid hats drunk women force everyone to wear to enforce a festive feeling of community, or the New Year’s resolutions we all make until we’re old enough to know that it’s a useless exercise to try and sync a major life change with a cultural clamoring to do so simply because our modern calendar marks one day as the end of this year and another as the beginning of the next.

    But just don’t let your New Year’s be ordinary.

    2015-2016 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Pistons

    We’re 4 games into the 10-game stretch of death I referenced the last time I wrote a game recap, and it has gone about as badly as could be expected. I honestly thought the home game against Orlando was a winnable one, and though the Knicks played the Hawks well for about 20 minutes, they ended up getting landslided in the tradition of Fleetwood Mac in that game. They made a nice run in Boston to make it a sweat for the Celtics, but missed some open shots in the last few minutes that could have made it a winnable game. Honestly, the Knicks have looked mostly competitive against the difficult schedule, but haven’t been playing well enough in the last 6 minutes of games to get a win out of this tougher-than-a-single-mom stretch.

    Things won’t be getting any easier after tonight’s home game against the Pistons, and the Knicks have to take advantage of a home game (though they are a paltry 7-8 at MSG thus far this season) against a beatable Pistons team. After roughly 30 games, the Eastern standings are the definition of a clusterfuck. It literally defies reality to look at it. Our opponent tonight, currently 10th in the East, is 2 GAMES out of the 2 seed. What? Seriously, go take a look at the standings. It doesn’t even look real.

    Kristaps needs to be kept the hell away from Andre Drummond, I know that for sure. Zinger has actually played pretty well lately notwithstanding the Atlanta debacle, and Melo has really been rounding into form, but Afflalo is smack in the middle of the feared-but-expected regression towards the mean. Aaron is the type of player who loops in and out of confidence, but he tends to not know when he should stop. He has really hurt the team these past 4 games, posting a combined +/- of -27 and a TS% of .339 over the last four games. Compare that with his .705 TS% during the 4-game winning streak and you can see what has changed.

    Yes, the bench was largely responsible for turning small leads for opponents into big leads before the starters came back, but the regression of Afflalo has had as much to do with the Knicks’ losing streak as anything else. The problem is that he will continue to take bad shots and ISO fadeaways even when he isn’t shooting well, and his misses effectively become turnovers. I suppose that could be argued of any miss, but when the offense stalls on a player who is not shooting well and is expected to be one of the top scoring threats, it really hurts spacing and the ability of the Knicks to run their offensive sets effectively. A potent Afflalo changes the game for the Knicks, and without him being a threat, teams can focus their efforts on Melo and Kristaps and make it harder on everyone.

    Not to put all of this on Aaron. Nobody can shoot lately. Over the last four losses, the Knicks have shot 23-83 from 3. That’s 27.7%, folks. In the modern league, that kind of abysmal shooting isn’t going to help you beat anybody, much less the very good competition the Knicks have played lately. Shooting is the kind of thing that comes and goes for every team (except maybe the Warriors, who may have been sent by The Cosmos to ruin LeBron’s hopes and dreams of winning a title for Cleveland for some sort of Karmic slight I’m not aware of since I thought we had all gotten over The Decision), and I expect the Knicks to begin shooting better soon. But maybe not against Detroit, who is 7th in the league in opponent 3PT% at .331. However, I’ll bet you didn’t realize that the Knicks are currently ranked first in that category, a shade above the transcendent Warriors at .306. Part of that is their super-conservative defensive scheme which looks to keep shooters off the 3-point line, but the Knicks do a great job defending the 3, obviously.

    Detroit is a good team, as is every team the Knicks have and will play during this stretch, but the Knicks have to win this game at home to salvage anything out of this 10-game stretch of schedule brutality. Every team goes through these stretches and it can make or break the season. The Knicks look right on the cusp–they either find a way to win 3 of these next 6 games, or they may slip too far out of the playoff picture to make a genuine run at it in the second half. Let’s hope our boys are ready to play (and make a damn 3 or two) tonight.

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  • [ – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Tuesday (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:29:52 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Tuesday

  • [New York Times] Curry’s Triple-Double Leads Warriors Past Kings 122-103 (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:18:51 GMT)

    Stephen Curry’s eyes lit up when he saw little brother Seth guarding him for the first time in their NBA career, and the reigning MVP promptly missed a long 3-pointer.

  • [New York Times] Irving’s Late Shooting Leads Cavaliers Past Suns 101-97 (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 06:21:44 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving is back, and he definitely was needed on an off night for LeBron James.

  • [New York Times] Gordon Hayward Scores 24, Jazz Beats 76ers 95-91 (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 06:15:43 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward was shocked he was so open when he pulled up for a jumper with time running out on the clock. The result, however, was no surprise.

  • [New York Times] Snell, Gasol Spark Bulls to 104-97 Win Over the Raptors (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:54:29 GMT)

    Tony Snell has no idea when he might play these days, so he prepares as if he’s still a part of the Chicago Bulls’ rotation.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Use Long-Range Bombs to Block Out Suns (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:12:36 GMT)

    Guard Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in 24 minutes and hit his team’s 17th three-pointer just before the shot clock buzzer with 21 seconds left as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the fading Phoenix Suns 101-97 on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Nets 111, Heat 105: Wayne Ellington Ignites Nets’ Biggest Comeback of the Year (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 04:51:33 GMT)

    Ellington tied a career best with seven 3-pointers and finished with 26 points as the Nets rallied from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Heat.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Mascot Catches Bat at AT&T Center (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 04:48:32 GMT)

    Spurs star Manu Ginobili stayed away from this bat at AT&T Center.

