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Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Mar 25 2012)

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Championship ring, images inspire Knicks (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 01:23:25 EDT)
    NEW YORK — When Tyson Chandler became a Knick in early December, he did so because he believed the team had what it took to win a championship. For a player who was coming off of a title run with the Mavericks, he didn’t want to have it any other way.
    Even when the Knicks struggled in January, losing nine of 11 games, Chandler’s championship dreams with the Knicks didn’t fade away.
    At the time, Chandler said, “In all honestly, I still feel like this is a team that can win a championship.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Smith, Shumpert pull off 'double-oop' (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:13:12 EDT)

    An alley-oop?
    Been there. Done that.
    But a double-oop? Whoa! Don’t see that too often.
    But with 2:29 remaining in the Knicks’ 101-79 blowout victory over the Pistons, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert pulled off the rare double-oop.
    Smith and Shumpert got out on a 2-on-1 fastbreak in transition. Smith threw a lob pass to Shumpert, but it was too far away from the rim, so Shumpert looked back and passed to an elevating Smith for a one-handed slam that brought the Garden crowd to its feet.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Woodson 'concerned' about STAT's back (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:07:53 EDT)
    NEW YORK — It’s an image Knicks fans don’t want to remember: Amare Stoudemire laying on his stomach on the court by the Knicks’ bench during Game 2 of the their first-round matchup against the Celtics last April.
    Stoudemire missed the second half of that game and the Knicks went on to lose, 96-93, going down 0-2 in the series. Eventually the Knicks would get swept, during which it was determined that Stoudemire had pulled a muscle in his back. It was an injury that needed the 2011 offseason to fully heal.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 101, Pistons 79: Knicks Rout Detroit, but Stoudemire Leaves With Sore Back (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:23:40 GMT)
    New York won for the sixth time in seven games since Mike D’Antoni’s departure as coach, but Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin left the game in the third quarter with injuries.

  • [New York Times] In Los Angeles, N.B.A. Siblings Share a Room (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:39:06 GMT)
    Only in Los Angeles, where the Lakers and the Clippers have shared Staples Center since 1999, do professional teams in the same major sport play doubleheaders in the same arena.

  • [New York Times] Experience in Israel Fuels Scheyer’s N.B.A. Hopes (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:37:18 GMT)
    Jon Scheyer, whose dream of playing in the N.B.A. was delayed by an eye injury, joined the Maccabi Tel Aviv team under Israeli citizenship granted when he, a Jew, immigrated.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Bulls Hold Off Raptors in Overtime (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:36:23 GMT)
    Luol Deng made a follow-up shot at the buzzer in overtime and the Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors, 102-101, on Saturday night for their N.B.A.-leading 40th victory.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Edge Raptors as Overtime Expires (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 06:08:37 GMT)
    Luol Deng’s buzzer-beater in overtime gave Chicago a 102-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors at the United Center on Saturday as the Bulls earned their fourth consecutive win and their NBA-leading 40th of the season

  • [New York Times] Lee, Thompson Lift Warriors Past Kings, 111-108 (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:23:05 GMT)
    David Lee had 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists and rookie Klay Thompson scored a career-best 31 points to lead the short-handed Golden State Warriors past the Sacramento Kings, 111-108 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Edge Raptors in Final Second of Overtime (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 03:53:18 GMT)
    The Chicago Bulls edged the Toronto Raptors 102-101 in the final second of overtime to win their fourth consecutive game and their league-leading 40th of the season at the United Center on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Deng Saves Bulls at Buzzer in OT (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 06:29:03 GMT)
    Lucky? Maybe. Luol Deng’s timing was awful good, too. He grabbed a shot that had been blocked and put it in the basket just before the buzzer sounded Saturday night, rescuing the Chicago Bulls and giving them their NBA-leading 40th victory.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki, Terry Lift Mavs Past Rockets in OT (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 03:20:19 GMT)
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, Jason Terry added 24 and Brandan Wright had a career-high seven blocks to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets 101-99 in overtime Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Hill Scores 24, Pacers Beat Bucks 125-104 (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 03:02:10 GMT)
    George Hill scored a season-high 24 points coming off the bench and the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 125-104 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Blair, Duncan Lead Spurs Past Hornets 89-86 (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 02:56:01 GMT)
    DeJuan Blair scored 23 points and Tim Duncan had four key points down the stretch as the San Antonio Spurs beat the short-handed Hornets 89-86 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Bounce Back With Another Rout of Pistons (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 02:11:24 GMT)
    Tyson Chandler had 15 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds, and the New York Knicks rebounded from their first loss under Mike Woodson by routing the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season, 101-79 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Williams’ Double-Double Leads Nets Over Bobcats (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 01:57:20 GMT)
    Deron Williams had 19 points and matched his season high with 14 assists and the New Jersey Nets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 102-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Joe Johnson Leads Hawks Past Wizards, 95-92 (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 01:35:05 GMT)
    Joe Johnson scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 95-92 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Chandler Approaching Historic Pace (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 01:44:00 GMT)
    The Knicks’ Tyson Chandler is leading the league with a 68.2 field-goal percentage, nearly 10 percentage points ahead of the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum.

