2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Timberwolves

The Knicks travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves in the first game of a home and home with Minnesota. The two games are spread over three games, making the whole thing just really weird. What’s the point? NBA schedules are weird. Like Oklahoma City playing at home, then traveling to New York City for one game before returning right back home. Who schedules like that?

Anyhow, the Timberwolves have an awful record and they are in a major funk, but this is obviously a talented team, especially their big men, Dieng and reigning Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, who is awesome and yet has taken a major back seat to Andrew freakin’ Wiggins in the Timberwolves offense for no good reason that I can think of.

Joakim Noah is out tonight, which might actually be a good thing for this team. Kyle O’Quinn will get the start.

Let’s go, Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2016.11.30)

  • [ESPN] Wednesday’s Knicks News: Porzingis, Noah plan to fight harder around the basket
    (Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:55:12 AM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks News: Porzingis, Noah plan to fight harder around the basket

  • [ESPN] ‘Doesn’t really matter,’ Porzingis says, whether Knicks are his team or Melo’s
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:10:50 PM)

    ‘Doesn’t really matter,’ Porzingis says, whether Knicks are his team or Melo’s

  • [ESPN] Porzingis and Towns, just two friends redefining NBA big men
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:10:06 AM)

    Porzingis and Towns, just two friends redefining NBA big men

  • [ESPN] NBA Rumor Central: Will Knicks offer Derrick Rose an extension?
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:40:53 PM)

    NBA Rumor Central: Will Knicks offer Derrick Rose an extension?

  • [ESPN] Tuesday’s Knicks News: Anthony struggles in loss to Thunder
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:05:36 AM)

    Tuesday’s Knicks News: Anthony struggles in loss to Thunder

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah plan to fight harder under boards
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 7:53:00 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kristaps Porzingis already knew what to anticipate when Jeff Hornacek sat the Knicks down to show them film of them getting “manhandled” by the Thunder big men Monday. Porzingis already re-watched the game.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Russell Westbrook: The Triple-Double Machine
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:49:47 PM)

    Westbrook, the Thunder guard, is dominating opponents this season with double-digit averages in points, rebounds and assists.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks looking to improve on road
    (Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:15:53 AM)

    GEICO SportsNite: Knicks looking to improve on road

  • [SNY Knicks] Joakim Noah leaves doubt he’s ready for prime time
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 5:30:56 PM)

    Joakim Noah’s recent struggles leaves some doubt that he can live up to his big contract in the bright lights of New York City.

  • [SNY Knicks] Courtney Lee has sprained shooting hand
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 3:35:14 PM)

    Courtney Lee suffered a sprained shooting hand in New York’s victory over the Hawks on Nov. 20.

  • [SNY Knicks] Thunder expose biggest weakness in Porzingis, Knicks
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:45:41 PM)

    The Thunder’s win over the Knicks Monday night exposed New York’s rebounding as a big weakness.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis ignores calls for him to take over Knicks from Melo
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 7:52:32 PM)

    The Garden crowd has established its position with groans and sighs when Melo gets the ball at the elbow and begins his jab step.

  • [NYPost] Reunion with Noah, Rose not coming at great time for Tom Thibodeau
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:13:50 PM)

    MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Thibodeau isn’t the first one to be miserable in Minnesota with December approaching. Thibodeau’s reign as president/coach is off to an arctic start — the Timberwolves bottoming out at Target Center on Monday night in a 112-103 loss to Utah before just 9,000 fans. Many left early and didn’t see the Jazz…

  • [NYPost] How Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns became friends
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 7:33:18 PM)

    MINNEAPOLIS — There’s no Sophomore of the Year Award, but if there were, the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis and the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns would be running about dead even. The two towering players with dazzling moves, who forever will be linked as the best players coming out of the 2015 draft, are forging a lasting friendship….

  • [NYPost] What does it mean that Knicks lose when Derrick Rose scores a lot?
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 3:59:50 PM)

    When Derrick Rose scores 16 or more points, the Knicks are 2-8. When he scores 15 or fewer, they are 6-1. Go figure. Or figure that Rose needs to be more of a facilitator. “I don’t necessarily think that’s true,” coach Jeff Hornacek said Tuesday. “If he’s getting good looks, other guys got to stay…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis couldn’t bear to watch Knicks’ beatdown video
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 3:46:27 PM)

    On Tuesday, the Knicks watched film of their physical beatdown by the Thunder the night before, when Oklahoma City held a 53-40 rebound edge. “We got to get effort and rebounding. That’s where they got us,” said Courtney Lee. “Maybe we’d make them miss the first option, [Russell] Westbrook would miss a shot or a…

  • [NYPost] Is this a blip, or is Joakim Noah a $72M Knicks disaster?
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 2:32:31 PM)

