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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.05.04)

  • [New York Times] Clippers Hold Off Warriors 126-121 to Win Game 7 (Sun, 04 May 2014 07:29:41 GMT)
    When the final buzzer sounded on the longest two weeks of the Los Angeles Clippers’ careers, they felt more exhaustion than elation. While coach Doc Rivers high-fived fans and pumped his fist at the crowd, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul quietly congratulated each other.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Beat Grizzlies 120-109 in Game 7 (Sun, 04 May 2014 04:47:47 GMT)
    Kevin Durant got back to playing like he’s used to against a Memphis team that had to change things up at the worst possible time.

  • [New York Times] League Is Set to Appoint a C.E.O. for the Clippers (Sun, 04 May 2014 03:13:11 GMT)
    The league’s deputy commissioner met with employees of the team Saturday to soothe tensions amid uncertainty about the future of the team’s leadership.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Hibbert Goes From Scoreless to Relentless, Helping Pacers Win Game 7 (Sun, 04 May 2014 02:16:30 GMT)
    Roy Hibbert, held without a point for two games, was aggressive in scoring 13 points for Indiana, which beat eighth-seeded Atlanta, 92-80, to advance. The Thunder and the Clippers also won Game 7s.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Roll Past Hawks, 92-80 in Game 7 (Sun, 04 May 2014 02:14:44 GMT)
    Indiana salvaged its season Saturday by reverting to form: its first-half form.

  • 27 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.05.04)

    1. Brian Cronin

      Let’s hope that the Game 7’s today are better than the first two Game 7’s yesterday!

      Luckily, at least the Clippers/Warriors game was a good one.

    2. Mike Kurylo Post author

      Yeah, except the Clippers/Warriors ran a little past my bedtime. I was rooting for the Warriors, mostly because David Lee. He looked great in the first quarter, I have to give a hat tip to Mark Jackson for knowing how to get him involved in the offense and his his diving & passing. At the half, the three plays the analyzed all involved Lee. I miss his passing and decision making.

    3. Mike Kurylo Post author

      Oh, I had a dream that I needed to put on a suit for an interview, so I full expect that the spirit-world’s way of telling me the NBA is going to announce that I will be the next CEO of the Clippers. Makes perfect sense.

    4. Brian Cronin

      You know I am a big D-Lee fan, as well, but I think I was rooting for the Clippers, with all of their outside problems. Plus, it’d be nice to see Chris Paul go on at least one playoff run during his career. ;)

    5. Kahnzy

      Let’s hope that the Game 7?s today are better than the first two Game 7?s yesterday!

      Luckily, at least the Clippers/Warriors game was a good one.

      I couldn’t agree more. I ended up walking away from the first two; glad I stayed up for the Clips/Warriors though. Great finish.

    6. Farfa

      I suppose Raptors-Nets will be a very bad game 7. My (figurative) money is on the Nets to advance in an ugly 80-75 affair.
      Spurs-Mavs, on the other hand… it could go down to the last shot. If Dallas wins this series, I say we have our next 8th seed to go to the NBA Finals.

    7. mokers

      I actually got some work done yesterday at least! Ended up watching Warriors / Clips at a bar in Berkeley with a few friends. Such an exciting game to watch. I don’t think Jackson is a great coach, but the team ended up being very competitive with the Clips playing most of the minutes at center to David Lee and most of the PF minutes to Draymond Green.

      Not sure what I would do with Jackson. I was hearing from my friend yesterday that Scalabrine was ousted because he basically wouldn’t participate in any of the coaching meetings. Wouldn’t sit near the coaches on the plane or the team bus. Combined with the other assistant taping meetings, it’s just a strange situation. I guess management thinks the team is underachieving. It will be a tough situation for any coach coming in. High expectations, no draft picks in 2014 and no cap space. Somebody might give them something for Harrison Barnes I guess.

    8. Donnie Walsh

      I wanted the Hawks to go to the ECF, just to put a cherry on top of the Knicks season.

      For a team that was apparently trying to miss the playoffs, it’s pretty damning that they pushed the #1 seed to 7 games. I mean, if Woodson had just called time out against the Wizards in December the Knicks would probably have won a playoff series!

    9. Kahnzy

      I guess I should be rooting for Brooklyn here as they’ve had better success against the Heat but…fuck Kevin Garnett.

    10. Z-man

      “NBA is going to announce that I will be the next CEO of the Clippers. Makes perfect sense.”

      Well since the Knicks job is unavailable, better to keep you out of our conference. ;-)

      I find myself rooting hard for the Raptors. Would love to see this series as the Nets’ high water mark for a while.

    11. Donnie Walsh

      It’s a huge game for the Nets. A high-profile second round series with the Heat could really put the franchise on the map.

    12. Kahnzy

      Is anyone else as disturbed/disappointed by the “LeBron app”? I don’t think even in my most immature and crazy Ewing fandom I’d have wanted a Patrick App. It’s just too much

    13. Cock Jowles Has Predicted the Last Three Knicks Seasons

      I admit that the box score does a very bad job of recording THAT.

    14. BigBlueAL

      Heat vs Nets, dunno which team I hate more. Is it possible for both teams to lose the series?? lol

    15. Kahnzy

      Heat vs Nets, dunno which team I hate more. Is it possible for both teams to lose the series?? lol

      Just join me on the Washington bandwagon

    16. ephus

      If the Nets/Heat goes more than five games, it is going to create a lot of Brooklyn fans.

    17. Kahnzy

      This has been a rather disappointing ending to what (at least up until Saturday) had been an amazing 1st round. 5 games 7’S! Yet, only two of them were any fun. Oh well

    18. Alecto

      Why would I want any team other than the Spurs or Heat to win at this point? I either get to see LeBron make history/further secure his legacy or I get to say that Tim Duncan was the best player of his generation to casual Lakers fans and make their heads explode. Nothing else can top that.

    19. Brian Cronin

      This has been a rather disappointing ending to what (at least up until Saturday) had been an amazing 1st round. 5 games 7?S! Yet, only two of them were any fun. Oh well

      And I wouldn’t even call the Nets/Raptors game fun, exactly. It was just close due to the Nets’ incompetence.

      Speaking of not fun, MCHale is apparently going to be back next year. Couple that with Brooks seeming lock on his job and I just don’t get why teams are so frightened about making a move.

    20. ephus

      Teams do not like to change coaches because the relationship with players is the most important part of the job. McHale has the trust of Harden and Howard. Brooks has the trust of KD, Ibaka and Westbrook.

    21. d-mar

      Can’t stand the Pacers or the Nets, so the ideal scenario for me is to have the Heat return to the Finals to face the Spurs, who get their revenge for last year’s debacle by winning in 6 games.

    22. BigBlueAL

      d-mar, thats exactly what I think happens. Although wouldnt be surprised if Spurs vs Heat goes 7 again.

    23. Farfa

      I suppose Raptors-Nets will be a very bad game 7. My (figurative) money is on the Nets to advance in an ugly 80-75 affair.
      Spurs-Mavs, on the other hand… it could go down to the last shot.

      …And this definitely proves I’m a clueless moron.

      Care to go with a board bracket?

      Here my predictions for the ongoing playoffs (so you can laugh at me some more):
      SAS beat POR 4-2
      LAC beat OKC 4-3

      MIA beats BKN 4-0 (sigh… or not? “This is why they brought me here!”)
      IND beat WAS 4-2

      SAS beat LAC 4-2
      MIA beats IND 4-1 (sigh again… or maybe not, the Pacers are unsufferable)

      MIA beats SAS 4-2 (now this is a true sigh. I love me some Spurs, and I completely despise D-Wade and Chalmers)

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