  • [New York Times] On Basketball: New Coach Runs Similar Show, and Lin Stays in Picture (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:20:04 GMT)
    Woodson wants to win, even if it means suppressing his own coaching instincts by starting Jeremy Lin and keeping the pace quick.

  • [New York Post] Knicks blow out Pistons; Stoudemire, Lin banged up (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:21:16 -0500)
    Amar’e Stoudemire’s back woes have returned, and Jeremy Lin is now banged up too â?? a pair of alarming injuries to a pair of critical Knicks players.
    Stoudemire suffered what the Knicks called a “sore lower backâ? in last night’s 101-79 rout over the Pistons at the Garden…

  • [New York Post] New locker room inspires an art-to-art talk (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 02:45:59 -0500)
    Over every Knicks player’s locker at Madison Square Garden, there is now a picture of an NBA championship trophy. The new décor was added prior to halftime of last night’s 101-79 rout over the Pistons.
    “I think we just want to get our focus back,â? Tyson Chandler said…

  • [New York Post] New coach, same Melo problems (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:35:01 -0500)
    Carmelo Anthony just can’t figure it out.
    After 39 games, the superstar small forward is averaging career lows with 20.0 points a game and shooting 39.9 percent from the field, looking less and less like the player Knicks owner James Dolan so desperately wanted to acquire from…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks win, but Amar'e leaves with sore back (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:29:54 EDT)
    Amar'e Stoudemire started a Knicks run that ultimately put the game away Saturday night. But he wasn't around for the end of it after feeling tightness in his lower back.

  • [New York Newsday] The ring is the thing for Knicks (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 01:24:37 EDT)
    The Knicks haven't been over .500 since Jan. 13, but there was title talk in the locker room after Saturday night's win over Detroit. Everywhere you looked, there was championship hardware.

  • [New York Newsday] Woodson well-equipped to lead Knicks (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 01:48:18 EDT)
    Friendship can be a fluid concept in the insular, high-risk world of NBA coaching. Alliances are forged and broken and forged again as a matter of convenience, often leaving personal relationships in intricate knots. At times, a Hunger Games survival-of-the-fittest mentality prevails as only a finite number of assistant coaches and former players ever get a crack at one of the coveted 30 head-coaching jobs.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks return to win column; Lin and Amar’e banged up (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:34:57 GMT)
    The Knicks were sharp enough to take down the lowly Pistons, 101-79, Saturday night at the Garden, although there might’ve been a heavy price for the sixth win in seven games under Woodson.

  • [New York Daily News] Unpredictable Knicks won’t bring home ring (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 05:17:30 GMT)
    A win is a win for the Knicks and the energy was good. The “bummer,â? as Mike Woodson tagged a bad loss Friday in Toronto, looks more like a baby step backwards now than a downhill slalom.

  • [New York Daily News] Jeffries out two weeks with knee inflamation (Sun, 25 Mar 2012 04:54:57 GMT)
    The Knicks have lost nearly every time Jared Jeffries has been sidelined this month. They must try to do better this time without his interior defense.

  • 55 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Mar 25 2012)

    1. er

      Wow we actually have a coach that tries to help players get in better position when they are struggling …what a novel idea smfh

    2. danvt

      Coming into the season, my only real goal for the team was that they beat the Bucks. I thought it was hubris to talk trash about Miami or Chicago. Of course, this being NY, we started talking about anyone and everyone, leading to numerous, truly embarrassing moments for fans. So, here we are, a middle of the pack team, with a good chance to, indeed, handle Milwaukee. Two weeks ago, it didn’t look like it, but now we’re back on top (in the race for eighth place). So, I’m happy.

