Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Feb 14 2013)
February 14th, 2013 by Mike Kurylo |
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[New York Times] Celtics Grind Out Ugly Victory Over Slumping Bulls (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:50:12 GMT)
The Boston Celtics avoided another last-ditch loss against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday when they eked out a scrappy 71-69 home victory in a low-quality encounter between two injury-ravaged teams.
[New York Times] Clippers Beat Rockets 106-96 for 3rd Straight Win (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:09:56 GMT)
Caron Butler scored 17 of his 19 points in the opening quarter when the Clippers shot 77 percent and Los Angeles led all the way in beating the Houston Rockets 106-96 on Wednesday night for their third win in a row.
[New York Times] Raptors 92, Knicks 88: Knicks Start Slow and Finish Worse Against Raptors (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:55:24 GMT)
In the last game before the All-Star break, the Knicks lost to Toronto with too many missed layups, 3-pointers and free throws in the final three minutes. The sellout crowd grew increasingly annoyed, groaning and booing every mistake.
[New York Times] Off the Dribble: As LeBron James’s Game Takes Off, Comparisons Are Harder (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:23:42 GMT)
With six consecutive basketball games in which he has scored at least 30 points and shot 60 percent or higher, LeBron James is on a great roll for any field.
[New York Times] Carter Passes Bird as Mavs Put Away Kings 123-100 (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:15:58 GMT)
Move over, Larry Legend. Vinsanity still has a few special moments in him.
[New York Times] Anthony Unsure About All-Star Game With Arm Injury (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:04:11 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony’s All-Star game start could be in jeopardy after he received a deep bruise in his right arm that caused numbness.
[New York Times] Bynum Leads Pistons Past Wizards 96-85 (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:31:10 GMT)
It hasn’t been much of a season for the Detroit Pistons.
[New York Times] Nets’ Tyshawn Taylor Eager to Prove He Is No Fluke (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:08:06 GMT)
With Deron Williams out of the Nets’ lineup Monday against the Indiana Pacers, Tyshawn Taylor stepped in and provided a sudden, unexpected glimpse at his N.B.A. potential.
[New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Magic’s Turkoglu Is Suspended for Steroids (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:50:53 GMT)
Orlando forward Hedo Turkoglu was suspended 20 games by the N.B.A. after testing positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. He apologized to the Magic organization, fans and teammates.
[New York Times] Hornets Roll Past Trail Blazers, 99-63 (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:49:07 GMT)
Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss, 99-63 on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Ellis Scores 28 to Lead Bucks Over 76ers 94-92 (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:45:53 GMT)
Monta Ellis scored 28 points, Brandon Jennings added 21 and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the fourth quarter for a 94-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Jefferson Powers Jazz Over Wolves 97-93 (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:40:08 GMT)
Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Millsap scored 21 points to power the Utah Jazz to a 97-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Johnson and Nets Beat Nuggets 119-108 (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:34:24 GMT)
Joe Johnson scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, C.J Watson added 25 points and five 3s, and the Brooklyn Nets came away with a 119-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Nets 119, Nuggets 108: Nets Defeat Denver Nuggets (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:31:26 GMT)
There is no simple explanation for a Nets season in which the team has looked dominant and listless. On Wednesday, the Nets appeared unstoppable as they routed the Nuggets.
[New York Times] Celtics Hold On for 71-69 Win Over Bulls (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:28:05 GMT)
Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics overcame poor shooting to beat the Chicago Bulls 71-69 Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Raptors Beat Knicks 92-88 for 4th Straight Win (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:22:13 GMT)
Reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team, and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 92-88 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.
[New York Times] George, Hansbrough Lead Pacers Over Bobcats 101-77 (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:07:51 GMT)
Paul George posted his first career triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, and the Indiana Pacers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 101-77 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Leonard’s 3-Pointer Gives Spurs 96-95 Win (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 02:55:14 GMT)
Kawhi Leonard made a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] Smith’s 30 Points Leads Hawks Past Magic, 108-76 (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 02:49:07 GMT)
Josh Smith had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Al Horford added 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks blew past the Orlando Magic 108-76 on Wednesday night.
[New York Times] NBA All-Star Break Could Be the End for Union Head (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:37:04 GMT)
After 17 years fighting for NBA players, Billy Hunter might be down to his last, most difficult battle.
[ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Woody: Knicks still have shot to win title (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:16:44 EDT)
His Knicks have limped into the All-Star break, but Mike Woodson remains confident. So confident, in fact, that he still thinks the Knicks have a good chance of winning an NBA title.
[ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Notebook: A 'possibility' Brewer could start (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:00:32 EDT)
“I think we still got a legitimate shot, absolutely. Absolutely,” Woodson said after the Knicks’ 92-88 loss to a 21-32 Toronto team.
Some may read that and wonder whether Woodson realizes team shares a conference with the defending champion Heat.
But Woodson says he’s still confident because the Knicks are in strong standing in the East heading into the All-Star break.
At the start of the season, Ronnie Brewer was rolling. In November he was starting and averaging 7.0 points and 22.7 minutes per game, and the Knicks went 11-4. It was the forward’s perimeter defense that helped the team the most, but when his shot went missing, Mike Woodson didn’t waste any time sending him to the bench. And that’s basically where he’s been ever since.
[ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Melo might sit out All-Star Game (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:11:09 EDT)
But that could change after the All-Star break, with the Knicks’ defense dipping lately.
Carmelo Anthony said a “deep” right arm contusion he suffered on Wednesday night might sideline him for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.
[New York Daily News] Dino-SORE! Melo in loss to Raptors, may miss All-Star Game (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:04:47 GMT)
The New York Knicks forward suffered the injury early in the first quarter of a 92-88 loss to Toronto when DeMar DeRozan elbowed him in the arm on a drive.
Anthony said he felt numbness throughout the game and called the contusion “kind of deep.”
If he feels discomfort leading up to Sunday evening’s game, Anthony said he would sit out rather than risk further injury.
The excruciating pain in Carmelo Anthony’s right arm, pain that could ultimately prevent him from playing in Sunday’s All-Star Game, could not keep him from taking shots. It just prevented him from making shots.
[New York Daily News] Lawrence: LeBron’s record-breaking play puts Heat on Melo, Knicks (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:02:21 GMT)
Here we are at the All-Star break and the Knicks are not looking down at the Miami Heat from atop the Eastern Conference, as Mike Woodson had planned. Woodson’s plans have gone up in flames, and it’s not just because the Knicks’ defense has regressed a few levels since the first part of the season, when they were ranked No. 1 in the NBA.
[New York Daily News] Woodson guarded on Shumpert trade talk (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:44:14 GMT)
The clock is ticking on the Knicks with the NBA’s trading deadline looming on Feb. 21. From all indications, the club will remain quiet as opposed to two years ago when it changed the direction of the franchise with the blockbuster deal for Carmelo Anthony.
[New York Newsday] Knicks misfire in loss to weak Raptors (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:28:35 EST)
The Knicks played like a team that was looking past the Raptors and ahead to the All-Star break. Some of the Knicks looked as if they needed the break.
[New York Newsday] Mike Woodson says Knicks not worried about catching Heat (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:30:45 EST)
Mike Woodson isn't as concerned about catching the Heat as he is making sure the Knicks return to defending consistently and keeping the top spot in the Atlantic Division.
[New York Post] Anthony banged up as Knicks fall before break (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:14:21 -0500)
The Knicks could use the break â?? the All-Star break. Even Carmelo Anthony may decide to take a break, too.
[New York Post] 50 games in, still plenty of questions (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:04:45 -0500)
After injuring his right biceps during last night’s 92-88 loss to the Raptors, Anthony left open the possibility of sitting out Sunday’s All-Star Game. Anthony had a dead arm…
Well, then. That was certainly a sobering couple of hours at the world’s most famous arena.
[New York Post] Melo keeping All-Star Game at arm’s length (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:05:14 -0500)
Every time the Knicks have slipped on a banana peel this season, there was always an explanation: This player was out. That player was out. The other team was better, more rested, not…
Carmelo Anthony faced one of the great conundrums of life â?? or at least the NBA â?? last night. His right arm was going in and out of sleep mode, thanks to an elbow injury he sustained in the first quarter. There was pain and there was numbness.
[New York Post] Fields rocks Garden with engaging news (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:05:29 -0500)
But there also was…
Landry Fields made his first return to the Garden last night as a member of the Raptors and had an announcement to make. He had gotten engaged just yesterday afternoon to his supermodel girlfriend, Elaine Alden.
[New York Post] Shumpert sympathetic to longer ACL recovery of Bulls’ Rose (Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:04:34 -0500)
As Fields finished warmups, former Knicks buddy Steve Novak came over to congratulate him…
Iman Shumpert hasn’t spoken to his Chicago cohort Derrick Rose, but he understands Rose’s recent comment that he could postpone his return until next season.
Shumpert and Rose played high school basketball during the same time in Chicago, and they each had major knee surgery after tearing their…
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).