Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Dec 20 2012)
December 20th, 2012 by Mike Kurylo |
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[New York Post] Knicks bury Nets in Garden (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:28:03 -0500)
There isn’t a doubt any longer which borough is home to the best basketball team or the city’s best player.
[New York Post] Opposites detract from city’s newest rivalry (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:12:35 -0500)
The Brooklyn commute to Manhattan can be a bear, and Wednesday night it became a disastrous trip for the struggling Nets in their first-ever foray to the Garden…
So it seems we may have to wait a while before we get Lakers-Celtics, Dodgers-Giants, or Army-Navy thriving on either end of the Manhattan Bridge.
[New York Post] Smith finally finds his shot (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:54:39 -0500)
It seems the deep passions that burned those first two nights in Brooklyn â?? when Barclays Center looked and sounded resplendent in its fiery neutrality â?? will…
Mike Woodson has done something no coach ever has done.
[New York Post] Once again, Brooklyn flops in 3rd (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:32:30 -0500)
He’s told J.R. Smith not to hesitate when he shoots.
“Other than Coach Woodson, I’ve never been told I was hesitating,â? Smith said with a smile after shooting 7 of 11 and scoring 19 points last night…
It was a different night, but the same old story.
[New York Post] Amar’e to test knee again today (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:32:30 -0500)
The Nets, who have struggled to get themselves going in the third quarter all season, saw the Knicks break the game open with a 18-6 run over the final 6:54 of the third quarter last night to hand the…
With Rasheed Wallace’s sore left foot becoming a bigger issue, the Knicks’ need for Amar’e Stoudemire has grown. Thursday will be a huge day as Stoudemire will participate in the Erie Bayhawks’ practice for the second time, to be conducted at the Westchester facility.
[New York Post] Knicks center dominates in second half (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:32:30 -0500)
Stoudemire rested his sore…
Nets center Brook Lopez was so excited for last night â?? the first time the Brooklyn Nets were playing the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.
[New York Post] Isiah lands NBA TV gig (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:00:41 -0500)
Then the game began.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler eventually turned all that excitement into frustration, and the Nets may have left the joint hoping it was…
Isiah Thomas is going to get another chance â?? on television.NBA TV announced yesterday that Thomas has joined its team of studio analysts and will make his debut on tomorrow’s pregame show prior to the Knicks-Bulls matchup on the channel.The former Knicks coach and president had tried out…
[New York Post] Nets defense gets picked apart with pick-and-rolls (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 02:39:24 -0500)
The Knicks have beaten teams from 3-point range all season long. But it was the work of Tyson Chandler in and around the paint that, more than anything, led to the Nets suffering their third straight loss last night, as Chandler’s 16 points and 12 rebounds powered the Knicks…
[ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Notebook: J.R.'s come a long way (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:34:12 EDT)
Last season, it was clear that after Mike Woodson took over the Knicks in March, he had a positive effect on J.R. Smith. It was as if the two of them developed a father-son relationship. When Smith would make a mistake, Woodson would make sure to call him over to the sideline and give him tough love about what he did wrong. But Smith didn’t sneer; he made strides, which he’s also been doing this season.
[ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Avery on Melo: 'He's on another planet' (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:22:13 EDT)
Case in point: After Smith had been struggling to find his shot earlier in the month, the coach pulled his best bench scorer aside during practice on Tuesday and talked to him.
About two hours before tipoff on Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony was on the Madison Square Garden floor, running sprints at half speed and shooting around to test his injured left ankle.
[New York Daily News] Returning Melo goes off with 31 as Knicks best Nets (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:33:18 GMT)
“For the most part, I felt pretty good,” he said.
And that was a good thing for the Knicks.
The warmup convinced Anthony that he could suit up for New York’s showdown against the Brooklyn Nets.
And Anthony didn’t just suit up, he dominated.
After sitting out two games due to an injured left ankle, Melo poured in a game-high 31 points in 36 minutes to lead the Knicks to a 14-point win over Brooklyn.
For the second time in eight days, the Knicks defeated their crosstown rival and marked Carmelo Anthony’s return with a 100-86 victory. The Knicks improved to 19-6 overall and 2-1 over Brooklyn.
[New York Daily News] Chandler slams Nets, says Knicks needed to make statement (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:24:49 GMT)
Tyson Chandler didn’t mince words when it was over, boasting that the Knicks “wanted to make a statementâ? Wednesday night against the Nets. Chandler insisted he was talking mostly about getting back to the defensive identity that had helped the Knicks build the best record in the Eastern Conference before an ugly home loss Monday against Jeremy Lin and the Rockets.
