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Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Jan 29 2013)

  • [New York Times] Iguodala’s Last-Second FT Lifts Nuggets (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:16:13 GMT)
    Andre Iguodala’s defensive stop in the final moments helped the Nuggets survive a nerve-racking finish against the Pacers.

  • [New York Times] Nets Dispel Magic to Get Back to Winning Ways (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:58:05 GMT)
    The Brooklyn Nets used a dominant fourth-quarter display to power away from the struggling Orlando Magic for a 97-77 victory on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Hand Jazz Worst Home Loss (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:46:17 GMT)
    James Harden had 25 points, and the Houston Rockets rolled by the Jazz, 125-80, handing Utah its worst home loss in franchise history.

  • [New York Times] Nets Compound Orlando Misery With 97-77 Win (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:04:06 GMT)
    The Brooklyn Nets powered away from struggling Orlando with a dominant fourth quarter to thrash the Magic 97-77 on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Iguodala’s Last-Second FT Lifts Nuggets (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:02:06 GMT)
    Andre Iguodala made a free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining after forcing a turnover to deny a last-second shot by Indiana, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Pacers 102-101 Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Will Ask Less of Kidd (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 04:02:35 GMT)
    Jason Kidd’s abrupt departure on Sunday underlined the tightrope walked by the Knicks, the league’s oldest team.

  • [New York Times] Butler Scores 19 to Lead Bulls Past Bobcats, 93-85 (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:58:18 GMT)
    Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 19 points and Nate Robinson added 15 as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 93-85 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Rally From 17 Down to Beat 76ers (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:49:17 GMT)
    Marc Gasol scored a season-high 27 points and Rudy Gay had 26, and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies rallied from 17 down late in the fourth quarter for a 103-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • [New York Times] Nets 97, Magic 77: Brook Lopez and Nets Beat the Magic (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:47:05 GMT)
    Brook Lopez, who the Magic did not want in a potential trade involving Dwight Howard, played an efficient game scoring 16 points in the Nets’ victory.

  • [New York Times] Thomas’ Shot Ends Kings’ Skid, Top Wizards 96-94 (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 02:55:34 GMT)
    Isaiah Thomas made a floater with a second to play, capping a seesaw finish as the Sacramento Kings broke a four-game losing streak with a 96-94 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Lee Scores 21 as Warriors Beat Raptors 114-102 (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 02:52:41 GMT)
    David Lee had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 17 points before leaving with an injury, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 114-102 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets Rout Magic 97-77 for 8th Straight Home Win (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 02:52:36 GMT)
    Deron Williams had 20 points and nine assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 97-77 on Monday night for their eighth straight home victory.

  • [New York Daily News] Back woes slow Knicks’ Kidd (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:37:51 GMT)
    JASON KIDD’S recurring back problems are a growing concern for the Knicks despite Mike Woodson saying on his weekly radio show that he expected the veteran point guard to be available for Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic.

  • [New York Post] Felton’s return to Knicks could be Rx for slumping Novak (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:19:05 -0500)
    Knicks coach Mike Woodson said last week he hoped point guard Raymond Felton’s return would jump-start the slumping Steve Novak.
    Felton helped get Carmelo Anthony out of a recent shooting funk Sunday with his franchise-record-tying nine 3-pointers, but Novak, the Knicks’ best long-range shooter, has been silent.
    “We got…

  • [New York Post] Knicks eager to get Wallace back on court (Tue, 29 Jan 2013 02:23:21 -0500)
    The Knicks got point guard Raymond Felton back to reignite the offense. Now coach Mike Woodson is waiting on Rasheed Wallace to reenergize a defense that allowed the Hawks to shoot 60 percent Sunday at the Garden.
    There have been false hopes before, but Wallace is expected to return to…

  • 25 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Jan 29 2013)

    1. d-mar

      David Lee’s line last night vs. Toronto: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, +15.

      The man is just playing at a really high level, glad to see he’s having success out in Golden State. He was one of our only bright spots during the dreary Isaiah years, I’ll never forget going crazy at the game with my son when he tipped in the inbounds pass from Crawford to beat Charlotte.

    2. jon abbey

      Bradford Doolittle on ESPN Insider ranked the best perimeter defenders in the league this year, based on Synergy and other data. Josh Smith was easily #1, which makes Melo’s dropping 42 on him the other night that much more impressive.

