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Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Feb 02 2013)

  • [New York Times] Gasol’s Start Sparks Lakers to Victory Over Wolves (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 06:27:30 GMT)
    Pau Gasol knew he could play like this. Kobe Bryant and Ricky Rubio did, too. The only person in Laker land who seemed to doubt what the gifted post player could do was the man in charge.

  • [New York Times] Nets 93, Bulls 89: Nets Beat Short-Handed Bulls (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 05:29:06 GMT)
    A win over Chicago was devoid of the fluidity and ease that was a staple of the Nets’ winning ways early last month.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Pacers Beat Heat Again (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 05:17:48 GMT)
    David West scored 30 points and lifted the Pacers over the Heat, 102-89. In other action, the Celtics defeated the Magic.

  • [New York Times] Brooklyn Nets Overcome Road Warrior Bulls (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 05:12:22 GMT)
    Brook Lopez led the way with 20 points in three quarters as the Brooklyn Nets outlasted an under-strength Chicago Bulls 93-89 at home on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Without Nowitzki, Mavericks Beat Suns 109-99 (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 04:51:32 GMT)
    O.J. Mayo scored 20 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures and the Mavericks, despite the absence of Dirk Nowitzki, added to their mastery of Phoenix with a 109-99 victory over the Suns on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Lawson Leads Surging Nuggets Past Hornets 113-98 (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 04:36:29 GMT)
    Ty Lawson had 21 points and 13 assists, Andre Iguodala scored 24 and the Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Hornets 113-98 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory.

  • [New York Times] West’s Big Night Leads Pacers Past Heat 102-89 (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 04:09:32 GMT)
    The Indiana Pacers proved one thing Friday night: Beating Miami last month was no fluke.

  • [New York Times] Prince Scores 14 in Winning Debut for Grizzlies (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:48:47 GMT)
    Mike Conley scored 18 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 in his Memphis debut, including a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers, as the Grizzlies defeated the Washington Wizards 85-76 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 96, Bucks 86: Raymond Felton Aggravates Pinkie Injury, but Helps Knicks Top Bucks (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:47:46 GMT)
    Raymond Felton aggravated his right pinkie and left the game late in the third quarter. But he returned in the fourth to score 5 of his 14 points in a victory at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Brooklyn Nets Overcome Road Warrior Bulls (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:36:21 GMT)
    Brook Lopez led the way with 20 points in three quarters as the Brooklyn Nets outlasted an under-strengthen Chicago Bulls 93-89 at home on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Carmelo Scores 25 as Knicks Beat Bucks 96-86 (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:33:34 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to three games with a 96-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Rout Cavaliers 117-99 (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:27:36 GMT)
    Brandon Knight had 20 points and 10 assists, and the Detroit Pistons never trailed Friday night in a 117-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] Bench Carries Nets Past Bulls, 93-89 (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:15:36 GMT)
    Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then the Brooklyn Nets turned to their bench to beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 93-89 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Pull Away Late to Beat Kings 89-80 (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:13:10 GMT)
    Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an 89-80 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Pierce, Garnett Lead Celtics Over Magic 97-84 (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:13:03 GMT)
    Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each had a double-double, and the Boston Celtics responded to yet another blow to their lineup with a 97-84 win Friday night over the Orlando Magic, who lost their eighth straight game.

  • [New York Times] Gay Has 20 in Debut, Raptors Rout Clippers 98-73 (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:57:36 GMT)
    Rudy Gay wowed a sellout crowd by scoring 20 points in his Toronto debut, leading the Raptors to a 98-73 rout of the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Billy Hunter, Leader of N.B.A. Union, Is Put on Leave (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:51:20 GMT)
    The move is a likely precursor to the outright dismissal of Billy Hunter, who is under fire for questionable business practices and nepotism.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Prince, Last Jettisoned Piece of Pistons’ Glory Days, Could Lift Grizzlies (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:32:20 GMT)
    Much was said about Memphis trading away its talented star Rudy Gay, but getting Tayshaun Prince from Detroit may pay more dividends than people expect.

