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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2013.11.14)

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks bounce back by beating Hawks (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:29:09 EST)
    The Knicks got off to a good start last night, but it was more important that they finished strong, and they did.

  • [New York Times] Kings 107, Nets 86: Nets, Continuing Skid in Sacramento, Offer No Excuses (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:00:15 GMT)
    The Nets dropped their third straight game, as Marcus Thornton, with 24 points, led the host Kings to their first victory in six games.    

  • [New York Times] Clippers Beat Thunder 111-103 After Scuffle (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:55:05 GMT)
    The Clippers are searching for defensive intensity under new coach Doc Rivers. They found it for the final 24 minutes against the Oklahoma City Thunder.    

  • [New York Times] Blazers Edge Suns 90-89 on Lillard’s Late Layup (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:06:41 GMT)
    Damian Lillard hit a layup with 6.5 seconds left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 90-89 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Kings Beat Nets 107-86 to Snap 5-Game Skid (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:34:15 GMT)
    Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 24 points after losing his starting spot to rookie Ben McLemore, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Triple-Double Lifts Sixers Over Rockets (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:04:54 GMT)
    Tony Wroten had his first career triple-double, James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points and Spencer Hawes made the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left in overtime to help the 76ers beat the Rockets.    

  • [New York Times] Hayward, Jazz Get 1st Win, 111-105 Over Pelicans (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:04:39 GMT)
    Gordon Hayward had 27 points and 10 assists and Richard Jefferson added 22 points to help the Utah Jazz claim their first victory of the season, a 111-105 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Mozgov Scores 23 in Nuggets’ Win Over Lakers (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:42:54 GMT)
    Timofey Mozgov matched his career high with 23 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-99 on Wednesday night to win consecutive games for the first time this season.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 95, Hawks 91: Shaking Up Strategy, Knicks Shake Off Woes and Hawks (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:11:14 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony played 40 minutes and scored 25 points and Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points and had a season-high 11 rebounds as the Knicks beat the Hawks in Atlanta.    

  • [New York Times] Parker Leads Spurs to 92-79 Win Over Wizards (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 03:57:53 GMT)
    Tony Parker had 16 points, leading six Spurs in double figures, and San Antonio strolled to a 92-79 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Gay’s 23 Leads Raptors Past Grizzlies 103-87 (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 03:51:50 GMT)
    Rudy Gay scored 23 points in his return to Memphis and Kyle Lowry added 21 to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Grizzlies 103-87 on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Anthony’s 25 Points Lift Knicks Past Hawks, 95-91 (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 03:42:47 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony continued his success against Atlanta by scoring 25 points and the New York Knicks regrouped after blowing a 17-point lead to beat the Hawks 95-91 on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Jefferson Carries Bobcats Past Celtics, 89-83 (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 03:31:11 GMT)
    Al Jefferson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to an 89-83 victory over Boston on Wednesday night that snapped the Celtics’ four-game winning streak.    

  • [New York Times] Love, Timberwolves Rip Cavs 124-95 (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 03:25:43 GMT)
    Kevin Love had 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Ricky Rubio added 16 points and a career-high 16 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-95 on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Afflalo Rallies Magic Past Bucks 94-91 (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 03:12:55 GMT)
    Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 36 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-91 Wednesday night and snap a three-game skid.    

  • [New York Times] Wroten’s Triple-Double Leads 76ers Over Rockets (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 03:10:15 GMT)
    Tony Wroten had his first career triple-double, James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points and Spencer Hawes made the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left in overtime to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Houston Rockets 123-117 Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Lin Is Better Off (and Better) (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:42:23 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin, whom the Knicks allowed to leave to join the Rockets two years ago, is thriving in a supporting role alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard.    

  • [New York Post] Lin downplays Garden return (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:15:38 -0500)
    ATLANTA — With less fanfare but a lot of momentum, a red-hot Jeremy Lin returns to the Garden on Thursday. The former Knick, the impetus of the "Linsanity'' craze two…

