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Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Dec 02 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks getting depth charge with Amar’e, Iman (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 02:40:54 GMT)
    Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert worked out on a side court as the Knicks dispersed following practice Saturday, a reminder that the team’s winningest November in 40 years has come without two injured regulars.The Knicks are 11-4 entering Sunday’s home matinee against Phoenix, their most wins in that month since they won a dozen games in 1972 en route to the franchise’s last NBA championship.

  • [New York Times] Schedule Forces Knicks to Rest Players and Limit Practice (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 07:50:06 GMT)
    Resting players is a topic that has been widely discussed in the N.B.A this week, after the Spurs were fined for sitting out players. But the Knicks have been resting players behind the scenes â?? with limited practice.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Beat Pacers 103-92 for 3rd Straight Win (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:20:42 GMT)
    Stephen Curry had 20 points and a season-high 11 assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 103-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Rested Stars Rally Spurs Past Grizzlies (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:09:05 GMT)
    Tony Parker scored 30 points, Tim Duncan had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and the host Spurs, in their first game since being fined $250,000 by the N.B.A., beat the Grizzlies, 99-95, in overtime.

  • [New York Times] Adidas Chronicles Recovery of Bulls’ Derrick Rose in Documentary (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:09:05 GMT)
    A commercial during Bulls telecasts features Derrick Rose’s return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. In reality, he is expected to rejoin the Bulls sometime in February.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Manhandle Kings 116-81 (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 05:59:43 GMT)
    Jamal Crawford scored 17 points off the bench, leading seven Clippers in double-digit scoring, and Los Angeles rested all of its starters in the fourth quarter of a 116-81 blowout of the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] ‘Disappointed’ Spurs Shrug Off Fine, Beat Memphis (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 05:35:32 GMT)
    So that’s what $250,000 worth of rest looks like.

  • [New York Times] Mayo Breaks Slump, Leads Mavs Past Pistons, 92-77 (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:38:39 GMT)
    O.J. Mayo broke out of a shooting slump with 27 points and Dallas celebrated Derek Fisher’s Mavericks debut with a 92-77 victory against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Rally for 91-88 Victory Over Celtics (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:29:39 GMT)
    Larry Sanders had 18 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 91-88 victory after the Boston Celtics scored the first 17 points of Saturday night’s game.

  • [New York Times] Wade’s 34 Lifts Heat Past Nets, 102-89 (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:17:56 GMT)
    More than four hours before game time, Dwyane Wade was alone on the Miami Heat practice court, just getting some shots up by himself. No coaches around, no teammates, no trainers, just him, a ball and his thoughts.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Get the Best of 76ers 93-88 (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:14:41 GMT)
    Luol Deng scored a game-high 25 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 93-88 Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Domino Effect of a Name Change (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:12:20 GMT)
    Last week Michael Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, said that he would be open to changing the team’s name to the Hornets should the franchise in New Orleans follow through with plans to change its name to something more befitting that city.

  • [New York Times] Heat Beat Nets to Maintain Home Perfection (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:11:26 GMT)
    The NBA champion Miami Heat fought back from a 14-point deficit on Saturday to beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-89 and maintain their perfect home record this season.

  • [New York Times] Batum’s 3-Pointer Lifts Blazers Over Cavs in 2OTs (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:08:50 GMT)
    Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 118-117 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Parsons, Patterson Lead Rockets Past Jazz (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 03:47:56 GMT)
    Patrick Patterson scored 20 points, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin had 19 apiece and the Houston Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 124-116 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Blow Past Hornets, 100-79 (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 03:41:42 GMT)
    Kevin Durant scored 20 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder won their fifth straight game, 100-79 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Popovich: ‘Disappointed’ in $250K Fine From NBA (Sun, 02 Dec 2012 02:57:05 GMT)
    Gregg Popovich said Saturday night he doesn’t know if the San Antonio Spurs will appeal a $250,000 fine from the NBA for sending his star players home to rest instead of playing them against the Miami Heat.

