Knicks Morning News (2016.02.29)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Monday (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 06:02:14 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Monday

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo: You don't want to hear 'Let's go Heat' at home (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:56:10 EST)

    Melo: You don't want to hear 'Let's go Heat' at home

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo: Stoudemire's Knicks barbs not about me (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:06:05 EST)

    Melo: Stoudemire's Knicks barbs not about me

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks playoff hopes continue to slip away with loss to Heat (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:57:08 GMT)

    The night at the Garden started with an embarrassing chant of “Let’s Go Heat” and ended the same way.

  • [New York Daily News] Amar’e Stoudemire throws shade at Carmelo Anthony (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:54:24 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire is depressed about the state of a franchise he left in the hands of Carmelo Anthony.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Phil Jackson out of touch with ‘praise’ for Curry (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:32:51 GMT)

    Stephen Curry simultaneously shocked the Oklahoma City Thunder late Saturday night and sent the NBA into a social media frenzy

  • [New York Post] Porzingis offers nicest prom rejection you’ll ever see (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:17:55 -0500)

    Call it one of the classiest rejections of Kristaps Porzingis' rookie season. "The KP and The Prom” soap opera reached its conclusion Sunday at the Garden with Long Island high-schooler Samantha Miller on hand to gracefully respond to Porzingis' rejection. The tale began Friday when Miller asked Porzingis to her prom, holding up a sign…

  • [New York Post] How Joe Johnson decided coming to Heat was “the best thing to do” (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:46:39 -0500)

    When Joe Johnson arrived in Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season, expectations went wild. With Deron Williams, the Nets had a backcourt to carry them to the playoffs and beyond. Oops. "Honestly, I don't think much about the disappointments so to speak,” said Johnson, who had to flee Brooklyn via buyout and sign with the Heat…

  • [New York Post] Phil only showing the world he may have lost his Zen (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:40:10 -0500)

    Knicks president Phil Jackson's Twitter account was not hacked Sunday, but the club might have wanted to claim it was. Jackson's 140-character missive about reigning MVP Stephen Curry seemed racier than any photo interim coach Kurt Rambis "likes'' on his Twitter feed. Oh yes, the Zen Master has struck again, hours before the Knicks dropped…

  • [New York Times] Curry Turning 3-Pointers Into Longest Drive Competition (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:06:46 GMT)

    As Stephen Curry casually dribbled the ball across halfcourt, the clock winding down on a tie game in overtime, he took one bounce past the stripe, did his trademark foot shuffle as he gathered himself and let the ball fly from some 38 feet away.

  • [New York Times] Johnson Makes Hot Start to Heat Life as Miami Burn Knicks (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:03:27 GMT)

    Veteran Joe Johnson signed with the Miami Heat on Saturday and on Sunday the versatile swing man was thrown right into the fire, delivering in a victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Amar’e Stoudemire Laments Knicks’ Decline, Then Helps Sustain It (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:46:19 GMT)

    Stoudemire appeared to lob some subtle criticisms at Carmelo Anthony and reproached his former teammates for their halfhearted embrace of the triangle offense before helping his new team, the Miami Heat, defeat them.

  • [New York Times] Wade Scores 26, Heat Beat Knicks in Joe Johnson’s Debut (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 03:12:45 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Joe Johnson made a 3-pointer on his first shot in a Heat uniform during a big game-opening run, and Miami beat the New York Knicks 98-81 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Beat Raptors 114-101 in Lowry’s Absence (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:57:36 GMT)

    A lot has changed in the past week for the Detroit Pistons.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Fall to Wizards as LeBron James Sits One Out (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:46:28 GMT)

    The Wizards got a much-needed victory in their bid to move into playoff position.

  • [New York Times] Parsons, Mavs Start Fast in 128-101 Win Over Timberwolves (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:42:39 GMT)

    Chandler Parsons scored 29 points and the Dallas Mavericks started fast in their first game since getting booed by the home crowd during a bad opening half, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-101 Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Paul George’s Secret: He Learned to Play Like a Girl (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:28:52 GMT)

    The N.B.A. All-Star Paul George developed his skills by trying in vain to outplay his sister.

