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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.03.23)

  • [New York Times] Paul Leads Clippers Past Pistons (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:23:59 GMT)
    Chris Paul had 28 points and 15 assists, Blake Griffin added 25 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Detroit 112-103 Saturday night to extend the Pistons’ losing streak to five games.    

  • [New York Times] Correction: Celtics-Nets Story (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:23:59 GMT)
    In a March 22 story about the Brooklyn Nets’ victory over Boston, The Associated Press mischaracterized the alternate jersey the Nets debuted. It is gray, not gay.    

  • [New York Times] Short-Handed Spurs Outlast Warriors 99-90 (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:14:49 GMT)
    Tony Parker had 20 points and five assists, Danny Green scored 18 points and the short-handed San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Golden State Warriors 99-90 Saturday night for their 13th straight victory.    

  • [New York Times] Obama Tweets His Congratulations to Underdog Dayton Basketball Team (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 04:11:44 GMT)
    President Barack Obama, a big basketball fan, tweeted his congratulations to the University of Dayton for its “huge upset win” over Syracuse University in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball college championship on Saturday.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cold-Shooting Sixers Lose 24th Straight (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 04:10:59 GMT)
    Philadelphia’s streak is two short of the N.B.A. record of 26, and the Sixers face two tough games at San Antonio and at Houston.    

  • [New York Times] Jazz Beat Magic on Burke’s 3-Pointer (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 04:08:52 GMT)
    Trey Burke scored 17 points, including a high-arcing 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining, to push the Utah Jazz past the Orlando Magic 89-88 on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] 76ers’ Skid Hits 24 Games With 91-81 Loss to Bulls (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 03:56:48 GMT)
    Henry Sims can see the growth and he’s not referring to the stack of losses.    

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads Pelicans Over Struggling Heat, 105-95 (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:53:53 GMT)
    Anthony Davis had 30 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans handed the struggling Miami Heat their seventh loss in 11 games, 105-95 on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Hold Pacers to Season Low, Win 82-71 (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:32:53 GMT)
    Mike Conley scored 21 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies held the Indiana Pacers to their lowest output of the season in an 82-71 victory on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Harden, Rockets Beat Cavs Without Howard (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:20:49 GMT)
    James Harden scored 37 points, including 17 in the third quarter, and the Houston Rockets led from wire-to-wire in a 118-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Bobcats Rout Trail Blazers 124-94 (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:05:51 GMT)
    Al Jefferson scored 28 points and two others finished with more than 20 as the Charlotte Bobcats routed the Portland Trail Blazers 124-94 on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Daily News] Myers: Parcells tells Jackson just watching the games is not easy to do (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:55:06 GMT)
    Bill Parcells left his seat in his private box at home games three or four times in the slightly more than two seasons he spent running the Dolphins. He couldn’t suppress the coach in him taking over his emotions and instincts, he had no control over what was happening on the field after 19 years as an NFL head coach, so he left the stadium.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Best way for Jax to change culture with Knicks is to coach team himself (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:00:16 GMT)
    Phil Jackson may turn out to be a champion as a front-office guy the way he was a champion in the NBA as a coach. Because of his beliefs and presence and status in the sport, he may well hire the right coach and right general manager eventually and recruit the right players and make the Knicks at least a title contender again for the first time in 14 years.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks gaining ground with 8th seed in sight (Sun, 23 Mar 2014 03:19:16 GMT)
    By the time the Knicks step on the Garden court on Sunday night, they’ll know whether they should send the Toronto Raptors a thank-you note for helping their playoff drive.    

  • 42 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.03.23)

    1. Totes McGoats

      U know what really feels good about Knickdom right now, apart from the win streak? A great hire (though not a guarantee of success) on the surface, talk of vision, system & culture change, and Dolan candidly admitting his failures as a basketball exec. Add the win streak, Melo trying to effect the game in more ways than scoring (and doing pretty good at it) as well as becoming more of a vocal leader (bad timing of the in huddle tiff notwithstanding), and the recent surge from Tyson and STAT, and suddenly there’s refreshing hope in the air of Knickdom. Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but as a Knick fan I have spent way too much time calling for someone’s head and hoping for trades, as have most of us. Now I am more anxious to see what the future holds for the franchise and I have more reason to believe that it’s gonna look much better. We had mostly the same thing when Walsh and D’Antoni were brought in, we just didn’t have honest-ish Dolan. And the fact that we have that now is very refreshing.

    2. Kahnzy

      Come on Toronto, don’t fail me now!

