Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Dec 31 2011)
Amar’e Stoudemire may miss Saturday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a sprained left ankle. Stoudemire suffered injury in final minutes of loss to Lakers Thursday night.
Maybe the Knicks, starting with Mike D’Antoni’s immediate superiors, placed such a strong emphasis on defense that they inadvertently undermined the head coach’s greatest strength: coaching offense.
Off to a 1-2 start, the Knicks are already looking to Baron Davis to provide some help to Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, even though Davis is at least five weeks away from playing.
Jeff Teague scored 22 points for Atlanta, and the Nets rookie MarShon Brooks scored 21 but made a crucial mistake in the final minutes.
Derrick Rose had 29 points and 16 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-101 Friday night.
The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks beat the Toronto Raptors 99-86 on Friday for their first win of the season boosted by 56 points from their reserves.
Derrick Favors scored a career-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds in his first start at center for Utah, and the Jazz beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-99 in their home opener Friday night to avoid their first 0-3 start in 32 years.
Brandon Jennings scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 102-81 victory over the winless Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Reserve center Ian Mahinmi scored a career-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki contributed 18, and the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks rallied for their first victory of the season, 99-86 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Dwyane Wade wasn’t about to let the Minnesota Timberwolves spoil LeBron James’ birthday.
Zach Randolph scored 23 points, Marc Gasol added 20, and the Memphis Grizzlies earned their first victory of the season, beating the Houston Rockets 113-93 on Friday night.
Jermaine O’Neal scored 19 points as he and the Boston Celtics ended a dismal start to their season with a 96-85 victory in their home opener over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Jeff Teague scored 22 points, Joe Johnson added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks won their third straight game to open the season, beating the New Jersey Nets105-98 on Friday night.
Another ugly game, another win for the Indiana Pacers.
Dwight Howard had 20 points and 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-79 on Friday night for their third straight victory.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was in the starting lineup against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night after being considered a game-time decision with a sore left foot.
LOS ANGELES â?? Take a deep breath, Amar’e.
That was yesterday’s message from coach Mike D’Antoni to slumping Amar’e Stoudemire and his reeling Knicks.
The coach said the club is “pressing” because of the big expectations this season, especially the Knicks’ All-Star power forward.
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