  • [New York Times] Big Magic Start Dooms 76ers to Eighth Straight Loss, 130-116 (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:57:51 GMT)

    Rookie Mario Hezonja dunked four seconds into his first NBA start, finishing with 13 points, and the Orlando Magic led all the way Sunday in a 130-116 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 33, Trail Blazers Beat Pacers 111-102 (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:42:52 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 33 points and five rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Rockets at Bulls (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:28:11 GMT)

    Houston and Chicago looked like contenders as the season began. But with Golden State, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Cleveland rising to the top, the two middle-of-the-pack teams have their work cut out for them.

  • [New York Newsday] Miami Heat gives Joe Johnson warm reception, quick start (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:02:51 EST)

    Joe Johnson was penciled into Miami's starting lineup before the Heat even began stitching the J-O-H-N-S-O-N on the back of his new red jersey.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.02.29)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Monday (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 06:02:14 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Monday

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo: You don't want to hear 'Let's go Heat' at home (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:56:10 EST)

    Melo: You don't want to hear 'Let's go Heat' at home

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo: Stoudemire's Knicks barbs not about me (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:06:05 EST)

    Melo: Stoudemire's Knicks barbs not about me

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks playoff hopes continue to slip away with loss to Heat (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:57:08 GMT)

    The night at the Garden started with an embarrassing chant of “Let’s Go Heat” and ended the same way.

  • [New York Daily News] Amar’e Stoudemire throws shade at Carmelo Anthony (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:54:24 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire is depressed about the state of a franchise he left in the hands of Carmelo Anthony.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Phil Jackson out of touch with ‘praise’ for Curry (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:32:51 GMT)

    Stephen Curry simultaneously shocked the Oklahoma City Thunder late Saturday night and sent the NBA into a social media frenzy

  • [New York Post] Porzingis offers nicest prom rejection you’ll ever see (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:17:55 -0500)

    Call it one of the classiest rejections of Kristaps Porzingis' rookie season. "The KP and The Prom” soap opera reached its conclusion Sunday at the Garden with Long Island high-schooler Samantha Miller on hand to gracefully respond to Porzingis' rejection. The tale began Friday when Miller asked Porzingis to her prom, holding up a sign…

  • [New York Post] How Joe Johnson decided coming to Heat was “the best thing to do” (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:46:39 -0500)

    When Joe Johnson arrived in Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season, expectations went wild. With Deron Williams, the Nets had a backcourt to carry them to the playoffs and beyond. Oops. "Honestly, I don't think much about the disappointments so to speak,” said Johnson, who had to flee Brooklyn via buyout and sign with the Heat…

  • [New York Post] Phil only showing the world he may have lost his Zen (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:40:10 -0500)

    Knicks president Phil Jackson's Twitter account was not hacked Sunday, but the club might have wanted to claim it was. Jackson's 140-character missive about reigning MVP Stephen Curry seemed racier than any photo interim coach Kurt Rambis "likes'' on his Twitter feed. Oh yes, the Zen Master has struck again, hours before the Knicks dropped…

  • [New York Times] Curry Turning 3-Pointers Into Longest Drive Competition (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:06:46 GMT)

    As Stephen Curry casually dribbled the ball across halfcourt, the clock winding down on a tie game in overtime, he took one bounce past the stripe, did his trademark foot shuffle as he gathered himself and let the ball fly from some 38 feet away.

  • [New York Times] Johnson Makes Hot Start to Heat Life as Miami Burn Knicks (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:03:27 GMT)

    Veteran Joe Johnson signed with the Miami Heat on Saturday and on Sunday the versatile swing man was thrown right into the fire, delivering in a victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Amar’e Stoudemire Laments Knicks’ Decline, Then Helps Sustain It (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:46:19 GMT)

    Stoudemire appeared to lob some subtle criticisms at Carmelo Anthony and reproached his former teammates for their halfhearted embrace of the triangle offense before helping his new team, the Miami Heat, defeat them.

