2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks @ Bulls

Tonight will be a fascinating game.

The Knicks have been really poor on the road, but they’re still a good deal better, overall, than the Bulls. However, the Bulls are playing extremely well since Nikola Mirotic has returned and basically said, “Eff y’all for taking Bobby Portis’ side in our fight. I’m going to play out of my mind and show you that I’m awesome.” I find it a bit odd that they’re doing so well, since so many of their players are still not particularly good, but hey, maybe it’s a synergy-type thing?

Anyhow, since the Knicks own the Bulls’ second round pick, then…

A. It would be nice to give them more losses and
B. The Knickiest thing would be for the Bulls to suddenly become good enough for that second round pick to not be worth all that much

Anyhow, let’s hope that Kristaps Porzingis has a good game. I like it when he has good games.

Let’s go, Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2017.12.27)

  • [NYTimes] The Fantastical Adventures of Fabulous Flournoy
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 7:21:47 PM)

    He is the beating heart of British basketball and his journey has taken him from the Bronx to Buckingham Palace. And, at 44, he is still going. “In his mind, age doesn’t apply.”

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Who’s Fresher Than the Warriors?
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 2:38:30 PM)

    The outcome of the Christmas Day showdown with the Cavaliers was an apt reminder that the Warriors remain No. 1.

  • [NYDN] Knicks still don’t have return date for Tim Hardaway Jr.
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 11:16:05 AM)

    About three weeks after he was diagnosed with a stress injury, there’s still no timeline for Tim Hardaway Jr.’s return.

  • [NYDN] Jeff Hornacek says these Knicks won’t quit like last season
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 9:17:05 AM)

    With Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose dominating minutes at two positions — and often the ball — the Knicks quit last season.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks on tough upcoming schedule
    (Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:03:22 AM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Enes Kanter: Knicks can beat ‘every team on every court’
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 11:35:42 PM)

    Knicks C Enes Kanter is maintaining confidence in his team as the Knicks prepare for a key three-game road trip.

  • [SNY Knicks] Jeff Hornacek provides Tim Hardaway Jr. injury update
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 4:34:39 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. is still without a timetable to return, though is progressing in his rehabilitation.

  • [SNY Knicks] By the numbers: Joel Embiid vs. Kristaps Porzingis
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 4:00:17 PM)

    In the Knicks’ 105-98 Christmas Day loss to the Sixers, all eyes were on Kristaps Porzingis and Joel Embiid. So who won the matchup?

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis candidly speaks about shooting troubles, promises adjustments
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 2:50:54 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis spoke candidly and maturely about his shooting struggles over his last nine games, promising improvements.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks face tough road ahead — 16 of next 20 away from Garden
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 6:41:44 PM)

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  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek issues challenge to the Knicks’ two point guards
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 9:35:44 PM)

    The 76ers delivered the blueprint. Now it’s up to the Knicks to adjust — if they can. Sixers guard T.J. McConnell ruined Christmas at the Garden with his pressure defense, as Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina struggled running the offense while being hounded by the reserve guard. Expect future opponents to do the same. “Even…

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway Jr. works on drills without a brace
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 8:48:57 PM)

    At least he’s not going backward. The stress injury to Tim Hardaway Jr.’s lower left leg is taking ample time to heal, but he is making progress, albeit slowly, it seems. Hardaway wasn’t wearing a brace on his left leg as he took jump shots, went through shooting drills and jumped off both legs after…

  • [NYPost] This is the year of James Harden — and the rip-off trades that weren’t
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 1:05:32 PM)

    On Dec. 25, 1947, a tradition was born. For the first time, an NBA game was played on Christmas, with the New York Knicks defeating the Providence Steam Rollers — one of the original 11 teams — 89-75. Twenty years later, the Christmas slate was broadcast on national television, so fans all across the country…

  • [NYPost] John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan have Christmas date at the Knicks game
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 10:46:53 AM)

    The two were seen at Madison Square Garden along with their sons.

  • [NYPost] We’re about to find out if these Knicks are a mirage
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 10:11:48 AM)

    The similarities are eerie — almost like looking into a mirror. A year ago at this time, there was optimism surrounding the Knicks, two games above .500 following a hard-fought Christmas Day loss at the Garden to a division rival. A tough three-game road trip was on tap. It became the precursor to a nightmarish…

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.12.26)

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter downplays big game in losing outcome
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 10:39:31 PM)

    Fair warning: If you texted Enes Kanter on Monday to tell him what a great job he did, there is a very high likelihood that he didn’t and won’t get back to you. Don’t be offended. He’s a bottom-line kind of guy.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks fall to 76ers despite Enes Kanter’s 31
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 10:36:54 PM)

    On paper, the Knicks had almost everything going for them — a raucous Christmas Day crowd in the friendly confines of Madison Square Garden, a 76ers team that practically limped into New York after losing nine of its previous 10, and Enes Kanter, who — despite entering the game being overshadowed by a certain other big man — was about to have one of the best games of his career.