  • 18 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Dec 02 2012)

    1. Kurt

      As a NOLA resident, really annoyed that Utah still has “Jazz.” We could take a page from Miami U and call ourselves the hurricanes, or considering our murder rate the bullets…

    2. jon abbey

      to be fair, jazz has been creatively bankrupt for almost 40 years now (Miles’ first retirement in 1975), so not much of a loss at this point.

    3. jon abbey

      Tyson Chandler is only the second player ever to shoot over 70 percent for a month (min. 75 FG attempts), Wilt did it seven times.

    4. Frank O.

      jon abbey:
      early start today, let’s hope JR didn’t party too much last night and the Suns did.

      Right?
      I saw early game and thought they’re down by five to 10 after the 1st.

    5. d-mar

      Continuing a discussion from the last thread, I watched the 3rd and 4th quarters of the Heat-Nets game, and it is truly scary how the Heat can flip a switch and pummel a team into submission. They started to blitz Johnson or whoever else had the ball up top with 2 defenders, and the Nets turned the ball over on almost every possession. Meanwhile, on the offensive end, LBJ would post up and the instant that the Nets sent a 2nd defender his way, he would make the perfect pass for a 3 or a layup. A 10 point Nets lead was a 10 point deficit in what seemed like 5 minutes.

      I’d like to think we’ve closed the gap on the Heat, but barring injuries, I don’t see how anyone stops them this year.

    6. KnickfaninNJ

      I watched a little of the Heat Nets game. And I found myself rooting for Miami because, of course, I want the Knicks number one in their division — but it definitely felt strange.

    7. bockadoo

      I love these Sunday matinees. Seems like we almost always win. Anyone know our all time record for them? I bet it’s .750.
      A non-knick observation/comment – the Clippers are BY FAR the most talented team in the league. They have Billups back now, and their SECOND unit is Crawford/Bledsoe/Barnes/Odom/Hollins or Turiaf. I say they are WC champs.

    8. ruruland

      They are my pick too but wouldnt say they are most talented by far. Incredible time fir league because you have some of the most talented teams ever assembled at a time when parity is trending upward. I don’t think there’s ever been more talent in the league.

    9. ephus

      The Knicks have long agitated for lots of Sunday matinee games, precisely because they know that opponents tend to partake of NYC Saturday night. About a year ago, someone (ESPN?) published a story describing how Isiah used to fight for more of these games.

      For example, how many cities have a Little Slovenia like the East Village. Don’t you think Dragic may have payed a visit to St. Cyril’s (and the neighboring bars/restaurants) for some home cooking.

    10. ruruland

      d-mar:
      Continuing a discussion from the last thread, I watched the 3rd and 4th quarters of the Heat-Nets game, and it is truly scary how the Heat can flip a switch and pummel a team into submission. They started to blitz Johnson or whoever else had the ball up top with 2 defenders, and the Nets turned the ball over on almost every possession. Meanwhile, on the offensive end, LBJ would post up and the instant that the Nets sent a 2nd defender his way, he would make the perfect pass for a 3 or a layup. A 10 point Nets lead was a 10 point deficit in what seemed like 5 minutes.

      I’d like to think we’ve closed the gap on the Heat, but barring injuries, I don’t see how anyone stops them this year.

      Actually, I made sure to watch this game closely and I disagree.

      First, if Deron Williams or Joe Johnson can make a shot, just one of those guys, Nets still win.

      On a good shooting night they’re up at least 20 in first half. Second, the Heat have to play exceptionally hard for their defense work. The Heat played very hard starting in second quarte by regular season standard for any non-Thib coached team.

      Also, while the Heat played much harder than the Nets the final quarter, the Nets played the night before.

      There’s a reason teams winning % on road plummets in second night of b2b, and the difference typically comes in second half.

      The Heat are great, but they can be defeated by a deep, balanced, patient and mentally strong team with multiple modes of attack.