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Knicks back up Dolan's guarantee in Atlanta (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:50:59 EDT)
    ATLANTA — After the New York Knicks backed up owner James Dolan’s guarantee by beating the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the team acted like the win was no big deal.“He said what he said, and we come out here to play,” said Carmelo Anthony, who led New York with 25 points despite a shot that continued to stray. “We had to win for ourselves.”The Knicks topped Atlanta 95-91 with a fourth-quarter rally, but nobody seemed to care much about comments Dolan made Sunday after the Knicks’ 31-point home loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Notebook: Big Bargnani, cool Carmelo (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:50:24 EDT)
    ATLANTA — Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points and had a season-high 11 rebounds Wednesday in his best game since becoming a Knick.He finished 8-for-15 from the field, including 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. Both long balls came in the fourth quarter, one banking off the backboard.That helped make up for another sub-standard shooting night by Carmelo Anthony, who scored 25 points on 9-for-25 shooting in the Knicks’ 95-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks and Nuggets talking Shumpert-Faried swap (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:17:11 GMT)
    The Knicks and Nuggets continue to explore a trade involving Iman Shumpert and Kenneth Faried but no deal is imminent due to Denver seeking additional compensation for their young power forward.    

  • [New York Daily News] Never in doubt! Melo and Knicks back up Dolan’s guarantee with W vs. Hawks (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:20:08 GMT)
    James Dolan had to come away happy with the resolve he saw from the Knicks on Wednesday night. Guaranteed. J.R. Smith was inserted into the starting lineup and scored nine of his 12 points in the first quarter, and the Knicks backed up their ticked-off owner’s bravado by pulling out a 95-91 win over the Hawks    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Woodson, Martin talk minutes (Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:00:03 GMT)
    Kenyon is still Mike’s favorite Martin. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he had “a good talk” with Kenyon Martin after the veteran forward expressed displeasure with his platoon and minutes restriction after not getting off the bench in Sunday’s blowout loss to San Antonio.    

  • 41 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2013.11.14)

    1. SeeWhyDee77

      A few thoughts on the team after processing last night’s game:
      1. Bargnani looks slow, clumsy, and awkward on defense but smoother and more composed on offense. I am convinced he has a serious aversion to defense. But I guess I can give him a small break after watching him hustle his way to a nice double double and come up huge in the win. I will offer this critique of him though. There is a time when u have to realize what u have in addition to what u can do. Too many times I saw the Hawks D scrambling to chase guys on the perimeter, while Bargnani had a guy all of 6’8″ guarding him. Instead of going to the paint to try and take advantage of his size and touch, he runs around the perimeter as well. You can’t continue to do that Bargs. Your ability to shoot from outside is another tool to make you more dangerous, not the only thing u
      can do.
      2. Felton is playing spirited ball. We need some of that spirit on defense bud.
      3. If JR starts, then MWP should too. I don’t like Shump at the 3. And Udrih needs to play. We have a serious logjam at the 2.
      4. If Shump is the guy everyone wants, then it’s fine if he gets traded..IF it makes the team better. But please do not trade him for Faried straight up. He’s just 6’8″ 228. We can certainly use his rebounding, but at 6’8″ how can we use him to our advantage once Tyson gets back? He’s not gonna start over Bargnani because he and Tyson are similar on offense. If we didn’t have Tyson he’d be great slotted between Bargnani and Melo in that starting 5. Boy oh boy..wouldn’t it be great to use Tyson and Shump along with Portland (Aldridge) to land Kevin Love? A dreamer can dream..
      5. I am VERY proud of TH2 and pleasantly surprised. He and Murry will soften the blow of trading Shump if that ever happens.

      Sorry..I would have done this on either of the last 2 threads, but I’m doing this on my iPhone and the more comments on a thread, the slower my phone moves.
      Everyone have a great day! Houston tonite!!…

    2. KnickfaninNJ

      Someone commented last night that Bargnani has very rarely had a stat line as good as this, in terms of having both good rebound numbers and good scoring. Watching him play for the Knicks I find that very surprising. Of course he’s been erratic, but he’s shown potential. And it looks like he’s showing more energy lately, maybe because he’s finally getting in shape after not doing anything because of pneumonia. I hope I don’t jinx anything by saying this, but it’s possible the Knicks are a better fit for him than Toronto and that he will surprise us with his results.

    3. Hubert

      Just some more thoughts on yesterday’s Shump-for-Faried talk, which seems to have been Isola-invented:

      We’re going to trade Iman Shumpert. He’s already being shopped and predators are circling Steve Mills as we speak. Dolan doesn’t like him, and no one in that organization can stand up to him. The only thing that will prevent us from trading Shump, IMO, is if he signs with CAA.

      When we do eventually trade him, we’re going to wish we had traded him for Faried, because we’re going to end up with someone much, much worse. That’s how it’s tends to happen around here.