    To many, the Knicks would have been better served writing a check for $72 million, taking it out in the backyard and setting it on fire, rather than signing Joakim Noah. Noah was supposed to galvanize the defense and bring it together. That simply hasn’t happened yet. The Knicks are 24th in scoring defense (106.6…

  • [NYPost] How Jeff Hornacek is protecting Carmelo’s one-man offense
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:08:12 AM)

    You hear the murmurs and boos now – and it’s not just on social media. In the last three Garden games, whenever Carmelo Anthony receives a pass, holds onto the ball an extra second and makes a move that ends up with a missed or blocked shot, jeers filter through the Garden. “Iso Melo” is…

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.11.29)

  • [ESPN] Tuesday’s Knicks News: Anthony struggles in loss to Thunder
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:05:36 AM)

    Tuesday’s Knicks News: Anthony struggles in loss to Thunder

  • [ESPN] Knicks’ big men ‘manhandled’ and ‘outmuscled’ in loss to Thunder
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:45:30 AM)

    Knicks’ big men ‘manhandled’ and ‘outmuscled’ in loss to Thunder

  • [ESPN] Monday’s Knicks News: Westbrook provides next test for Rose
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 6:08:19 AM)

    Monday’s Knicks News: Westbrook provides next test for Rose

  • [NYTimes] Thunder 112, Knicks 103: Despite Flash of Rose’s Prime, Knicks Are Dazed by Westbrook and Thunder
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 5:04:51 AM)

    Derrick Rose finished with 30 points, but his Oklahoma City counterpart, Russell Westbrook, had 27 in recording his eighth triple-double of the season.

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Schedule: Here’s What to Watch This Week
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 4:11:29 PM)

    In an exciting television doubleheader on Thursday night, the Rockets visit the Warriors after the Clippers visit the Cavaliers.

  • [NYTimes] Harry Flournoy Jr., Part of First All-Black Starting Five to Win N.C.A.A. Title, Dies at 72
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:06:42 AM)

    The 1965-66 Miners were the first team to win the national championship with five black starting players, defeating an all-white Kentucky team.

  • [NYPost] Knicks finally trust Joakim Noah and it totally backfires
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 7:52:41 PM)

    Joakim Noah was jacked to play against his college coach, Billy Donovan. The duo teamed up in glorious times, winning two NCAA titles together in Florida. Perhaps that is why Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek finally let Noah play in the fourth quarter of a tight game — and stuck with him to the bitter end….

  • [NYPost] What Russell Westbrook is doing now is absolutely remarkable
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 7:19:05 PM)

    So … we can spend some time, and some paragraphs, on all the troubling things the Knicks put on display Monday night at Madison Square Garden. We can start with Carmelo Anthony and his 4-for-19 rock pile of a night. We can talk about the two points and three rebounds the $72 million man, Joakim…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose could play his way to contract security with Knicks
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 7:05:13 PM)

    Through 17 games, point guard Derrick Rose has shown enough progress that a lucrative new contract could be in store for him with the Knicks this summer. However, Rose, who scored a season-high 30 points Monday in a 112-103 loss against Oklahoma City, can get some security now if Knicks president Phil Jackson is convinced…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo goes silent, Russell Westbrook goes nuts in masterpiece
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 5:10:28 PM)

    Hurricane Westbrook blew through the Garden and tore up the Knicks’ six-game home winning streak. And Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek tore into his big men for allowing Oklahoma City to secure 17 offensive rebounds, saying the group has to get “tougher.’’ Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook kept up his rampage, nearly posting a triple-double…

  • [NYPost] MSG sues season-ticket holder over $97K unpaid bill
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 1:27:53 PM)

    Madison Square Garden is c?alling foul on the wife of a longtime Knicks fan?, saying she skipped out on her $97,865 bill for several ?prime ?season tickets — despite cashing in on “tens of thousands of dollars” ?by reselling the seats, a new lawsuit charges. MSG Sports and Entertainment, which manages ?T?he Garden, wants Terry…

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks Thunderstruck by Russell Westbrook’s triple-double, OKC’s bigs
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:23:33 AM)

    Russell Westbrook has been a man on a mission all season, and he put on a show at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. But he also got help from some of his biggest friends.

  • [NY Newsday] Derrick Rose’s 30-point game overshadowed by Russell Westbrook
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:55:17 AM)

    Derrick Rose had the best game of his Knicks career Monday night. But he’ll always be remembered as the “other guy” in this one because of the point guard he was matched up against.