  • [New York Times] Wade Scores 26, Heat Beat Knicks in Joe Johnson’s Debut (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 03:12:45 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Joe Johnson made a 3-pointer on his first shot in a Heat uniform during a big game-opening run, and Miami beat the New York Knicks 98-81 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Beat Raptors 114-101 in Lowry’s Absence (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:57:36 GMT)

    A lot has changed in the past week for the Detroit Pistons.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Fall to Wizards as LeBron James Sits One Out (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:46:28 GMT)

    The Wizards got a much-needed victory in their bid to move into playoff position.

  • [New York Times] Parsons, Mavs Start Fast in 128-101 Win Over Timberwolves (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:42:39 GMT)

    Chandler Parsons scored 29 points and the Dallas Mavericks started fast in their first game since getting booed by the home crowd during a bad opening half, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-101 Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Paul George’s Secret: He Learned to Play Like a Girl (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:28:52 GMT)

    The N.B.A. All-Star Paul George developed his skills by trying in vain to outplay his sister.

  • [New York Times] Big Magic Start Dooms 76ers to Eighth Straight Loss, 130-116 (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:57:51 GMT)

    Rookie Mario Hezonja dunked four seconds into his first NBA start, finishing with 13 points, and the Orlando Magic led all the way Sunday in a 130-116 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 33, Trail Blazers Beat Pacers 111-102 (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:42:52 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 33 points and five rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Rockets at Bulls (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:28:11 GMT)

    Houston and Chicago looked like contenders as the season began. But with Golden State, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Cleveland rising to the top, the two middle-of-the-pack teams have their work cut out for them.

  • [New York Newsday] Miami Heat gives Joe Johnson warm reception, quick start (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:02:51 EST)

    Joe Johnson was penciled into Miami's starting lineup before the Heat even began stitching the J-O-H-N-S-O-N on the back of his new red jersey.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.02.29)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Monday (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 06:02:14 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Monday

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo: You don't want to hear 'Let's go Heat' at home (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:56:10 EST)

    Melo: You don't want to hear 'Let's go Heat' at home

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo: Stoudemire's Knicks barbs not about me (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:06:05 EST)

    Melo: Stoudemire's Knicks barbs not about me

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks playoff hopes continue to slip away with loss to Heat (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:57:08 GMT)

    The night at the Garden started with an embarrassing chant of “Let’s Go Heat” and ended the same way.

  • [New York Daily News] Amar’e Stoudemire throws shade at Carmelo Anthony (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:54:24 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire is depressed about the state of a franchise he left in the hands of Carmelo Anthony.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Phil Jackson out of touch with ‘praise’ for Curry (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:32:51 GMT)

    Stephen Curry simultaneously shocked the Oklahoma City Thunder late Saturday night and sent the NBA into a social media frenzy

  • [New York Post] Porzingis offers nicest prom rejection you’ll ever see (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:17:55 -0500)

    Call it one of the classiest rejections of Kristaps Porzingis' rookie season. "The KP and The Prom” soap opera reached its conclusion Sunday at the Garden with Long Island high-schooler Samantha Miller on hand to gracefully respond to Porzingis' rejection. The tale began Friday when Miller asked Porzingis to her prom, holding up a sign…

  • [New York Post] How Joe Johnson decided coming to Heat was “the best thing to do” (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:46:39 -0500)

    When Joe Johnson arrived in Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season, expectations went wild. With Deron Williams, the Nets had a backcourt to carry them to the playoffs and beyond. Oops. "Honestly, I don't think much about the disappointments so to speak,” said Johnson, who had to flee Brooklyn via buyout and sign with the Heat…

  • [New York Post] Phil only showing the world he may have lost his Zen (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:40:10 -0500)

    Knicks president Phil Jackson's Twitter account was not hacked Sunday, but the club might have wanted to claim it was. Jackson's 140-character missive about reigning MVP Stephen Curry seemed racier than any photo interim coach Kurt Rambis "likes'' on his Twitter feed. Oh yes, the Zen Master has struck again, hours before the Knicks dropped…

  • [New York Times] Curry Turning 3-Pointers Into Longest Drive Competition (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:06:46 GMT)

    As Stephen Curry casually dribbled the ball across halfcourt, the clock winding down on a tie game in overtime, he took one bounce past the stripe, did his trademark foot shuffle as he gathered himself and let the ball fly from some 38 feet away.