    4. Frank

      Just some more thoughts on yesterday’s Shump-for-Faried talk, which seems to have been Isola-invented:

      We’re going to trade Iman Shumpert. He’s already being shopped and predators are circling Steve Mills as we speak. Dolan doesn’t like him, and no one in that organization can stand up to him. The only thing that will prevent us from trading Shump, IMO, is if he signs with CAA.

      When we do eventually trade him, we’re going to wish we had traded him for Faried, because we’re going to end up with someone much, much worse. That’s how it’s tends to happen around here.

      the interesting thing is — nothing happens around this team without Melo’s say-so. So does all this mean Melo’s on board with dumping Shump? I can’t see that somehow. Melo has always seemed to have Shump’s back.

      Overall, Shump for Faried isn’t bad. I don’t think Faried’s a good fit for this team at all, but value-for-value, that’d be the best trade we’ve made in a decade or more. Clearly trading for Faried makes no sense if the long-term plan is to go after Kevin Love.

      I still think Shump will be Knick when all’s said and done. If we can somehow tread water and be ok while Tyson’s out, then have a good season going forward, then winning cures all.

      The silver lining here is that Dolan probably went to Mills and told him to get a deal for Shump. Mills then went and actually asked for a good young player with value around the league. When asked to sweeten the deal, apparently the deal fell apart (lol that is at least partially because we have few picks to give up, but at least he didn’t give up the 2018 pick!). So maybe Mills at least has the authority to look only for a reasonable deal.

    5. johnno

      Re: Trading Shumpert — there’s a good book called Predictably Irrational by a behavioral economist named Dan Ariely. There’s a chapter in the book about how people almost always over-value what they have. I like Shumpert, but I think that that’s what a lot of people on this site are doing. I think that trading him for Nash or Dudley would have been monumentally stupid, but I don’t think that trading him straight up for Faried would necessarily be a dumb move. Faried is not an all-star but, then again, neither is Shumpert. Both are young, athletic, energetic, likable players with a lot of upside and one elite skill — rebounding (Faried), defense (Shump). While many on this site are screaming, “How could they trade Shumpert for Faried?!?” my bet is that people on the Nuggets site are screaming, “If they trade Faried, they’d better get more back than just Shumpert! Has anyone ever seen that guy try to finish at the rim? What a disaster!” And for those of you who are saying, “The Knicks never would have won last night without Shumpert’s defense,” you may be right. But then again, if they had Faried, they probably would not have gotten clobbered on the boards and might have won anyway.
      On another note, I looked at the Rockets’ box score from last night — what’s with Asik only playing 4 minutes in an overtime game? I realize that he and Howard don’t play well together, but there was something like 10 minutes when neither was on the court.

    6. chrisk06811

      Is this just me? K Mart went up for 2 blocks last night….didn’t come close on either. both put him out of position and ATL got offensive rebounds. Am I the only one that bothers?

    7. chrisk06811

      This article shows Earl is clearly focused on winning basketball games: http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/9975380/jr-smith-new-york-knicks-appeared-threaten-brandon-jennings-detroit-pistons-twitter.

      At one point, it says: “Shortly after the Knicks’ win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, J.R. Smith responded with a tweet appearing to threaten to send his “street homies” to Detroit, presumably to confront Jennings”

      I hope Earl never stumbles across Knickerblogger, or we are all going to be paid a visit by his street homies, who I am guessing are not Fugazzi

    8. iserp

      Re: Trading Shumpert — there’s a good book called Predictably Irrational by a behavioral economist named Dan Ariely. There’s a chapter in the book about how people almost always over-value what they have. I like Shumpert, but I think that that’s what a lot of people on this site are doing. I think that trading him for Nash or Dudley would have been monumentally stupid, but I don’t think that trading him straight up for Faried would necessarily be a dumb move. Faried is not an all-star but, then again, neither is Shumpert.

      On talent level alone, i am fine trading Shumpert for Faried. But then, there’s the question of fit. We have a logjam at PF. While it is true that we will suffer during Chandler’s absence, that is not our weakest point. Right now, our guard rotation sucks, and going extra big hasnt worked. So, if we are looking at this season, Shumpert makes much more sense.

      Looking at the future, you can argue that in 2015 we will be better with Faried than with Shumpert. However, if Melo is still going to be a centerpiece of the team, he will play quite a lot of minutes in the same position than Faried, so it would not be ideal, anyway.

