Knicks Morning News (2014.01.31)

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks rout Cavaliers for fourth win in row (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:20:37 EST)

    J.R. Smith drove baseline and threw down a highlight reel dunk in the first quarter. Later, he crossed up Tristan Thompson so badly on a crossover dribble that the Cavaliers forward ended up on his backside and Smith hit the shot.

  • [New York Newsday] Mike Woodson may stick with small lineup (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:14:07 EST)

    Mike Woodson is leaning toward starting small even after some of his big players return.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Dominate Inside, Rout Clippers 111-92 (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:22:17 GMT)

    David Lee had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 boards and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Clippers 111-92 Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: Suns Surprise Pacers (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:55:24 GMT)

    Goran Dragic had 28 points and the Phoenix Suns handed the Indiana Pacers just their second home loss of the season with a 102-94 victory.    

  • [New York Times] Nets’ Blatche May Represent Philippines, a Nation That’s Foreign Even to Him (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:04:23 GMT)

    Andray Blatche casually and rather comically confirmed an international report that he was being recruited to join the Philippine national basketball team before the FIBA World Cup.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 117, Cavaliers 86: Ailing Knicks Prevail by Thinking Small (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:55:20 GMT)

    The injury-depleted Knicks went with a small lineup Thursday night, and easily won their fourth straight game.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Crush Cavs 117-86, Win Fourth Straight (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:49:27 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 29 points, J.R. Smith embarrassed a couple of defenders on his way to 19, and the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-86 Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.    

  • [New York Times] Nowtizki, Bosh Head Reserves for All Star Game (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:01:08 GMT)

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was named to his 12th All Star team on Thursday while Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh was selected for his ninth appearance at the NBA’s mid-season clash in New Orleans on February 16.    

  • [New York Times] Suns Surprise Pacers at Home (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:58:31 GMT)

    Goran Dragic had 28 points and the Phoenix Suns handed the Indiana Pacers just their second home loss of the season with a 102-94 victory.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: N.B.A. Names Tatum Deputy Commissioner (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:18:16 GMT)

    Mark Tatum will become the N.B.A.’s deputy commissioner when Adam Silver takes over for David Stern on Saturday.    

  • [New York Times] Blazers, Rockets Each Get 2 NBA All-Star Reserves (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:07:40 GMT)

    The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets each had two players picked as reserves for the NBA All-Star game, while the Indiana Pacers had to settle for just Roy Hibbert despite the league’s best record.    

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Bargnani unlikely to return soon (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:41:54 -0500)

    Andrea Bargnani, in breaking his silence, showed off his new black elbow brace, admitted his injury was "terrible'' and said a timetable for his return from rehab is tricky because…

  • [New York Post] J.R. Smith finally comes up big for Knicks (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:43:26 -0500)

    For J.R. Smith — actually, for all the Knicks — the 2013-14 season has been a collection of extremes. The team has had ups, downs. Injuries everywhere. A five-game winning…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks rout Cavs as Woody’s ‘Small Ball’ lineup rolls to 4th straight (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:53:29 GMT)

    Mike Woodson stubbornly has attempted to force a big, square peg into a small, round hole from the start of the season. But since Andrea Bargnani went down with an elbow injury last week, the Knicks have taken off with four straight wins behind the so-called “small ball” lineup that worked so successfully last season.    

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Cavs show you can’t be picky, draft not always the answer (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:14:19 GMT)

    Just imagine how unhappy the Cavaliers must be with a former No. 1 overall pick who is popular enough among NBA fans to be selected to start the All-Star Game but isn’t good enough to lift the Cavs anywhere near mediocrity. Kyrie Irving apparently would rather run away than learn to run a team.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Injuries leave Woodson’s bench shorthanded (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:58:47 GMT)

    The answers to the “questionable” status of Iman Shumpert and Kenyon Martin unsurprisingly did not deviate from the news Mike Woodson and the Knicks have been dealing with all season when it comes to injuries.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Stick with small ball? (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:00:33 EDT)

    How does Carmelo Anthony feel about the Knicks playing a two-guard lineup?“I really like [it]. I don’t have no problem with that. We have had success with that. It seems to be working right now,” Anthony said after Thursday’s win over Cleveland. The Knicks have won four in a row since going to a smaller lineup. And they’ve looked like a different team on offense. For the season, New York is averaging 105 points per 100 possessions.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Hardaway sets career high, ties team record (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:27:07 EDT)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. is making the Knicks front office look pretty smart these days. Hardaway Jr., taken 24th in the 2013 draft by New York, scored a career-high 29 points on 11-for-17 shooting and tied a Knicks record with six 3-pointers against the Cavs. “A helluva performance,” Mike Woodson said. “He was steady.”Hardaway Jr.’s six 3s tied him with Nate Robinson and Toney Douglas for the Knicks rookie record for most in a game.

  • [ – New York Knicks] A more 'serious' J.R. Smith? (Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:02:47 EDT)

    NEW YORK — You wouldn’t think the words “J.R. Smith” and “serious” belong in the same sentence. Remember, we’re talking about a guy who was fined and benched for untying his opponents’ shoelaces. A guy who’s been docked $50,000 for sending out tweets the NBA deemed offensive.So what you’re about to read may surprise you. Smith said on Thursday that he’s taken a more serious approach to his job recently.

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