  • [New York Times] Spurs 18-0 at Home After 101-95 Win Over Timberwolves (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 04:36:32 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Boban Marjanovic also scored 17 and the San Antonio Spurs remained undefeated at home by holding off the tenacious Minnesota Timberwolves 101-95 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Paul, Crawford Lead Clippers to 108-91 Win Over Wizards (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 04:18:32 GMT)

    With one of the game’s best dunkers grounded by an injury, Clippers point guard Chris Paul made his own mark above the rim.

  • [New York Times] Matthews’ Late 3-Pointers Help Mavericks Top Bucks 103-93 (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 04:12:56 GMT)

    Wesley Matthews scored 22 points, including two clutch 3-points in the fourth quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks held off the Milwaukee Bucks 103-93 Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Ellington’s 7 3-Pointers Help Nets Rally Past Heat, 111-105 (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 03:33:47 GMT)

    The best shooting night of Wayne Ellington’s career was against Miami.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Matt Barnes Suspended After Clash With Knicks’ Derek Fisher (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 03:29:12 GMT)

    The N.B.A. suspended Barnes, a Grizzlies forward, for two games for his role in an October altercation with Fisher, the Knicks’ coach, at the house of Barnes’s estranged wife.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Scores 26 Points to Help Pacers Stop Hawks, 93-87 (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 03:27:35 GMT)

    Monta Ellis scored 26 points and the Indiana Pacers beat Atlanta 93-87 on Monday night, ending the Hawks’ six-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Vucevic Scores 28 to Lead Magic Over Pelicans, 104-89 (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 03:09:41 GMT)

    Nik Vucevic scored 28 points and matched his career high with seven assists, leading the Orlando Magic to a 104-89 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Walker’s 38 Points Lift Hornets Past Lakers, 108-98 (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:45:41 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 18 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-98 Monday night in Kobe Bryant’s final game against the team that drafted him — and promptly traded him — nearly 20 years ago.

  • [New York Daily News] Fight with Derek Fisher earns 2 game ban for Matt Barnes (Tue, 29 Dec 2015 03:24:50 GMT)

    The NBA suspended Memphis’ Matt Barnes for his altercation with Knicks coach Derek Fisher during training camp.

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  • [New York Times] Meadowlark Lemon, Harlem Globetrotter Who Played Basketball and Pranks With Virtuosity, Dies at 83 (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:12:34 GMT)

    Known for his charismatic clowning and his halfcourt hook shots, Lemon was the Globetrotters’ top showman for more than two decades.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:33:42 GMT)

    Mike Conley scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 17 and the Memphis Grizzlies led from start to finish for a 112-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Thunder Rally Past Nuggets (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:16:54 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds, and Oklahoma City allied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat visiting Denver, 122-112.

  • [New York Times] Celtics 100, Knicks 91: Celtics’ Attack Leaves Overmatched Knicks Flailing (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:08:44 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas, Boston’s 5-foot-9 point guard, maintained a towering presence in the building all night, leading his team with 21 points.

  • [New York Times] McCollum Scores 35 as Trail Blazers Beat Kings 98-94 (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 04:54:50 GMT)

    CJ McCollum had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 98-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Kanter Helps Thunder Take Care of Nuggets (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 04:00:28 GMT)

    Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 21 points, grab eight rebounds and totally frustrate the Nugget’s coaching staff as he helped the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 122-112 victory on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Thomas Scores 21, Leads Celtics Past Knicks, 100-91 (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 02:48:31 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas had a pair of key baskets and finished with 21 points, Evan Turner scored 19 and the Boston Celtics won their fourth straight with a 100-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Rallies Thunder Past Nuggets, 122-112 (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 02:45:31 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from an 11-point, second-half deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-112 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Conley, Green Lead Grizzlies Past Lakers, 112-96 (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 01:42:34 GMT)

    Mike Conley scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 17 and the Memphis Grizzlies led from start to finish for a 112-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Kevin Love’s Signature Pass Is Inspired by the Past (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 01:30:42 GMT)

    Love, a forward for the Cavaliers, traces his ability to throw the ball 75 feet down the court, with precision and velocity, to the time his father spent playing alongside Wes Unseld in the early 1970s.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Rockets at Spurs (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 01:16:49 GMT)

    Houston has beaten two of the best teams in the league recently, including San Antonio, as the Rockets look to show they are playoff contenders.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks looking up to Celtics, who win despite Carmelo’s 29 (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:11:28 GMT)

    Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas continued his All-Star push with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Celtics defeated the Knicks 100-91.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Kristaps Porzingis survives two close calls (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:48:40 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis’ first-ever meeting with the Celtics was both painful and frustrating.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Is this the best the Knicks have to offer? (Mon, 28 Dec 2015 02:04:30 EST)

    Is this the best the Knicks have to offer?

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Celtics

    You know what would be a fun win? The Knicks winning tonight in Boston against the Celtics, who are 3.5 games ahead of the Knicks for second place in the Atlantic Division (man, the East is so bunched up together – the Celtics are in the #8 spot in the Conference while being just 3 games back of the #1 seed – that’s insane).

    The Celtics are a good team, winning with a particularly even scoring load (driven in large part by the fact that they really don’t have a go-to scorer, so everyone has to get involved). Hopefully the Knicks can clog them up a bit tonight.

    It would be swell to see Porzingis have another good game. He’s been in a bit of a lull as of late.

    The Knicks are 4-0 in their division so far this year, including one of their best wins of the season in a win in Toronto against the division-leading Raptors.

    Let’s go Knicks!