  • [New York Times] Johnson Makes Hot Start to Heat Life as Miami Burn Knicks (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:03:27 GMT)

    Veteran Joe Johnson signed with the Miami Heat on Saturday and on Sunday the versatile swing man was thrown right into the fire, delivering in a victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Amar’e Stoudemire Laments Knicks’ Decline, Then Helps Sustain It (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:46:19 GMT)

    Stoudemire appeared to lob some subtle criticisms at Carmelo Anthony and reproached his former teammates for their halfhearted embrace of the triangle offense before helping his new team, the Miami Heat, defeat them.

  • [New York Times] Wade Scores 26, Heat Beat Knicks in Joe Johnson’s Debut (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 03:12:45 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Joe Johnson made a 3-pointer on his first shot in a Heat uniform during a big game-opening run, and Miami beat the New York Knicks 98-81 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Beat Raptors 114-101 in Lowry’s Absence (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:57:36 GMT)

    A lot has changed in the past week for the Detroit Pistons.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Fall to Wizards as LeBron James Sits One Out (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:46:28 GMT)

    The Wizards got a much-needed victory in their bid to move into playoff position.

  • [New York Times] Parsons, Mavs Start Fast in 128-101 Win Over Timberwolves (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:42:39 GMT)

    Chandler Parsons scored 29 points and the Dallas Mavericks started fast in their first game since getting booed by the home crowd during a bad opening half, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-101 Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Paul George’s Secret: He Learned to Play Like a Girl (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:28:52 GMT)

    The N.B.A. All-Star Paul George developed his skills by trying in vain to outplay his sister.

  • [New York Times] Big Magic Start Dooms 76ers to Eighth Straight Loss, 130-116 (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:57:51 GMT)

    Rookie Mario Hezonja dunked four seconds into his first NBA start, finishing with 13 points, and the Orlando Magic led all the way Sunday in a 130-116 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 33, Trail Blazers Beat Pacers 111-102 (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:42:52 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 33 points and five rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Rockets at Bulls (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:28:11 GMT)

    Houston and Chicago looked like contenders as the season began. But with Golden State, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Cleveland rising to the top, the two middle-of-the-pack teams have their work cut out for them.

  • [New York Newsday] Miami Heat gives Joe Johnson warm reception, quick start (Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:02:51 EST)

    Joe Johnson was penciled into Miami's starting lineup before the Heat even began stitching the J-O-H-N-S-O-N on the back of his new red jersey.

  • 2015-16 Recap: Knicks 81, Heat 98

    Same song…

    The chorus played in my head as the 4th quarter unraveled tonight. The Knicks had a terrible start to every quarter in this game, but they played us for fools by closing each of the first three quarters on runs to keep the game at a manageable distance. Every time I wanted to turn away, I had to turn back, because an improbable shot would go in, a shaky Miami possession would follow, and suddenly the Knicks would be back to within 5 or 6. But they didn’t end the 4th with another end-of-quarter run, and instead slowly dissipated into the New York night. The offense was about as structured as a 2nd grader’s science project tonight, often resembling a hung-over group of guys playing pick-up basketball with each other for the first time. Mid-range jumpshot after mid-range jumpshot rained down upon the rims of MSG, and most of them clanged away into Miami possessions. What a difficult game to watch.

    The tragedy is that the defense played pretty well throughout most of the game before finally folding under the collective weight of the offense’s ineptitude at the end. It was like watching a Denver Broncos game on the basketball court, except without the happy ending. This would have been the third time this season that the Heat held the Knicks under 80 points if not for a few late shots to get the total over the threshold of mediocrity. Granted, the Heat have one of the NBA’s best defenses, but New York barely challenged them in their offensive sets. We ridiculed Fisher for his lack of offensive imagination, and so we are forced to do the same for Rambis. Whatever the coaching strategy is for this team going forward, I have to believe this team is looking somewhere I’m not even seeing right now. Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks have come up a lot in media reports, but some part of me thinks this is all part of Phil’s plan to come down from the front office and take the bench after the roster is reconfigured this summer into something closer to what he envisioned when he took the job.

