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Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Mar 19 2013)

  • [New York Times] Knicks 90, Jazz 83: Kurt Thomas Helps Short-Handed Knicks Hold Off Jazz (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:37:14 GMT)
    Kurt Thomas played through a right foot injury, helping the Knicks end a brutal four-game losing streak as they wrapped up a five-game western swing.

  • [New York Times] Heat Beat Celtics 105-103 for 23rd Win in a Row (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:50:45 GMT)
    The longest winning streak in NBA history is still 10 victories away for the Miami Heat. So it will be a while before Dwyane Wade really focuses on matching the 33-game run of the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • [New York Times] Smith Lifts Short-Handed Knicks Past Jazz, 90-83 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:41:32 GMT)
    J.R. Smith scored 20 points, Raymond Felton had 19 and the short-handed New York Knicks defeated the Utah Jazz 90-83 Monday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Marshall Henderson Leads Ole Miss Into N.C.A.A. Tournament (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:36:13 GMT)
    Guard Marshall Henderson has led Ole Miss into the N.C.A.A. tournament with his scoring and antics on and off the court.

  • [New York Times] Scola’s Big 4th Helps Suns Rout Kobe-Less Lakers (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:35:41 GMT)
    A worn-out Los Angeles Lakers team without Kobe Bryant fell apart in the fourth quarter in Phoenix.

  • [New York Times] Sport-Australia Threatens to Cut Funding to Top Sports (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:56:25 GMT)
    Australia will cut government funding to its top sports if they fail to bring governance standards up to scratch in the wake of the country’s London Olympics flop and the release of a clutch of embarrassing reports.

  • [New York Times] Hot-Shooting Mavs Roll Past Hawks, 127-113 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:50:51 GMT)
    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called it a “defensive pillow fight.”

  • [New York Times] Lakers’ Kobe Bryant as Peacemaker and Assistant Coach (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:20:39 GMT)
    Sidelined with an ankle injury, Kobe Bryant tried his hand at coaching the Lakers to a win. Earlier in the season he played peacemaker with his teammate Dwight Howard.

  • [New York Times] Heat 105, Celtics 103: Heat Survive Celtics and Extend Winning Streak to 23 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:54:07 GMT)
    LeBron James knocked down an 18-foot jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lift the Heat over the Celtics and extend Miami’s winning streak, which is 10 shy of the N.B.A. record.

  • [New York Times] Iguodala’s 3 Lifts Nuggets Over Bulls, 119-118 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:35:56 GMT)
    Andre Iguodala’s 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime sent the Denver Nuggets to their 12th consecutive win, a 119-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] 76ers’ Andrew Bynum Set for Surgery on Knees (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:59:54 GMT)
    Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum was set for season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Curry Leads Warriors Past Hornets, 93-72 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:56:40 GMT)
    Stephen Curry scored 30 points and the Golden State Warriors won easily for the second straight night, 93-72 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Nets 119, Pistons 82: Nets Begin Long Trip With Rout of Pistons (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:49:40 GMT)
    The Nets began their longest trip by doing something they have routinely done: win against a mediocre team.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Rally Late to Top Portland 101-100 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:35:43 GMT)
    Andrew Bynum’s season is over. So are Philadelphia’s playoff hopes.

  • [New York Times] Injuries Leave Knicks With Odd Lineup Against Jazz (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:33:17 GMT)
    With the injured Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler sidelined, the Knicks patched together a starting lineup of players who had never played together to face the Jazz.

  • [New York Times] Bobcats Snap Wizards’ 3-Game Win Streak 119-114 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:08:55 GMT)
    Gerald Henderson had 27 points, Kemba Walker came up big late and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated Washington 119-114 Monday night to snap the Wizards’ three-game win streak.

  • [New York Times] Nets Crush Pistons to Open 8-Game Road Trip (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:03:04 GMT)
    Deron Williams scored 31 points in 28 minutes, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the hapless Detroit Pistons 119-82 Monday night in the opener of their eight-game road trip.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Nets Still Trying to Find Themselves After Loss to Hawks (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:59:23 GMT)
    Having missed a chance to move into a tie for first in the Atlantic Division, the Nets began a grueling eight-game trip Monday.

  • [New York Times] Green, Hansbrough Lead Pacers Past Cavs, 111-90 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:41:49 GMT)
    Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of the injured David West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 111-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Heat Defeat Raptors and Extend Win Streak to 22 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:05:32 GMT)
    Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Toronto for its 22nd consecutive victory. The longest stretch is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Lakers.

  • [New York Times] Kentucky and Alabama Top Seeds in N.I.T. (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:04:45 GMT)
    The Wildcats became the 20th defending national champions to be left out of the N.C.A.A. tournament, and the Crimson Tide joined them as the NIT’s other No. 1 seed.