  • [NYDN] Joel Embiid outshines Enes Kanter as 76ers spoil Knicks’ Xmas
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 4:46:06 PM)

    Joel Embiid waited a long time for a chance to make a first impression at Madison Square Garden.

  • [NYDN] Knicks must improve away from MSG as they hit road entering 2018
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:46:21 PM)

    Now we’re about to see if the Knicks are for real or not.

  • [NYPost] Knicks just watched their worst fear get exposed
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:51:50 PM)

    Entering this season, the fear for the Knicks was their point-guard play. The fear was realized on Christmas. Starting point guard Jarrett Jack went scoreless, going 0-for-5, and committed an ill-advised flagrant foul on Joel Embiid in the third quarter with the score tied at 52. Rookie Frank Ntilikina looked lost on defense for one…

  • [NYPost] Knicks fans now have a new enemy
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:39:03 PM)

    Joel Embiid said his family wasn’t around for Christmas. So maybe that’s why he decided to play Grinch and steal the Knicks holiday spirit. This was supposed to be a nationally televised celebration of all the progress the Knicks have made this season, especially at the Garden, where they have been rather dominant — at…

  • [NYPost] Porzingis tries to find the bright side of all these bricks
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:22:17 PM)

    It was another subpar shooting performance for Kristaps Porzingis, who wasn’t as big of a factor as he needed to be in the Knicks’ 105-98 loss to the Sixers on Christmas Day at the Garden. Porzingis was 6-of-19 from the field and was just 9-of-14 from the free-throw line to finish with 22 points. In…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter doesn’t care how monstrous a game he played
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:12:19 PM)

    Knicks starting center Enes Kanter got a slew of Christmas texts congratulating him for his 30-20 game. But Kanter has his 20/20 vision trained on the big picture and he will not return many of those good-natured messages because the Knicks suffered a damaging 105-98 defeat to the Sixers in Monday’s Garden holiday matinee. Kanter…

  • [NYPost] The other unicorn steals Knicks’ Christmas in bad omen
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 9:46:48 AM)

    This was no Merry Kristaps for the Knicks. In fact, Monday’s holiday could foreshadow something grim — as it did a year ago. Knicks center Enes Kanter was sensational with a 31-point, 22-rebound explosion, but Kristaps Porzingis didn’t have one of his stronger games. That allowed the 76ers’ Joel Embiid and his flock of hot-shooting…

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Warriors Amble Back Into the Spotlight and Take Down the Cavaliers
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 4:53:12 AM)

    The Christmas Day showdown was sort of scruffy, with both Stephen Curry and Isaiah Thomas missing. But the result was an apt reminder that the Warriors remain No. 1.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: The Vibe Is Better for the Knicks, but There Are Perils Ahead
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 12:33:01 AM)

    After Monday’s loss, New York was 17-16 and facing a long, tough stretch on the road. And the Knicks have been weak away from home this season.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors 99, Cavaliers 92: Led by an Overpowering Kevin Durant, the Warriors Defeat the Cavaliers
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 2:32:54 AM)

    Durant delivered a towering performance on both ends of the floor, defending LeBron James and scoring 25 points.

  • [SNY Knicks] By the numbers: Joel Embiid vs. Kristaps Porzingis
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 4:20:17 PM)

    In the Knicks’ 105-98 Christmas Day loss to the Sixers, all eyes were on Kristaps Porzingis and Joel Embiid. So who won the matchup?

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter doesn’t care about big stats on Christmas: He wants wins, playoffs
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 4:31:14 PM)

    Enes Kanter made history on Christmas Day, but doesn’t care because his team lost.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter steals the show as Knicks fall to Sixers on Christmas Day
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 2:35:42 PM)

    The Knicks fell to the Sixers on Christmas Day despite 31 points and 22 rebounds from Enes Kanter.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kris Kringle: Porzingis gifts media Zing Bars on Christmas Day
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:42:39 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis gifted the media Zing Bars on Christmas Day against the Sixers.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek disagrees with Van Gundy’s thoughts on Knicks’ schedule
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 10:05:00 AM)

    After Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said the NBA gave the Knicks a favorable home schedule through the first couple months of the season, New York head coach Jeff Hornacek said he didn’t see it in Van Gundy’s eyes.

