Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Dec 13 2012)
December 13th, 2012 by Mike Kurylo |
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[New York Post] Knicks’ offseason backup plan a slam dunk so far (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:40:51 -0500)
Imagine if Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald got his first choice, and Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin were running the Knicks instead of Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton.
[New York Post] J.R. iffy with back spasms (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:15:32 -0500)
Certainly they wouldn’t be an Eastern Conference-leading 16-5 entering tonight’s Garden showdown vs. the 9-13 Lakers. As luck would have…
J.R. Smith wouldn’t allow back spasms to force him out of the game in the second half of the Knicks’ 100-97 win in Brooklyn on Tuesday, but it is unclear if he will be able to suit up tonight vs. the Lakers.
[New York Post] Anthony’s scoring leads to wins, deserved MVP talk (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:46:24 -0500)
Smith underwent 45 minutes of treatment…
If the voting for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award were held today, Carmelo Anthony would be a consensus selection. But that’s not reality. One quarter of a season does not make an MVP.
[New York Post] Melo’s Knicks flying high while D’Antoni struggles with Lakers (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:55:10 -0500)
At this point in 2010, Amar’e Stoudemire would have gotten his share of…
Mike D’Antoni and Carmelo Anthony are back together at the Garden for the first time tonight, their public divorce last March working out magnificently for the player and not so wonderfully for the former Knicks coach.
[New York Post] Mrs. Mike: No reason for fans to boo former coach (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 01:06:32 -0500)
As D’Antoni’s purple-and-gold Lakers invade the Garden, Anthony is coming off…
Mike D’Antoni’s wife, Laurel D’Antoni, who is still living in Westchester with their high-school-aged son, Michael, said she can’t understand why Knicks fans would boo the ex-coach in his Garden return tonight with the Lakers.The way she sees it, her husband stepped away at the…
[New York Times] Maya Moore Leaving Mark on Chinese Basketball (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:14:44 GMT)
Maya Moore has excelled everywhere she’s played, winning championships from college to the WNBA and Europe. Now she’s leaving her mark on the Chinese women’s basketball league.
[New York Times] Williams’ Late 3 Lifts Jazz Over Spurs 99-96 (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:56:47 GMT)
Mo Williams’ 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Utah Jazz to a 99-96 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping the Spurs’ five-game winning streak.
[New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Warriors Beat Heat on Green’s Last-Second Layup (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:09:04 GMT)
Open underneath the basket, Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the Golden State Warriors a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat.
[New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Mike D’Antoni Still Struggling to Find the Right Fit (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:54:04 GMT)
Mike D’Antoni, whose Lakers have lost three straight, returns to Madison Square Garden on Thursday to face his former team, the Knicks, for a nationally televised game.
[New York Times] Nets 94, Raptors 88: Nets End Losing Skid, but It’s Not Easy (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:50:05 GMT)
Behind Joe Johnson’s 23 points, 19 of which came in the second half, the Nets held off a late rally by the Raptors and ended a season-high five-game losing streak.
[New York Times] Jazz Shock Spurs With Williams’ Three-Point Buzzer-Beater (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:44:34 GMT)
Mo Williams drained a long-range three-pointer as time expired to give the Utah Jazz a buzzer-beating 99-96 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.
[New York Times] Suns Edge Grizzlies 82-80 (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:47:55 GMT)
Goran Dragic made a short hook shot from the left baseline with 0.5 seconds remaining and the Phoenix Suns edged the Memphis Grizzlies 82-80 on Wednesday to snap a seven-game losing streak.
[New York Times] Pierce Scores 34 as Celtics Top Mavs Double-OT (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:47:48 GMT)
Paul Pierce scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer at the start of the second overtime to give Boston the lead for good, and the Celtics held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-115 on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Long Winter Ahead as Raptors Slide Drags on With Nets Loss (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:05:35 GMT)
The snow has just started to fall in the National Basketball Association’s most northern outpost and all signs are pointing to a long, bitter winter for the Toronto Raptors.
[New York Times] Thunder Extend Win Streak to 9 With 92-88 Victory (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:56:39 GMT)
Kevin Durant scored 35 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder extended their winning streak to nine games with a 92-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets 92-88 on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Jennings, Ellis Lead Bucks in 98-85 Win Over Kings (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:50:48 GMT)
Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, Monta Ellis had 17 points and 11 assists and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Sacramento Kings 98-85 on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Harden Scores 31 to Lead Rockets Over Wizards (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:49:05 GMT)
James Harden scored 31 points to lift the Houston Rockets to a 99-93 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Pekovic Leads Timberwolves Over Nuggets 108-105 (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:47:01 GMT)
Kevin Love spent the morning backpedaling and Nikola Pekovic spent the evening plowing full steam ahead.
[New York Times] Paul Helps Lift Clippers Past Bobcats 100-94 (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:26:45 GMT)
Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-94 Wednesday night for their eighth straight win.
[New York Times] Warriors Slip Past Heat 97-95 (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:24:09 GMT)
Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the Golden State Warriors a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
[New York Times] Bulls Beat 76ers 96-89 for 4th Straight Road Win (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:11:43 GMT)
Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls won their fourth in a row on the road with a 96-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Pacers Rally From 16 Points Down, Beat Cavs 96-81 (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 02:59:44 GMT)
Paul George scored 27 points, and the Indiana Pacers overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-81 on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Hawks Hold Off Late Charge to Beat Magic 86-80 (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 02:45:11 GMT)
Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece, Al Horford added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks held off a late charge by the Orlando Magic for an 86-80 victory Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Johnson Scores 23 as Nets Beat Raptors 94-88 (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 02:45:03 GMT)
Joe Johnson scored 23 points, Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets beat Toronto 94-88 Wednesday night, snapping a season-high five-game losing streak.
[New York Times] Jerry Stackhouse Joins in Honoring Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 01:16:20 GMT)
Jerry Stackhouse, the first major professional athlete in Brooklyn to wear No. 42 since Jackie Robinson, joined the Nets in honoring his idol.
[ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Kobe: Melo is the NBA's toughest cover (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:42:24 EDT)
To Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony is the toughest cover in the NBA. Tougher, even, than LeBron James.
[New York Daily News] D’Antoni back at MSG to get look at MVP candidate Melo (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:31:30 GMT)
“For me, yeah,” Bryant told Stephen A. Smith in an interview Wednesday.
“He’s always been a player that I enjoyed guarding the most,” Bryant said. “He was the most difficult because of his size and his speed.”
Listen to Kobe’s comments: Bryant added that Anthony’s shooting range, ability to drive to the rim and score in the post make him one of the most lethal offensive weapons in the NBA.
On Thursday, Mike D’Antoni returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since stepping down as Knicks coach last March. The theory is that D’Antoni couldn’t co-exist with Carmelo Anthony and wanted out.
Mike Kurylo is the founder and editor of KnickerBlogger.net. His book on the 2012 Knicks, "We’ll Always Have Linsanity," is on sale now. Follow him on twitter (@KnickerBlogger).