    11. d-mar

      ruruland: Actually, I made sure to watch this game closely and I disagree.

      First, if Deron Williams or Joe Johnson can make a shot, just one of those guys, Nets still win.

      On a good shooting night they’re up at least 20 in first half. Second, the Heat have to play exceptionally hard for their defense work. The Heat played very hard starting in second quarte by regular season standard for any non-Thib coached team.

      Also, while the Heat played much harder than the Nets the final quarter, the Nets played the night before.

      There’s a reason teams winning % on road plummets in second night of b2b, and the difference typically comes in second half.

      The Heat are great, but they can be defeated by a deep, balanced, patient and mentally strong team with multiple modes of attack.

      I hear some of your points, but when you have the best player in the game by a wide margin who plays both ends of the floor and can guard any position, all bets are off. Plus, Wade looks healthy for a change, and he destroyed the Nets, who are supposed to be a great defensive team.

    12. jon abbey

      I think the Clippers might be the deepest team in the league, but I’ll still be surprised if they make the Conference Finals.

      Camby DNP for a reason today, ‘sore foot’, Kidd is also out again but hopefully back soon, I think aiming for Miami on Wed.

    13. ruruland

      Frank O.:
      And those who view a returning Amare as a negative really need to get their heads examined.

      Yeah, I think people forget how good Amare is when there’s pg play and he isn’t carrying an extra 30 pounds.

      Knicks don’t have much of a chance against the top 5 teams in a series without Amare/Shump.

      Also, all of this talk about not having a chance against Heat reminds me of ’08 Nuggets.

      The ’07 Iverson Nuggets were swept by the eventual WCF champs. It was widely, even after changing point guards from Iverson to Billups, that the Nuggets still had no chance against a Lakers team seeking its first ring with Gasol.

      If Kobe Bryant doesn’t get a phantom call down two late in game 5, and if Nene doesn’t break down mentally after game 3, the Nuggets probably win the championship.

      In fact, aside from holding late leads in games 1, 3, and 5 that they blew for a variety of reasons, that team led that series through 5 games for roughly 75% of the minutes played between the teams.

      The Heat are not a perfect team, and they sure as hell won’t be facing the kind of one-mode-of-attack Knicks that they overwhelmed last year.

    14. ruruland

      d-mar: I hear some of your points, but when you have the best player in the game by a wide margin who plays both ends of the floor and can guard any position, all bets are off. Plus, Wade looks healthy for a change, and he destroyed the Nets, who are supposed to be a great defensive team.

      Wade will have an occasional game like this but the tend going back to last year is clear. Great players reliant on athleticism don’t typically fall right off the cliff, they slowly show that they can’t sustain their game for more than little spurts.

      Second, the fact that the Heat needed one of those athletically spectacular surges with Lopez out, Williams and Johnson slumping, is just another warning sign for them.

      The Heat can intimidate teams and turn them into shrinking violets when they are in full destruction mode.

      The Dallas team beat them because they weren’t intimated and kept coming back after their never-seen-before surges of athleticism. This Knicks team, full health, is more athletic and talented than that Mavs team, and I have to believe the collective chip on its shoulder is at least as big.

    15. ephus

      MSG just ran some footage of Amar’e working out. He looks as sculpted as a Michaelangelo statue. Says he is still a couple of weeks away, because he has not started his explosive work yet.

      If Stat comes back at 2011-12 level, this team is really dangerous. If you have a healthy Shumpert and a healthy Kidd (which is asking a lot), they can hang with anyone.

    16. massive

      Why the hell does every team have to play Miami on the 2nd night of a back to back? We have them after we play Charlotte, Brooklyn had them on the second night, SAS had them on the 4th game in 5 nights? It’s really easy to blitzkrieg on defense when your opponent is fatigued and you were resting. I guess that’s a benefit of being the champs; unfair scheduling advantages.

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