  • [SNY Knicks] O’Quinn, Noah active as Knicks take on 76ers
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 11:55:00 AM)

    Knicks forwards Kyle O’Quinn and Joakim Noah are both active for Monday’s game against the 76ers, while Philadelphia forward Joel Embiid and guard J.J. Redick are also active.

  • [SNY Knicks] Returns of Porzingis, Embiid highlights Knicks-76ers matchup
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 9:10:00 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks face Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas at noon.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.12.25)

  • [NYPost] How Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid can ruin Knicks’ holiday
    (Sunday, December 24, 2017 4:18:20 PM)

    Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have played just 86 combined games, but the Knicks have seen enough of the young 76ers duo to know Monday’s matchup won’t be easy. On Christmas Day, the Knicks host Philadelphia at the Garden, with tip-off set for noon. Signs may point to this being a joyous holiday for the…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks’ Process wasn’t supposed to be here yet
    (Sunday, December 24, 2017 1:01:08 PM)

    With the Knicks set to host the 76ers on Christmas Day, it is worth remembering: The Process isn’t happening only in Philadelphia. After shipping Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder in September, the Knicks committed to their own version of “Trust The Process” — building around a fledgling core and a blossoming superstar in Kristaps Porzingis….

  • [NYPost] Why this can be a throwback Christmas for Knicks fans
    (Sunday, December 24, 2017 10:25:33 AM)

    Look, it’s probably unfair to Christmas to point out that the Knicks have been brutal for a while whenever they’ve been scheduled to play on Dec. 25. They’ve lost, a lot, for a lot of years, so the record probably isn’t all that hot on Presidents Day, either, or Valentine’s Day. Still, the record is…

  • [NYPost] Real reason behind Knicks’ odd schedule (sorry, Stan Van Gundy)
    (Sunday, December 24, 2017 8:02:18 AM)

    It’s the Grammys, stupid. According to industry sources, the major factor in the Knicks’ home-heavy early schedule is a combination of the Garden hosting the Grammys in January and the Big Ten tournament for the first time ever in early March. On Friday, Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy floated a conspiracy theory the…

  • [NYDN] Jeff Hornacek not buying Stan Van Gundy’s Knicks schedule theory
    (Sunday, December 24, 2017 9:18:53 AM)

    Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is not buying into Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy’s conspiracy theories.

  • [NYDN] ‘Knicks vs. the world’ as Embiid, 76ers bring Xmas matchup to MSG
    (Sunday, December 24, 2017 8:43:35 AM)

    All the Knicks want for Christmas is a win against the 76ers and to prove they are no fluke.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks prepare for 76ers, with or without ‘The Process’
    (Sunday, December 24, 2017 9:18:24 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The NBA put the promising 76ers on the guest list for its Christmas card of games for the first time since 2001, lining them up against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. And then “The Process” finally began making progress after averaging 63 losses in the previous four seasons.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks get ready for Christmas Day game
    (Sunday, December 24, 2017 11:49:35 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter are looking forward to playing against the Sixers on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hardaway Sr. says Knicks fans, media didn’t give Hardaway Jr. a chance
    (Sunday, December 24, 2017 11:28:58 AM)

    Former NBA player Tim Hardaway Sr. felt his son, Tim Hardaway Jr., did not get a fair reception when he was signed to a four-year, $71 million deal with the Knicks last July.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.12.24)

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  • [NYDN] ‘Crazy’ Michael Beasley flourishing with Knicks after bumpy start
    (Saturday, December 23, 2017 2:13:44 PM)

    Michael Beasley is either crazy good or plain crazy. It just depends on the day.

  • [NYDN] Knicks host another Christmas showcase but focus remains on road
    (Saturday, December 23, 2017 11:23:40 AM)

    The Knicks have posted the most home wins in the NBA, but Friday’s late loss to the Pistons dropped them to just 2-10 outside Manhattan.

  • [SNY Knicks] Stan Van Gundy hints at league helping Knicks with schedule
    (Saturday, December 23, 2017 10:37:02 AM)

    Stan Van Gundy is none too pleased with the fact that the Knicks started the season with more home than road games.

