Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Mar 24 2013)

  • [New York Post] Martin & Co. nab 4th straight win (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:01:58 -0500)

    Tyson Chandler better hurry back before he loses his starting job to Kenyon Martin.
    The Knicks’ new 6-foot-9 starting center, on the NBA scrapheap one month ago, tore up the Raptors in this victorious home-and-home series and is proving to be a godsend signing in the wake of the club…

  • [New York Post] Smith hoping pal Cruz gets Giant payday (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 03:05:35 -0500)

    Though J.R. Smith is a Cowboys fan, he hopes the Giants sign his buddy, free agent receiver Victor Cruz, who is a courtside fixture at Knicks games.
    “I hope he does,” Smith told The Post before the Knicks’ 110-84 victory over the Raptors last night. “This is pretty much…

  • [New York Post] Knicks PG not a Kidd anymore (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 02:02:24 -0500)

    Knicks fans should cherish Jason Kidd’s role on the team. They may not see him when this season ends. Kidd, who turned 40 yesterday, said Friday night he may not play out his entire three-year contract with the team. “We’re going to revisit [it],â? he said. “We [would…

  • [ – New York Knicks] Notebook: Jason Kidd turns 40 (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 00:52:14 EDT)

    Jason Kidd turned 40 on Saturday, but there was no celebrating.
    “I slept,” he said, laughing, after the Knicks knocked off the Raptors, 110-84. “With back-to-backs, you’ve got to get as much rest as you can, and you can’t take any team lightly.”
    The cheers, however, came on the court.
    “With a win, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Kidd, who finished with three points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes off the bench.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Knicks ramp up aggression on D (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 00:43:01 EDT)

    In the Knicks’ 110-84 win over the Raptors — their fourth in a row — they did something they’ve rarely done all season.
    The Knicks finished with 17 fast-break points — their second-highest in a game this season — which was fueled by their season-high 14 steals. Iman Shumpert, arguably the team’s best perimeter defender, led the way with four of them.
    “We’re just trying to be as aggressive as possible,” he said afterward, “and when we get stops on the defensive end and get out in the open court, that’s where we’re best.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Tyson who? K-Mart & Co. don't miss beat (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 00:18:37 EDT)

    Executives around the league are probably kicking themselves after watching what Kenyon Martin did Saturday night.
    Martin had 18 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two monster dunks to key the Knicks’ 110-84 win over Toronto.
    In doing so, Martin, the same guy the Knicks signed off of his couch in late February, willed the team to their fourth straight win.
    Remember, any other club in the league could have signed Martin. But no one came calling.

  • [New York Daily News] Smith: Martin turns back clock and Raptors (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:58:20 GMT)

    They must have installed a time machine in Kenyon Martin’s locker, because the 35-year-old forward rolled the clock back against the Raptors at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo Madness: Knicks march past Raptors for fourth straight win (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 02:21:58 GMT)

    Put down your busted NCAA Tournament bracket and consider that Carmelo Anthony made it through a back-to-back set of games without any difficulty in the least.

  • [New York Daily News] Devils win but Kovalchuk injured, will miss games (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 02:03:00 GMT)

    Two games after getting Martin Brodeur back in the lineup, the New Jersey Devils will now have to deal with another injury to another star player. Ilya Kovalchuk injured his right shoulder when he slammed into the boards behind the Florida Panthers’ net in the third period of the Devils’ 2-1 victory Saturday night. New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer said his high-scoring forward is likely going to miss “at least a short time.â?

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony scores 28 as Knicks beat Raptors for fourth straight win (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 01:24:26 EDT)

    The Knicks couldn't have scripted a better win.

  • [New York Times] Clippers 101, Nets 95: Chris Paul’s Fourth-Quarter Surge Helps Clippers Hold Off Nets (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 06:52:22 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored 17 of his 29 points in the final quarter in a 101-95 victory that allowed the Clippers to avoid a season sweep by the Nets

  • [New York Times] Curry’s 35 Lift Warriors Past Wizards, 101-92 (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:28:51 GMT)

    Stephen Curry scored 35 points before injuring his ankle late in the Golden State Warriors’ 101-92 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Paul’s 29 Points Help Clippers Beat Nets 101-95 (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:13:14 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter after banging his left knee early in the game and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Brooklyn Nets 101-95 on Saturday night in a matchup of playoff-bound teams.

  • [New York Times] Sacramento Announces $450 Million Deal to Build Basketball Arena (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:07:09 GMT)

    Sacramento officials announced on Saturday that they had reached a $450 million deal with private developers to build an entertainment and sports complex they hope will keep the Kings basketball team from leaving town for Seattle.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Win 15th Straight, 101-95 Over Kings (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:04:15 GMT)

    George Karl didn’t sound like the coach of a Denver team on a streak not seen in 43 years. He sounded like a coach ready to shake things up in the final weeks before the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nuggets Beat Kings for 15th Straight Win (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 04:24:15 GMT)

    While the Miami Heat move closer to an N.B.A. record for consecutive wins, the Denver Nuggets have quietly put together their own streak.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 110, Raptors 84: On Kidd’s 40th Birthday, It’s Martin Who Puts Spring in Knicks’ Step (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 04:14:30 GMT)

    Kenyon Martin scored 18 points in one of the more energetic performances of his New York revival, and the Knicks beat the Raptors to extend their winning streak to four games.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: A Birthday Kidd Won’t Forget (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 04:08:16 GMT)

    Jason Kidd celebrated his 40th birthday at Madison Square Garden with thousands of his closest friends, a song by a teammate, and a victory.

  • [New York Times] Deng Scores 20 and Bulls Beat Pacers 87-84 (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 03:22:41 GMT)

    Luol Deng scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer had 18 and the Chicago Bulls overcame the absence of starting center Joakim Noah to earn an 87-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Bayless’ 30 Leads Grizzlies Past Celtics, 110-106 (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 03:19:19 GMT)

    Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 30 points and the Memphis Grizzlies weathered a fourth-quarter rally by Boston’s reserves to escape with a 110-106 victory over the Celtics on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Anthony, Martin Key Knicks on Kidd’s 40th Birthday (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 02:07:24 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, Kenyon Martin had another big game against Toronto, and the New York Knicks finished off a home-and-home sweep of the Raptors with a 110-84 victory Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Beat Bobcats 92-91 to Snap Losing Streak (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 02:04:14 GMT)

    Charlie Villanueva scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead driving layup with 15 seconds left, and the Detroit Pistons defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 92-91 to snap a 10-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Time Stands Still When a Player Rolls the Ball in – Quirks of the Game (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 00:23:16 GMT)

    A clock management strategy in basketball called “walking the dogâ? has become a quirk of the game.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Where Battier Goes, Winning Streaks Follow (Sun, 24 Mar 2013 00:06:39 GMT)

    Shane Battier, one of the Miami Heat’s stalwarts during their current 25-game win streak, also contributed significantly to lengthy victory stretches with Duke and the Houston Rockets.

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    One thought to “Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Mar 24 2013)”

    1. Kenyon Martin is already talking about wanting to play for the Knicks next year. Who knows what will happen, but he’s sure making a strong case so far, and if he’s willing to come back for cheap, how could we say no?

      The problem is that I have no idea what you do with a frontcourt of Melo, Amar’e, Tyson and Martin if Woodson insists that Melo get most of his minutes at the PF.

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