      I think, next year, with an idea of who our roster is and how we’re going to play, from the beginning, we’ll have a shot at the Atlantic, the three seed, and a round of the playoffs. This year I’ll be happy (and surprised) if we can push CHI to a six game series.

    3. d-mar

      Hopefully the Spurs take care of business tonight and we get within 3 games of Philly. Weird scheduling though, it’s a one game road trip to San Antonio and then they come home to play Cleveland on Tuesday.

    4. hoolahoop

      For me, making the playoffs and getting blown out against the one or two seed is a failure. A tough in a six or seven game series is different story.
      Losing to a three seed a lower, again, is failure, in my opinion considering the overwhelming amount of talent this team has.

    5. d-mar

      For those who complain about the sad state of NY Knicks media coverage, I give you this headline from Filip Bondy of the NY Daily News:

      “NY Knicks will give fans many things this season, but Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin won’t win a NBA title”

      Way to go out on a limb, Filip, do they actually pay you for this stuff?

    6. Bruno Almeida

      d-mar:
      For those who complain about the sad state of NY Knicks media coverage, I give you this headline from Filip Bondy of the NY Daily News:

      “NY Knicks will give fans many things this season, but Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin won’t win a NBA title”

      Way to go out on a limb, Filip, do they actually pay you for this stuff?

      it’s still 100% true, though.

    7. Brian Cronin

      By the way, at the game last night, it is weird how much Lin is loved. I have never seen another Knick get this kind of reaction from the crowd before. I was there for opening night when Amar’e made his Knick debut. The fans cheered Lin’s intro for a relatively meaningless Pistons game more than they did for Amar’e’s first intro as a Knick. It is nucking futs.

    8. JK47

      I had an irrational love for John Starks and Anthony Mason for the same reasons people love Lin.

    9. JC Knickfan

      Can Knicks get the 4th seed? Probably not.

      Knicks have tiebreaker with 76?s. Say 76?s finish 9-9 in last 18 games Knicks need finish 12-5. Looking at their schedule 10-8 is more realistic, so Knicks need to finish 13-4. We 10 games left against 500 teams or above. So we have win all 7 games against 500 below teams and go 6-4 against playoff teams.

      [NOTE: Mike accidentally posted two Knick Morning News posts. I deleted the excess one and am reposting JC Knickfan's comment from that post. ruruland also posted in reply to this post "It can be done." -BC]

    10. jon abbey

      JK47:
      I had an irrational love for John Starks and Anthony Mason for the same reasons people love Lin.

      it seems to me that a pretty high percentage of Lin-love is from Chinese/Taiwanese/Chinese-Americans/Taiwanese-Americans, definitely the love he gets on the road.

    11. Z

      Brian Cronin:
      I was there for opening night when Amar’e made his Knick debut. The fans cheered Lin’s intro for a relatively meaningless Pistons game more than they did for Amar’e’s first intro as a Knick. It is nucking futs.

      The Righteous Brothers had the #1 song of 1964. Wouldn’t know it from the crowds.

    12. JK47

      Washington is playing a bit better of late. I think they’re going to emerge as the clear winner of the Nene trade. Javale McGee blows.

    13. ruruland

      Locker room might be splitting, too. Andre Miller is not happy with his role.

      Hard to understand how they can be so bad defensively. Brewer and Chandler have pretty solid defensive reputations, they have shot blocking, Lawson was solid in the Melo/Billups days….They have an inside presence much of the time, not great, but it’s there. And while Harrington is a poor perimeter defender he’s okay in the post. Miller is a poor defender. Gallo is a very average.

      As a team though, they’re awful.

    14. ruruland

      JK47:
      Washington is playing a bit better of late.I think they’re going to emerge as the clear winner of the Nene trade.Javale McGee blows.

      I’m not sure. McGee’s played very well so far, even if he still makes a lot of stupid mistakes.

      He’s playing with a chip now, but it won’t be long before Nene gets sucked into the losing atmosphere. He’s a guy that needs to be in a good situation to thrive. Winning is important to him, and he has a tendency to lose focus and desire if things don’t go well. More so than other guys. He needs a lot of attention and coaching, too, which is part of the reason he was traded so quickly. The staff message just wasn’t resonating like it used to.