  • [New York Times] N.C.A.A. Tournament: East Region: Shane Larkin Keeps Miami Steady (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:04:28 GMT)
    Point guard Shane Larkin has led the Hurricanes to their first A.C.C. regular-season and tournament titles.

  • [New York Newsday] Hurting Kurt Thomas helps Knicks beat Jazz, 90-83 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:52:18 EDT)
    The Knicks didn't go winless on their five-game road trip, and hobbled Kurt Thomas was a big reason for it.

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony says his knee is feeling much better (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:42:07 EDT)
    Carmelo Anthony believes his knee troubles are behind him and he won't have any issues the rest of the season. But he still wasn't ready to play Monday.

  • [New York Post] Knicks stop Jazz to avoid 0-fer (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:04:45 -0500)
    SALT LAKE CITY â?? They got one.
    The depleted Knicks saved face last night, finding an outfit in more disarray than themselves as they salvaged the final game of the 5-game West Coast trip in beating the Jazz 90-83 at Energy Solutions Arena in an ugly but beautiful victory.
    Without Carmelo…

  • [New York Post] Knicks salvage road trip with win over Jazz (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:10:50 -0500)
    SALT LAKE CITY â?? They got one.
    The depleted Knicks saved face last night, finding an outfit in more disarray than themselves as they salvaged the final game of the five-game West Coast trip in beating the Jazz 90-83 at Energy Solutions Arena in an ugly but beautiful victory.
    Without Carmelo…

  • [New York Post] Despite playing hurt, all kudos go to Kurt (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:51:01 -0500)
    SALT LAKE CITY â?? Maybe it was the fact that for a portion of yesterday morning, Kurt Thomas thought he had a stress fracture in his foot, a diagnosis that would certainly have ended his season and, at 40 years old, maybe his career, too.
    So if it looked last night…

  • [New York Post] Melo knee like â??night and day’ (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:48:00 -0500)
    SALT LAKE CITY â?? Carmelo Anthony is aiming to return for the Knicks’ game tomorrow night against the Magic at the Garden. With his right knee freshly drained, the star forward yesterday said he is no longer impaired by stiffness in the knee, but still needs to get stronger before playing…

  • [New York Daily News] Role with it: Still missing stars, Smith, Felton and Copeland lead Knicks past Jazz (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 06:40:26 GMT)
    The Knicks salvaged the final game of the West Coast trip by defeating a lifeless â?” and clueless â?” Utah Jazz 90-83 with Thomas playing a season-high 27 minutes, including the final 15 while providing the type of leadership and low post defense Mike Woodson’s club has lacked.

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Don’t buy hammy whammy from Knicks, Melo (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:20:04 GMT)
    The only thing you knew about Carmelo Anthony and his ongoing knee problem is that he wasn’t expected to play Monday night in the wrap-up game of the Knicks’ five-game trip from hell.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Rapid Reaction: Knicks 90, Jazz 83 (Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:33:00 EDT)
    After a roller-coaster road trip, losing four games by about 20 points and players to injuries, the New York Knicks will head back east with a much-needed 90-83 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
    With the win, the Knicks, playing without Carmelo Anthony (right hamstring) and Tyson Chandler, finally won in Utah after eight years of futility. They also maintained a one-game lead over the Nets in the Atlantic Division race.
    They were led by J.

  • 19 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Mar 19 2013)

    1. Hubert Davis

      This really awesome. Zach Lowe got an inside look at how the Raptors are using the data from those VU cameras “that records every movement on the floor and spits it back at its front-office keepers as a byzantine series of geometric coordinates…turning those X-Y coordinates into useful data is the main challenge those teams face…The Raptors’ analytics team wrote insanely complex code that turned all those X-Y coordinates from every second of every recorded game into playable video files. The code can recognize everything — when a pick-and-roll occurred, where it occurred, whether the pick actually hit a defender, and the position of all 10 players on the floor as the play unfolded. The team also factored in the individual skill set of every NBA player, so the program understands that Chris Paul is much more dangerous from midrange than Rajon Rondo, and that Roy Hibbert is taller than Al Horford.”

      Wow. Read here for more details, including video of the code at work.

      http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9068903/the-toronto-raptors-sportvu-cameras-nba-analytical-revolution

      As an aside, I was initially encouraged by the fact that the Knicks purchased this equipment, but I can’t shake the fact that we only bought it because Dolan is a spoiled brat who wants all the most expensive toys and we aren’t taking full advantage of its capabilities.

    2. stratomatic

      If the Raptors are on the cutting edge of advanced stats I’m going to have a tough reconciling that with some of their trades, draft picks, signings, and extensions. It seems to me they keep wildly overrating scoring (especially inefficient volume scoring).

