Knicks Morning News (2013.12.17)

  • [New York Times] Pacers Head to Miami After 101-96 Loss to Pistons (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:28:59 GMT)

    Detroit threw a surprise road block in Indiana’s path to the Eastern Conference’s top seed.    

  • [New York Times] Clippers Beat Spurs 115-92 Behind Griffin and Paul (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:22:44 GMT)

    The Clippers told themselves they couldn’t make any excuses. Didn’t matter how physically tired or mentally drained they were from a seven-game trip.    

  • [New York Times] Wizards 102, Knicks 101: At End, Knicks Fail to Stop Beal and to Stop the Clock (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 05:06:31 GMT)

    After Bradley Beal’s layup with seven seconds left, the Knicks failed to call one of their three timeouts to set up a final play.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pistons Put an End to the Pacers’ Perfection at Home (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:45:48 GMT)

    Detroit ended a six-game skid in the series and handed Indiana its first home loss this season on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 130, 76ers 94: Johnson’s 10 3-Pointers Propel the Nets to a Rout of the 76ers (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:43:48 GMT)

    Joe Johnson tied the N.B.A. record for 3-pointers in a quarter, giving the Nets a much-needed win during a week when they can do some repair work on their record.    

  • [New York Times] Beal’s Layup Lifts Wizards Past Knicks 102-101 (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:25:53 GMT)

    Bradley Beal’s driving layup with 6 seconds remaining lifted the Wizards to a 102-101 win over the New York Knicks on Monday night that snapped Washington’s 10-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.    

  • [New York Times] Pistons Hand Pacers First Home Defeat, 101-96 (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:10:44 GMT)

    Detroit beat Indiana at its own game Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Smith and Shumpert Become Question Marks (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:47:48 GMT)

    If they were once adversaries, bound by Mike Woodson’s fleeting plan for a playing-time showdown, Iman Shumpert and J. R. Smith have become poster boys for the Knicks’ troubles.    

  • [New York Times] Afflalo Scores 23 as Magic Beat Bulls 83-82 (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:43:50 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo scored 23 points and the Orlando Magic got double-doubles from Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic in an 83-82 victory over the slumping Chicago Bulls on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Sullinger Helps Celtics Beat Timberwolves 101-97 (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:13:45 GMT)

    Jared Sullinger had 24 points and 11 rebounds, hitting a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2:22 left on Monday night and the Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 101-97.    

  • [New York Times] Johnson Makes 10 3-Pointers, Nets Top 76ers 130-94 (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:10:43 GMT)

    Joe Johnson made 10 3-pointers, most in the NBA this season, and scored a season-high 37 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 130-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Korver’s 3s Help Hawks Top Lakers 114-100 (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:07:46 GMT)

    Kyle Korver sank three 3-pointers in Atlanta’s dominant third quarter, Al Horford scored 19 points and the Hawks beat cold-shooting Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers 114-100 Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] LeBron Scores 30, Heat Roll Past Jazz 117-94 (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 02:58:51 GMT)

    LeBron James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists despite sitting some of the second half after twisting his left ankle, Dwyane Wade added 27 points and the Miami Heat beat the Utah Jazz 117-94 on Monday night.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Fire Woodson for Monday? (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:00:38 EDT)

    NEW YORK — There’s a school of thought out there that Mike Woodson deserves the chance to coach the Knicks once the team is whole. Some believe Woodson should be able to coach the team once Tyson Chandler returns to full health and the point guard situation is sorted out. What happened Monday may change all of that. Woodson made a ghastly mistake in failing to call a timeout after the Wizards took a one-point lead on a Bradley Beal layup with 6.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Melo backs Woody; Smith snaps slump (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:15:42 EDT)

    NEW YORK — Some will be calling for Mike Woodson’s job in the wake of the New York Knicks’ disastrous one-point loss to the Washington Wizards on Monday.But Knicks star Carmelo Anthony believes his coach is safe.”As far as I’m concerned, he’s secure right now. I haven’t heard anything,” Anthony said Monday night after initially declining to answer a question about Woodson’s status. “There’s nothing to discuss. He’s our coach, and we’re rolling with him.

