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Knicks Morning News (Friday, May 10 2013)

  • [New York Post] Dr. Melo aims to cure J.R. shooting woes (Fri, 10 May 2013 05:22:11 -0500)
    WHATEVER is in J.R. Smith’s head, Dr. Carmelo Anthony, rushing in urgently as volunteer team psychologist, is trying hard to get out, before it is too late, before Smith shoots the Knicks out of the Eastern Conference semifinals and any hopes for a dream season.
    These Knicks titillate…

  • [New York Post] Chandler pumped by Game 2 finish (Fri, 10 May 2013 05:21:54 -0500)
    Midway through the fourth quarter of Game 2 Tuesday night, Carmelo Anthony missed a reverse lay-up.
    Tyson Chandler slammed home the rebound, pumping his fist in celebration.
    After three ineffective halves against the Pacers to open the series, Chandler’s second-half performance in Game 2 was a promising revelation for…

  • [New York Post] Frank-ly speaking, Vogel regrets T.O. (Fri, 10 May 2013 02:40:23 -0500)
    INDIANAPOLIS â?? The Pacers have been called boring, an under-the-radar team generally ignored nationally. So they finally got some notice, although it wasn’t what coach Frank Vogel intended.
    “If I knew all I had to do was call a bad timeout to get this team some national attention, I’d…

  • [New York Post] Stoudemire deserves shot to be part of solution (Fri, 10 May 2013 05:22:26 -0500)
    A slim and sleek Amar’e Stoudemire raced down the floor looking to establish position with his back to the basket. James White fed him the ball. Stoudemire turned, put a head fake on Earl Barron, and exploded to the rim, using an up-and-under move to convert a basket.
    It…

  • [New York Post] 10-15 minutes the plan for Stoudemire for Game 3 and beyond (Fri, 10 May 2013 05:20:55 -0500)
    Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Thursday Amar’e Stoudemire is slated to play in 10-15 minutes tomorrow in his expected grand return, and indicated his playing time may not rise much more than that no matter how long the Knicks last.
    The six-time All-Star power forward went through his final…

  • [New York Post] Shump’s knee good as new (Fri, 10 May 2013 05:22:37 -0500)
    Perhaps Derrick Rose had his epiphany watching fellow Chicago native Iman Shumpert leap to the Garden’s pin-wheeled ceiling Tuesday night to slam home a put-back dunk â?? the slam of the playoffs.
    Rose and Shumpert tore their ACLs on the same night nearly 13 months ago. Shumpert returned Jan. 17…

  • [New York Post] George: I’ll slow melo (Fri, 10 May 2013 05:25:14 -0500)
    INDIANAPOLIS â?? Indiana’s Paul George isn’t shy about praising Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. He gives all the no-one-guy-can-stop-him, just-make-everything-tough-on-him tributes.
    But if one guy is going to try to defend Anthony, George wants it to be that guy. George said he feels his speed and quickness can be more…

  • [New York Post] ‘Beer bashes Knicks’ hopes (Fri, 10 May 2013 02:40:23 -0500)
    Former Pistons Bad Boy and new Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer told The Post a championship team can be built around Carmelo Anthony, but he cautioned most NBA title teams are built around guards or centers, not forwards.
    “It’s tough with the forwards to be the sole focal point and…

  • [New York Post] 5 Questions for Mike Breen (Fri, 10 May 2013 01:48:36 -0500)
    Msg/espn play-by-play man Mike Breen takes a look at J.R. Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire and the rest of the Knicks-Pacers series with The Post’s Justin Terranova.

    Q: What do you think the Knicks need to take back home-court advantage in Indiana?

    A: They do need that secondary…

  • [New York Times] Parity Abounds So Far in NBA Conference Semifinals (Fri, 10 May 2013 03:16:50 GMT)
    Parity has struck the NBA playoffs, where the conference semifinals are all fit to be tied.    