    3. Nick C.

      stratomatic:
      If the Raptors are on the cutting edge of advanced stats I’m going to have a tough reconciling that with some of their trades,draft picks, signings, and extensions. It seems to me they keep wildly overrating scoring (especially inefficient volume scoring).

      Well the article did say the most difficult part would be getting coaches et. al. to buy in.

      I couldn’t get to the whole article but it seems like a fascinating concept. Stuff like having a replay of a platy with a “ghosts” of the defenders doing what it felt is the correct response. Some of this sounds vaguely like what Battier talks about regarding forcing players to/from worse/better shooting areas. I wonder how much work it would take and how much you could transmit and have retained by the players to the point where they can react instinctively.

    4. Frank

      ouch – sounds like Kurt may actually have a stress fracture in his foot — so says Twitter. If that’s it for this year, that’s really too bad. Here’s a shout out to Kurt for putting his body on the line in a game we really needed badly. Maybe this will become a rallying point for this team.

      I’m a little nervous that we’ve heard about Kurt’s foot but not about Tyson’s neck.

    5. thenamestsam

      Tyson has a “small bulging disc” and will be out about a week supposedly. Not the worst news in the world as long as they’ve finally pinned down what’s actually wrong here. Backs can linger, which is worrisome, but what can we do expect hope for the best at this point? Hopefully Cope can keep up the decent board work he showed last night.

    6. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      stratomatic:
      If the Raptors are on the cutting edge of advanced stats I’m going to have a tough reconciling that with some of their trades,draft picks, signings, and extensions. It seems to me they keep wildly overrating scoring (especially inefficient volume scoring).

      Rudy Gay’s eFG%: .434

      Might be the worst max deal in the league right now. Oh wait…

    7. bobneptune

      thenamestsam:
      Tyson has a “small bulging disc” and will be out about a week supposedly. Not the worst news in the world as long as they’ve finally pinned down what’s actually wrong here. Backs can linger, which is worrisome, but what can we do expect hope for the best at this point? Hopefully Cope can keep up the decent board work he showed last night.

      Isn’t this how the Peyton Manning odyssey began before the season opener in 2010?

      Also, the Steven Crane Red Badge of Courage award goes to crazy eyes Kurt Thomas for taping an aspirin to his foot and playing when his team was at its lowest.

      If it is the last we see of him in the NBA, godspeed…….

    8. Brian Cronin

      Yeah, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with players choosing not to play while injured, but at the same time, I can’t help but admit that it is impressive as heck when they do so and actually play well despite the pain. So here’s to you, Kurt Thomas, you were a magnificent beast last night! Hopefully you’ll be ready to play 2-3 minutes during the postseason!

    9. Frank

      Gotta figure that James White is gone and they pick up a big, no? Or will they drop Sheed or Kurt? White is totally useless on the court but he does have that nonguaranteed 2nd year that could be used in trade bait a la Gadzuric.

      Slim pickings out there for bigs — Henry Sims maybe? He should know the system from his time at Erie.

    10. lavor postell

      Does this mean Camby will actually have to play minutes now? Woodson might perform sepukku before allowing that to happen.

    11. Brian Cronin

      Gotta figure that James White is gone and they pick up a big, no? Or will they drop Sheed or Kurt? White is totally useless on the court but he does have that nonguaranteed 2nd year that could be used in trade bait a la Gadzuric.

      Slim pickings out there for bigs — Henry Sims maybe? He should know the system from his time at Erie.

      I bet that Grunwald will do anything he can to avoid giving up White’s contract. Woody got really mad when people asked him about cutting Sheed, so I imagine Sheed is not available for cutting either.

      Hmmm…damn, I really don’t know if they will add another big. After all, if Camby can play, then presumably they can cobble together enough minutes at the 5 between him and Martin, with Cope/Melo/Novak playing the 4.

      As for Woody and Camby, I think Woody is still holding a grudge from Camby showing up to start the season out of shape.

    12. Z-man

      Brian Cronin: As for Woody and Camby, I think Woody is still holding a grudge from Camby showing up to start the season out of shape.

      Possibly, but more likely that he is afraid that playing him a lot would result in the same fate as Sheed, Amare, and now Kurt. Plantar Fasciitis is a bitch and a recurrance at this point would be basically fatal for Camby for this year.

    13. danvt

      Thanks Kurt Thomas. Amazing game last night. You are truly a legend, Sir. I have new respect for you, after all these years. If that’s your last NBA minutes it’s a hell of a way to go out!

      Bravo and Godspeed. Future head coach? If I owned the team you’d have just made my short list.

    14. d-mar

      I didn’t realize the Jazz had just beaten Memphis 2 nights before, and were 24-8 at home. Pretty amazing that we won that game (plus we were 9 point underdogs)

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