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Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Dec 29 2012)

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Rapid Reaction: Kings 106, Knicks 105 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:40:07 EDT)
    WHAT IT MEANS: Just when the Knicks had almost completed their best come-from-behind victory of the season — after being down 27 points in the second quarter — James Johnson put an end to that with his game-winning 3-pointer.
    The Knicks’ win would’ve been even more remarkable considering they had no Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire — and they outscored the Kings 55-35 in the second half.
    The loss dropped the Knicks to 1-2 on their road trip and 21-9 on the season.

  • [New York Times] Q&A: Covering J. R. Smith: A Knick Talks About His Tattoos (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:30:05 GMT)
    Knicks guard J. R. Smith, who lost count of his body art at “around 70-something,â? said he once told himself that he “would never get like this.â?

  • [New York Times] Clippers Beat Jazz 116-114 for 16th Straight Win (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:04:32 GMT)
    The Los Angeles Clippers already have a December to remember.

  • [New York Times] Carlesimo Has Prokhorov’s Trust and a Win in Debut (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:43:38 GMT)
    Skiing in Canada is postponed. Mikhail Prokhorov’s new agenda calls for lunch with his basketball coach.

  • [New York Times] Kings 106, Knicks 105: Knicks Fight Back Against Kings, Only to Be Blindsided at the Buzzer (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:28:12 GMT)
    Playing without Carmelo Anthony or Raymond Felton again, the Knicks rallied from a 27-point deficit on the road, but Sacramento’s James Johnson made a 3-pointer as time expired.

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony Won’t Return to Face Kings (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:09:04 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks, who will miss his sixth game of the season on Friday night, now hopes to return from his knee injury on Tuesday against Portland.

  • [New York Times] Nets 97, Bobcats 81: Nets Beat the Bobcats but Pine for Phil Jackson (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:17:17 GMT)
    Interim Coach P. J. Carlesimo is on the bench for now, and he guided the Nets to an easy win on Friday, but Brooklyn has firmly targeted Phil Jackson to take over.

  • [New York Times] Vintage Spurs Ground Rockets 122-116 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:16:27 GMT)
    San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili delivered a vintage performance to lead the Spurs to a 122-116 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Kings 106, Knicks 105: Knicks’ Rally Falls Short Against Kings (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:51:25 GMT)
    Playing without Carmelo Anthony again, the Knicks closed a 21-point deficit in the second half against the Kings on Friday, but a 3-pointer at the buzzer sealed a Sacramento win.

  • [New York Times] Lee’s Double-Double Lifts Warriors Past Sixers (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:22:38 GMT)
    David Lee had 25 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors held off a late charge in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 96-89 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Surging Lakers Rout Trail Blazers 104-87 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:10:43 GMT)
    Dwight Howard had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and the Los Angeles Lakers never trailed in their sixth win in seven games, 104-87 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Leads Raptors Past Hornets 104-97 in OT (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:46:45 GMT)
    DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Kyle Lowry had two big baskets in overtime and the Toronto Raptors held off the New Orleans Hornets 104-97 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Gallinari, Nuggets Spoil Nowitzki’s Return, 106-85 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:28:51 GMT)
    Danilo Gallinari scored a career-high 39 points and the Denver Nuggets spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first home game since returning from knee surgery by beating the Dallas Mavericks 106-85 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Top Short-Handed Heat (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:27:17 GMT)
    Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists, leading another spirited performance by the Pistons’ reserves, and Detroit beat Miami despite 35 points by LeBron James.

  • [New York Times] Duncan, Parker, Ginobili Carry Spurs Past Rockets (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:19:40 GMT)
    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 84 points, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped the Houston Rockets’ five-game winning streak with a 122-116 victory on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Bryant’s Number Lately Has Been 30 a Night (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:14:14 GMT)
    Kobe Bryant, who reached 30,000 career points this season, has scored 30 points or more in 10 consecutive games.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Williams Dismisses View That He Caused Nets Coach’s Firing (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:11:07 GMT)
    Point guard Deron Williams said Friday that he did not quit on Avery Johnson, but he did accept some responsibility for the Nets’ poor play recently.

  • [New York Times] Teague Leads Hawks Past Cavaliers, 102-94 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:22:35 GMT)
    Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points and the Atlanta Hawks scored the game’s final nine points to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Carlesimo, Nets Hand Bobcats 17th Straight Loss (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:16:37 GMT)
    The Brooklyn Nets gave P.J. Carlesimo a victory in his debut and the Charlotte Bobcats a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez in a 97-81 rout Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hill Scores 22, Lifts Pacers Over Suns 97-91 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:58:51 GMT)
    George Hill scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and led the Indiana Pacers to a 97-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Wizards End 8-Game Skid, Top Slumping Magic 105-97 (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:46:40 GMT)
    Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and the worst-in-the-NBA Washington Wizards showed they can still win a game every once in a while, breaking an eight-game losing streak Friday night with a 105-97 victory over the Orlando Magic.

