Quick Recap: Knicks vs. All the Warriors

“A-a-a-are you a warrior? Killer? Slicin’ s*^% like a samurai. The Ol’ Northern Cali basketball…”

Did you think the Knicks 1st quarter was real? LULZ. There’s is no Dana, only Zuul. Melo played valiantly, and I was proud to see the Knickerfellas playing their tails off until the last buzzer, including Sasha Vujacic who was like a marine in a bad war movie, shouting, “Get some!!! Get some!!!!” as 1000s of enemies descend on him. Thanasis Antetokounmpo got a little hype and the Knicks left for the night, defeated and already moving on. Whaddaya gonna do?

The best moment of that game was Melo putting his hand on Curry’s forehead, just to leave a little love mark. That scar’s gonna win the NBA Finals MVP, so maybe we can kind of get our title by proxy.

The truth is, the Knicks played pretty sloppy basketball and the Warriors never play sloppy basketball. It could have been much worse had Curry gone Super Saiyan, but it was a swift and merciless killing in the second half anyway. Clyde compared the Warriors’ shooting to a video game, and I’m not sure he’s ever seen a video game played in person. I think he probably watched Tron once when a lady friend suggested it.

Aaaaaaanyway…..on to the next one.

 

Game Thread: Knicks vs. Warriors

My earliest basketball memories begin with the back of my comic books in the 1970s. I didn’t know much about basketball, the NBA or the ABA. I never played the game in elementary school, and I don’t remember being around it all that much. Sure, basketball was going on around me, but it wasn’t on the radar. Those comic books, though, taught me just enough about the characters of the game to start to care. If you’re old enough you may remember that Spalding used to make the official red, white, and blue ball of the ABA. They ran cartoonish ads on the back of comic books for their rubber basketballs, featuring Rick Barry and Julius Erving. As ignorant as I was about the sport, everyone knew Dr. J. How could you not know Dr. J? The most famous basketball characters of the time were the pseudo-basketball stars of the Globetrotters and Julius “The Doctor” Erving.

It wasn’t until my family packed up and moved to Oakland, California in 1981 that I actually started following the sport. In a way, I was shamed into following. One afternoon, at a friend’s house, I saw a bunch of Warriors posters on his wall. I’m pretty sure one of them was Joe Barry Carroll, and another was World B. Free. He asked me if I liked the Warriors, with the kind of zeal that made any answer other than, “YES!” a mistake. I assured him that I was a fan, but as he rattled off names, I found myself totally lost. I was determined, however, to match my friend’s enthusiasm for these Warriors and took to finding out as much as I could about the team, and the sport. It was at that time I discovered Bernard King. During the 1981-82 season, King was a 25-year old budding All Star. He had charisma and a cool last name. I was hooked forever.

Our time in Cali was short, however, and we were slated to move back to New York in late-1982, just as my Warriors fandom was taking root. The good news, however, was that Bernard King had been traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Micheal Ray Richardson and a 1984 5th round pick. My guy was coming along for the ride with me! It was a natural, as a New Yorker, that I’d latch onto those Knicks. They were my hometown team, and they had my favorite player. Still, I’ve always kept the Warriors in my back pocket as a 2nd favorite team, along with the A’s and the Raiders. You might say, I left my heart in San Francisco…except it was Oakland and my heart came along with me back to NY. So much for that…

Over the years, as the Knicks have been up and down, I’ve enjoyed rooting for the Warriors from afar. I was a big Run TMC fan, and an even bigger fan of those Chris Webber teams. The Warriors never offered much of a consolation to the Knicks during the down years, but they certainly helped me to keep a grip while the Knicks were deep in the throws of the “HE WHO SHALL NEVER BE NAMED” era. I never expected that the Warriors would leap into the historically great stratosphere with Steve Kerr turning down Phil Jackson to stay close to his daughter. It’s been a thrill, and all my Bay Area friends, both new and old, are reveling in this glory. There are a few places that I have to admit feeling a little sting.

Steph Curry coulda been, shoulda been our draft pick. He’ll forever be the one who got away. Steve Kerr was Phil Jackson’s long time coaching project, and he wisely opted for the more convenient geography and (much) better roster. The Warriors are doing this with the most incredibly efficient capology you’ve ever seen, both by luck and design, and they’re set up to keep going for as long as Jordan’s Bulls were dominant. We all remember how that went for us, just as we were peaking. Our new Latvian toy, and his All Star mentor, are only going to be able to share so many years of All Star play in common. The window for the current mix is very small. If fortune finally smiles down on us, Porzingis will be the core player for a team that outlasts the Warriors’ peak. But, in the meantime, Knicks fans probably have to get used to concentrating on rising in the East, and riding out the best of Golden State. That’s fine, as long as there’s strong progress and a chance to compete for a spot in the Finals before too many years. Just a realistic chance.