    15. jon abbey

      no Afflalo and Gallo in that game, but I was under the impression Faried could win games all by himself. :)

    16. JK47

      @18

      They’re undersized at PG and PF, and the centers (Mozgov and McGee) have terrible fundamentals on defense. With McGee now on the team they now have several low-IQ players on the floor at any given time: Faried, McGee, Al Buckets, Mozgov…

    17. JK47

      @21

      The Wolves are playing without Rubio and without the very underrated Nikola Pekovic, he of the .172 WS/48, so no excuses for the Nuggs.

    18. ruruland

      JK47:
      @18

      They’re undersized at PG and PF, and the centers (Mozgov and McGee) have terrible fundamentals on defense.With McGee now on the team they now have several low-IQ players on the floor at any given time: Faried, McGee, Al Buckets, Mozgov…

      I agree. But their wings and guards are playing worse than their bigs.

      Faried is pretty bad defensively.

    19. ruruland

      Even though they’re not a good team, and are atrocious on one end of the floor, Lawson, Faried, McGee are fun to watch.

    20. janai7676

      The Wolves were fun to watch before Rubio went down. Such a shame. They were really starting to play well and make a push for a playoff spot. The rest of their schedule is pretty soft so it’s still an outside possibility but not likely. Just goes to show how one freak play can change your season.

    21. Juany8

      It’s starting to seriously look like Denver won’t even make the playoffs. It’s a shame too, I was hoping everyone would be right about them being a high seed so the Rockets would have someone easy to match up with :( Seriously though, the Nuggets are quickly looking like they’re going to be stuck with a bunch of mediocre players for the next several years, the Grizzlies, Thunder, Clippers, and Timberwolves are much better set going forward, still not sure why the Nuggets thought it would be better to become Atlanta east than to just bottom out after the Melo wanted to leave.

    22. JK47

      @28

      Utah is another good-looking young team. Favors, Kanter, Burks and Hayward are all 21 or younger and they have New Jersey’s unprotected lottery pick in the next draft.

      The Nets got raped in that deal.

    23. d-mar

      JK47:
      @28

      Utah is another good-looking young team.Favors, Kanter, Burks and Hayward are all 21 or younger and they have New Jersey’s unprotected lottery pick in the next draft.

      The Nets got raped in that deal.

      As much as a lot of people thought Dolan was the one pushing for the Melo deal, I wonder if Prokhorov was behind the D-Will trade, feeling like he had to do something to counter all the hype surrounding Carmelo coming to NY. Right now, that franchise is on the verge of becoming irrelevant for years to come.

    24. Juany8

      Utah showed why you don’t give up size, picks, and youth for anyone except Lebron or Howard. Gallo and Chandler are already going to be paid as much as Melo for next year, and Felton was a veteran player who was obtained (and replaced) pretty easily. None of those guys had the potential of Favors alone, and when you add the Kanter pick and this year’s unprotected pick, Utah does have a pretty promising future. They just need to get a young PG to run that team, Devin Harris i just not that good anymore

    25. janai7676

      Juany8:
      Utah showed why you don’t give up size, picks, and youth for anyone except Lebron or Howard. Gallo and Chandler are already going to be paid as much as Melo for next year, and Felton was a veteran player who was obtained (and replaced) pretty easily. None of those guys had the potential of Favors alone, and when you add the Kanter pick and this year’s unprotected pick, Utah does have a pretty promising future. They just need to get a young PG to run that team, Devin Harris i just not that good anymore

      What happened to Harris this year? I haven’t been following Utah all that closely this year but his numbers have taken a dive. He was solid for a numbers of years. There is a great changing of the guard happening in the West. Will be fun to see how it all pans out in the next couple of years.

    26. ruruland

      Fisher is a great get for OKC.

      He may look horrible statistically but this is as under control and coherent an offense I’ve seen the Thunder run.

    27. d-mar

      Hawks and Jazz in 4th overtime period. Jazz play the Nyets tomorrow, and will still probably kick their butts even after playing an extra half a game the night before and getting into NJ at like 4 AM.

    28. JLam

      I’m starting to believe that Woodson would have taken over the head coaching job in Feb if this Linsanity didn’t happen. When he was hired last summer it was to replace MDA sometime during the season just in case.

    29. JLam

      ess-dog: LOL @ Knicks getting clobbered by cRaptors.