  • [New York Daily News] Woodson believes Avery will land on his feet (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:22:45 GMT)
    Mike Woodson had sympathy for Avery Johnson the day after Johnson was fired as coach of the Nets and can’t imagine he won’t have another job soon.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks drop heartbreaker to Kings after 27-point comeback (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 05:39:12 GMT)
    The Knicks were forced to go without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony again on Friday against the Kings because the hyper-extended left knee he suffered Tuesday against the Lakers is still swollen and painful. Playing without him and starting point guard Raymond Felton, who broke his pinkie Tuesday, didn’t catch up with them on Wednesday when they won in Phoenix, but one had to wonder if it was one of the factors against Sacramento as they suffered a heartbreaking 106-105 defeat at Sleep Train Arena.

  • [New York Post] Knicks rally from 27 down … only to lose at buzzer against Kings (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:09:42 -0500)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Knicks were a second away from their biggest known comeback in franchise history Friday night, having rallied from 27 points down to take a four-point lead with 41 seconds left.
    But in a wild game and wilder ending, the depleted Knicks were on the heartbreaking end…

  • [New York Post] New Cheers Day: Knicks’ Wallace set to return (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:23:27 -0500)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? Knicks fans may be able to ring in the new year with “Sheeeed” chants.
    Coach Mike Woodson said Rasheed Wallace is gearing up for his return also on New Year’s Day â?? along with Amar’e Stoudemire.
    Wallace shed his walking boot and participated in the morning shootaround…

  • [New York Post] Injured knee forces Melo to miss 2nd straight game (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:23:27 -0500)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? A hobbled Carmelo Anthony missed his second straight game Friday night against the Kings because of inflammation in his left knee, saying ominously, “I could barely walk.”
    The Knicks are calling it a knee hyperextension that was suffered on Christmas against the Lakers and that no structural damage…

  • [New York Post] Smith’s hot hand almost gave Knicks rally-good â??W’ (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:03:22 -0500)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? Super-sub J.R. Smith continued his West-Coast hot hand last night, coming off the bench to almost lead the Knicks to their biggest comeback win of the season before they fell short, 106-105, against the Kings.
    Smith, who was nearly unstoppable on the three-game road trip, scored a…

  • [New York Post] Buzzer beater spoils Knicks’ comeback (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:29:50 -0500)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. â?? The Knicks were a second away from their biggest known comeback in franchise history last night, having rallied from 27 points down to take a four-point lead with 41 seconds left.
    But in a wild game and wilder ending, the depleted Knicks were on the heartbreaking end of…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks lose to Kings at buzzer after rallying from 27-point deficit (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:42:00 EST)
    So, J.R. Smith, what was it like winning a game at the buzzer Wednesday, then watching your team lose at the buzzer two nights later?

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony misses second straight game (Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:42:42 EST)
    Carmelo Anthony and Mike Woodson insist there is no structural damage in the forward's left knee.

  • 23 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Dec 29 2012)

    1. Z-man

      Very, very. very tough loss. I suppose you can look for silver linings, but that one just plain got away. One can only hope that lessons learned from the way we didn’t close this one out will help us win one in the future.

    2. tastycakes

      The key lessons being: don’t play games without Melo if you can help it, and also, try showing up in the first half against inferior teams.

      Exciting game!

    3. Brian Cronin

      Very, very. very tough loss. I suppose you can look for silver linings, but that one just plain got away. One can only hope that lessons learned from the way we didn’t close this one out will help us win one in the future.

      Yeah, obviously you should not lose to Sacramento period, so even if it was very impressive to see them mount their amazing comeback before the shocking ending, it has to be an overall disappointing loss.

    4. Brian Cronin

      By the way, for his sake, I hope JVG’s interest in the Nets job is just posturing.

      Also, how silly is “I don’t want the job if there is a guy doing it. I would only be interested if it was a vacant position.” Talk about semantics!

    5. BigBlueAL

      Im pretty sure it is basically another way of saying that if he does return to coaching it will be during the off-season not in-season.

    6. BigBlueAL

      Brian Cronin:
      Which is totally fine, but just say that instead of trying to sound like it’s some moral issue.

      Well from some of the articles I read it is kinda a moral issue to him because of the Phil Jackson stuff during the 1999 season. Apparently after all that stuff happened VG vowed not to ever discuss/campaign for another coach’s job.

      So obviously if you go by that it would be impossible for him to take a job in-season since every team has to have a coach even if it is interim while during the off-season teams dont have to have a coach in place.

    7. Brian Cronin

      Wow, OKC just seems to own Houston. I mean, obviously, OKC is just a better team anyways, but it is one thing to just be the better team, but OKC just kicks Houston’s ass when they play.

      Miami looks like they might lose another one! They’re down twelve at the half to Milwaukee! Woohoo!

      Memphis and Denver are playing a good one.