  • [NY Newsday] Thunder coach Billy Donovan believes in Joakim Noah
    (Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:44:55 AM)

    Joakim Noah hasn’t had much of an on-court impact but his college coach believes that will change.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks mailbag: Tanking, Porzingis, Noah, early assessments and more
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 3:49:00 PM)

    Knicks beat reporter Al Iannazzone took questions from Twitter followers this week as the team prepares for a few inter-conference matchups. Here are 10 answers:

  • [NYDN] Russell Westbrook too much for Knicks in 112-103 loss to Thunder
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 8:35:23 PM)

    Russell Westbrook was everything you expected him to be.

  • [NYDN] Russell Westbrook’s loyalty to Thunder will only go so far
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 8:34:20 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis and Russell Westbrook have trained together during the off-season and respect each other’s games and work habits

  • [NYDN] Phil Jackson could reportedly ‘wind up with Lakers’ this summer
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 3:32:46 PM)

    Phil Jackson is apparently a hot commodity – well, at least for one team.

  • [NYDN] MSG sues wife of Knicks superfan over $100G in season tix
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 3:26:41 PM)

    Terry Klein, married to longtime season ticket holder Fred Klein, bought 10 2015-2016 NBA full-season subscriptions.

  • [NYDN] Former Knick Bradley on ‘White Skin Privilege’ relevant as ever
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 9:18:34 AM)

    There was a Bill Bradley sighting at the Knicks game last week.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks can’t contain Westbrook in 112-103 loss to Thunder
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 10:11:21 PM)

    The New York Knicks had no answer for Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who had a triple-double of 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists in a 110-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks face off with Thunder at MSG
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 5:05:07 PM)

    The Knicks will face off against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden Monday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks set for a heavy dose of the Western Conference
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 3:00:27 PM)

    When the Knicks face off against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder during Oklahoma City’s only regular season visit to Madison Square Garden, it will be the first of a handful games in which New York will face a team from the NBA’s Western Conference over the next month.

  • [SNY Knicks] Lance Thomas remains out against Thunder due to ankle injury
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 3:10:05 PM)

    Lance Thomas will remain out due to a sore left ankle when the Knicks play the Thunder on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, the team announced.

  • [SNY Knicks] Have Holiday and Kuzminskas displaced Lance Thomas?
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 8:40:01 AM)

    Justin Holiday and Mindaugas Kuzminskas have stepped up in the absence of the injured Lance Thomas, but how will head coach Jeff Hornacek adjust the players’ minutes when Thomas returns?

  • 2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Thunder

    Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder come to town tonight.

    Remember, the Knicks beat the Thunder last year with roughly this same roster (Westbrook there but no Durant) despite Westbrook having a crazy game, so the Knicks should have a very good chance of winning the game tonight. They should be favorites in this game (I believe they are, gambling-wise).

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.11.28)

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis: Knicks’ ‘mindset’ at root of slow road starts
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 10:32:54 AM)

    The trend of road losses for the Knicks is something Kristaps Porzingis believes starts with the right mindset.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks, Porzingis can take lessons from Saturday’s loss
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 9:51:29 AM)

    In what was a decent enough game for Kristaps Porzingis, he left Frank Kaminsky open to sink two heart-wrenching daggers from long range

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks continue to struggle on road
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 7:27:30 AM)

    With the chance to sweep a home-and-home with the Hornets, the Knicks fell in Charlotte in the back end on Saturday.

  • [NYPost] Carmelo: Why Westbrook re-upped (and made Knicks a pipe dream)
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 5:26:17 PM)

    Within minutes of Kevin Durant’s stunning decision to leave Oklahoma City for the Bay area last July, speculation flew that Russell Westbrook would follow suit in the summer of 2017. And there had been rumblings Westbrook had an affection for New York City — given his fashionista persona and all. With point guard Derrick Rose…

  • [NYPost] Rising Derrick Rose is ready for Russell Westbrook — finally
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 12:13:20 PM)

    Derrick Rose knocked on the steel of his black locker cubicle late Saturday night in Charlotte. Rose’s good-luck pat wasn’t because Hurricane Westbrook was swirling into New York, but that the Knicks point guard will be 100 percent healthy for Monday’s Garden battle against the NBA’s leading MVP candidate. Through 16 games, there’s been no…

  • [ESPN] Monday’s Knicks News: Westbrook provides next test for Rose
    (Monday, November 28, 2016 6:08:19 AM)

    Monday’s Knicks News: Westbrook provides next test for Rose

  • [ESPN] NBA Rumor Central: Phil Jackson to return to Lakers?
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 9:52:15 PM)

    NBA Rumor Central: Phil Jackson to return to Lakers?

  • [NY Newsday] Scorching Russell Westbrook comes to MSG as Knicks get set to face Thunder
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 8:04:17 PM)

    Breaking up is hard to do, but Russell Westbrook is doing just fine without Kevin Durant and often leaves his opponents feeling hurt.

