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Knicks Morning News (Monday, Jan 14 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Melo, Knicks feast on skinny rookie Davis (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:27:51 GMT)
    For some reason, Carmelo Anthony had been fasting for 15 days. During that time he ate no meat. No cheese. No Honey-Nut Cheerios. No nothing. Anthony said he did it for “clarity,â? whatever that means.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo shakes off slow start, Knicks snap 3-game skid (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:10:52 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony overcame a poor first quarter to finish with a game-high 27 points as the Knicks wore down New Orleans for a 100-87 matinee victory at the Garden, halting their three-game slide before facing Detroit in London on Thursday.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Amar’e sees more N.Y. minutes (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:22:05 GMT)
    Mike Woodson confirmed that before Sunday’s 100-87 win over New Orleans by noting Stoudemire has been cleared for a minutes increase to 25-to-30 per game after he’d averaged 20.5 minutes in his first six appearances since returning from knee surgery.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Let Big Lead Slip but Hold On for Win (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:55:23 GMT)
    The Oklahoma City Thunder almost blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but dug deep to turn back the Portland Trail Blazers 87-83 on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Beat Cavs 113-93, Snap 6-Game Skid (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:13:48 GMT)
    Dwight Howard arrived at Staples Center expecting to sit out another game to rest his injured shoulder. He ended up helping the Los Angeles Lakers out of their longest losing streak in nearly six years, which made that shoulder feel a whole lot better.

  • [New York Times] Durant Has 33 and Thunder Beats Blazers 87-83 (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:49:45 GMT)
    Kevin Durant had 33 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped Portland’s nine-game winning streak at the Rose Garden with an 87-83 victory over the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Howard Returns to Help Lakers Snap Dire Run (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:49:24 GMT)
    The return of Dwight Howard helped the Los Angeles Lakers end their longest losing streak in nearly six years as they blew out Cleveland 113-93 on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Howard Back for Lakers in Win over Cavaliers (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:26:51 GMT)
    Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a three-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their six-game losing streak with a 113-93 home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] Durant Has 33 and Thunder Beats Blazers 87-83 (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:55:57 GMT)
    Kevin Durant had 33 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped Portland’s nine-game winning streak at the Rose Garden with an 87-83 victory over the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets 97, Pacers 86: Nets Fight Through Injuries and Surge Past Pacers (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:20:32 GMT)
    Trailing by 12 points in the third quarter, the Nets used a fourth-quarter surge to erase the deficit for their sixth consecutive victory, their longest winning streak since March 2006.

  • [New York Times] Hornets Are Ready to Lean on Anthony Davis (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:09:06 GMT)
    Teammates say Anthony Davis is the first player at the gym, that he listens and learns, and that he doesn’t carry himself like the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s N.B.A. draft.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Knicks Stars’ Latest Move: Changing Their Diets (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:56:44 GMT)
    Amar’e Stoudemire decided to become a vegan this past fall, and Carmelo Anthony is coming off a 15-day fast.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Rally Past Warriors for 5th Straight Win (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:54:21 GMT)
    Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, Ty Lawson had 20, and the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat the Golden State Warriors 116-105 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight win.

  • [New York Times] Parker Leads Spurs Past Timberwolves, 106-88 (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:10:35 GMT)
    Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead the San Antonio in a 106-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, extending the Spurs’ home winning streak to 12 games.

  • [New York Times] Nets Rally From 12 Down in 3rd, Beat Pacers 97-86 (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:08:02 GMT)
    Deron Williams had 22 points and nine assists, Joe Johnson scored 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 12 points down in the third quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 97-86 Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 100, Hornets 87: Knicks Dispatch Hornets With Ease (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:42:39 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony had 27 points, and the Knicks played solid defense to end a three-game skid.

  • [New York Post] Knicks losing streak is over, and so is Carmelo’s fast (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:31:21 -0500)
    Carmelo Anthony’s fast is over and so is the Knicks’ three-game losing streak.
    Now we know why Anthony was so grouchy last Monday with Kevin Garnett. Melo revealed after yesterday’s ‘s 100-87 matinee victory over New Orleans that he has been on a 15-day fast that sapped his…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ stars offer something to chew on (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:48:27 -0500)
    These are fast and furious times for the Knicks.
    On one side of the locker room, Carmelo Anthony, who missed nine of his first 10 shots, explained how he was completing a 15-day fast that zapped him of his energy but cleansed his system, while on the other side, Amar…