    8. BigBlueAL

      Brian Cronin:
      Wow, OKC just seems to own Houston. I mean, obviously, OKC is just a better team anyways, but it is one thing to just be the better team, but OKC just kicks Houston’s ass when they play.

      Miami looks like they might lose another one! They’re down twelve at the half to Milwaukee! Woohoo!

      Memphis and Denver are playing a good one.

      Atlanta won again at home vs Indiana and are now 19-9. Time to start worrying about them as a viable threat to the 2nd seed??

    9. Brian Cronin

      Hmmm…I guess any time a team is that close, you have to worry about them, right? But I can’t be too worried about them until I see them play the Knicks. If they beat the Knicks, then I’ll reassess.

      And Miami, on cue, opens the second half with a freakin’ 18-4 run! Blech!

    10. flossy

      Larry Brown would be an interesting choice for BK if they don’t keep PJ on full time. He’s a big name, known for working closely with PGs and instilling some decent defense in teams. Doubt he’d last more than 2 years, but long-term planning doesn’t appear to be a speciality of their front office.

    11. jon abbey

      I just can’t get enough of Boston losing.

      so besides the top four teams in the West, I think GS, DEN, and LAL are very good bets for the 5-8 spots. who will be the 8th team? DAL’s big losing streak has them in trouble, I don’t believe in HOU, maybe MIN?

    12. Brian Cronin

      Miami lost by almost 20! Woohoo!!

      As for the West, I could see either Houston or Minny getting the #8 spot.

      As for Larry Brown, I think he’s just too far gone. But sure, if I was the Nets and Jax and JVG said no, I’d gladly sign Brown, just on the off chance that he still has something left in the tank.

      I think Quin Snyder is still the best bet for the Nets. I have no idea why they are interested in Kelvin Sampson. Did he show anything in his short stint in Houston?

    13. massive

      Memphis is not as good as their early season tear. They’ve gone 7-6 in December with losses vs Philly, and @Phoenix. They lost by 25 to Houston. I think Denver gets the 4th seed at the end of the season.

    14. Brian Cronin

      I think that the #4 seed will definitely be in play, but I wouldn’t pick Denver as the favorite. Denver is only a game ahead of the Lakers right now and Golden State is currently tied with Memphis for the #4 seed (4 and 1/2 games ahead of Denver), so I’d imagine either Memphis or Golden State would have to be the favorite for the #4 seed, with the Lakers having just as good of a chance at the #4 seed as the Nuggets.

    15. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      massive:
      Memphis is not as good as their early season tear. They’ve gone 7-6 in December with losses vs Philly, and @Phoenix. They lost by 25 to Houston. I think Denver gets the 4th seed at the end of the season.

      http://www.thenbageek.com/players/315-jerryd-bayless

      http://www.thenbageek.com/players/181-wayne-ellington

      Remember when these guys were shooting 50% from 3PT? They’re not anymore, and consequently, the Grizzlies haven’t been playing like the ’96 Bulls.

    16. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      Brian Cronin:
      I think that the #4 seed will definitely be in play, but I wouldn’t pick Denver as the favorite. Denver is only a game ahead of the Lakers right now and Golden State is currently tied with Memphis for the #4 seed (4 and 1/2 games ahead of Denver), so I’d imagine either Memphis or Golden State would have to be the favorite for the #4 seed, with the Lakers having just as good of a chance at the #4 seed as the Nuggets.

      14 of the Nuggets’ 15 losses have come on the road. Once their schedule balances out, they should end up around the 52-win mark.

    17. Juany8

      massive:
      Memphis is not as good as their early season tear. They’ve gone 7-6 in December with losses vs Philly, and @Phoenix. They lost by 25 to Houston. I think Denver gets the 4th seed at the end of the season.

      They have to make up a ton of ground, and a sneaky problem with their big home stretch that everyone is getting excited about is that they’re playing almost all teams competing for a playoff spot. Their home schedule so far has been mostly a joke, their last 3 home wins against good teams came when the other team was in the midst of a road back to back. There’s also the fact that the Lakers could secretly be excellent, and that Golden State has had similar schedule problems and they’re doing far better than Denver. I said they get 51 before the season and after some stumbles early on it seems I’m right on pace. 51 wins is not getting you the 4th seed in the West lol, might not get you the 6th seed…

      I also have an incredibly hard time seeing Dallas miss the playoffs, big hole or not. I think Denver ends up as the 7th seed behind Golden State, LA, and Memphis, with a monster race for the 8th spot between Portland, Houston, Dallas, and Minnesota. Of those teams, all have major question marks and they are going to get slaughtered by whoever the top seed is. I actually WANT the Rockets to miss the playoffs, I’m in no rush to find out how James Harden deals with hard double teams for an entire series, eliminating his pick and roll offense, so I’d rather just get the lottery pick and continue building up the core. This all changes if the Rockets pull Demarcus Cousins out of their ass (Sacramento loves Houston players by the way)

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