  • [ – New York Knicks] How would you replace Prigioni? (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:12:19 EDT)

    NEW YORK — Pablo Prigioni’s toe injury puts the Knicks in an extremely tough spot. Prigoini is expected to miss at least two weeks with a hairline fracture of his big right toe. With Raymond Felton (hamstring) already hurt, that leaves the Knicks with few options at point guard. Here is a look at what New York may do to replace Prigioni: Players already on the roster: The Knicks can turn to Beno Udrih to start at point guard. But the veteran may not be conditioned well enough to play 35-40 minutes a night.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks lose, 102-101, as Wizards make defense disappear (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:38:52 EST)

    The Knicks needed one stop, and there was no reason to think they would get it with the way they had defended the Wizards all night. But what happened next was a mind-numbing breakdown that featured multiple mistakes and could increase the heat on Mike Woodson.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks have point guard problem after Pablo Prigioni breaks big toe (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:57:08 EST)

    Let's get to the point — the Knicks have a big problem.

  • [New York Newsday] J.R. Smith scores 18 points, hits five treys in much-improved effort (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 02:44:38 EST)

    Sure, J.R. Smith's shot selection is questionable at times. His knee is still a little balky. And he may (or may not) have attempted only one shot Friday to spite Mike Woodson.

  • [New York Daily News] Woodson, Melo botch final seconds as Wizards beat Knicks at Garden (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:19:19 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony removed his headband and fired it to the ground as he headed to the locker room. His frustration was warranted after the Knicks lost a game they should have won and after Mike Woodson appeared to be asleep at the wheel.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Knicks need to take a timeout to spread blame around (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:44:02 GMT)

    Mike Woodson owned up to it all when the Knicks’ latest debacle was over on Monday night. He blamed himself when his players didn’t foul when they had a foul to give in the last seconds of their jaw-dropping 102-101 loss to the Wizards at the Garden.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Down two points with Prigioni hurt (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:30:17 GMT)

    The Knicks haven’t had many lucky breaks this season. And they suffered another bad one, almost literally with Pablo Prigioni sustaining a hairline fracture on his right big toe when he appeared to trip without making contact and landed awkwardly early in the third quarter of Monday’s 102-101 loss to Washington.    

  • [New York Daily News] J.R. shifts blame away from Woodson and on players (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 05:18:59 GMT)

    Mike Woodson addressed his reported blow-up between him and J.R. Smith before Monday’s meltdown against Washington, declining to get into the contents of a Daily News report that had Smith making a “lewd” comment to Woodson. In doing so, Woodson saved Smith the embarrassment of rehashing the entire episode.    

  • [New York Post] Prigioni out two weeks after breaking toe (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:51:28 -0500)

    Knicks owner James Dolan may need to use the roaming function on his cell phone and call Canada again to ask about point guard Kyle Lowry of the Raptors. Already…

  • [New York Post] J.R. Smith shows life in loss (Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:15:21 -0500)

    Mike Woodson is more concerned with J.R. Smith's physical state than mental state, again saying the guard's sore knee could be responsible for his dud of a season. But Smith…

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    One thought to “Knicks Morning News (2013.12.17)”

    1. I just watched the Melo and Woodson post game interviews again.
      1. Melo did not throw Woodson under the bus. It was clear he was saying if Woody wants to take the blame, fine, but we should have known to call a time out.
      2. Beno blew several plays down the stretch.
      A) he needed to make both foul shots.
      B) he should have fouled Beal quickly.
      C) as point guard, he should not have listened to Melo, who was demanding he check the ball in, and he should have called time as well.
      3. Bargs should have brought help (although we all know this is not his strong suit).

      But in the end, this is why there needs to be a change. Melo does not have the basketball IQ to be the kind of team leader his skills would grant him. He has played poorly all season in terms of his decision making at end of games.
      But a good coach should recognize this and he is empowered to make calls. Woodson should have called timeout. He should have stressed to his team to foul quickly. That he an his players lapsed at a crucial time again is an indictment of the entire organization, top to bottom.

      But ruru is correct. Melo bears disproportionate responsibility because of how he has ended games all season. And Woodson is where the buck should stop.

      But in the end, Melo took responsibility and Woodson did as well.
      They didn’t shirk it and no one threw anyone under the bus.

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