      All in all, i’d rather have Shump.

    9. Brian Cronin

      I was all about Bargs as a 5, so I agree that that is his best position. A change of pace 5 from Chandler would be a great role for him. The problem remains, of course, that his offensive game has to be stellar like it was last night for him to even be a net positive for the team. If it continues to be, then great. Like I said last thread, if he can deliver on the offensive end like he did last night, he can have all of the goofy gifs that he wants.

    10. Brian Cronin

      the interesting thing is — nothing happens around this team without Melo’s say-so. So does all this mean Melo’s on board with dumping Shump? I can’t see that somehow. Melo has always seemed to have Shump’s back.

      Overall, Shump for Faried isn’t bad. I don’t think Faried’s a good fit for this team at all, but value-for-value, that’d be the best trade we’ve made in a decade or more. Clearly trading for Faried makes no sense if the long-term plan is to go after Kevin Love.

      I still think Shump will be Knick when all’s said and done. If we can somehow tread water and be ok while Tyson’s out, then have a good season going forward, then winning cures all.

      The silver lining here is that Dolan probably went to Mills and told him to get a deal for Shump. Mills then went and actually asked for a good young player with value around the league. When asked to sweeten the deal, apparently the deal fell apart (lol that is at least partially because we have few picks to give up, but at least he didn’t give up the 2018 pick!). So maybe Mills at least has the authority to look only for a reasonable deal.

      The problem I have, Frank, is that the Knicks certainly seem to be the ultimate “where there’s smoke there’s a fire” team. Whenever we hear a bizarre behind the scenes thing about the team, it invariably comes true. We heard that part of Smith’s deal was that his brother would get a roster spot. This was before he even signed with the team and it came true. We heard that part of his deal was that Smith was guaranteed a starting job and out of nowhere, he got a starting spot. So when we hear that Dolan wants to trade Shump, I just don’t see how Shump doesn’t get traded. Hopefully Mills at least finds a good deal for him. I, though, fear Faried will end up being the best that they could have gotten for him (and I agree that Faried doesn’t exactly fit).

    11. yellowboy90

      I would rather the Knicks look at a guy like Gordan Hayward than Faried especially since Utah doesn’t seen like they want to pay him this might be a good time to try. The Knicks already lack 3 point shooting so to trade Shump for a player that is not a good fit offensively or defensively while further decreasing a weakness would be stupid. imo.

    12. Brian Cronin

      I think the problem isn’t that Utah doesn’t want to pay him but that he doesn’t want to play in Utah. But sure, that’d be a fine trade.

    13. stratomatic

      Bargnani was about as good as he gets last night. He scored and rebounded well on the same night. If he could become a competent defender on a consistent basis and play like that every night he’d be a good player. The problem is that he’s not 22-23. He’s been in the league for a long time and has never shown he can play at that level on a consistent basis.

    14. JK47

      Bargnani was about as good as he gets last night. He scored and rebounded well on the same night. If he could become a competent defender on a consistent basis and play like that every night he’d be a good player. The problem is that he’s not 22-23. He’s been in the league for a long time and has never shown he can play at that level on a consistent basis.

      It’s pretty clear he’s never going to be a competent defender. He is an awful, comically bad defender, and I don’t think it’s just a question of effort. He does not have the physical ability to play competent defense. He has slow reflexes, and at this level that is just a deadly flaw. He’s just a split second late to everything. I think he was busting his ass and playing as hard as he could last night, and his defense was still atrocious more often than not.

    15. chrisk06811

      How would you compare Bargnani’s production last night to David Lee? similar scoring (just in different ways), similar rebounding, albeit for just 1 night . same crappy D. but, the ability to block a shot every now and again.

    16. JK47

      Sure, last night his production might have been similar to David Lee, but last night was probably one of the better games Bargs will have all season. Bargs is still averaging only 5.8 rebounds per 36 minutes this season, which is right in line with his career numbers. David Lee is averaging about double that this season, 11.5 rebounds per 36.

    17. d-mar

      FWIW, David Lee has always had a reputation for over-aggressively grabbing rebounds away from teammates to pump up his stats. I don’t think anyone could accuse Bargnani of that.