  • [New York Times] Bulls’ Deng and Hinrich Are Still Hurting (Fri, 10 May 2013 03:15:30 GMT)
    The postseason has been a painful journey for the Bulls, with Luol Deng struggling from complications from a spinal tap and Kirk Hinrich out with a bruised calf.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Shumpert, His Knee Fine, Is Soaring Again (Fri, 10 May 2013 02:04:29 GMT)
    Iman Shumpert’s one-handed slam dunk in Game 2 against the Pacers showed how far he has come since he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the first playoff game of last season.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri Wins Executive of the Year Award (Fri, 10 May 2013 00:26:29 GMT)
    Denver Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri was named the N.B.A.’s executive of the year a day after the Nuggets’ George Karl won the coach of the year award.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Shump has ‘em jumpin’ (Fri, 10 May 2013 05:31:23 GMT)
    You have to wonder if the Chicago Bulls’ Derek Rose got a look at Iman Shumpert’s ferocious highlight reel jam in the Knicks’ Game 2 win over the Pacers at the Garden Tuesday. Shumpert is showing no after-effects from last May’s surgery to repair a torn ACL.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Carmelo has a chance to be Prince of New York (Fri, 10 May 2013 05:13:43 GMT)
    Sometimes you get the idea that New York is supposed to be some tough place for Carmelo Anthony to play, because he is not yet loved unconditionally, because Knick fans love him a lot more when he makes shots instead of misses them. He should ask Phil Simms or Eli Manning what it was like for them around here before they won it all.    

  • [New York Daily News] Melo not worried about J.R., Rihanna relationship (Fri, 10 May 2013 05:10:10 GMT)
    No sooner had the Knicks’ practice ended in Greenburgh on a rainy Thursday than J.R. Smith was exiting stage left, far away from the media’s questions and faster than you can say “Under my umbrella, ella, ella.â?    

  • [New York Daily News] Oft-injured Amar’e likely to make Game 3 return (Fri, 10 May 2013 03:50:53 GMT)
    Amar’e Stoudemire backed 7-foot Earl Barron down onto the low blocks Thursday and had him right where he wanted him. He turned around, blew past the defender with one dribble and easily banked in a reverse layup.    

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: MSG grants King tweet redemption (Fri, 10 May 2013 03:48:29 GMT)
    Deleting the critique of Carmelo Anthony from his Twitter account, and totally shutting @30BernardKing down, was a brilliant career move by Mr. King. Even if he was probably encouraged to do it.    

  • [New York Daily News] Pacers say bracing for big man no big deal (Fri, 10 May 2013 03:40:24 GMT)
    Amar’e Stoudemire is expected back for the Knicks when the Eastern Conference semifinals shift to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 3 on Saturday night.    

  • 42 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Friday, May 10 2013)

    1. johnno

      Interesting stat — during the regular season, the Knicks were 10-10 against the other 7 remaining playoff teams. The records for the other teams — Heat 10-9, Bulls 9-10, Pacers 10-9, Thunder 10-8, Spurs 10-10, Grizzlies 11-7, Warriors 6-13.

    2. er

      johnno: Interesting stat — during the regular season, the Knicks were 10-10 against the other 7 remaining playoff teams. The records for the other teams — Heat 10-9, Bulls 9-10, Pacers 10-9, Thunder 10-8, Spurs 10-10, Grizzlies 11-7, Warriors 6-13.

      shit 4 of those losses are to the Bulls

    3. johnno

      So, here’s the thing — based on their regular season performance, going into this round, NO team should have been considered a prohibitive favorite to win the championship and, with the possible exception of the Warriors, no team should have been considered a real longshot. I guess it shouldn’t be a shock that every series is tied up. I was pretty surprised that, despite their gaudy records, the Heat and Thunder were hardly world-beaters against the top teams in the league.

    4. er

      johnno: So, here’s the thing — based on their regular season performance, going into this round, NO team should have been considered a prohibitive favorite to win the championship and, with the possible exception of the Warriors, no team should have been considered a real longshot. I guess it shouldn’t be a shock that every series is tied up. I was pretty surprised that, despite their gaudy records, the Heat and Thunder were hardly world-beaters against the top teams in the league.