  • [NY Newsday] Jarrett Jack, playing in 2nd Christmas Day game, views every game as a gift
    (Saturday, December 23, 2017 8:54:00 PM)

    Playing on Christmas Day has meaning for Jarrett Jack, but at this stage of his career, every time he plays, it’s special.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks looking forward to Christmas Day game
    (Saturday, December 23, 2017 8:03:00 PM)

    When the Knicks face the 76ers on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden, it will mark the seventh time in the last eight years that the team has played on the holiday.

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway’s dad sounds off on all those who doubted his son
    (Saturday, December 23, 2017 7:45:35 PM)

    His father sees Tim Hardaway Jr. as a future All-Star. As such, Tim Hardaway Sr., the former Heat All-Star point guard and now a Pistons assistant, said he was “upset” at the vicious reaction last July after the Knicks inked his son to a four-year, $71 million deal. While Hardaway Jr. is rehabbing from a…

  • [NYPost] Knicks welcome future East beast for Christmas showcase
    (Saturday, December 23, 2017 10:40:19 AM)

    To further Stan Van Gundy’s wild conspiracy theory that the NBA gave the Knicks a break with their early-season schedule, perhaps commissioner Adam Silver wanted to ensure a Merry Kristaps. If Van Gundy is right, the NBA schedulemakers did a fine job in keeping Jeff Hornacek’s young club afloat by Christmas Day. The five-game nationally…

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.12.23)

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis gets his mojo back
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 10:17:08 PM)

    DETROIT — After scoring 28 points more than he did a night earlier, Kristaps Porzingis said he knows he’s on the right track. Bouncing back from a his NBA-worst 0-for-11, one-point outing in which he got benched for Michael Beasley in a win over the Celtics on Thursday, Porzingis racked up 19 of his 29…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ road woes reach new low in brutal late loss to Pistons
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 4:43:52 PM)

    DETROIT — Kristaps Porzingis made buckets this time — aplenty. But it wasn’t enough, because the Knicks always find ways to lose away from the Garden. Friday night, they blew a four-point lead in the final 1:14 to ruin Porzingis’ bounce-back, 29-point night in a 104-101 loss to the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. The…

  • [NYPost] Stan Van Gundy: NBA gave Knicks break with early schedule
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 2:51:00 PM)

    DETROIT — Outspoken Pistons coach/president Stan Van Gundy needled the NBA for presenting the Knicks a home-dominant schedule to start this season, hinting it was not coincidental. Van Gundy has made prior comments the NBA seems to want to have marquee franchises like the Knicks and Lakers fare well. This time, Van Gundy used the…

  • [NYPost] Details of Phil Jackson-Steve Mills’ divide spilling out
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 6:18:21 AM)

    Phil Jackson never had full support from his general manager Steve Mills — one factor in his Knicks demise — according to one of Jackson’s longtime biographers/confidants. Jackson is back in Montana after a long trip to Europe and spoke this week with Roland Lazenby, who authored the Jackson biography, “Mindgames,’’ and most recently Kobe…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks can’t hold on to late lead, lose another road game, 104-101
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 9:30:53 PM)

    The Knicks couldn’t hang on to their fourth-quarter lead as the Pistons won a back-and-forth game, 104-101, in Detroit.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks at Pistons, 7 p.m.
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 6:00:26 PM)

    The Knicks travel to Detroit to face the Pistons at 7 p.m.

  • [NYTimes] Pistons 104, Knicks 101: Knicks Fall After Taking a Late Lead in Detroit
    (Saturday, December 23, 2017 5:06:57 AM)

    The Knicks, who trailed for most of the game, held a 4-point lead with 1 minute 48 seconds to play. Then the Pistons regained control.

  • [NYTimes] Jojo Is the Artist of Choice Among N.B.A. Stars
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 10:00:28 AM)

    Joseph Anavim, a Long Island native, has made pop-art paintings for Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and many others.

  • [NYDN] Michael Beasley explains why he is ‘unguardable’ of late
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 7:50:27 PM)

    It is a left-handed compliment to Michael Beasley to suggest that his scoring touch is so proficient.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ road troubles continue with 104-101 loss to Pistons
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 7:49:50 PM)

    The Knicks at least will be home for the holidays.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis scores 29 points, but Knicks fall to Pistons
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 11:19:23 PM)

    The Knicks nearly did it.

  • [NY Newsday] Perhaps Michael Beasley has found a home with Knicks
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 9:27:32 PM)

    No, this is not the career path Michael Beasley imagined when the Miami Heat made him the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2008.