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Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Feb 08 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] Harvard grad Lin hitting the books on Wiz’s Wall (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 05:15:08 GMT)
    After showing he can break down Deron Williams and the Jazz’s Devin Harris, new Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin might want to switch to a pair of track shoes when he meets up with Washington’s John Wall Wednesday.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks lose Melo for 1 to 2 weeks (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 05:12:30 GMT)
    The Knicks got some bad news on Carmelo Anthony Tuesday, announcing that their All-Star forward will be out approximately 1-2 weeks with a strained right groin.

  • [New York Times] Jeremy Lin Has Burst From N.B.A. Novelty Act to Knicks Star (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:56:40 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American Harvard graduate, couldn’t find a role in the league. Then he scored 53 points in two games for the Knicks.

  • [New York Times] For Ivy League Players, the N.B.A. Is Rarely a Destination (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:37:18 GMT)
    The Knicks guard Jeremy Lin is the first player from an Ivy League university to suit up for an N.B.A. team since the 2002-3 season.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Clippers’ Billups Has Torn Achilles’, Ending His Season (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:30:10 GMT)
    Clippers guard Chauncey Billups will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left Achilles’ tendon during Los Angeles’s 107-102 victory over the Magic on Monday night in Orlando.

  • [New York Times] Durant’s Shot Lifts Thunder Past Warriors 119-116 (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 10:12:34 GMT)
    Kevin Durant came hard off the screen, took the pass and launched a jumper that banked off the glass and through the net.

  • [New York Times] Durant’s Shot Lifts Thunder Past Warriors 119-116 (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:36:56 GMT)
    Kevin Durant hit a go-ahead bank shot with 14.2 seconds remaining, and the NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder overcame career performances by Monta Ellis and David Lee to beat the Golden State Warriors 119-116 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Beat Cavs to Close In on Conference Lead (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:14:27 GMT)
    The Miami Heat inched closer to top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 107-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Lose Billups for Season With Injury (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 04:37:32 GMT)
    - (Reuters) The Los Angeles Clippers were dealt a blow as starting guard Chauncey Billups was ruled out for the rest of the NBA season with a torn left Achilles tendon, the team said Tuesday. He will also miss this year’s London Olympics.

  • [New York Times] Miami Heat Up in Fourth Quarter to Beat Cavs (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 03:49:28 GMT)
    The Miami Heat inched closer to top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 107-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Pekovic, Wolves Hold Off Jimmer and Kings (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 03:45:33 GMT)
    Nikola Pekovic had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Michael Beasley added 17 points and 14 boards to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 86-84 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night in their first game without the suspended Kevin Love.

  • [New York Times] Nash Hits Late Layup, Suns Beat Bucks 107-105 (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 03:57:38 GMT)
    Steve Nash hit a driving layup with 5 seconds left, giving the Phoenix Suns a 107-105 victory over Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade’s 26 Helps Heat Top Cavs, 107-91 (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 03:18:46 GMT)
    Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James added 24 against his former team and the Miami Heat tuned up for a long road trip by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-91 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Granger Leads Pacers Past Jazz 104-99 (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 03:27:38 GMT)
    Danny Granger scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and Darren Collison had 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 104-99 win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pierce Passes Bird in Celtics’ Win Over Bobcats (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 04:13:00 GMT)
    Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics’ career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston increased its winning streak to five straight with a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Cousins’s Talents Flying Under the Radar in Sacramento (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 04:21:11 GMT)
    Just because the Kings are dismal, and in Sacramento, is no reason to ignore the season DeMarcus Cousins is having.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Clippers’ Billups Tears Achilles’ (Wed, 08 Feb 2012 04:19:03 GMT)
    Chauncey Billups, the Clippers’ veteran guard and a five-time All-Star, tore his left Achilles’ tendon during a game at Orlando on Monday.

  • 36 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Feb 08 2012)

    1. ess-dog

      Man if Pekovic starts to play up to his potential, the Wolves could make the playoffs this year. Good for them.

    2. TDM

      Also in the news, David Lee had GS’ first triple double since Webber in 1993.