      Thats what makes the good teams “good” Beat up on the terrible teams, go .500 or better against the real quality teams

    5. johnlocke

      Regarding JR’s Slump: I would really just like him to improve his shot selection. He is compounding his ‘slump’ by shooting the step back mid-range jumpers off the dribble and/or with a hand in his face. He should focus on spot up shooting off ball movement, making his damn free throws and the open pull up mid range jumper w/ Hibbert in, attack the basket when he’s not. That simple. We don’t need JR to score 20 points to win, but we can’t afford him shooting 20-30% while taking 15 – 20 shots.

    6. er

      johnlocke: Regarding JR’s Slump: I would really just like him to improve his shot selection. He is compounding his ‘slump’ by shooting the step back mid-range jumpers off the dribble and/or with a hand in his face. He should focus on spot up shooting off ball movement, making his damn free throws and the open pull up mid range jumper w/ Hibbert in, attack the basket when he’s not. That simple. We don’t need JR to score 20 points to win, but we can’t afford him shooting 20-30% while taking 15 – 20 shots.

      see the thing with jr is he is way way more athletic than melo. So i feel like if he went to the rack he could just dunk on hibbert. Speaking of dunking, melo has done a better job at finishing around the hoop by dunking instead of laying it up(which he sucks at for some reason)

    7. Hubert Davis

      I’m doing that thing where I start to panic as game time approaches. My concern this time is Woodson’s stated insistence on getting Amar’e 10-15 minutes tomorrow. Wow, that just seems wrong.

      I loved us in game 3 because I thought the extra rest would favor us so much more than them with Tyson nursing an injury, Melo banged up, and Martin/Kidd being old.

      These seems like it could totally negate our advantage.

      I would feel so much better if we just went after game 3, got home court back, and then worked Amar’e in.

      Also, it would be comforting to know that, if he does put Amar’e in, and Indiana goes on an 8-0 run, our coach would pull him and rethink his plan. Unfortunately I have no such confidence.

    8. er

      Nate Robinson is averaging 8.3 points in the fourth quarter in the playoffs, up from only 4.8 points during the regular season.

      Robinson’s minutes have gone up from 25.4 during the regular season to 31.5 during the postseason.

      Carmelo Anthony ranks second in the league in postseason fourth quarter scoring, averaging 8.1 points.

    9. chrisk06811

      I think Woodson is a pretty smart guy. I think when he’s announcing that Amare will get 10-15 minutes, he’s saying it as much for the pacers to hear as anything else. All we really need Amare to do is run a few pick n rolls and take some pressure and focus off of JR as the secondary option. Whether he hits the shots or not, Indiana has to guard him. He’s going to be a distraction; let him be a distraction to them and not to us.

    10. Frank O.

      i think there is no question that the Knicks are thrilled to get Amare back. Another big body with fouls to give and because he’s on a short leash, he doesn’t have to hold back.
      Amare’s rotations will be slow on D and his O will be not as sharp, but the more reps he gets the better he gets.

    11. d-mar

      I can’t imagine Amare having much of a negative effect in 10 minutes on the floor, and he may be able to get us a couple of post up baskets and a few free throws as well. It’s not like the 2nd unit has been killing it on offense, so I’m happy to have one more weapon. Defensively, I really can’t see Indiana suddenly going on a tear just because Amare is in the game for a few minutes, their bench is mediocre at best anyway.

    12. johnlocke

      The only issue with Amare is I don’t think the Pacers are a really good match-up for him. One the defensive end, he’ll have a tough time guarding West, and seems to have a tough time guarding Psycho T, but as long as we don’t abandon the hard double in the post strategy, I think we should be ok there. The Pacers have the length and size to bother Amare when he’s on offense too. Those are the concerns. The positives are that if he can run with the 2nd unit and take some shots away from JR and his dreadful shooting right now, and shoot even mid 40% on those shots, it should help the offense. I think Amare will be more important in the Miami series, should we get there, than this series, but it’s important to get him warmed up now…so despite my reservations, I’m OK with the move.

      d-mar:
      I can’t imagine Amare having much of a negative effect in 10 minutes on the floor, and he may be able to get us a couple of post up baskets and a few free throws as well. It’s not like the 2nd unit has been killing it on offense, so I’m happy to have one more weapon. Defensively, I really can’t see Indiana suddenly going on a tear just because Amare is in the game for a few minutes, their bench is mediocre at best anyway.