    18. mokers

      Houston should be much better, but they are having trouble getting all of their best players on the floor at the same time and getting them to play well. I saw the recent games vs. the Clippers and almost nobody on that team cares about playing defense other than Asik and Howard, but you can’t really play them together. Going small means putting Terrence Jones at the 4. that allows you to bring Lin/Beverly and Asik off the bench, which isn’t bad, but then you are looking at Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia as you next big pieces. Houston has to be looking to move Asik for a 4 somewhere. Overall, they have this year and next year where they should be pretty good, but that cap situation is going to get interesting in 2015.

      Quick question:I know that Morey was able to get Lin and Asik because they salaries were 5,5,15 for both, right? The cap hit for Houston is 8 a year. What would be the cap hit for the team that receives them?

      As for tonight, let’s hope Lin starts shooting at his career 3pt averages and Harden isn’t 100% healthy yet. As ugly as parts of yesterday were, if the Knicks keep turnovers low and get their shooters open looks at 3, I think they can play .500 ball while Chandler is out. If Carmelo goes back to his career averages, I’ll still be optimistic overall. As much as I ripped on D’Antoni for running guys into the ground, Woodson has just as bad this year. If Felton is bothered by the hamstring so much, he should sit. Start prigs, bring Beno in to backup and use Murry in spots for his defense.

    19. Brian Cronin

      Quick question:I know that Morey was able to get Lin and Asik because they salaries were 5,5,15 for both, right? The cap hit for Houston is 8 a year. What would be the cap hit for the team that receives them?

      $8 million. Only the team doing the original matching (in this case the Knicks and the Bulls) would have had been on the hooks for the $15 million cap hit in the third year. Every other team, including teams that trade for the player in question, has an $8 million cap hit.

    20. massive

      I would love for Bargs to do what he did last night for the rest of the season. I’d also love for him to protect the rim better, but it’s highly improbable for one of the all time worst front court players to become one of the best in the league in one offseason at age 28. I think his current 19 and 5 per 36 on his .562 TS and 25% USG is what he’s giving us all season. 37.5% from deep. This is what the pro-Bargs camp expected.

    21. Brian Cronin

      While obviously JR Smith’s response to Brandon Jennings was ridiculous, it was also ridiculous (although less so, because JR’s response was…yikes) for Jennings to call out Chris Smith’s roster spot. And for Pooh Jeter and Bobby Brown, of all people.

    22. mokers

      $8 million. Only the team doing the original matching (in this case the Knicks and the Bulls) would have had been on the hooks for the $15 million cap hit in the third year. Every other team, including teams that trade for the player in question, has an $8 million cap hit.

      Thanks Brian. I was wondering if that $15 million final year cap hit was a cause for a delay in moving Asik. He is such a bargain at $8 million you would think that they would be able to move him. Perhaps most of the players he would be a good trade match for are in the same conference?

      I would love for Bargs to do what he did last night for the rest of the season. I’d also love for him to protect the rim better, but it’s highly improbable for one of the all time worst front court players to become one of the best in the league in one offseason at age 28. I think his current 19 and 5 per 36 on his .562 TS and 25% USG is what he’s giving us all season. 37.5% from deep. This is what the pro-Bargs camp expected.

      He would definitely work as a backup 5 with those numbers, but needs Martin or another rebounder ideally. If Chandler comes back, I guess I would do Felton/Prigs , Shump, MWP, Melo, Chandler. With Prigs, Beno/THJ, JR, Martin, Bargnani. Anything Amar’e gives you can be used to reduce Melo’s minutes.

    23. Brian Cronin

      Thanks Brian. I was wondering if that $15 million final year cap hit was a cause for a delay in moving Asik. He is such a bargain at $8 million you would think that they would be able to move him. Perhaps most of the players he would be a good trade match for are in the same conference?

      I think teams feel that they sort of “have” to trade him, so they’re lowballing the Rockets.

    24. ephus

      On Asik, I think that $8 million of cap space for a defense/rebounding center with no offensive range is a bargain, but the $15 million of actual salary that he would receive is above-market. On the open market, I do not think Asik commands as much Bogut.

      The trade that makes sense is Asik for Ryan Anderson. Particularly now that Anthony Davis is showing so much improvement on offense, I think the Asik/Davis power combo would be great. Anderson and Howard already demonstrated in Orlando that they mesh well. I do not understand why that trade has not been made.

    25. Brian Cronin

      Like I mentioned, the Hornets might think that the Rockets will accept less for Asik. They sure seem to be motivated sellers, no?