      Any word on STAT’s availability for tonight?

    3. Brian Cronin

      Lee also made a great tweet to Lin.

      @JLin7 Too bad All Star voting is already over with or you would have a chance to start in the East LOL! Congrats lil bro and keep ballin!

    4. Gideon Zaga

      Can anybody find our offensive and defensive efficiency rankings after the last couple of games. Bball reference makes my head spin, I’m too old for this crap.

    5. Gamecockerbocker

      D rating against the Nets was 104 O rating 112, against the Jazz it was 93 and 104 respectively. Not sure if D rating and defensive efficiency ranking are exactly the same thing, but that’s all I could find on Basketball Reference.

    6. Degree_Absolute

      TDM: Any word on STAT’s availability for tonight?

      Pretty sure he is out for another few days. We are short-handed once more and this will probably be a tough game. If the Wizzers don’t come out playing hard, I will be pretty surprised. Based on how pathetic they have been thus far, this game against a hobbled Knicks squad is as much as of must-win situation as you can have for a 4-20 team.

    7. Brian Cronin

      And if you’re asking where they currently rank in the league following those two games, they are now 23rd in Offensive Efficiency and 10th in Defensive Efficiency.

    8. Brian Cronin

      Pretty sure he is out for another few days. We are short-handed once more and this will probably be a tough game. If the Wizzers don’t come out playing hard, I will be pretty surprised. Based on how pathetic they have been thus far, this game against a hobbled Knicks squad is as much as of must-win situation as you can have for a 4-20 team.

      It gets even worse! They’re now 5-20, so clearly that means they have improved themselves by 25%! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

    9. Gideon Zaga

      Slowly but surely we r coming, I’m just hoping for a top 10 offense and top 10 defense. Then we’ll be talking.

      Brian Cronin:
      And if you’re asking where they currently rank in the league following those two games, they are now 23rd in Offensive Efficiency and 10th in Defensive Efficiency.

    10. Bruno Almeida

      Brian Cronin: It gets even worse! They’re now 5-20, so clearly that means they have improved themselves by 25%! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

      you just gave Nick Young another argument to keep shooting, as if he needed more.

    11. Degree_Absolute

      Brian Cronin: It gets even worse! They’re now 5-20, so clearly that means they have improved themselves by 25%! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

      LOL. The good thing about this game is that the Wizzers’ front court is less frightening (at least to me) than that of the Jazz. Al Jefferson has legit post moves and Millsap is a great athlete and tenacious on the glass. Javale McGee is athletic and maybe the lankiest player in basketball, but has a very low BBall IQ. Andray Blatche is a “get mine” type of guy with legitimate offensive skills, but no motor. I think Jerome Jordan will look less lost against these guys than he did against Jazz if he sees time tonight.

    12. Brian Cronin

      Amare out till Mon. Hmmmm.

      Obviously, he should take however long he needs. A week, all said and done, is a really short time to deal with the loss of your big brother.

      That said, man, the Knicks are going to be screwed without him.

    13. DS

      Brian Cronin: Amare out till Mon. Hmmmm.

      Obviously, he should take however long he needs. A week, all said and done, is a really short time to deal with the loss of your big brother.

      That said, man, the Knicks are going to be screwed without him.

      It’ll be “fun” to see what Lin, Shump, Fields, Jeffries, and Chandler do.

    14. Gideon Zaga

      Could any of you imagine, if we end up beating the Lakers anyway. Im sure it will it be crazy around here for the stats ppl and the star haters. It will even be worse for the Lakers as they might elect to remove the trade clause off Kobe’s contract. but its only Just a Dream.

    15. cgreene

      I mean tonight kinda becomes a game they really need to win. Because they are definitely losing the next 2

    16. Richmond County

      Comparing match-ups against the Lakers, call me crazy, but our starting 5 matches up well enough.

      Lin should abuse D-Fish the way he’s playing, Landry can hang with Matt Barnes, JJ is playing out of his mind and will make things hard for Pau, and Chandler-Bynum will be a war. And advantage Kobe over Shump, but Shump is our best on-ball defender and Kobe will have the ball.