    13. Hubert Davis

      d-mar:
      I can’t imagine Amare having much of a negative effect in 10 minutes on the floor, and he may be able to get us a couple of post up baskets and a few free throws as well. It’s not like the 2nd unit has been killing it on offense, so I’m happy to have one more weapon. Defensively, I really can’t see Indiana suddenly going on a tear just because Amare is in the game for a few minutes, their bench is mediocre at best anyway.

      Amar’e can create offense for struggling units just by being on the court. Note that I mean opposing units. I fear the Pacers running pick and rolls with his man for the entire 10 minutes he’s in there. And given how much their bench struggles to score, giving them that gift could be huge.

    14. Z-man

      Amare, JR, K-Mart, Kidd and any of Cope/Novak/Q/Prigs makes for an interesting second unit.

    15. Z-man

      It’s amazing that, other than Melo’s shoulder, we are a complete and healthy team as envisioned pre-season (K-Mart replaced Sheed.)

    16. citizen

      Z-man:
      It’s amazing that, other than Melo’s shoulder, we are a complete and healthy team as envisioned pre-season (K-Mart replaced Sheed.)

      Is Camby healthy too?

    17. Keniman Shumpwalker

      Hubert Davis:
      Tyson Chandler is not healthy.

      And JR Smith is not mentally healthy. And Jim Todd always appears to have one foot in the grave.

    18. ruruland

      Surprised that no one has mentioned that Amar’e biggest impact could be drawing fouls on Pacers bigs.

      He’s the most capable of anyone on roster.

    19. Hubert Davis

      Later in the series, maybe. But isn’t he most likely to be playing against Hansbrough and Mahimni right now?

    20. Keniman Shumpwalker

      Hubert Davis:
      Later in the series, maybe.But isn’t he most likely to be playing against Hansbrough and Mahimni right now?

      Right. And if so, that mitigates some of the concerns people have been bringing up about him having to match up defensively with West/Hibbert.

    21. Hubert Davis

      Everything Amar’e might be able to do later is nice.

      But we need to win game 3.

      And Amar’e is so terrible defensively that he might be able to elevate the offensive capacity of Indiana’s bench just by being there.

      And he is unlikely to counter that with strong offensive play this soon in his comeback.

      This could be a gift to Indiana. I’d much rather go after game 3 with the guys who got us here and start working him in Tuesday.

    22. Keniman Shumpwalker

      Hubert Davis:
      Everything Amar’e might be able to do later is nice.

      But we need to win game 3.

      And Amar’e is so terrible defensively that he might be able to elevate the offensive capacity of Indiana’s bench just by being there.

      And he is unlikely to counter that with strong offensive play this soon in his comeback.

      This could be a gift to Indiana.I’d much rather go after game 3 with the guys who got us here and start working him in Tuesday.

      I don’t think that’s at all unreasonable, but to me it depends largely on who Woody sticks him with for the brief moments he’s on the floor. I assume it’ll be him and Kenyon up front and I think Kenyon can adequately cover up STAT’s flaws against the Pacers reserve bigs. The Pacer’s second unit is terrible, offensively, and I just don’t think, in the brief minutes he’ll get, that his D will be SO BAD that they’ll just blitz us with pick and rolls and go on some huge run that fucks our chances of staying in a game or keeping a lead. Copeland played over 10 minutes the other night, mostly with that second unit…is STAT such a huge downgrade over Cope defensively?

    23. marechal

      I don’t buy it. Say Amar’e is guarding Hansbrough. Do you really think the Pacers going to a DJ Augustin-Hansbrough pick and roll will put them over the top? And K-Mart will also be there to yell at Ama’e and tell him what to do. I’m not too worried about it, really. He might be rusty, though, but it’s not like he’s replacing a super efficient player.