    26. Brian Cronin

      Is there any player more talented than Dwight Howard with as little confidence as Dwight Howard has? Every time you hear the guy talk he sounds like he has major self-esteem issues. What a trainwreck of a guy.

    27. DRed

      Anderson is hurt. Hasn’t played yet this season. Even if the Rockets wanted him, I think they’d wait to see if he’s back healthy first.

    28. d-mar

      Do you think the folks at Grizzly-blogger are panicking like those on Knickerblogger? They’re 3-5 and have gotten beaten badly at home by the Pelicans and the Raptors. This is supposed to be a team that finishes in the top tier out West.

    29. Brian Cronin

      Most likely, yes. Same with Nets fans, Bulls fans and Rockets fans. THey’re all very concerned about their respective teams.

    30. thenamestsam

      Do you think the folks at Grizzly-blogger are panicking like those on Knickerblogger? They’re 3-5 and have gotten beaten badly at home by the Pelicans and the Raptors. This is supposed to be a team that finishes in the top tier out West.

      I think it’s actually a reasonably similar case actually in the sense that, like the Knicks, in trying to find a way to improve the team they seem to have slightly lost what made them good in the first place. From what I’ve seen of the Grizz they’re trying to push the ball a lot more in an effort to get some early (and hopefully easy) offense, but it’s not only not really helping, it’s leading to a lot of turnovers, and when you’re a team whose whole identity is built around half court defense, giving up easy points in transition is a killer.

      If I had to make a prediction I think Hollinger and co. are going to make a significant deal unless they turn it around in fairly short order. I think they felt like they weren’t close enough to a title with last year’s team and style, so rather than run it back for another 1st or 2nd round loss (maybe sneaking into the WCF if other teams were injury plagued again), they took a gamble to see whether a stylistic change on offense could take them up a level. If that gamble fails, as it seems to be doing, I don’t think they’ll revert to last year’s style, I think they’ll try to find a way to revamp the team somewhat and fix the cap situation, probably via a ZBo trade if they can find a willing buyer.

    31. flossy

      At one point, it says: “Shortly after the Knicks’ win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, J.R. Smith responded with a tweet appearing to threaten to send his “street homies” to Detroit, presumably to confront Jennings”

      I hope Earl never stumbles across Knickerblogger, or we are all going to be paid a visit by his street homies, who I am guessing are not Fugazzi

      Brandon Jennings had better be careful. Homies from the mean streets of affluent, suburban New Jersey don’t mess around.

    32. thenamestsam

      Lol, and now the NBA is apparently looking into JR’s tweets. Dude is going to follow up a suspension for smoking weed (which seemingly many NBA players don’t have a problem getting away with) with a suspension for twitter beefing with only 2 games in between. What a guy.

    33. ephus

      It’s not the first tweet, it’s the second. According to Deadspin, the second tweet read:

      “Might call some of my Number street homies an put #Detroit on smash for a min! #DeadSerious”

      I do not imagine the Silver/Stern braintrust are going to look to kindly upon that.

      Knucklehead – h/t Jim Cavan

    34. flossy

      If Melo didn’t catch a suspension for appearing in a “Stop Snitchin’” video or for tweeting an offer of a cash reward to the first person to slap Kat Stacks (and post video)… then I don’t think JR will be suspended for this.

      But it would be cool if he learned how to shut the fuck up.

    35. hotdamn

      “JR Smith does not make it easy for those of us who defend him from epithets of “thug.”’

      I love what JR did for us last year…BUT…he’s a total scumbag/headcase who cares more about getting his smoke/freak on than he does performing at a high level in the most important games of the season. His pitiful playoff behavior is enough for me to wish HE’S the one to get traded…not Shump. But with a contract like they gave him, why wouldn’t any sane team take that on?

    36. hotdamn

      Also, suprised RuRu hasn’t been on defending Melo’s shitty perforances and bragging about how solid Timmy shot last night.

    37. max fisher-cohen

      Hayward is way better than Shumpert. If George and Harden are the cream of the developing wing player crop, then Hayward is right there with Leonard, Bledsoe, Parsons, Batum and Stephenson. He has all the tools — length, shooting ability, court vision — to be a legit #3 guy on a championship team, and if you’re talking about weaknesses, his main one IMO is that he’s sometimes too hesitant to shoot, which IMO is an easier problem to solve than the reverse.

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