  • [New York Post] Anthony: We’re one happy couple (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:24:42 -0500)
    Hours after Carmelo Anthony showed his game was just fine in the Garden, he told The Post his marriage was just fine at home as well. The Knicks star vehemently â?? and repeatedly â?? denied his marriage was on the rocks, and that he was estranged from wife La La.
    “Hell no…

  • [New York Post] Copeland totes scoring load (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:34:55 -0500)
    He may be 28, but Chris Copeland is undoubtedly an NBA rookie. There are several clues. The ever-present pink backpack is a bit of a giveaway. So too is his participation in any “optionalâ? practices.
    “Nothing is optional for me. Rookies don’t have options,â? Copeland said, laughing, when asked…

  • [New York Post] J.R.: It should sting that Hornets hung around (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:13:37 -0500)
    J.R. Smith was the lone dissenting voice in the Knicks’ locker room, not thrilled with how they beat the Hornets yesterday to break a three-game losing streak. He didn’t see it as a sign they had turned it around.
    The Knicks didn’t break away in the 100-87…

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Knicks in need of defensive tune-up (Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:32 EDT)
    The injured Knicks won’t the only beneficiaries of the team’s upcoming trip across the Atlantic.

    It will also help the coaches. The Knicks’ staff will have plenty of time in between games/practices to dissect the Knicks’ inconsistent play of late.
    The difference between the Knicks of the past three weeks and the team that started the season 18-5 is stark.
    And it starts on the defensive end.
    Woodson said before Sunday’s victory over the Hornets that he hoped the Knicks could put together a 48-minute effort.

  • 21 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Monday, Jan 14 2013)

    1. Frank

      btw regarding Amare and his post game:

      obviously a very small sample but he is averaging 1.13 PPP in the post on 23 possessions – he is shooting 60% on those possessions and is getting fouled 13% of the time according to Synergy. For reference, Melo averages 1 PPP in the post and is 6th in the league with that number. I don’t know who is #1 in the league right now (George Hill is #4 with a 1.06 PPP), but I feel pretty certain that 1.13 PPP would lead the league most years.

      Where Amare’s offense is really ineffective is on his jumper – and we all think that is going to get better.

      I’m really optimistic about Amare’s offense going forward. And I think his defense has looked better as well.

    2. Frank

      the other thing that is interesting is the >50% of Amare’s possessions are in the post (32.4%!) and as the PNR roll man (22.5%). He only has 4.2% iso’s. If you take the top 4 possession types, they are:

      Post: 32.4%
      PNR: 22.5%
      Spot-up: 11.3%
      Cuts: 12.7%

      that is just about 80% of all his possessions. Who knows if this is just small sample sizes which will change, but that is a very very nice looking possession distribution for Amare.

      Compare that to 2011-12 where 20% of his posessions were iso (0.65 PPP!!!), and only 13% of his possessions were as PNR roll man (despite him scoring 1.22 PPP – 12th best in the league).

      Or to 2010-11 during which 32.3% of his possessions were iso (0.85 PPP), and only 9.6% (!) of his possessions were as the roll man (1.13 PPP).

    3. flossy

      What do we think of Chris Copeland at this point?

      306 minutes is obviously too small a sample size, but he’s showing hints that he can be a pretty effective moderately-high-volume scorer and floor-spacer (20 pts/36, USG 24.4, 3P% .388, TS% .580).

      But personally, I’m not sold. For one thing, his tweener size and skill set make him a weird fit–he shoots the ball like a perimeter player, but he passes like a big (to be generous–twice as many turnovers as assists). His pathetic work on the boards makes Gallo look like Dennis Rodman, and although he seems to give effort on defense, it sure does appear that he doesn’t have the lateral quickness to stay in front of most SFs on the perimeter nor the bulk to bang with true PFs.

      The Knicks ORtg is actually -4.5 pts when he’s on the court, though that surely has something to do with the sample size as well as who he replaces on the court (namely, Melo). But just watching him play, his herky-jerky style and just plain awkward handle give me the impression that benefiting from a bit of a Linsanity effect, in other words, a combination of teams having not scouted him much plus a big confidence boost from playing well. Just as Lin stopped being able to hit those incredibly difficult stop-on-a-dime turnaround teardrop jumpers in the lane, I can’t imagine Copeland will keep being able to consistently stumble to the basket for lay-ups if teams focus on stopping him.

      I hope he keeps getting some burn so we can see, but I also think that if/when he stops scoring at a high rate and with high efficiency, he should get phased out of the rotation, since he isn’t a plus player in any other facet of the game. We have enough players like that (paging Amar’e and Novak) that he’s not really necessary when the team is at full health, and frankly, going forward I hope it’s Amar’e taking 16 FGA/36 and not Copeland.