      On that note…how does one go aboot cheering for a Canadian basketball team? I already feel like I care more about them winning this afternoon than most Canadians.

    3. ephus

      At this point, the 2014 Draft does not look awesome. Wiggins and Parker disappeared in the NCAA. Embiid has back issues. Randle has not dominated.

      I would be shocked if any player selected this year is a rotation player on a playoff team next year.

    4. Brian Cronin

      I don’t think “rotation player on a playoff team their rookie season” is a reliable measuring stick, as it is rare for teams to make the playoffs a year after drafting a player very high in the draft. The Magic didn’t with Shaq, the Cavs didn’t with Lebron, the Magic didn’t with Howard, the Sonics didn’t with Durant, the Clippers didn’t with Griffin, the Hornets didn’t with Davis.

    5. lavor postell

      I don’t think “rotation player on a playoff team their rookie season” is a reliable measuring stick, as it is rare for teams to make the playoffs a year after drafting a player very high in the draft. The Magic didn’t with Shaq, the Cavs didn’t with Lebron, the Magic didn’t with Howard, the Sonics didn’t with Durant, the Clippers didn’t with Griffin, the Hornets didn’t with Davis.

      But the Nuggets did with Melo. GOAT status.

    6. Brian Cronin

      Who would have thought I’d give a shit about a Sunday afternoon Hawks/Raptors game?

      It’s definitely a weird feeling.

    7. Brian Cronin

      Okay, the Hawks just missed two good looks at buckets and the Raptors have gotten two huge offensive rebounds. One led to a basket and one led to a foul. They are now up 1 with exactly two minutes left, shooting two free throws.

    8. Kahnzy

      Who would have thought I’d give a shit about a Sunday afternoon Hawks/Raptors game?

      I think Knick fans are more interested in a Sunday afternoon Raptors/Hawks game than either Raptor or Hawk fans.

    9. d-mar

      If the Hawks win any games they’re supposed to lose (like today) our playoff hopes are pretty much dead.

    10. Brian Cronin

      After two free throws, the Hawks miss a three and the Raptors now have the ball, up three with 1:24 to go.

    11. Brian Cronin

      The Hawks steal the ball! But then Teague misses a three. Thank god that the Hawks have gotten cold as ice the last few minutes.

    12. Brian Cronin

      Two more Toronto free throws and it is now a five-point lead with 1:17 to go. Pretty damn exciting.

      ETA: They just traded two point buckets. Still a five point lead, 43 seconds left.

    13. Brian Cronin

      Atlanta looks like they’re in panic mode rushing those 3?s. Hold on Toronto!

      They seriously do look freaked out. They really choked this quarter. To be fair to them, they’re playing today without Korver.

    14. Brian Cronin

      Well, that about does that! Hawks turnover leads to a Raptors bucket. Phew, that was an intense game.

    15. Kahnzy

      Woohoo! Kyle Lowry may not have been traded to the Knicks, but he’s still helping us more than Felton.

    16. Thomas B.

      I may very well get fired for this, but for the rest of the season I plan to post Atlanta Hawks Game Threads here.

    17. Brian Cronin

      Now the Knicks just have to do what we’ve grown accustomed to them doing as of late – actually beat a team we know that they can beat – and they’ll be just three back in the loss column!

    18. lavor postell

      This Korver absence could be huge if it persists any longer down the stretch of the season. He missed their Friday loss to the Pelicans as well with back spasms. Knicks still in with a chance if they can take care of business against the Cavs tonight. Even crazier is the Knicks will only be 10 games under .500 with a win tonight. Progress.

    19. Kahnzy

      Now the Knicks just have to do what we’ve grown accustomed to them doing as of late – actually beat a team we know that they can beat – and they’ll be just three back in the loss column!

      Annnnnnnnnnnnnd there’s the jinx.

    20. Brian Cronin

      We don’t have to worry about that stuff anymore. This Knicks team is actually taking care of business. What I am worried about is those games against Phoenix, Golden State, Chicago, Miami, Brooklyn (twice!) and to a lesser extent, Toronto (not that the Raptors are that good, but beating them twice will be tough). Those games are the ones that could easily sink the season, since the Hawks obviously won’t be losing out, ya know?

    21. lavor postell

      I don’t think I can realistically ever watch a Knicks game and not feel a certain kind of anxiety that they may lose. Maybe back in their 90’s heyday with Ewing and co. I chalked up wins, but even last season I never felt that way and won’t until we establish ourselves as a winning franchise over the course of multiple seasons.