    24. Frank O.

      ruruland:
      Surprised that no one has mentioned that Amar’e biggest impact could be drawing fouls on Pacers bigs.

      He’s the most capable of anyone on roster.

      I think this is a valid point, but if you recall when Amare was coming back last time, his first few games he got rejected a lot. He hadn’t yet gotten his explosiveness back and it hurt him. He’s also not terribly deceptive with his shots around the hoop. Not many pumps or fakes. His game has always been raw explosiveness and power. If you don’t have your explosiveness, you get blocked a lot.
      But I think he can draw lots of fouls.

      This gets to another point: I think it’s such shit looking at the Knicks record with and without him. Look at the sample sizes. The friggin’ guy has always been coming off an injury or some enormous roster adjustment, so obviously the team’s record in those times will be a bit off.
      Of course, that’s the problem: He’s been through one kind of adjustment of another every time he returns to the court, and the playoffs will be no different.

    25. JK47

      “I think this is a valid point, but if you recall when Amare was coming back last time, his first few games he got rejected a lot. He hadn’t yet gotten his explosiveness back and it hurt him. He’s also not terribly deceptive with his shots around the hoop. Not many pumps or fakes. His game has always been raw explosiveness and power. If you don’t have your explosiveness, you get blocked a lot.”

      Raw explosiveness and power is no longer his game; sick post moves are now his game. In the regular season it only took a few games to get Amar’e going– in his third game he had 11 points on 7 FGA and in his fourth game he had 13 points on 6 FGA. I thought it was pretty obvious that Amar’e was playing a very different type of game this year than he had in the past. Lots of little clever post moves added to the mix.

      The man had a .637 TS% on 25.7 USG%, and that’s including his slow start. If you throw out his first 5 games, his offensive efficiency starts reaching Tyson Chandler territory, with double the usage. If he can get back to something resembling that level of production, he’ll be pretty valuable.

    26. Frank O.

      JK47:
      “I think this is a valid point, but if you recall when Amare was coming back last time, his first few games he got rejected a lot. He hadn’t yet gotten his explosiveness back and it hurt him. He’s also not terribly deceptive with his shots around the hoop. Not many pumps or fakes. His game has always been raw explosiveness and power. If you don’t have your explosiveness, you get blocked a lot.”

      Raw explosiveness and power is no longer his game; sick post moves are now his game.In the regular season it only took a few games to get Amar’e going– in his third game he had 11 points on 7 FGA and in his fourth game he had 13 points on 6 FGA.I thought it was pretty obvious that Amar’e was playing a very different type of game this year than he had in the past.Lots of little clever post moves added to the mix.

      The man had a .637 TS% on 25.7 USG%, and that’s including his slow start.If you throw out his first 5 games, his offensive efficiency starts reaching Tyson Chandler territory, with double the usage.If he can get back to something resembling that level of production, he’ll be pretty valuable.

      you’ll get no argument from me. He still got a lot of shots blocked in the first few games.
      My only concern is the slow start because playoff series are quickly over. But I think he should be allowed to play himself into shape.

    27. flossy

      Hubert Davis: I’d much rather go after game 3 with the guys who got us here and start working him in Tuesday.

      Some of “the guys that got us here” are playing absolutely horribly. Copeland, Jason Kidd and JR Smith have all been horrendous so far. Tyson Chandler is not exactly dominating either.

    28. flossy

      Hubert Davis: I fear the Pacers running pick and rolls with his man for the entire 10 minutes he’s in there.

      I hope they do–they’re not a PnR oriented team, so if they want to go away from the offense they know best in order to try to exploit a match-up, I welcome that.

    29. nicos

      Hubert Davis:
      Everything Amar’e might be able to do later is nice.

      But we need to win game 3.

      And Amar’e is so terrible defensively that he might be able to elevate the offensive capacity of Indiana’s bench just by being there.

      And he is unlikely to counter that with strong offensive play this soon in his comeback.

      This could be a gift to Indiana.I’d much rather go after game 3 with the guys who got us here and start working him in Tuesday.