At 43-4, the Warriors are on an historical pace. They come to Madison Square Garden supremely confident. It’s Broadway, after all, and they’re the best show on planet basketball. Steph Curry has dropped a career high 54 on the Knicks in the past, although I best remember that game for Raymond “Penguin” Felton blocking his shot in the crucial final moments. This Warriors team is like a natural disaster that you can see coming, but can’t adequately prepare for. It’s like a super storm that will undoubtedly destroy everything in its wake, so you fill the bathtub with water, stock up on canned goods, and pray that it somehow passes you by. More than likely, this is going to be an extinction level event for the Knicks, but there is the hope that Carmelo and Kristaps can stand defiant against the wind and do some version of Gandalf’s “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!” Gandalf the Grey died in that encounter with the Balrog, and the Fellowship limped away, temporarily broken. It was, however, a necessary step towards the salvation of Middle Earth, and Gandalf the White returned with a divine aura.

Do it for Bernard King, baby. Let’s go Knicks.

Knicks Morning News (2016.01.31)

  • [New York Times] Jrue Holiday Sinks Jumper to Send Pelicans Past Nets (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:03:53 GMT)

    Holiday’s shot, a 15-footer with 1.3 seconds to play, gave New Orleans its fifth win in six games. But it was almost not the shot of the night: Joe Johnson nearly made a 41-footer at the buzzer.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Brett Brown and Steve Kerr: Coaches With Much in Common, Aside From Records (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:53:51 GMT)

    Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers (the worst team in the league), and Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors (the best team on the planet), find themselves in disparate roles.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Finally Beat the Spurs (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:44:13 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 29 points, and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each added 21 as Cleveland took down the Spurs, winning its fourth straight under Coach Tyronn Lue.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Powers High-Octane Cavs to 117-103 Win Over Spurs (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:18:32 GMT)

    Blasting toward the basket, LeBron James didn’t break his stride as he flicked away Patty Mills, sending the San Antonio guard sprawling across the floor.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Hold Off Pistons to Stretch Record Streak to 11 Wins (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:06:30 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points as the Toronto Raptors held off a late charge by the Detroit Pistons to improve their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games with a 111-107 home victory on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Green Scores 29, Gasol 22 as Grizzlies Defeat Kings 121-117 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:27:32 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 29 points, Marc Gasol had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies thwarted a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Sacramento Kings 121-117 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Flirts With Triple-Double, Wizards Beat Rockets 123-122 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:06:34 GMT)

    John Wall had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and the Washington Wizards rallied for a 123-122 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Scores 32 Points, Pacers Beat Nuggets 109-105 in OT (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 03:45:42 GMT)

    Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis had a few chances to close out the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. He missed on his first try while regulation ended but put the Pacers over the top in overtime.

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Beat Nets 105-103 on Holiday’s Winning Jumper (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 02:51:50 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday hit a 15-foot shot with 1.3 seconds remaining and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Brooklyn Nets, 105-103 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Power Past Pistons for 11th Straight Win, 111-107 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 02:36:47 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 111-107 on Saturday night to push the team’s franchise-best win streak to 11 consecutive games.

  • [New York Times] Barnes’ Late 3-Pointer Lifts Warriors Over 76ers, 108-105 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:58:08 GMT)

    This was a game even the Warriors felt they should have lost.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Brett Brown and Steve Kerr: Coaches With Much in Common, Aside From Records (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:50:21 GMT)

    Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers (the worst team in the league), and Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors (the best team on the planet), find themselves in disparate roles.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Warriors could face same fate vs. Knicks as ’96 Bulls (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:39:53 GMT)

    Michael Jordan was in the building and Prince, who at the time was being called “the artist formerly known as” was seated courtside.

  • [New York Daily News] Steph Curry, Warriors bring ‘rock star tour’ to the Garden (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:06:12 GMT)

    The perfect star for social media is making his only Garden appearance of the season on Sunday night.