    3. Juany8

      jon abbey:
      Bradford Doolittle on ESPN Insider ranked the best perimeter defenders in the league this year, based on Synergy and other data. Josh Smith was easily #1, which makes Melo’s dropping 42 on him the other night that much more impressive.

      You could tell Melo stood no chance of posting up Josh Smith, once he started playing off the ball more instead of initiating the offense every possession he started dominating. It was also nice to see Melo’s 3 point percentage regress to the mean against Atlanta after a cold stretch :)

    4. ruruland

      jon abbey:
      Bradford Doolittle on ESPN Insider ranked the best perimeter defenders in the league this year, based on Synergy and other data. Josh Smith was easily #1, which makes Melo’s dropping 42 on him the other night that much more impressive.

      Smith is a stud. Not a max guy by any stretch, but does a lot of things really well .

      It should be noted that Melo’s 42 was the fourth time he’s scored 35 or more against Smith and Atlanta.

      He’s averaged 39 points on Smith/Atlanta the last 3 games.

    5. domiknick

      Sorry for the “test” post. I tried posting this same thing the other day but couldn’t get it to work for some reason. Here it is again (admittedly pretty late).

      Ruruland – the other day you mentioned something in regards to that SI article by Chris Ballard. Namely, that the Knicks, in 7 games without Melo this year, are 2-5 against the spread. I posed the question to Ballard on Twitter, How is Voulgaris making his money on these games? Ballard’s response: “He doesn’t bet all of them.” So, out of 2 wins against the spread, “he doesn’t bet all of them.” Does that make any sense? (I really hope this post works this time, lol).

    6. flossy

      “Over the Knicks’ 12 games in January, the opposition’s point guards have shot 39% from three-point range and 51% overall, while averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 36 minutes per game.

      To put that into perspective, only one player in the NBA, reigning most valuable player LeBron James, averages at least 18 points, six assists and four rebounds while shooting 39% from distance and 50% overall. In other words, the Knicks have allowed MVP-level performances on a nightly basis at the point-guard position.”

      Ugh.

    7. ruruland

      domiknick:
      Sorry for the “test” post.I tried posting this same thing the other day but couldn’t get it to work for some reason.Here it is again (admittedly pretty late).

      Ruruland – the other day you mentioned something in regards to that SI article by Chris Ballard.Namely, that the Knicks, in 7 games without Melo this year, are 2-5 against the spread.I posed the question to Ballard on Twitter, How is Voulgaris making his money on these games?Ballard’s response: “He doesn’t bet all of them.”So, out of 2 wins against the spread, “he doesn’t bet all of them.”Does that make any sense?(I really hope this post works this time, lol).

      Right, that makes sense, but it also completely undermines his rationale that Vegas overestimates Melo’s impact. If anything, this year, they underestimate it, and that’s even with that crazy game against Miami where Felton went nuts.

    8. ruruland

      Ok, just finished up with updating the numbers that served as the basis for my Melo efficiency predictions this year.

      How has the 3-point shot changed Melo’s game?

      Through the first 7 1/2 years of Melo’s career, he averaged about 2.5 3pta per game.

      After a 40-minute wrestling match against Ron Artest and the Lakers midway through the 2010-11 season — perhaps the impetus for change –Melo shot 8 3-pointers playing off the ball in a game against Indiana.

      Since that point, he has averaged more than 5 3-point field goals a game, more than doubling his prior career average.

      Now, he has played a total of 132 games since that 8 3-point attempt game against Indiana.

      Included in those 132 games is a stretch where he was obviously playing injured (Memphis game).

      If we somewhat arbitrarily cut out 28 games (it’s a rough estimate because the Milwaukee and Orlando games was where he finally started to get healthy after playing through the hamstring), we have two really interesting samples.

      In 104 of those games (stopping after Memphis and starting after Milwaukee) he has a .576 true shooting percentage.

      In those 28 games after returning early from wist injury, he had a .467 ts%.

      Obviously, in that 104 game sample, he had plenty of mini-slumps.

    9. DS

      Are they hoping for more in return for a player who makes $16 million/yr averaging 17 and 6? I guess it’s possible.

    10. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      Any chance of trading Amar’e for Andre Drummond? 18 points (15 FGA, but whatever) and 18 REB (9 ORB) in 27 minutes. No turnovers. This dude is 19.