  • [NYDN] Joakim Noah knows he needs to play better for Knicks
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 9:58:45 AM)

    Noah’s disappointing start in New York has included injury, offensive ineffectiveness, illness and long stretches on the bench.

  • [NYDN] Knicks, Carmelo Anthony blow opportunity in Hornets loss
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 8:48:33 AM)

    The Knicks fell to 1-6 on the road.

  • [NYDN] Russell Westbrook bringing his show, loyalty to MSG vs. Knicks
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 7:50:50 AM)

    It was only four months ago when Russell Westbrook was the biggest free agent of the 2017 class.

  • [NYDN] Derrick Rose shows poise in paint but jump shots still need work
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 7:21:19 AM)

    For much of his career, Derrick Rose’s health and ability to finish at the rim went hand-in-hand.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.11.27)

  • [NYTimes] Hornets 107, Knicks 102: Hornets Take Their Revenge and Stop the Knicks’ Streak
    (Sunday, November 27, 2016 4:09:22 AM)

    Charlotte avenged an overtime loss from a night earlier with a over the Knicks that halted their winning streak at three.

  • [NY Newsday] Joakim Noah hopes to begin making an impact
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 11:35:21 PM)


  • [NY Newsday] Knicks fight back after bad first quarter but lose to Hornets
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 11:03:15 PM)


  • [NY Newsday] Melo discusses Knicks’ Porzingis-centric personality transition
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 3:54:00 PM)

    You could feel the shift inside Madison Square Garden and within the Knicks’ offense. Carmelo Anthony is no longer the main go-to guy or player the Knicks run things through primarily. But then there are nights like Friday.

  • [NYDN] Autistic nephew, 9, of ex-Knick Marcus Camby found dead in Texas
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 10:28:20 PM)

    Police in Texas have found the body of the 9-year-old autistic nephew of former NBA player Marcus Camby.

  • [NYDN] Knicks, Carmelo Anthony blow opportunity in Hornets loss
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 9:03:55 PM)

    The Knicks fell to 1-6 on the road.

  • [NYDN] Joakim Noah knows he needs to play better for Knicks
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 5:33:13 PM)

    Noah’s disappointing start in New York has included injury, offensive ineffectiveness, illness and long stretches on the bench.

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah may be getting healthier, but his game’s ailing
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 9:13:57 PM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Knicks starting center Joakim Noah said he is inching closer to 100 percent after battling the flu and is eager to play crunch-time minutes. But that didn’t come close to happening in Saturday’s 107-102 loss to the Hornets. In his second game back, Noah was held to 12 minutes and went scoreless…

  • [NYPost] Knicks crank up road struggles with game-killing start and finish
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 4:46:27 PM)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On the road again, the Knicks remained a travel nightmare. An awful start, an ice-cold finish and a fatigued Carmelo Anthony prevented the Knicks’ groove and three-game winning streak from continuing Saturday at Spectrum Arena against the injury-depleted Hornets. One of the themes of the Knicks’ season has been their inability to…

  • [NYPost] Marcus Camby’s autistic nephew found dead
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 9:53:35 AM)

    PEARLAND, Texas — Police in Texas have found the body of the 9-year-old autistic nephew of former NBA player Marcus Camby who went missing during the family’s Thanksgiving celebration on Camby’s property. Pearland Police Lt. Onesimo Lopez told the Houston Chronicle that the body of Marcus McGhee was found in a lake on Camby’s Houston-area…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks fall to Hornets 107-102, split home-and-home series
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 8:34:49 PM)

    The Hornets held Carmelo Anthony to 18 points the day after he scored 35 against them in New York and held off the Knicks for a 107-102 victory Saturday in Charlotte.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks head to Charlotte seeking sweep of home-and-home over Hornets
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 6:09:00 PM)

    The Knicks take on the Hornets in Charlotte on Saturday night to complete a home-and-home.

  • [SNY Knicks] Carmelo Anthony returns to MVP candidate form in win over Hornets
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 12:12:22 PM)

    In one of Carmelo Anthony’s most versatile efforts as a Knick, his 35-point, 14-rebound and five-assist effort led the Knicks to a very exciting victory over Charlotte.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek pushing all the right buttons early in Knicks tenure
    (Saturday, November 26, 2016 11:23:23 AM)

    The Knicks now have three big-time offensive players who can finish games, a notion that Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek hoped would be the case when the team started training camp in October.

  • 2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Hornets

    It is very difficult for teams to win both ends of a back-to-back/home and home series (provided their opponent isn’t actively tanking – and even there, you’d be surprised at how difficult it is to even beat a tanking team twice in two days), so if the Knicks lose tonight, that won’t really tell us much either way about this team.

    But if they win, then hoo boy, that would be amazing and that would say a lot about this team.

    So, well, let’s hope that they win. :)

    Let’s go, Knicks!