Knicks Morning News (Friday, Jan 04 2013)
January 4th, 2013 by Mike Kurylo |
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[New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: JR has a sixth sense (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 08:56:46 GMT)
J.R. Smith pulled off an acrobatic dunk with the Knicks pulling away in the fourth quarter to cap another electrifying performance off the bench. Midway through the fourth quarter, Smith hauled in a Pablo Prigioni pass in midair and slammed home a one-handed reverse dunk.
[New York Daily News] Spurs stars no match for Knicks as Melo, bench key blowout (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 08:54:27 GMT)
All the big names â?” Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili â?” were present and accounted for on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden which may have been a blessing for the Knicks.
[New York Daily News] Knicks get an assist from Mayor Bloomberg in win over San Antonio (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 07:42:38 GMT)
San Antonio forward Stephen Jackson suffered a sprained ankle and didn’t return to the game after tripping over a waitress crouching in front of Bloomberg along the sideline during the Knicks’ 100-83 win Thursday night over the Spurs at the Garden.
[New York Daily News] Lawrence: Result at Garden doesn’t sit well with Popovich (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 07:38:58 GMT)
In retrospect, Gregg Popovich should have sent Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker back to San Antonio before the Spurs ever reached the Garden on Thursday night.
[New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Donovan Heading Back to Coach in W.N.B.A. (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 07:30:05 GMT)
Anne Donovan, who plans to step down as the women’s basketball coach at Seton Hall at the end of the season, will return to the W.N.B.A. to coach the Connecticut Sun.
[New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Nets Belong to Carlesimo, Unless, Perhaps, Jackson Cuts In (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 07:24:04 GMT)
The Nets have gone 3-1 since their change of coaches and seem happy to stick with P. J. Carlesimo â?? though Phil Jackson is said to be No. 1 on their wish list.
[New York Times] Spurs’ Stars Play at Beginning but Not End Against Knicks (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 07:24:04 GMT)
Five weeks ago, Coach Gregg Popovich was fined for sitting his top players for the Spurs’ fourth game in five days. Against the Knicks, after a similar stretch, Popovich opted to keep his lineup intact.
[New York Times] Knicks 100, Spurs 83: Knicks, Finding Balance on Offense and Defense, Rout Spurs (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 07:17:16 GMT)
Led by Carmelo Anthony, a balanced offense and tight defense, the Knicks ran away from San Antonio on Thursday, ending the Spurs’ seven-game winning streak.
[New York Times] D’Antoni Responds to Stoudemire’s Criticism With a Congratulations (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 05:22:36 GMT)
Coach Mike D’Antoni praised Amar’e Stoudemire, who made six All-Star appearances playing for D’Antoni despite a sometimes strained relationship, for his new defensive attitude.
[New York Times] Novak Shines as Knicks End Spurs’ Win Streak (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 05:04:03 GMT)
Bench player Steve Novak led a sizzling three-point shooting display as the New York Knicks mixed spectacular offense with a much improved defense to stun the red-hot San Antonio Spurs with a 100-83 win at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
[New York Times] Barea Leads T-Wolves to 101-97 Win Over Nuggets (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:43:41 GMT)
J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
[New York Times] Knicks 100, Spurs 83: Knicks End Spurs’ 7-Game Winning Streak (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:25:38 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points and J.R. Smith kept up his surge with 20 as the New York Knicks were able to hold on against San Antonio in what had been a close game for three quarters.
[New York Times] Knicks’ Defense Loses Its Edge, Forcing Offense to Rally (Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:49:47 GMT)
The Knicks have gone just 5-5 in their last 10 games, allowing an average of 101.3 points per game, which ranks a dismal 25th for that span.
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