      And don’t forget that the Lakers play the Celtics the night before. Nobody should be 100% following a rivalry game like that.

      In summary, we might not win, but I think we can make a game out of it.

    17. Gideon Zaga

      YEAH YOU’RE CRAZY!

      Richmond County:
      Comparing match-ups against the Lakers, call me crazy, but our starting 5 matches up well enough.

      Lin should abuse D-Fish the way he’s playing, Landry can hang with Matt Barnes, JJ is playing out of his mind and will make things hard for Pau, and Chandler-Bynum will be a war.And advantage Kobe over Shump, but Shump is our best on-ball defender and Kobe will have the ball.

      And don’t forget that the Lakers play the Celtics the night before.Nobody should be 100% following a rivalry game like that.

      In summary, we might not win, but I think we can make a game out of it.

    18. TheRant

      I’m actually slightly relieved that Stat and Melo are out. I mean Lin’s been graceful and humble throughout, but he doesn’t need any more pressure.

      This way, if we lose, we can all say it’s cause we had no scoring.

      And if we win, there can be posters made calling Jeremy “the Kobe stopper!” or something linsane like that.

    19. Matt Smith

      Hopefully this means Jerome Jordan gets more PT. I know I sound like a broken record, but I think there’s something there. He’s not a scoring option (no way he has that kind of confidence now), but he does what he’s supposed to do: he stops down low threats, he moves well for help D, and he boxes out well to up the chance his team pulls down a board.

      I know his stats don’t show it, but I was watching him closely in that Jazz game: he came in, pulled down a few boards, then came out after two quick fouls. Both were good fouls though, on fast breaks where we were outnumbered and he prevented the and-1. Then when he came in in the second half (after Dantoni decided it would be a good idea to keep Jeffries in with 4 fouls early in the 3rd…), he basically stopped the Jazz from pounding it down low (as they had been doing on Jeffries when Chandler was out), but they retaliated with a barrage of 3s because the Knicks couldn’t rotate on the wings (not his fault). That explains his +/-.

      He doesn’t fail hard when he’s out there, and there’s always value in anything that’s seven feet and sufficiently ambulatory.

    20. Frank

      I think we might beat Washington anyway tonight even without Melo and Amare because Washington’s defense truly sucks (5th worst defensive efficiency in NBA) and their offense is even worse (2nd worst in NBA). With the lineup we’ll trot out there (TC, JJ, Shump, Landry, Lin) we should be a very good defensive team. They are reasonably average-to-above-average at defending the PNR (0.76 PPP vs. PNR ball handler which is 11th best in the league and 0.96 PPP vs. PNR roll man which is 18th in the league). Thankfully right now J-Lin is 8th in the league at 1 PPP as the PNR ball handler and TC is 4th in the league at 1.28 PPP as the roll man.

      What will be VERY interesting is the Laker game. My feeling is that we will see a fair amount of Kobe on Lin. Beside the fact that the Garden will be going nuts if that matchup happens, you know Kobe will want to shut him down. This game looks like a pretty bad matchup for us as the Lakers will probably pound the ball inside to Pau and Bynum to get TC in foul trouble – if that happens again, I don’t think any amount of Bill Walker and Steve Novak 3 pointers will save us.

    21. Richmond County

      @22

      “Sufficiently ambulatory” Is that how far we’ve fallen?

      True enough though. 7 footers with any type of athletic prowess are few and far between. Jordan needs more playing time to develop. Ideally it would have been in periodic stints in the D-league this year, but with the depth situation as it is, trial by fire could spawn another phoenix.

    22. Ben R

      Neither Minnesota or LA are any better than Utah and both will be on the 2nd game of a back to back while only the Minnesota game is a back to back for us. So while we are underdogs in both games I would say we have a puncher’s chance at either one. If we can beat Washington, which we should do even without Melo and Amare, then I would give us a 50/50 chance to win one of the two games this weekend.

    23. Z

      DS: It’ll be “fun” to see what Lin, Shump, Fields, Jeffries, and Chandler do.