  • [New York Times] James Not Worried About Being Top-Paid Player (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:33:45 GMT)
    LeBron James wants to win as many championships as he can. When it comes to the titles dictated by money, he’s not that interested.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Hunter’s Lawyer Responds to Union’s Move (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:04:48 GMT)
    Thomas R. Ashley, Billy Hunter’s lawyer, issued a statement after Hunter was placed on indefinite leave as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks, Nets pay tribute to late NYC Mayor Koch (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 06:14:42 GMT)
    The Knicks and Nets paid tribute to the late Ed Koch during their games on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] The Bucks stop here: Knicks finally improve ‘D’, top Milwaukee (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:45:36 GMT)
    Friday night, against a Milwaukee Bucks team featuring two dynamic guards, the Knicks defended as they did in November and rendered Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings ineffective while cruising to a 95-81 victory.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks to host Sandy Hook Elementary kids, families for Kings game (Sat, 02 Feb 2013 01:37:08 GMT)
    The New York Knicks will host 150 children, their families and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School on Saturday when they play the Sacramento Kings.

  • 17 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Feb 02 2013)

    1. SeeWhyDee77

      Saying that I sure hope Ray’s finger is ok would be the understatement of the year lol. Who would have thought that Raymond Bulldog Felton would be as important and indispensible as he is? The Garden needs some Blue and Orange I Heart Bulldogs shirts ASAP! On another note..for as much as I love Tyson’s offensive improvement..I will take 20 boards and 2 blocks from him over 20 pts any day. Wow. The thing I love about him is he never tries to do too much. He stays in his lane and only stretches his game out when it’s appropriate. He knows exactly where he fits in and does everything he can to keep the wheels turning. Perfect fit here. And I love how STAT is finding his groove and fitting in in ways nobody thought he would. I still am a little afraid that his ego will take over at the wrong time at some point, but at the moment I am proud of what he’s been doing lately. This is the way our best players should play. Now we just need Smith, Shump, Kidd, Felton, Sheed, Camby and Novak to excel in their roles and try not to do too much. Age and injury be damned..this has the look of one helluva squad

    2. Juany8

      Chandler was amazing last night, that’s the kind of performance that would win him DPOY easily if he could do it consistently. I also gotta give credit to Amar’e, he’s looking better and better on defense, especially when paired with Tyson Chandler.

      I think the idea that he’s a little wary of fouls has some merit, he basically has to contest everything at the rim alone when Melo is at the 4 since no one else is big enough, he has to box out the opponent’s best rebounder and defend their best big, and he has to set screens on offense constantly since he’s the only legit roll threat, and screens are a pretty common way to get offensive fouls. Can’t wait to get at least one of Sheed and Camby back

    3. flossy

      Is Isiah Thomas doing occasional voice-over work on the 2-3 minute game recaps over at NBA.com?

      One of the guys recapping last night’s games sounds frighteningly like him, and when I heard him praise Toronto’s collection of mediocre volume scoring wing players I thought it had to be. Can anyone confirm?

    4. JK47

      Last night Amar’e took 10 FGA. 9 of them came in the paint, and the other one was a baseline J from 14 feet (missed). He also got to the line 8 times in 24 minutes. I keep expecting him to turn into a pumpkin and go back to his elbow-driving, mid-range brick heaving ways of 2011-2012, but it’s not happening. At times he actually does look a lot like his mentor Hakeem… on the offensive end, at least.

    5. ephus

      I am really surprised that Billy Hunter is using Thomas Ashley as his attorney. Ashley is a NJ-based criminal attorney with a strong reputation, but he is a solo shop and hardly the dean of the NJ bar, let alone someone who can handle the civil fight against the NBAPA and their attorneys at Paul Weiss. I am intimately professionally aware of a these players. It looks like Hunter is much more worried about criminal prosecution (in New Jersey federal court, apparently) than fighting tooth and nail to keep his job.

    6. d-mar

      JK47:
      Last night Amar’e took 10 FGA.9 of them came in the paint, and the other one was a baseline J from 14 feet (missed).He also got to the line 8 times in 24 minutes.I keep expecting him to turn into a pumpkin and go back to his elbow-driving, mid-range brick heaving ways of 2011-2012, but it’s not happening.At times he actually does look a lot like his mentor Hakeem… on the offensive end, at least.

      He’s getting great low post position and it’s all good from there. Eventually, teams are going to have start doubling him, maybe then the shooter formerly known as Steve Novak can start getting some open looks if the ball swings quickly enough.

    7. flossy

      d-mar: He’s getting great low post position and it’s all good from there. Eventually, teams are going to have start doubling him, maybe then the shooter formerly known as Steve Novak can start getting some open looks if the ball swings quickly enough.