      I used to be a Raptors fan when it was Vinsanity. Now a Knicks fan but it’s with Linsanity now

    30. massive

      As of tonight:
      76ers : 26-22
      Celtics: 25-22 (1/2 GB)
      Knicks: 24-25 (3 GB)

      I would hate for the Celtics to steal the division this year. We need to play Indy/Atlanta in the first round.

    31. massive

      I was thinking, who are the top 3 worst owners in the NBA? I think I go Sterling, Jordan, and Dolan in that order. Well, you could probably make an argument for Sarver over Dolan recently; he should have had Nash traded for some combination of young players/picks, he’s also notoriously cheap. There isn’t much he’s done to gain the tag “worse than Dolan,” but I’d like to believe there are worse owners in the NBA.

    32. ruruland

      massive:
      I was thinking, who are the top 3 worst owners in the NBA? I think I go Sterling, Jordan, and Dolan in that order. Well, you could probably make an argument for Sarver over Dolan recently; he should have had Nash traded for some combination of young players/picks, he’s also notoriously cheap. There isn’t much he’s done to gain the tag “worse than Dolan,” but I’d like to believe there are worse owners in the NBA.

      Not every owner in the league is willing to spend like Dolan. Not that it wouldn’t be financially prudent to do so in this market, but you can’t say he’s risk averse, either. He’s a bad owner, but I’m not sure people take that into consideration.

      The Nuggets probably won’t go back into the luxury tax again with Kroenke.

    33. Brian Cronin

      Utah showed why you don’t give up size, picks, and youth for anyone except Lebron or Howard.

      Absolutely agreed. I think there should be a rule that you have to at least win 45 games once in a five-year span before you get to trade your first round pick. It would save the Knicks a lot of aggravation.

    34. er

      here is an interesting stat for you stat geeks according to synergy Amare and Melo are better defenders than LBJ and Kobe

      Knicks forwards are both @ .79 ppp
      LBJ allows .85 ppp
      Kobe allows .85 ppp

      Funny huh

    35. er

      sorry kobe is .84

      er:
      here is an interesting stat for you stat geeks according to synergy Amare and Melo are better defenders than LBJ and Kobe

      Knicks forwards are both @ .79 ppp
      LBJ allows .85 ppp
      Kobe allows .85 ppp

      Funny huh

    36. jon abbey

      Philly has a lot of cupcakes left on their schedule, we’re going to have to go at least 12-5 to have a shot at the division, maybe even 13-4 or 14-3.

    37. limpidgimp

      Last time we played the Bucks, Dunleavy got way too many open looks. That better not happen again. The guy’s FG% is .583 in his last 10 games!

    38. Ben R

      jon abbey:
      Philly has a lot of cupcakes left on their schedule, we’re going to have to go at least 12-5 to have a shot at the division, maybe even 13-4 or 14-3.

      Unless Philly really wets the bed down the stretch we have no shot at the division. We have 5 games against Miami, Chicago and Orlando. If we’re really lucky we win one, maybe two max, of those. Add in another seven games vs playoff teams and it starts to look bleak. Then you gotta figure we give one away to a scrub team because we’re the Knicks and I figure 10-7 is a good accomplishment.

    39. jon abbey

      nice to see Shump Shump got to 20 minutes in the last game, so the updated numbers there:

      if Shump plays at least 19 minutes, NY is 22-16.
      if he doesn’t, NY is 2-9.

      under Woodson:

      if Shump plays at least 19 minutes, NY is 5-0.
      if he doesn’t, NY is 0-1.

      so yeah, play the guy. :)

    40. Frank

      jon abbey:
      nice to see Shump Shump got to 20 minutes in the last game, so the updated numbers there:

      if Shump plays at least 19 minutes, NY is 22-16.
      if he doesn’t, NY is 2-9.

      under Woodson:

      if Shump plays at least 19 minutes, NY is 5-0.
      if he doesn’t, NY is 0-1.

      so yeah, play the guy. :)

      Sorry Jon- 19 is not divisible by 5 so you’ve made a bad point. Although it IS a prime number so you do get some credit! :)

      It’s really too bad we can’t combine Shumpert and Novak into one player.

    41. Nick C.

      Frank: Sorry Jon- 19 is not divisible by 5 so you’ve made a bad point. Although it IS a prime number so you do get some credit! :)It’s really too bad we can’t combine Shumpert and Novak into one player.

      Haven’t you had enough of low TS% EF% players who are weak defensively? :-)

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