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  • [New York Post] Olympics or Knicks? Kristaps Porzingis torn over summer call (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:22:39 -0500)

    Latvia or Las Vegas? Kristaps Porzingis told The Post he will have a big decision on his hands soon. Three days ago, the Latvian National Team was chosen to compete in the Olympic qualifier in Belgrade, Serbia, from July 4-10 with a chance to make it to the Summer Games in Rio. The 7-foot-3 Latvian,…

  • [New York Post] Knicks show the promise that makes inconsistency so puzzling (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:17:33 -0500)

    It seems for much of the season the Knicks have been teetering along a fine line of being a team that looks promising one moment and puzzling the next. They had displayed more of the latter recently in losing four straight games entering Friday night's Garden visit from the struggling Suns. A 22-22 record after seven…

  • [New York Post] Big risk pays off for Greek Freak’s brother in Knicks debut (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:12:36 -0500)

    Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the Knicks' second-round draft pick in 2014, loves the nickname Greek Freak, which was handed down to his brother, Giannis, the Bucks star. But Thanasis said he feels it defines his whole family, who hail from Athens, Greece. On Friday, Thanasis Antetokounmpo made his NBA debut after signing his NBA contract, a 10-day…

  • [New York Newsday] Jerian Grant a work in progress for Knicks (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:24:53 EST)

    No fans booed or cried in disappointment when the Knicks traded for Jerian Grant on draft night. The belief was that they had found their point guard of the near future, one with some pretty impressive genes.

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony nearly records triple-double as Knicks win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:03:24 EST)
  • [New York Times] Clippers Send Lakers to 9th Straight Loss With 105-93 Win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 07:00:37 GMT)

    The Clippers are facing another month without Blake Griffin dominating inside. His absence has created nightly auditions for whoever wants to step up.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 22 Points, Blazers Beat Hornets 109-91 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:51:39 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 22 points and Allen Crabbe added 20 off the bench for the Portland Trail Blazers in a 109-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hood, Favors Lead Jazz Over Timberwolves 103-90 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:48:37 GMT)

    The Utah Jazz had Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert in the starting lineup together Friday night for the first time since Nov. 30. After going 13-17 in that span without them, Utah welcomed the duo’s return for the opening tip.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Give New Coach What He Wants: More Offense (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:49:42 GMT)

    Kevin Love scored 29 points as Cleveland rolled to another high-scoring win, 114-106, over the Detroit Pistons.

  • [New York Times] Love, Irving Sharp as Cavaliers Beat Pistons 114-106 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:42:35 GMT)

    For the first time all season, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each reached 20 points in a game.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 102, Suns 84: Knicks Look Spry as They End 4-Game Slide With a Win Over the Suns (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:34:34 GMT)

    The Knicks’ victory over the Phoenix Suns was just the sort of carefree, feel-good game they needed before they face a stern test at home Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] Key Duo Combine to Help Thunder Soar Over Rockets (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:27:27 GMT)

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 59 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to an 116-108 victory over the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Dwyane Wade Scores 24, Heat Hold Off Bucks for 107-103 Win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:18:39 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and hit a long jumper with 44.5 seconds left, and the Miami Heat won their third straight road game by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 107-103 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Mavs Top Nets 91-79, Williams Struggles Against Old Team (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:12:47 GMT)

    Chandler Parsons had 19 points and a season-high 10 rebounds while Deron Williams struggled in his first game against his former team and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 91-79 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Surging Celtics Prove Too Tricky for Magic (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:09:27 GMT)

    The surging Boston Celtics used balanced scoring to cruise to their fifth straight win with a 113-94 victory over the sagging Orlando Magic on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s Triple-Double Leads Thunder Past Rockets 116-108 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:06:40 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook’s sixth triple-double of the season helped the Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 116-108 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Rivers: Griffin ‘Feels Awful’ About Punching Incident (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:42:32 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Clippers have completed their investigation into Blake Griffin’s punch-out of a team staff member and are awaiting the results of the NBA’s inquiry, which could come early next week.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Run Past Magic 113-94 for 5th Consecutive Win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:30:46 GMT)

    Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart scored 16 points apiece as the Boston Celtics won a season-high fifth straight game, beating the slumping Orlando Magic 113-94 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Returns and Knicks Hand Suns 13th Straight Road Loss (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:03:35 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his return from a two-game absence, and the New York Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Greek Peek: Antetokounmpo finally gets shot with Knicks (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:48:18 GMT)

    Thanasis Antetokounmpo could use a nickname like his younger brother Giannis, aka the Greek Freak.

  • [New York Daily News] Suns guard somehow dunks over Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:33:59 GMT)

    The Knicks may have won the war, but Archie Goodwin won a battle against Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks beat up on hapless Suns with Warriors on horizon (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:55:08 GMT)

    Think of it as the warm-up act in advance of Sunday’s showdown with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Carmelo Anthony too valuable for Knicks to trade (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:13:23 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony too valuable for Knicks to trade

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.01.29)

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis sit as Knicks fall in Toronto (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:17:09 EST)

    TORONTO — The Knicks already were facing a daunting task with Carmelo Anthony sitting out with knee soreness against the Eastern Conference's second-best team. Then word came down that Kristaps Porzingis was too sick to play.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks look lost without Porzingis and Melo, fall to Raptors (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:30:35 GMT)

    Health finally caught up with Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks. They marched an infirmary line into snowy Canada and didn’t stand a chance.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo to 10-day deal (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:05:58 GMT)

    With a familiar name, the Knicks finally filled their open roster spot by signing former draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a 10-day deal.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Top Lakers 114-91 in Pau’s Last Staples Date With Kobe (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:06:44 GMT)

    During seven seasons together with the Lakers, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant formed a bond that won’t be broken by separation or retirement.