      NINETEEN.

    11. Will the Thrill

      Uh, no? There is no chance of trading Amar’e for Drummond.

      The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      Any chance of trading Amar’e for Andre Drummond? 18 points (15 FGA, but whatever) and 18 REB (9 ORB) in 27 minutes. No turnovers. This dude is 19.

      NINETEEN.

    12. massive

      I knew Drummond would be better than Davis. The only flaw to his game (that I’ve seen) is his free throw shooting (which killed his college TS%). He will be an elite game changer on both ends in 2-3 years. There is no way the Knicks can trade for him.

      I think this team stands pat. Nothing would make me happier than for the Knicks to upgrade the point guard spot since I cannot stand seeing Felton get torched by everyone (and his offense really doesn’t make up for it), but there is virtually no chance of that happening. I wonder if the Bulls would trade Jimmy Butler seeing that he’s not going to get a lot of playing time behind a healthy Luol Deng. Not sure what we could offer them, though.

    13. Frank

      massive: I knew Drummond would be better than Davis. The only flaw to his game (that I’ve seen) is his free throw shooting (which killed his college TS%). He will be an elite game changer on both ends in 2-3 years. There is no way the Knicks can trade for him.

      Pretty sure THCJ is kidding. Everyone knows that he is awesome. My guess is that Drummond is pretty close to untouchable right now. re: Davis – I think Davis is pretty awesome. He really has a chance to be Tyson Chandler + more blocks/rebounds + better offensive game. Drummond is fantastic but (caveat: haven’t seen him play that much) I don’t get the sense that he has as versatile a ceiling as Unibrow. That said, I’d take either of those two on the Knicks in 1/2 sec.

      massive: I think this team stands pat. Nothing would make me happier than for the Knicks to upgrade the point guard spot since I cannot stand seeing Felton get torched by everyone (and his offense really doesn’t make up for it), but there is virtually no chance of that happening.

      If anyone listened to Woodson on ESPN radio the other day, I just love how he talks — basically just came right out and said that Felton had gotten torched the last couple games. I’d give Raymond a couple games to get back into the flow before we crucify him. The mix of Shump + Ray should be good enough against opposing PGs. Shump drew Jrue (see what I did?) in the 2nd half of the Philly game and Jrue got really quiet after that.

    14. Juany8

      Frank: Pretty sure THCJ is kidding. Everyone knows that he is awesome. My guess is that Drummond is pretty close to untouchable right now.re: Davis – I think Davis is pretty awesome.He really has a chance to be Tyson Chandler + more blocks/rebounds + better offensive game.Drummond is fantastic but (caveat: haven’t seen him play that much) I don’t get the sense that he has as versatile a ceiling as Unibrow.That said, I’d take either of those two on the Knicks in 1/2 sec.

      I always thought Davis was a little too skinny to be truly dominant, like massive I also thought Drummond had more potential than Davis but was mostly laughed off before the season started. Davis has the potential to be a better version of Chandler without the great pick setting and post defense, but Drummond has a chance to be Dwight Howard with legit size (Dwight is surprisingly short) he’s still pretty raw but he’s freaking 19 years old, keep in mind that back when Dwight got drafted there were a ton of people who thought Okafor would be the better player

    15. Frank

      Davis is also just 19 isn’t he? He’s got plenty of time to put on muscle. If anything, he probably will turn more into a Garnett type player than a Tyson-type player. This is not a bad thing.

    16. DRed

      Frank:
      Davis is also just 19 isn’t he? He’s got plenty of time to put on muscle. If anything, he probably will turn more into a Garnett type player than a Tyson-type player.This is not a bad thing.

      Yeah, it’s way too soon to declare one of them better than the other. Davis has been damn good this year as well.

    17. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      I would take either of them in a heartbeat.

      If Drummond can swallow his pride and learn the Rick Barry method of FT shooting (or buckle down and shoot them for four hours a day during the offseason) he will crack mid-sixties TS% next season. I mean, the dude is 19. How he has the TS% that he does with the FT% he has — it’s unreal.

      Davis is going to be Garnett 2.0. The body is almost exactly the same, and as Durant has shown, you don’t have to be muscular to be a great PF. Even if Davis ends up working the low post, he doesn’t need to be that much bigger than he is to wreck people in the paint. Maybe 15 pounds of muscle, which is a breeze for anyone that size.

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