    Speaking of coaching strategy, what the hell was the plan with Kristaps in the 2nd half? He is taken out a couple minutes into the 3rd, put back in for a few minutes towards the end of the quarter when the run was made to get it back to 4, and then is barely seen again for the duration of the 4th. It was mind boggling to watch, and I know most of us were thinking the same thing as far as that decision goes. Sure, Taps was going to have trouble guarding the Heat’s small lineups, but isn’t there a good reason to put him out there at the 5 instead of Lopez and see what happens? It was frustrating to watch the 4th quarter unfold with Porzingis sitting on the bench presumably wondering the same thing all of us were.

    It’s not like this is a particularly deflating loss, since the Knicks have already played themselves out of any realistic chance at the postseason, but the team looked flat on offense throughout the entire game. It reminded me of when pick & roll seemed like a forbidden phrase for the team in December, as they seemed to just spread the floor and ISO with different players taking turns at trying to penetrate the paint (which was packed all night long) and taking contested jumpshots. The best shots the Knicks were able to produce were usually when a double-team was created by dribble penetration and the ball was kicked out to an open shooter, but many of those open shots were missed tonight. The Knicks simply don’t have many great shooters on the team, specifically from the mid-range they stubbornly kept trying to score from. Calderon had an off night, which hurt the offense more than probably anything else because the spacing was ruined by his inability to hit open shots, but he wasn’t alone. Lance Thomas was the only Knick who seemed capable of making catch-and-shoot opportunities throughout the game.

    Portland comes to MSG in a few days, and those boys are on a roll, and are a guard-oriented team. Gonna be a rough one, I think, but this team needs to better execute their offensive sets, particularly how to set an effective screen at the right angle, and to improve their spacing and shot-making opportunities. There were a lot of missed open shots tonight, but just as many missed opportunities to create open shots by simply holding a screen for an extra half-second or making the right pass without hesitation.

    We still have 21 games to go, and hopefully the Knicks don’t shoot 37% and get outrebounded by 15 in too many of those, because it makes for a miserable viewing experience. At risk of being Fishered, I’m going to go ahead and say the playoffs are a dead dream, but still, there is something to be gained from the final stretch. They should try and get to 35 wins and let the young players get more time instead of blindly favoring veterans who have no effect on the future of the team. Just my two cents, but hey, it seems logical at this point. No draft picks, no trade deadline changes, an interim coach… This team feels like a placeholder, the professional sports franchise equivalent of a bookmark—something inserted into a paused frame until something better happens later. I’m anxious to see what that is, but before that, the process needs to play out, and the team can’t lose sight of the rest of this season just because the results aren’t meaningful to their playoff aspirations of a couple months ago. Growth is more often experienced through pain than joy, so to the Knicks, I say:

    Go FULL EMO. Embrace the Pain.

    full emo

    2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs Heat

    I know this is supposed to be about tonight’s game and to get us all started talking about it, but I would be remiss not to begin this article with a nod to Steph “Galactus” Curry, Devourer of Worlds. I know it’s not easy to watch a Saturday night game, because that’s when a lot of us are out and not paying attention to television, but I hope you got the chance to watch this one live. I got home with about 6 minutes left in the 4th and from there, it was incredible. When I saw Steph in person this year, he had 51 against the Wizards in DC, and it was a spectacle to behold. I can’t imagine being an OKC fan and watching that 40-footer being launched as the last seconds dripped off the clock in agonizing slow-motion. We all knew the shot was in the second he recognized he had some space after crossing halfcourt, stopped, and pulled up to shoot it. It’s downright absurd to believe 100% that a shot from that distance is going to fall, but that’s the world we live in now, and Steph is still bending the rules of this new alternate basketball universe. Twitter very nearly exploded in the minutes that followed, and rightfully so. That shot was the reason I always try to watch Golden State games, rearranging my schedule like a doctor trying to go on vacation.

    On to more pressing matters. Oh LOOK, our old friends from every playoff series in the late ’90s, the “It’s 76 degrees here, chumps!” beach-picture-taking trolls who come out when they see our snow-soaked streets. The Miami Cheat (I’ll never forget the 2006 Finals, also known as the D-Wade Free Throw Parade. Screw you, David Stern) lost yesterday in a weird 3 PM game in Boston. NBA teams aren’t used to playing at that time of day, and it showed early. Both teams took most of the 1st quarter to start playing with any rhythm, and eventually the Heat were escorted out of the Boston Garden with a humbling loss to the team directly above them in the Eastern Conference Standings.

    The Heat come to another famous garden tonight, as they face our beloved Kristerblockers tonight at MSG. The Heat continue to be without The Babadook Chris Bosh, who has another blood clot scare to deal with, which in all seriousness I hope is resolved soon and he will be okay. Bosh is a great player who is underappreciated and I’ve always enjoyed him, and he is one of the NBA’s more unique personalities. Look for some of his interviews, the guy stands out among his peers in terms of just plain being interesting.

    the babadook

    The Heat still bring plenty of talent with them, though. Dragic, Wade, Whiteside, Winslow and Deng provide plenty of Umph, and the Heat are about to add Joe Johnson’s reanimated corpse. If Bosh can be medically cleared to return this year, the Heat have a roster capable of doing puppy-left-alone-for-the-first-time type damage in the playoffs, and a 2nd-round date with Toronto (or Cleveland, should Toronto take the 1 seed, a possibility becoming more probable by the day) would be appointment viewing.

    Since Kurt Rambis took over just before the All-Star break, the Knicks are 2-4 (and could have won in their typically heartbreaking one-possession losses against the Wizards and Pacers), improving Rambis’ gaudy coaching record to 58-149 in his career. To be fair, he did inherit the Timberwolves after they traded Garnett and began rebuilding, but he is still laughed at by Minnesota fans. Ask any long-suffering T-Wolves fan how they feel about Rambis and you’re strapping yourself in for a 12 minute rant complete with physical threats and deep-seeded hopes for various maladies to befall Mr. Rambis, as they would snidely refer to him, denying him the title of Coach at all. Thus far, he has talked the talk to the media. He seems to be trying really hard at the fire-them-up motivator style of coaching, and some of his language is creeping into his players’ vernacular. Melo was quoted by the New York Times as saying,

    “The connection that he’s [Rambis] talking about, if somebody gets beat you have their back; if that person gets beat, you have their back,” Anthony said. “Everybody’s on this train. A lot of time recently, we haven’t been connected as a team like that. I thought tonight we did a better job of being connected.” – New York Times

    Though I now see it as a Fool’s hope, Rambis remains committed to trying to reach the Playoffs. He says the word in every interview, constantly trying to impress on the team to think like a winning team. That’s all well and good, because thinking is the first step toward acting, but the team really needs more than a sports movie cliche style motivational speech right now. They need cohesive offensive sets that generate open shots, they need more dribble penetration (which I’ve heard Rambis preach on this week, which I’m happy to hear him emphasizing) and they need a more consistent defensive identity. Against Orlando, the defense looked more linked together, or connected like train cars, as Rambis prefers to teach the desired defensive mindset using a preschool metaphor.

    little engine that could
    “Choo Choooo!”

    It was a good team win for a Knicks squad desperately in need of a positive result after losing 13 of their previous 15 games. Porzingis had 18 points and 6 rebounds in 25 minutes, equaling his rebound total from the previous three games combined. His rebounding has been concerning lately, as he has failed to crack double-digit rebounds since a 13-rebound performance against Denver on February 7th. Rambis has been stressing the need for Taps to go inside more often, and really when you’re 7’3″ there’s no excuse for having a peasant’s six rebounds in over 80 minutes of court time. Kristaps knows that, and I’m sure his numbers will scale back to his averages, but he needs to show more aggression on the defensive glass and stop leaving Melo and Lopez to fend for themselves on the boards. Rebounding is possession, and the Knicks need every one they can get.

    Tonight’s game will be a difficult task for the Knicks, against a team that typically gives them fits that is fighting for playoff positioning in the tightly bunched Eastern standings. It would be only one win and still leave the Knicks depressingly far out of reach of any playoff hopes, but it would be a 2-game winning streak, which the Knicks haven’t had since mid-January. It would be good to come out of the weekend with a positive vibe, and beating the Heat always comes with a little extra reason to smile.

    Enjoy the game, everyone. Follow @JuddsKidding on Twitter to see my inane ramblings about basketball on a mostly nightly basis, and I’ll be in the game thread of course. Have a feeling this will be an entertaining game, Melo played poorly against Orlando and he always shows up against Miami. Can’t wait for tip-off.

    GO KNICKS!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.02.28)

  • [New York Times] ‘Ridiculous’ Curry Does It Again for Playoff-Bound Warriors (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:30:34 GMT)

    Somehow, Stephen Curry still has detractors.

  • [New York Times] Curry Delivers Again as Warriors Beat Thunder (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:51:27 GMT)

    For two days, Golden State guard Stephen Curry had to listen to former NBA players critique his game. From calling him just a perimeter player to saying he wouldn’t handle the tough defenses of previous eras was spouted throughout the media.

  • [New York Times] Curry Hits Winning 3, Sets Record as Warriors Beat Thunder (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:42:48 GMT)

    Stephen Curry had no clue how far from the hoop he was. He just knew it was time to shoot.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Warriors Win in Overtime as Stephen Curry Drills 12th 3-Pointer (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:40:43 GMT)

    Curry’s 3-pointer, from beyond 30 feet with 0.6 of a second left in overtime, was his 12th, tying the single-game record. He also broke his own N.B.A. record for 3s in a season.

  • [New York Times] Nets 98, Jazz 96: Nets Withstand Jazz’s Comeback (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 05:50:23 GMT)

    Trailing by 13 points midway through the fourth quarter, Utah cut the deficit to 96-94 with 15.6 seconds left, but a Joe Ingles 3-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer.

  • [New York Times] Suns Snap 13-Game Skid With 111-106 Win Over Grizzlies (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 05:42:35 GMT)

    Alex Len had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 111-106 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Thaddeus Young Scores 21, Nets Beat Jazz 98-96 (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 05:27:30 GMT)

    Thaddeus Young had 21 points and eight rebounds while Brook Lopez added 19 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 98-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Defeat Heat 101-89, Run Home Win Streak to 10 (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 04:06:38 GMT)

    As the trade deadline approached, both Celtics coach Brad Stevens and his players were vocal about hoping their roster remained undisturbed after finding some chemistry that had been missing earlier in the season.

  • [New York Times] 3-Point Shooting Helps Lift Pistons to 102-91 Win Over Bucks (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 04:06:31 GMT)

    Andre Drummond posted his NBA-leading 50th double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons built on a strong start from 3-point range to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-91 Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Leonard Leads Spurs to 50th Win, 104-94 Over Rockets (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 03:54:34 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 to lead the San Antonio Spurs to 104-94 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, tying the mark as the seventh-fastest team in NBA history to reach 50 wins.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 31 Points as Trail Blazers Beat Bulls 103-95 (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 03:45:38 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 31 points and the Portland Trail Blazers won for the 16th time in 20 games, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls 103-95 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wiggins’ Free Throws Give Wolves 112-110 Win Over Pelicans (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 03:18:37 GMT)

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins hit two free throws with 3.6 seconds left and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 112-110 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Joe Johnson Signs With Miami Heat to Add Offense (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:54:39 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade’s recruiting pitch obviously worked on Joe Johnson.

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Clyde only one learning from Knicks struggles (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 05:29:54 GMT)

    The combination of his legend status, kaleidoscopic wardrobe and unique verbal stylings makes Walt Frazier a brand unto himself.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: Knicks’ failures on Phil Jackson, not Carmelo Anthony (Sun, 28 Feb 2016 02:46:37 GMT)

    They all want to play here, right? They all love the Mecca and the Big Apple attention and the nightlife.