[New York Daily News] Lawrence: Anthony earns â??A’ from Knicks great Ewing (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:52:01 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony was back on the court on Wednesday night, scoring and leading the Knicks to another win that helped them stay atop the Eastern Conference.
[New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony's return along with defense lead Knicks over Nets (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:28:03 EST)
Carmelo Anthony wasn't sure he would be able to play because his badly bruised left ankle still bothered him. But he felt good enough to inflict more pain on the slumping Nets.
[New York Times] Durant Scores 41 as Streaking Thunder Top Hawks (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:00:22 GMT)
Oklahoma City’s biggest stars displayed a unique version of balanced scoring against Atlanta: Russell Westbrook led the Thunder in the first half and Kevin Durant dominated the Hawks over the final two quarters.
[New York Times] Clippers Beat Hornets 93-77 for 11th Straight Win (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 07:14:59 GMT)
The Los Angeles Clippers’ franchise record-tying 11th consecutive victory had owner Donald Sterling leading a “hip, hip hooray” chant in the locker room.
[New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Kevin Durant’s 41 Points Help Thunder Win 12th Straight (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 07:00:20 GMT)
Russell Westbrook had 27 points and 11 assists Wednesday as Oklahoma City defeated Atlanta, 100-92.
[New York Times] For Nets, a Frustrating Game, Week and Month (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:54:04 GMT)
After going 11-4 in November, the Nets are 2-8 in December after losing to the Knicks, and are, according to their coach, starting to look tired.
[New York Times] Knicks’ Copeland Waited a Long Time for His Shot (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:54:04 GMT)
Chris Copeland, an impressive scorer in five years in Europe, made his first start for the Knicks last Saturday, and in Monday’s loss had 29 points.
[New York Times] NBA TV Hires Isiah Thomas as Studio Analyst (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:52:04 GMT)
Isiah Thomas, who will also contribute to NBA.com, has been absent from the N.B.A. since being fired as the Knicks’ president and coach in 2008.
[New York Times] Knicks 100, Nets 86: Knicks Demonstrate Distance From Nets With Win (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:47:20 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle as the Knicks won for the 10th time in 12 games, while the Nets lost their third straight game.
[New York Times] Kings Snap 5-Game Skid, Outlast Warriors 131-127 (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:00:18 GMT)
DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, Aaron Brooks added 23 points and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by outlasting the Golden State Warriors 131-127 on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] SPORTS: Brooklyn Ballers (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 04:52:11 GMT)
New York City’s biggest basketball stars have come mostly from Brooklyn.
[New York Times] Suns Hand Charlotte 13th Straight Loss (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 04:45:07 GMT)
Shannon Brown scored a season-high 26 points and the Phoenix Suns routed the Bobcats 121-104 on Wednesday night, Charlotte’s league-worst 13th straight loss.
[New York Times] Green Scores 21 to Lead Pacers Past Jazz 104-84 (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 04:00:22 GMT)
It’s all starting to come together for Gerald Green and the Indiana Pacers.
[New York Times] Harden Scores 33 as Rockets Beat 76ers 125-103 (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:48:47 GMT)
James Harden had 33 points and seven assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 125-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Durant, Streaking Thunder Beat Hawks, 100-92 (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:18:30 GMT)
Kevin Durant set a season high with 41 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Atlanta Hawks 100-92 on Wednesday night for their 12th straight win.
[New York Times] Pierce Scores 40 to Lead Celtics Over Cavs 103-91 (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:07:03 GMT)
Paul Pierce scored 25 of his season-high 40 points in the second half, carrying the Boston Celtics to a 103-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Reserves Lead Magic to Win Over Wizards (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 03:03:16 GMT)
J.J. Redick scored 17 points and fellow reserve E’Twaun Moore had 15 on Wednesday night, leading the Orlando Magic to a 90-83 win over the Washington Wizards.
[New York Times] Anthony Returns, Helps Knicks Rout Nets 100-86 (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 02:48:44 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-86 on Wednesday night in the third meeting this season between the city rivals.
[New York Times] DeRozan Scores 23 as Raptors Beat Pistons 97-91 (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 02:45:38 GMT)
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Alan Anderson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 97-91 Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to four games.
[New York Times] Knicks’ Stoudemire and Anthony Move Closer to Playing Together (Thu, 20 Dec 2012 01:38:34 GMT)
Amar’e Stoudemire said he would not object to coming off the bench rather than reassuming his role as the starting power forward, a position currently filled by Carmelo Anthony.
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).