      Amar’e’s no worse than Copeland defensively (Copeland’s been decent in the post and terrible everywhere else) plus he can block a shot or two and is a far superior rebounder. In 42 minutes played so far this post season Copeland has managed 1 (!) rebound and has a TS% of .250. If Amar’e takes the 10 minutes Cope played last game plus a few from JR or Kidd as the Knicks go bigger and play less three guard sets, I’m not sure how he could do any worse. And he’s been historically very good defensively against West- West has a sub-.500 TS% head to head. As long as Woodson has the guts to yank Amar’e if he’s playing awful there should be no reason to panic.

    30. flossy

      Frank O.: If you don’t have your explosiveness, you get blocked a lot.

      Again, could Amar’e be any worse in this respect than Melo, who had his shot blocked something like 47 times in game 1? He’s really going to have his shot blocked so many times in the course of 10 minutes that the game will hinge on that? I doubt it.

      Woodson has not kept Amar’e on a very long leash this year. Of all players I think he will get pulled if he’s hurting the team. But I assure you, Hibbert and West respect STAT’s offensive game and having him on the floor will change the way they defend us.

    31. johnlocke

      If the Knicks don’t double..yes. When Melo is guarding West, at least in game 2, we doubled and recovered effectively. Again, he’s just coming back from injury and will be rusty. I’m not sure how the stats you provide are relevant in this case…

      flossy: Why would you say that?He has typically dominated David West:

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/h2h_finder.cgi?request=1&p1=stoudam01&p2=westda01

      Is he really going to a much worse job guarding west than Carmelo?Really?

    32. flossy

      johnlocke:
      If the Knicks don’t double..yes. When Melo is guarding West, at least in game 2, we doubled and recovered effectively.Again, he’s just coming back from injury and will be rusty. I’m not sure how the stats you provide are relevant in this case…

      Amar’e has always been a decent one-one-one and post defender and that seems like a skill one would recover relatively quickly when returning from injury. If not, so what, he’ll go back to the bench I guess. Moreover, the question of whether or not the Knicks double is not up to Amar’e at all–it won’t be him providing the help defense in that case.

    33. ruruland

      I’m with Flossy. Amare and Melo are both capable of guarding West. Pacers run very little PnR. There will be a few rotation issues, but at the very minimum, Amares prescence has to be accounted for.

      And he’s not coming back from 6 months without playing. It’s 8 weeks. Not the same level of atrophy.

      Again, Amares defense when he was heathly was mostly passable with some glaring mistakes countered by some excellent plays (Amare has higher block % than Ty and has made a few spectacular hedges on perimeter).

      He was arguably the most versatile offensive big man in the league this year, and one of the 4-5 most effective.

      His post up efficiency and volume per minute were on par with the best Bynum and Howard last 4 seasons.

      He’s still a dynamic PnR player , can come off a curl and make mid range rhythm j, and his face up to post game he learned from Dream still leverages his quickness and shoulder strength.

      Guy is potentially all the difference

    34. mcliff05

      Lets be honest with ourselves, Amare is not the savior. He will semi disappoint/pleasantly surprise depending on your current conviction. He doesn’t have the defensive acumen to make a difference vs Indiana. He will probably take a few games to regain his offensive rhythm. His real value is going to show up vs the Heat if we get there. 10 average mins a game in the Pacer series will yield dividends in the Heat series, when we will need him most.

    35. Brian Cronin

      The Warriors gave it a ride there, but the Spurs won. What a roller coaster ride the 4th was!

    36. Brian Cronin

      Man, the Warriors have not led a series past the first round since nineteen seventy fucking six!!! For all the Knicks’ futility in the past decade, can you imagine if they had a record like that?!

    37. MeloDrama

      The good news is the Pacer bench isn’t extremely effective, so we should get a solid look at what Amar’e can give us without giving too much ground if he’s a bit slow.

      If we can get him into form, he’ll be a tremendous asset. The record with and without him is misleading IMO. The Knicks played about .500 ball with or without him for a long midseason stretch. They opened the season on fire and closed it on fire. He wasn’t a part of either stretch, but it’s not like he went away and all of a sudden “we’re back”. IMO he just came back while the vets were coasting.

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