      God help the teams that have decide who to leave open on the perimeter between Melo, JR, Novak, Kidd… even Felton and Shumpert can pretty reliably knock down wide-open catch and shoot 3s.

      I guess teams could double with Tyson’s man when the Knicks go big in the frontcourt, but as a general rule, if you leave Tyson Chandler alone near the basket you’re gonna have a bad time.

    8. jon abbey

      I think Kidd can be left open fairly safely at this point, 9-35 from 3 point range in his last 8.

    9. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      jon abbey:
      I think Kidd can be left open fairly safely at this point, 9-35 from 3 point range in his last 8.

      16-46 in his last ten. Spin ‘dem numbers, bruh.

    10. nicos

      ruruland:
      I also thought Shumpert had some very important sequences offensively. Some great pnr passes, drives against rotation. those are the weakside plays he should be really efficient with as his offensive game starts to eventually catch up with his talent.

      It could take a couple of years, but mark my words, he has a chance to be a really good offensive player in screen and role and isolation. Two of his finishes were strong, left-handed, one where he had Illyasova on his hip.

      He is much quicker with his first step and accelerating than Jr Smith, for example. And he even has Smith beat with his length and peak jump.

      Junior developed his ballhandling and passing skills over 4-5 years. Shumpert is way, way ahead of him in those two areas.

      One real plus Shumpert has over JR is the fact that he drives with his head up. I’ve been impressed how under control he’s been when penetrating from the corner-he’s thrown some really nice passes in those situations. When both Amar’e and Chandler are in the game that corner penetration will be an absolute nightmare to defend if he can hit the three well enough to get guys running out at him on a consistent basis.

    11. Unreason

      My impression is that starting only matters insofar as it affects morale. So I like Amare coming off the bench because of the example he sets. The contrast between his humility and discipline vs. D12, Gasol, and other noxious chemistry experiments is stark. I don’t know how it affects his team mates obviously, but from a fan’s perspective I find it inspiring. So I wouldn’t be surprised if it ranks up there with Melo’s willingness to facilitate and Chandler’s commitment to play balls out as big drivers of overall team morale and intensity. IMO total mpg and 4th qtr min are the real issues anyhow. Even if they’re extra cautious in raising Amare’s min limit, which seems wise, he’ll still have a big impact on a lot of games if he can stay healthy and average out somewhere near his current offensive efficiency.

    12. flossy

      nicos: He shot 31.5% from three in 13 games in January- how big does the sample size have to be before you can say he’s struggling from three??

      It seems obvious to me that he shoots (and plays, just generally) better off the ball. The January sample happens to coincide almost totally with Felton’s injury and his move over to the starting PG position, and it came on the heels of a month where he was overplayed already (32+ mpg in December).

      With some rest and a move back to SG I think his shooting stroke will return. And my point still stands: if leaving Jason Kidd wide open to shoot uncontested 3s is really the best result a defense can hope for, we’re going to be giving people a lot of problems. We have two players who can shred 1-on-1 defense and need to be doubled, one of the best PnR finishers in the NBA, a PG that can penetrate and break down defenses and a collection of pretty excellent 3 point marksmen. Health problems are really the only thing that could derail what should be a top 3 offense in the 2nd half of the season.

    13. Unreason

      flossy: Health problems are really the only thing that could derail what should be a top 3 offense in the 2nd half of the season.

      I agree with everything else in your post but this. The 2 other factors affecting this potential, I think, are people getting burned out (Melo, Chandler esp) and the defense coming back. I think the half court offense could be elite given healthy rested bodies as you say. For the overall offense to be that good, though, won’t they also need a very good transition offense? I think so, and I think that will depend heavily on whether they can pick up the typical defensive intensity quite a bit esp in the first 3 qtrs .

    14. DRed

      nicos: He shot 31.5% from three in 13 games in January- how big does the sample size have to be before you can say he’s struggling from three??

      Yeah, he’s struggling, but if teams want to leave him open that’s cool with me. Carmelo shot 42% from the field in January, and I’d be delighted if teams decided to leave him open. Guys go through bad spells every season.

    15. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      nicos: He shot 31.5% from three in 13 games in January- how big does the sample size have to be before you can say he’s struggling from three??

      I agree that his shooting has not been very good, but my point is that arbitrary endpoints are misleading and irresponsible. Abbey wanted to make his point as “strongly” as possible, so he chose the last 8 games instead of the last 10. Why? Because the numbers support his claim better. That’s all.

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