    4. Frank

      Re: Copeland – it’ll make you feel better if you realize he came for free, makes the vet’s minimum, and is a restricted FA after this year (and next year, for that matter). In that setting, I’ll take 20 p/36 on 58% TS any day of the week. And the beauty of him is that no one will ever focus on stopping him if he’s on the court with the other guys we have.

      And re: his rebounding – yes it’s horrible but his TRR (6) is not so different from Caron Butler, Gerald Green, Corey Brewer, or even Shane Battier (5.2!).

      For a guy that Grunwald literally plucked from nowhere (sorry Belgians!), I think we have to be ecstatic about Chris Copeland.

    5. flossy

      Frank:
      Re: Copeland – it’ll make you feel better if you realize he came for free, makes the vet’s minimum, and is a restricted FA after this year (and next year, for that matter). In that setting, I’ll take 20 p/36 on 58% TS any day of the week. And the beauty of him is that no one will ever focus on stopping him if he’s on the court with the other guys we have.

      And re: his rebounding – yes it’s horrible but his TRR (6) is not so different from Caron Butler, Gerald Green, Corey Brewer, or even Shane Battier (5.2!).

      For a guy that Grunwald literally plucked from nowhere (sorry Belgians!), I think we have to be ecstatic about Chris Copeland.

      Don’t get me wrong, he’s more than earning his paycheck so far and it’s pretty amazing how Grunwald can find these guys. My question is more about whether he can continue to score like this or whether he’ll turn back into a pumpkin sooner or later. How would you feel about his defense and rebounding if his TS% dropped by five percent a la Jeremy Lin?

      I think a player needs to bring a lot of other skills to the table if he’s going to shoot a ton and do so inefficiently (looking at you, JR Smith and your .497 TS%, which, by the way… yikes. I didn’t even realize it was that dire).

    6. JK47

      JR’s efficiency has fallen off the table recently; over his last 10 games he has a .475 TS% and is shooting .268 from 3.

      JR’s a frustrating player, because it’s clear how awesome he would be if he could just play to his career norms. This is a guy who had three straight seasons of a .570+ TS%. If he could play like that for us this team would be seriously dangerous. He’s played 72 games as a Knick now and has a .501 TS% in that span. I love the guy but that is a really unimpressive number.

    7. d-mar

      Frank:
      Re: Copeland – it’ll make you feel better if you realize he came for free, makes the vet’s minimum, and is a restricted FA after this year (and next year, for that matter). In that setting, I’ll take 20 p/36 on 58% TS any day of the week. And the beauty of him is that no one will ever focus on stopping him if he’s on the court with the other guys we have.

      And re: his rebounding – yes it’s horrible but his TRR (6) is not so different from Caron Butler, Gerald Green, Corey Brewer, or even Shane Battier (5.2!).

      For a guy that Grunwald literally plucked from nowhere (sorry Belgians!), I think we have to be ecstatic about Chris Copeland.

      I think if you watched Copeland vs. Indy and Chicago, two of the better defenses in the NBA, you got a pretty good idea of his ceiling. He looked lost and a little overmatched against those teams, his stellar games seem to come against the weaker teams.

    8. iserp

      JK47: JR’s efficiency has fallen off the table recently; over his last 10 games he has a .475 TS% and is shooting .268 from 3.

      For me, it is clear that without Felton, we are starting lots of possesions with no plan in mind. Jason Kidd isn’t athletic enough to play PNR or penetrate possession after possession. So we are just flinging the ball around waiting for something to happen, of for JR or Melo to take over. Only Prigioni is making the team play. The fact is that if JR goes iso all the time (or Melo for that matter) against set defenses, he is bound to have rough stretches, and that’s what we are seeing. I hope the return of Shump wont mean less time for Prigioni.

    9. flossy

      iserp: The fact is that if JR goes iso all the time (or Melo for that matter) against set defenses, he is bound to have rough stretches, and that’s what we are seeing.

      Yeah as but JK47 mentioned, it’s now been 72 games with the Knicks and JR has juuuust managed to stay north of .500 TS% on a usage rate in the mid-20s. That number would embarrass even notorious chuck artists like Al Harrington and Nate Robinson. He does contribute in other areas, which I suppose is why Knicks fans only sometimes want to strangle him with their bare hands.