  • [New York Times] Butler Helps Rampaging Bulls Trample Over Hapless Lakers (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:27:27 GMT)

    Guard Jimmy Butler scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists, and center Pau Gasol had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-91 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:03:49 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry had 26 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 26 points and the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory, 103-93 over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Western All-Stars Bolstered by Warrior Reinforcements (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:24:29 GMT)

    Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will join Golden State team mate Stephen Curry as Western Conference All-Stars when the NBA announced the reserves for next month’s game on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Anderson Scores 36, Leads Pelicans Past Kings, 114-105 (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:12:36 GMT)

    It is now apparent that coach Alvin Gentry’s up-tempo, flowing system has caught on in New Orleans, and it looks like the transformation has taken place in time for the surging Pelicans to make a run at a playoff spot.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nuggets Defeat Wizards (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:58:46 GMT)

    Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 26 points as Washington continues to reel.

  • [New York Times] Indiana Finds Right Combination to Put Away Hawks 111-92 (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:01:33 GMT)

    Monta Ellis finally found his shooting touch, rookie Myles Turner finally got a chance to start and the Indiana Pacers finally figured out how to deliver a knockout punch.

  • [New York Times] Raptors 103, Knicks 93: Knicks Limp to a Defeat in Toronto (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:59:51 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony (knee), Kristaps Porzingis (upper respiratory illness) and Jose Calderon (groin) did not play as the Knicks absorbed their fourth straight loss.

  • [New York Times] Green Has 21 Points, Gasol 15 as Grizzlies Rout Bucks 103-83 (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:49:10 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 21 points, Marc Gasol added 15 points and eight rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the second half for a 103-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Lowry, DeRozan Each Have 26, Raptors Win 10th Straight (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:45:37 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry had 26 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 26 points and the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory, 103-93 over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Gallinari’s 3-Pointers Lead Nuggets to 117-113 Win (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:56 GMT)

    Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points and hit four of his five 3-pointers to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 117-113 victory over the reeling Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Jose Calderon Hears Criticism, but Not From Knicks Teammates He Mentors (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:18:51 GMT)

    Jose Calderon, the eldest member of the Knicks, has been a soft target this season for critics of his defense. But he still manages to influence the game.

  • [New York Times] Green, Thompson Picked, Giving Warriors 3 NBA All-Stars (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:48:53 GMT)

    Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were picked Thursday for the Western Conference team, giving the NBA champion Golden State Warriors three All-Stars for the first time in 40 years.

  • [New York Post] Can Kristaps Porzingis follow Curry’s path to greatness? (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:11:28 -0500)

    The 2015 NBA Draft seemed destined to be a cruel repeat of the Knicks' 2009 nightmare. That season, the Knicks were planning on taking Stephen Curry with the No. 8 pick, but the Warriors scooped him up one spot before. This offseason, the Knicks were the losers of the draft lottery, dropping to No. 4…

  • Quick Recap: Knicks vs. Raptors

    That game will forever go down as “The Sasha Vujacic Game.” Or, it won’t. Vujacic managed 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 three pointers in his 24 minutes of play. Let’s hope Fisher doesn’t take that as a sign he needs more run. That could never happen, right? RIGHT?

    In a game that can only be described as a pre-All Star break Pre-Season game, the Knicks hung around. That’s all you can really say because the Raptors were never in any real danger of losing the game, even when the Knicks managed to pull it to one in the middle of the third quarter. The Raptors feature really good guards, while the Knicks mainly feature human beings in athletic wear. Jerian Grant’s good numbers tonight look better than his perplexing, herky-jerky, indecisive play. He had a few moments at the end of the game in desperation time, but overall he looks overmatched. Afflalo had 20 on decent enough shooting, but he was blocked 5 times because he’s an Earthbound sort of life form like the rest of us. Some day the Knicks will employ a guard who can take over a game, but until then….we’ll always have Vujacicity….or something like that.

    Shake it off, friends. Be kind to one another. We learned nothing from this “game.” Better days are ahead, as long as our unicorn takes his rainbow medicine. For tonight, if you feel angsty, don’t snipe in the comments. Watch this and let your troubles melt away: