Knicks Morning News (2016.03.31)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Thursday's Knicks Links: Afflalo, Rambis not on the same page (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:32:07 EST)

    Thursday's Knicks Links: Afflalo, Rambis not on the same page

  • [New York Daily News] Afflalo refutes Knicks coach’s claim they discussed benching (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:13:31 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo is confused why Kurt Rambis claims there was a conversation about his demotion to the bench.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks need fixing, Phil Jackson opts for vacation (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:53:38 GMT)

    Phil Jackson is either completely tone deaf or a diabolical genius daring James Dolan to give him upwards of $30 million to leave New York.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Porzingis to undergo MRI on right shoulder (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:49:58 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis’ spectacular rejection made the highlight show rounds and also sent him to the injured list.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony chokes away Knicks loss to Mavericks (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:07:10 GMT)

    Appropriately, with Cowboys QB Tony Romo on the sideline, Carmelo Anthony choked it away.

  • [New York Times] Australian Jackson Quits After Knees Scupper Rio Bid (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:39:28 GMT)

    Australian basketball great Lauren Jackson announced her retirement on Thursday after doctors said her battered knees were not up to the rigors of contesting for a fifth Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro this year.

  • [New York Times] Randle Hits Big Shot in Lakers’ 102-100 OT Win Over Heat (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:33:30 GMT)

    After all the drama of another miserable day for the Los Angeles Lakers, Julius Randle’s graceful spin move for the winning basket was a splash of pure beauty.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Work OT to Set Franchise Wins Record (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:36:27 GMT)

    It wasn’t easy, but the Golden State Warriors earned an impressive franchise record on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Curry Scores 31, Warriors Beat Jazz 103-96 in OT for No. 68 (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:06:38 GMT)

    The Warriors’ countdown to become the winningest team in NBA history is down to five.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Pelicans, Set NBA Record With 38-0 Start at Home (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:57:40 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs set the NBA record with their 38th straight home victory to open the season and matched the highest win total in franchise history.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Rally for Key Win Over Knicks (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:51:28 GMT)

    The playoff chase wouldn’t have died if the Dallas Mavericks lost at home to the lowly New York Knicks on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Cousins, Kings Deal Wizards Costly Defeat, 120-111 (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:48:37 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks, and the Sacramento Kings dealt a blow to the Washington Wizards’ playoff hopes with a 120-111 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Barton Helps Nuggets Beat Grizzlies 109-105 (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:42:39 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies are struggling, and their slide could hurt their position for the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Fourth-Quarter Rally Lifts Mavericks Over Knicks (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:39:42 GMT)

    J. J. Barea made a go-ahead layup with 49.9 seconds left and finished with 26 points for Dallas, now tied for the seventh-best record in the West.

  • [New York Times] Barea Scores 26, Mavs Beat Knicks to Tie for 8th in West (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:36:43 GMT)

    J.J. Barea scored 26 points and made the go-ahead layup with 49.9 seconds left as the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 91-89 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Contrite Russell Issues Apology Over Young Filming Incident (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:33:28 GMT)

    Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell admitted he felt “sick” during a public apology he issued on Wednesday for secretly filming team mate Nick Young talking about women other than fiancé Iggy Azalea.

  • [New York Times] Middleton Scores 26 in Bucks’ 105-94 Win Over Suns (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:42:51 GMT)

    Khris Middleton scored nine of his 26 points in the final 7:31 and Jabari Parker added 21 points in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 105-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] CP3, Clippers Win 4th Straight, 99-79 Over Timberwolves (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:27:31 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 20 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers bullied the young Minnesota Timberwolves in a 99-79 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Russell Apologizes for Taking Video of Lakers Teammate Young (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:24:35 GMT)

    D’Angelo Russell knows he must rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers’ trust in him after the rookie guard’s unflattering video exchange with teammate Nick Young ended up on social media.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Beat Hawks 105-97 to Notch First 50-Win Season (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:15:31 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors earned their franchise-record 50th victory of the season Wednesday night, 105-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Times] Curry Fans Fall From Stands Trying to Get Autograph (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:24:43 GMT)

    Four fans trying to get an autograph from Stephen Curry fell out of the stands when a railing dislodged before the Utah Jazz hosted the Golden State Warriors.

  • 2015-16 Recap: Knicks 89, Mavericks 91

    Well, I think it’s safe to say that we are all shocked and left to ponder how the Knicks uncharacteristically spent the 4th quarter collectively forgetting how to execute an NBA offense. The Knicks, a model of 4th-quarter consistency in this league, finally succumbed to the laws of mathematics and played poorly to finish the ga—okay, that’s enough blatant sarcasm, even for me. The Knicks tripped and fell down the metaphorical flight of stairs that is the 4th quarter for what seems like the 76th time this season. I swear, they might as well switch the broadcast to Benny Hill music running on a loop instead of Mike and Clyde’s commentary. It would be more fitting. Here is a dog that cannot understand why the Knicks insist on hurting themselves.

    sad chihuahua

    I may as well admit my own eff-up since I’m laughing at the Knicks face-planting from my spot on the floor nursing my own aching mug. I didn’t do enough pregame research to know Kristaps wouldn’t play and so I wrote my pregame article with a tilt towards paying attention to him and Dirk’s matchup. What was right, however, was the saddest part of talking about that potential matchup, which totally makes sense looking at the morose nature of this game. The fact that there are a dwindling few of these games left between the two players was made more evident by Porzingis’ absence, because that is one more opportunity he had to face Dirk down the drain. Maybe the two of them were able to get dinner or something? I just hope Kristaps can forge a relationship with him, because I think Dirk would be a great mentor for the kid, just to stay humble and keep grinding and working. This isn’t going to happen overnight, or in a year or two, but in five years we could be looking at one of the best players in the league if all goes well. We need as much good karma in that corner as we can get, and Dirk has more good vibes than Bill Walton dancing to a Grateful Dead song at a charity auction.

    Now, we come to the scene of the crime. I’ve collected a disturbing amount of evidence against the Knicks in their attempted murder of the game of basketball. What follows is the play-by-play of the 4th quarter for the Knicks, featuring all 9 turnovers, 6-18 from the field and Aaron Afflalo taking a wet dump all over any chance the Knicks had of closing this game. But first, a distracting picture of something boring to give you time to get any children out of the room before viewing the latest atrocity committed against basketball by the Knicks in the 4th quarter of a close game. Seriously, no child should have to see this. It’s better they just not know.

    antiquing

    11:47 Langston Galloway misses 3-point shot
    11:27 Langston Galloway offensive foul
    10:59 Carmelo Anthony makes 2-point shot
    10:23 Carmelo Anthony offensive foul
    10:03 Robin Lopez makes 2-point shot
    9:33 Robin Lopez misses 2-point shot
    9:18 Langston Galloway double-dribble turnover
    9:00 Aaron Afflalo misses 3-point shot
    8:40 Aaron Afflalo misses 2-point shot
    8:00 Carmelo Anthony makes 2-point shot
    7:22 Carmelo Anthony misses 3-point shot
    6:54 Sasha Vujacic loses ball out of bounds
    6:22 Sasha Vujacic misses 2-point shot
    5:54 Aaron Afflalo steps out of bounds
    5:24 Aaron Afflalo makes lay-up (!!!)
    4:43 Robin Lopez bad pass (stolen by Mavericks)
    4:15 Langston Galloway misses 2-point shot
    3:53 Derrick Williams 2-2 FT
    3:15 Aaron Afflalo traveling
    2:42 Carmelo Anthony misses 2-point shot
    2:40 Robin Lopez put-back for 2 points
    2:05 Aaron Afflalo misses 3-point shot
    1:00 Carmelo Anthony converts and-1 for 3 points
    0:26 Carmelo Anthony misses 2-point shot
    0:18 Carmelo Anthony misses 3-point shot
    0:09 Carmelo Anthony loses ball out of bounds
    0:00 Langston Galloway misses 3-point shot

    Looking at that chart is basically the equivalent of watching a toddler determined to try to tie their own shoes, so it’s excruciating by any standard. I would follow it up with a picture of Kurt Rambis looking confused with a bit of spittle on his chin sparkling with HD-given clarity, but I’m not that cruel.

    The bright side of all of this is that it was pretty plain to see Aaron Afflalo giving about as much effort as those 30 guys at construction sites watching the one guy operate the crane. He’s not exactly in open rebellion, but he’s putting on a world-class pouting clinic any girl entering middle school should take notes on. If this all means we escape his contract and get a redo at the 2-guard next year and some cap relief, I’ll consider the last month of the season a success no matter how many games they set fire to.

    I really don’t have much else to say right now. The season is mercifully coming to a close, though, and we can begin to legitimately look at how this roster and coaching staff might be shaped going into next year. Everyone has an opinion on what should be done (or just as importantly, not done), but I’d like to hear any thoughts on that from you guys since talking about the actual games isn’t very interesting at this point. The most we can hope for is to play playoff spoiler to a team or two down the stretch, but the Knicks just butt-fumbled a damn good opportunity to do that to the Mavericks, who are hanging by a thread themselves.

    Anyways, Melo did go 11-22 for 31 points. So credit where it’s due. But we all know those last two shots were awful and so did he—the smile on his face told the story pretty plainly. Melo is smart enough not to take this too seriously, because all he needs to do is finish the season healthy and look forward to the Olympics, where I hope he plays 14-18 minutes a game max. Light jogging is all I want to see; ever since Paul George, that shit scares the hell outta me.

    Until next time, Knicks fans. Only 6 more to go. Cherish it.

    Because do you hear that drumming in the deep?

    That boom, doom, boom?

    That’s baseball season. An ancient evil none can withstand.

    balrog

    It is coming.

    2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Mavericks

    Hello again, Knickerblogger family! It’s so damn good to see you!

    I’ve returned from my annual two weeks of NCAA Tournament fanaticism, and it feels good to be paying attention to NBA basketball again. If you watch about 40 games of college basketball over the course of 10 days, it becomes rather clear how superior NBA players are. In fact, by the end of the Elite 8 games on Sunday, I was honestly relieved that my (why is it so important to me every year when I basically ignore college basketball until the tournament starts?) bracket was eliminated from my pool. There is thousands of dollars on the line, and I won a few years ago which has caused me to be irrationally attached to the tournament every year since in hopes of recreating that feeling (and monetary award). I had Kansas, Oklahoma, Virginia and UNC in the Final Four, which looked damn good on Saturday afternoon, but the dream is finally dead. So I can wake up and watch REAL basketball players.

    Tonight’s game features my two favorite teams in a match of “our season ended around Groundhog Day” versus “our season isn’t quite over but it’s aggressively circling the drain.” The Mavericks lost Chandler Parsons for the year, so even if they squeak into the playoffs, they will likely be swept by Golden State or San Antonio in the first round. I’m not sure I even want to watch that, but I’ll always take playoff basketball over no playoff basketball, even if I know we’re destined to be eviscerated by one the NBA’s two best teams. The Knicks are just going through the motions of closing out the season, although Rambis is certainly trying to maintain the illusion of being a coach.

    His recent decision to bench Afflalo is certainly one that I have no argument with, and I find it hard to believe many readers take issue with it either, but starting Get Cic or Die Tryin’ in his place feels like a legitimate troll job on Knicks fans. Oh, you guys want us to bench the ineffective veterans and give the young guys time since the season is over? Well, we’re gonna trot out Sasha “is my hair okay?” Vujacic and Kevin “I look just like a basketball player” Seraphin so we can leave Jerian and Langston to sharpen their Cards Against Humanity skills on the bench. I honestly have to give Rambis a golf clap here for finding a way to give 20+ minutes a night to a person who literally couldn’t play a meaningful minute for any competitive team in the league.

    But I do agree with benching Afflalo. He has been terrible and his contract is poison; he can’t come back next year, and the horrible truth is that he holds the power over whether or not he absorbs another $8 million in cap space next season because the contract has a player option, not a team option. The strategy here, if I’m correctly reading between the lines (although by looking at Rambis’ and Afflalo’s quotes, they’re not exactly being covert about this), is to convince Afflalo that he won’t get a chance to start for this team going forward, and if he wants another crack at one last decent contract before retirement, he needs to go elsewhere to show the league what he can do next year. I honestly think it’s a solid move—kind of like when a job starts doing everything they can to make someone quit because they don’t want to fire them.

    Sure, it’s a bit on the cruel side, but the Knicks can’t fire the guy, so the only way to rid themselves of him is to make him quit. I know he came to New York with purpose and wanted to be here, but it seems like a split is all but guaranteed after this season. It would be a bummer if Afflalo exercises his player option and sticks around if he sees the market doesn’t have anything for an aging 2-guard who shoots contested fadeaways and contributes almost nothing to the team outside of the stray good scoring performance. Damn… I really hope he leaves. But will he? Where else is he gonna get $8 million? If he thinks he can take a smaller contract in hopes of getting a big one after next year, he will leave, but he’s going to be 32 at that point and I’m not sure any team is going to be giving a 3 or 4 year contract to whatever version of him exists at that point.

    Tonight is all about watching the torch being passed. This is the second meeting between Dirk and Kristaps, and the first one lived up to the hype and then some. I expect Dirk to have another good performance against the kid who idolized him, and I expect Kristaps to reach deep to impress the best European basketball player of all time. It should be a lot of fun, and it’s something we should all cherish, because it won’t happen many more times. I’m convinced Dirk will play two more seasons to make it a round 20 years in the league, and I honestly wouldn’t blame him for spending his last year on a one-year contract playing on a team that can win a title if Dallas doesn’t significantly improve next season. So that’s four more games (six if Dirk plays in the East his last year, although I think it’s a longshot. My hunch is he stays with Dallas no matter what, even if he has to suffer Kobe-style through his final season). And that’s assuming neither of them has to sit out any of those games.

    Kristaps vs. Dirk is a matchup that we may only have a few more of, if any, so this is a great opportunity to see them face off. Dirk was the epitome of a franchise player for the Mavericks, and he has 13 ALL-Star selections, an MVP, an NBA Championship and a Finals MVP to show for it. I hope Kristaps can have a similarly productive and storied career path, and I hope a little bit of that Dirk swag rubs off on him. Dirk is known for his remarkable work ethic, which is why at 37 he can still drop 40 points on Portland last week. Kristaps should mine him for any advice he has to give, and he would do well to schedule a meeting with Dirk’s famous shooting coach Holger Geschwendner this summer.

    Honestly, I cannot wait for this game. I know it means relatively nothing so far as this season goes, since even if the Mavericks find a way into the playoffs they will be lucky to see a Game 5, but it’s a really interesting basketball moment regardless.

    Only 7 games left including tonight, everybody. We may as well try and enjoy them.

    See you at 8:30!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.03.30)

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo still pumped to play in Olympics despite Paul’s call (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:37:53 GMT)

    Chris Paul announced Tuesday that he’s withdrawing from the Olympics this summer because his body requires rest.

  • [New York Daily News] Rambis says Afflalo needs to suck it up, deal with demotion (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:35:55 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo’s move to the bench is now accompanied with a bizarre conflict of stories between player and coach.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo not mad at security after hug from kid in New Orleans (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:41:13 GMT)

    A day later, Carmelo Anthony was still grateful for the hug and any concerns of a security breach were alleviated by the trespasser’s age.

  • [New York Times] Curry, Warriors Move a Victory Closer to Season Wins Record (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:15:52 GMT)

    Steve Kerr and his do-everything superstar, Stephen Curry, expected Golden State to build on its championship run of last season.

  • [New York Times] NBA-Warriors Stifle Wizards, Win 54th Straight Home Game (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:45:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors finally got their defense in high gear Tuesday night, limiting the Washington Wizards to 41.9 percent shooting en route to their 54th consecutive home-court win, a 102-94 victory over an Eastern Conference playoff contender.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:33:55 GMT)

    Stephen Curry knocked down six 3-pointers on the way to 26 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards 102-94 on Tuesday night to stay on pace for the all-time wins record.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Rockets Take Hold of 8th Place (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:10:37 GMT)

    Houston rallied from a 20-point deficit for a road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:00:56 GMT)

    James Harden scored 27 points and the Houston Rockets rallied from a 20-point deficit for a 106-100 victory Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who rested LeBron James.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Hold Off Durant-Less Thunder, 88-82 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 03:30:49 GMT)

    There would be no apologies from Stan Van Gundy after his Detroit Pistons caught a break against Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] Harden, Rockets Rally to Stuns LeBron-Less Cavs, 106-100 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 03:27:42 GMT)

    James Harden scored 27 points and the Houston Rockets rallied from a 20-point deficit for a 106-100 victory Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who rested LeBron James.

  • [New York Times] Bulls End 4-Game Skid on Butler’s Jumper, Beat Pacers 98-96 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:28:10 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler made a tiebreaking jumper with 3.7 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 98-96 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Magic Storm Past Nets for Second Straight Win, 139-105 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:09:45 GMT)

    Aaron Gordon had 20 points and Elfrid Payton had 11 points and 12 assists as the Orlando Magic scored a season high in defeating the Brooklyn Nets 139-105 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Batum’s Triple-Double Leads Hornets Past 76ers, 100-85 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 01:25:30 GMT)

    Nicolas Batum had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his second triple-double of the season, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 100-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Vince Boryla, an N.B.A. Jack of All Trades, Dies at 89 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:50:50 GMT)

    Boryla buoyed two franchises three decades apart — the Knicks as a player and coach in the 1950s and the Denver Nuggets as the general manager in the 1980s.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Wednesday's Knicks Links: Afflalo's uncertain future with New York (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:35:16 EST)

    Wednesday's Knicks Links: Afflalo's uncertain future with New York

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.03.29)

  • [New York Newsday] Jerian Grant to continue coming off the Knicks' bench (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:33:11 EDT)

    Kurt Rambis doesn't plan to change the starting lineup or rotation much now that the Knicks are officially eliminated from playoff contention.

  • [New York Newsday] Young fan runs onto court to hug Carmelo Anthony in New Orleans (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:30:27 EDT)
  • [New York Newsday] Knicks lose third-quarter lead, game to undermanned Pelicans (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:29:11 EDT)

    Carmelo Anthony experienced a serious case of mixed emotions Sunday evening. Not long after his Syracuse Orangemen reached the Final Four, the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

  • [New York Times] The Golden State Warriors’ Superhero, Back When They Needed One (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:00:21 GMT)

    Sadiki Fuller played the role of the trampoline-bouncing, basketball-dunking Thunder — the now-banished Warriors mascot — during some lean years for the franchise.

  • [New York Times] Paul Hurts Ankle as Clippers Club Celtics (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:48:31 GMT)

    Doc Rivers couldn’t resist needling Los Angeles Lakers’ fans after Paul Pierce went down with an ankle injury Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Barea Leads Mavericks to 97-88 Win Over Nuggets (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:03:51 GMT)

    In the midst of a rough stretch, the Dallas Mavericks were searching for a little more energy and athleticism.

  • [New York Times] Paul, Jordan Lead Clippers Past Celtics, 114-90 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:03:49 GMT)

    DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Chris Paul added 13 points and 14 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 114-90 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Holiday’s Return Sparks Pelicans Past Knicks, 99-91 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:45:51 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday returned from a toe injury and took a hard shot to the eye for his trouble. Still, he managed to provide the Pelicans with some relief from their recent rut before absorbing the latest blow to his health.

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony ‘Shocked’ by Child’s Hug During Game (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:45:45 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony says he was momentarily “shocked” when he felt someone grasping at his thigh as he stood near the top of the key in the final minute of the New York Kicks’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Hand Kobe Worst Loss Ever, 123-75 in Last Visit to Utah (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:39:44 GMT)

    Rodney Hood will never forget the night Kobe Bryant requested to guard the second-year player because he was virtually unstoppable. That’s a huge compliment from the future Hall of Famer.

  • [New York Times] Crabbe Has 21 and Blazers Beat Kings 105-93 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:33:36 GMT)

    Reserve Allen Crabbe scored 21 points and the Portland Trail Blazers cruised to a 105-93 victory over the short-handed Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Hang On for Fourth Straight Win (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:33:27 GMT)

    As strange as it sounds, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer prefers that his players experience a close game every now and then.

  • [New York Times] Dwyane Wade Scores 30, and Heat’s Defense Rises to Stifle the Nets (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:21:37 GMT)

    Hassan Whiteside added a career-high 27 points off the bench for Miami. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pelicans Beat Knicks to End 3-Game Skid (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:19:26 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday returned from a toe injury to score 22 points for host New Orleans while Carmelo Anthony had 22 for the Knicks.

  • [New York Times] Wiggins, Wolves Hold Off Late Charge by Suns in 121-116 Win (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:18:41 GMT)

    A 20-point lead had disappeared in a matter of minutes, and the Minnesota Timberwolves were in danger of succumbing to the small-ball Phoenix Suns for the second time in just over two weeks.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:12:42 GMT)

    Rodney Hood scored 30 points and the Jazz turned Kobe Bryant’s last visit to Utah into the worst loss of his career with a 123-75 victory on Monday night that matched the Lakers’ largest defeat in franchise history.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Has 31 Points, 13 Boards, Spurs Beat Memphis 101-87 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 03:09:41 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 101-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade Gets 30, Heat Pull Away From Nets 110-99 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:57:53 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade found out before the game he would be without his point guard, then was worried in the first quarter about the pain shooting through his left hand and wrist.

  • [New York Times] Teague Free Throws Help Hawks Hold Off Bulls, 102-100 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:51:48 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 26 points, including two free throws with just over six seconds to play, and the surging Atlanta Hawks fought off a furious Chicago rally for a 102-100 win Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s 16th Triple-Double Leads Thunder to 8th in a Row (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:19:06 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his 16th triple-double of the season, Kevin Durant scored 34 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 119-100 on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks coach sticks with what doesn’t work in loss to N.O. (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:20:54 GMT)

    The Knicks coach said his starting lineup will remain the same despite the team being eliminated from the playoffs.

  • [New York Daily News] After ‘Cuse win, Melo deals with letdown of missing playoffs (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:20:31 GMT)

    In a span of roughly 30 minutes, Carmelo Anthony’s embrace of a glorious past was smacked with the reality of his depressing present.

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier goes after LeBron James (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:15:53 GMT)

    It started with Frazier throwing freezing water on a discussed alliance of James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul

  • [New York Daily News] Video: Kid runs on court during game, hugs Carmelo Anthony (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 03:43:21 GMT)

    A young boy, unchecked by security at the Smoothie King Center, ran onto the court and hugged Carmelo Anthony.

  • [New York Post] Alvin Gentry: Phil knows Luke Walton will be ‘terrific’ head coach (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:10:43 -0400)

    NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, a member of Steve Kerr's 2015 title-winning coaching staff at Golden State, said Luke Walton will be "a terrific coach” and Knicks' team president Phil Jackson knows it. In fact, Gentry got his hackles up because he did not believe Walton got enough credit for guiding the Warriors…

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Rambis sticking with what doesn't work (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:31:01 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Rambis sticking with what doesn't work

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo 'shocked' when kid ran on court to hug him (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:19:45 EST)

    Melo 'shocked' when kid ran on court to hug him

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Pelicans

    The Knicks travel to New Orleans, where they take on the tanktacular New Orleans Pelicans, who have taken a page out of the 1997 San Antonio Spurs’ playbook by resting their star player and trying to get as high of a draft pick as they can. Buddy Hield sure would look good playing with the Brow.

    The Knicks should win this one, but let’s hope that it is a fun win like the Chicago beatdowns! I want 30 from Porzingis!

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.03.28)

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony celebrates Syracuse win on Snapchat (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 04:36:51 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony finally has reason to celebrate.

  • [New York Daily News] Kristaps Porzingis on Carmelo: ‘We need him. I need him.’ (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 04:06:27 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis, who has benefited greatly from Carmelo Anthony’s presence, made a plea for the All-Star to stay with the franchise.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks eliminated from playoffs for third straight season (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:30:37 GMT)

    The Knicks are officially headed to the lottery without a draft pick.

  • [New York Times] Wade Looking Forward to a Final Meeting With Kobe (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 06:09:43 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade will never forget his first meeting against Kobe Bryant.

  • [New York Times] John Wall Leads Wizards to Easy 101-88 Win Over Kobe, Lakers (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 04:06:44 GMT)

    John Wall had 22 points and 13 assists, and Marcin Gortat added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Washington Wizards’ 101-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Thompson Scores 40, Green With Triple-Double in Warriors Win (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 03:54:36 GMT)

    Klay Thompson got an earful from Draymond Green for his two-game total: 80 points and one assist.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Warriors Keep the Pace in Extraordinary Fashion (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 03:53:17 GMT)

    The Clippers beat the visiting Denver Nuggets, 105-90, on Sunday to become the fourth Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Hang On to Beat Rockets (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 02:36:28 GMT)

    The odd adventure that has been the Indiana Pacers’ 2015-2016 season was on display in all of its glory — or inconsistency — on Sunday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the equally up-and-down Houston Rockets.

  • [New York Times] George Scores 25 Points, Pacers Beat Rockets 104-101 (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:57:36 GMT)

    Paul George did the bulk of his work for the Indiana Pacers early on, and then Monta Ellis and Ian Mahinmi came through at the end.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Cavaliers at Hawks (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:50:53 GMT)

    The Hawks will have a chance to measure themselves against the Eastern Conference’s top contenders this week, including Friday’s game against Cleveland.

  • [New York Times] Cauley-Stein Scores 21 Points, Kings Beat Mavs 133-111 (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:51:49 GMT)

    Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein followed a breakout offensive performance with 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings over the Dallas Mavericks 133-111 on Sunday.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Monday's Knicks Links: Officially eliminated from the playoffs (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 05:27:31 EST)

    Monday's Knicks Links: Officially eliminated from the playoffs