    10. flossy

      Well if JR Smith’s TS% is too depressing to contemplate, there’s always this fun story about James Dolan hiring an audio crew to use parabolic mics to record every single word that came out of Carmelo Anthony’s mouth during the Bulls game at MSG and send the recording directly to him. Because that’s a thing that happened in real life and also a totally normal thing for a team owner to do.

      http://www.nj.com/ledger-dalessandro/index.ssf/2013/01/knicks_carmelo_anthony_needs_to_ignore_taunts_grow_up.html

    11. DRed

      flossy:
      Well if JR Smith’s TS% is too depressing to contemplate, there’s always this fun story about James Dolan hiring an audio crew to use parabolic mics to record every single word that came out of Carmelo Anthony’s mouth during the Bulls game at MSG and send the recording directly to him.Because that’s a thing that happened in real life and also a totally normal thing for a team owner to do.

      http://www.nj.com/ledger-dalessandro/index.ssf/2013/01/knicks_carmelo_anthony_needs_to_ignore_taunts_grow_up.html

      Holy shit

    12. Frank

      Great lines from the new Point Forward at SI:

      “Tyson Chandler has become one of the league’s most genuinely helpful offensive players through threat construction. He scores just 12.4 points per game, but opposing defenders are constantly weary of the possibility that he might corral a lob and thoroughly embarrass their backline defense. As such, every step he takes is one that has to be defended. Every open avenue to the rim must be blocked off. Every moment in which he lingers around the rim must be attended to. Chandler makes opponents wary and weary, despite the fact that he likely has fewer touches than any other prominent member of the Knicks’ rotation.”

      and:

      “Consider this: The Knicks’ offense is about 11 points better per 100 possessions with Chandler on the floor this season, largely due to how well he works out of New York’s primary pick-and-roll actions. But what might he accomplish — and how absurd might that on/off margin grow to become — if his game were a bit more diverse? What kind of impact could a player create if he could combine Chandler’s specific potency with a more varied means of offensive distribution? We’ll only know when Davis shows us, and in doing so capitalizes on a potential that prior to this point was totally nonexistent.”

      The article is mostly about Anthony Davis, but great stuff regarding Chandler. I especially liked the video on baseline cuts from Davis on the weakside of the high PNR. Presumably that is what Brewer and his off-ball ability was supposed to give us, but Brewer looks puzzlingly ground-bound this year. Maybe Shump takes that spot, and can be a threat from 3 and also for a baseline cut/dunk?

    13. ruruland

      flossy: Yeah as but JK47 mentioned, it’s now been 72 games with the Knicks and JR has juuuust managed to stay north of .500 TS% on a usage rate in the mid-20s. That number would embarrass even notorious chuck artists like Al Harrington and Nate Robinson. He does contribute in other areas, which I suppose is why Knicks fans only sometimes want to strangle him with their bare hands.

      He’s a great off-ball player. We haven’t seen much of that with the Knicks because of pg play and Woodson’s desire for him to make plays, whic he simply isn’t up to on a consistent basis.

      With Prigioni 43/40% 20.3 pts per 36 minutes

      No prigioni: 39/31% 16.8 pts

      He’s still very good in spot-ups.

    14. ruruland

      Miami is so vulnerable inside. Amar’e at 100 percent can eat Bosh alive inside, though I suspect they’d put Haslem on him.

    15. ruruland

      The Honorable Cock Jowles: You realize that it’s 2013 and not 2008, right?

      He put 20/10 on them in May with just 13 shots and with a bandage on his arm.

      Let’s do another friendly wager. Amar’e finishes with a ts% above .600 and a usage over 24.

    16. Owen

      For the season? I will most certainly take the under.

      ruruland: He put 20/10 on them in May with just 13 shots and with a bandage on his arm.

      Let’s do another friendly wager. Amar’e finishes with a ts% above .600 and a usage over 24.

    17. Frank

      ruruland: He put 20/10 on them in May with just 13 shots and with a bandage on his arm.

      Let’s do another friendly wager. Amar’e finishes with a ts% above .600 and a usage over 24.

      I’m pretty optimistic about Amare and still don’t think this will happen. I think reasonable projections are 18 points per 36, TS 57. If he can do that in however many minutes he plays, we will be pretty tough. If he can even manage a TRR of 12 I think we will be in even better shape.

      Re Miami- they are definitely vulnerable against post players- the only guys who are actually passable post defenders are Lebron and Joel Anthony. And Spoelstra seems to like to play Bron in rover type defensive roles, so it’d likely be Bosh, Haslem, or Anthony trying to guard Amare in the post. It’s early yet but from what little I’ve seen from Amare, I like that matchup.

    18. flossy

      Owen:
      For the season? I will most certainly take the under.

      I am one of the biggest Amar’e homers around and I will take the under on that as well.

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