    22. Brian Cronin

      I had that feeling last year. I was pretty darn confident in them coming back in games because they did it so often. So I always felt that the team would pull it out. I stopped having that feeling about this year’s team and I’ll certainly admit that if this year’s team enters a fourth quarter trailing by more than a few points I figure that they will lose. However, what I’ve seen from them recently is at least the return to “We’re going to beat the shitty teams. We might not beat the good teams, but we will beat the shitty teams.”

      Also, come on, the Cavs don’t even have Irving! And they might not even have Deng! I guess the Knicks could lose to them through some Woody-led delirium, but I would be very shocked by that happening.

    23. BigBlueAL

      A major what-if for this season, how different would things be right now if the Knicks had traded for Kyle Lowry immediately following Felton getting injured in December???

    24. Brian Cronin

      A major what-if for this season, how different would things be right now if the Knicks had traded for Kyle Lowry immediately following Felton getting injured in December???

      Lowry, of course, would revert to the way he played his first year in Toronto. Why? Because the Knicks.

    25. ephus

      Ujiri has pulled off the greatest example of addition by subtraction that I can recall. Ditching Bargnani and Gay made the Raptors’ roster make sense. Lowry plays to his ball dominant strength.

      I’ll be interested to see if Lowry stays in Toronto.

    26. Brian Cronin

      I agree, but at the same time, Casey has made some odd decisions with his bench. For instance, he barely plays Novak, but when he does play him, he never runs plays for him. Seriously, Casey? Why in the world would you ever put Steve Novak in a game and not try to get him the ball? He can’t do anything but shoot threes (and he is, of course, once again having an awesome year from three – 44%) and yet Casey often plays him and doesn’t get him looks! Like today. Nine minutes – no shots! What’s the point?

    27. lavor postell

      What’s even worse about that is he plays Salmons over Novak. What the hell is Salmons giving you that Novak doesn’t? Terrible shot making ability off the dribble vs. no shot making ability off the dribble? Missing clutch free throws? Poor shot selection? Inferior three point shooting? Slightly less atrocious defense?

    28. Owen

      The jettisoning of Rudy Gay and Bargnani really was a beautiful thing to watch for anyone who ever loved the Wages of Wins.

      The Hawks are trying their hardest, I hope the Knicks don’t make all their efforts be in vain…

    29. lavor postell

      @ Owen

      Trading Gay and Bargnani was a beautiful thing to watch for anyone who enjoys the sport of basketball.

    30. Brian Cronin

      What’s even worse about that is he plays Salmons over Novak. What the hell is Salmons giving you that Novak doesn’t? Terrible shot making ability off the dribble vs. no shot making ability off the dribble? Missing clutch free throws? Poor shot selection? Inferior three point shooting? Slightly less atrocious defense?

      Now that he is finally maybe/kind of/possibly healthy (nerve damage in your shooting hand is a weird injury, so I really don’t know if he’ll ever truly be healthy), Fields should likely also be playing over Salmons. The weirdest thing happened the other week – Ross was hurt so Casey started Fields and Fields played well in a good win over Golden State (24 minutes, 4-5 from the field, 6 boards). And then Ross came back and Fields went right back to DNPs. Casey is an odd coach (to be fair to him, Colangelo did give him waaaay too many small forwards to work with).

    31. Owen

      @ Owen

      Trading Gay and Bargnani was a beautiful thing to watch for anyone who enjoys the sport of basketball.

      I, of course, agree. But wasn’t too long ago that Rudy Gay was considered a quasi-elite guy…

    32. lavor postell

      Yeah Owen, totally agree. There was a play late in the game where Early clearly got hit on the arm at the rim and then I think Cauley-Stein grabbed the rebound and extended his forearm into him, neither being called. That last play for Wichita was fucking bizarro though. Throw it to the top of the key with 3.2 seconds left to the one guy who really can’t create his own shot and isn’t a particularly good three point shooter.

    33. BigBlueAL

      Woodson said Bargs has started running and hopes to have him back before season is over. LMAO

    34. Owen

      Btw, speaking of college basketball, Minnesota seems to have discovered Gorgui Dieng, who had a pretty strong season last year in college, hiding on their bench. Played super solid today, although he has been nowhere in evidence in the fourth quarter. +10 for what that’s worth, and it appears he has played pretty well of late…..

      Also, Eric Bledsoe back, looks like Nascar out there. Thought he was done for the year. +23

      Also, why Corey Brewer continues to get so much time is a mystery to me….

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