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  • [New York Post] Jose Calderon silences the critics — for one night at least (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 02:30:28 -0500)

    He is largely the whipping boy for many frustrated Knicks fans. The Knicks get outshot, blame Jose Calderon. Turnovers are his fault. If only there were a real point guard, the Knicks would be fighting not only for the playoffs, but also for a first-round homecourt slot. "For sure, it's not always easy to play…

  • [New York Post] Kristaps Porzingis’ best quality should encourage Knicks fans (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:39:43 -0500)

    On a night when they often looked more like the 1969 Knicks than the 2015-16 Knicks and shared the ball and played defense with Bill Bradley watching it all next to old friend Phil Jackson … well, let's let Kristaps Porzingis try to make sense of it all. "Everybody was involved, everybody was attacking, everybody…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks coach Kurt Rambis: 'We're all excited about Jerian' Grant (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:28:59 EST)

    Despite using Sasha Vujacic more than Jerian Grant since becoming interim coach, Kurt Rambis said the Knicks believe in the rookie point guard.

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis spur Knicks to an easy win over Magic (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:27:34 EST)

    With the third quarter winding down, Carmelo Anthony had the ball near the top of the arc and saw Kristaps Porzingis cutting to the basket. Anthony threw a gorgeous shovel pass inside for a Porzingis dunk.

  • [New York Times] Paul Has 40 Points, 13 Assists as Clippers Top Kings 117-107 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 07:06:35 GMT)

    Chris Paul never focused on the discomfort he felt due to several nagging injuries. Instead, he became a major pain to the Sacramento Kings.

  • [New York Times] Raptors’ Lowry Scores 43 in Win Over Cavaliers (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 06:39:28 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 43 points and hit a jumper with 3.8 seconds left to break a tie as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-97 in a battle between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Carter Scores 19 for Grizzlies in 112-95 Win Over Lakers (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 06:21:46 GMT)

    Vince Carter scored a season-high 19 points and five of his teammates also reached double figures to help the Memphis Grizzlies cruise to a 112-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Felton Leads Mavericks Over Nuggets in OT (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:48:27 GMT)

    Mavericks backup guard Raymond Felton took charge of a game filled with wild scoring swings to save Dallas from a near-disastrous loss, leading it to a 122-116 overtime victory against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at American Airlines Center.

  • [New York Times] Eddie Einhorn, a Creator of College Basketball on TV, Dies at 80 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:45:48 GMT)

    Mr. Einhorn, who created a sports network that propelled national interest in college basketball, was also an owner and team president of the Chicago White Sox.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 108, Magic 95: Knicks Find Balance and Break Free Fall (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 04:53:42 GMT)

    The Knicks easily handled the Magic with a balanced attack that was led by Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Rally to Beat Nuggets 122-116 in Overtime (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 04:51:31 GMT)

    Raymond Felton tied the score late in regulation and then had eight of his 16 points in overtime as the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 23 points down to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-116 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Teague, Horford Help Push Hawks Past Depleted Bulls 103-88 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 04:09:39 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 103-88 victory over the short-handed Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Raptors Edge Cavaliers and Close In on First (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:57:42 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 43 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-97.

  • [New York Times] Lowry Scores Career-High 43 as Raptors Beat Cavaliers, 99-97 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:52:03 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 43 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers 99-97 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Walker Hits Game-Winner to Lead Hornets Past Pacers, 96-95 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:30:38 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 22 points and hit the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left to lead the Charlotte Hornets over the Indiana Pacers 96-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Add to Magic’s Woes, Win 108-95 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:15:45 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the New York Knicks quickly jumped on an Orlando team that appeared to still be staggered by Stephen Curry, beating the Magic 108-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Has Double-Double to Lead Wizards Past 76ers, 103-94 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 02:45:59 GMT)

    John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists to lead the Washington Wizards to a 103-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks finally win at home in February, pummel Magic 108-95 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:01:24 GMT)

    It’s probably too little and too late, but hey, the Knicks don’t have a draft pick so it’s good to win ballgames.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Porzingis has room to improve, but Knicks believe he'll one day be 'unstoppable' (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 01:08:51 EST)

    Porzingis has room to improve, but Knicks believe he'll one day be 'unstoppable'