      Wait, is that the starting lineup?? Wow. That is so awesome. Even more awesome is that we are actually going to WIN with that lineup tonight. How did being a Knick fan turn so great so fast??

      (Part of me almost wishes that Chandler would catch a cold for the game, just so that our $58,000,000 team could have a starting lineup of all min-contract guys (and to at least give the Wizards a fighting chance!))

    24. DS

      Z: Wait, is that the starting lineup?? Wow. That is so awesome. Even more awesome is that we are actually going to WIN with that lineup tonight. How did being a Knick fan turn so great so fast??

      (Part of me almost wishes that Chandler would catch a cold for the game, just so that our $58,000,000 team could have a starting lineup of all min-contract guys (and to at least give the Wizards a fighting chance!))

        

      You would have to assume, right? Maybe insert Douglas or Walker for Shumpert.

    25. Brian Cronin

      MDA said Walker will start at 3

      That would have been my guess, with Shump ending up playing more minutes, though, off the bench for whoever needs the relief, Fields or Walker (the Lin/Shump/Fields/Jeffries/Chandler lineup is the best one that the Knicks have right now).

    26. Matt Smith

      @24

      True. You’re not going to get a Dwight Howard, but height is height. And in this case, we’re not talking about a beanstalk – he’s 7′ and 255, so he’s got the strength to not get posterized ala Shawn Bradley. And by sufficiently ambulatory, I meant he’s not Eddy Curry – he’ll run the floor to get back on D, and he hustles.

      I was BIG on Mozgov last year, and he let the pressure of starting get to him. However, he’s got the kit – tall and able to run the floor – of a good role player. He minimized stupid mistakes (you need to make bad fouls to learn what a bad foul is ESPECIALLY if you’re used to Euro ball), and is now starting for one of the best teams in the West.

      Jordan isn’t going to turn out like the last Jamaican center we had, but my money is on him being a good role player. A center with size that can move AND has the right attitude is always a plus; he just needs time. It seemed like most of KB was up on him before we got Tyson, but Tyson’s so good that we forgot about him. Also, along with Lin, he did great in the d-league before we recalled him.

      I’m calling that tonight he’s going to a) either have a breakout game where he proves he can be a rotation player or b) make some bad rookie botches and be forever condemned to sit in D’Antoni’s doghouse with Renaldo Balkman.

    27. Gideon Zaga

      And who said the Knicks are cursed. Billups is out for the season or maybe longer, Gallinari is gonna have surgery. We have a Harvard sensation and Melo gets to rest a couple of weeks as well as Baron, we get Hell Boy back on Monday and everything else look Peachy right now.

    28. Gideon Zaga

      Oh forgot the only downside was Lebron’s bff Maverick Carter sitting with JD during the Bulls game and previously with Isiah in Miami. Ok now thats a 3 some you dont wanna see. So the Dolan watch is on.

    29. Frank O.

      Matt Smith:
      @24

      True. You’re not going to get a Dwight Howard, but height is height. And in this case, we’re not talking about a beanstalk – he’s 7? and 255, so he’s got the strength to not get posterized ala Shawn Bradley. And by sufficiently ambulatory, I meant he’s not Eddy Curry – he’ll run the floor to get back on D, and he hustles.

      I was BIG on Mozgov last year, and he let the pressure of starting get to him. However, he’s got the kit – tall and able to run the floor – of a good role player. He minimized stupid mistakes (you need to make bad fouls to learn what a bad foul is ESPECIALLY if you’re used to Euro ball), and is now starting for one of the best teams in the West.

      Jordan isn’t going to turn out like the last Jamaican center we had, but my money is on him being a good role player. A center with size that can move AND has the right attitude is always a plus; he just needs time. It seemed like most of KB was up on him before we got Tyson, but Tyson’s so good that we forgot about him. Also, along with Lin, he did great in the d-league before we recalled him.

      I’m calling that tonight he’s going to a) either have a breakout game where he proves he can be a rotation player or b) make some bad rookie botches and be forever condemned to sit in D’Antoni’s doghouse with Renaldo Balkman.

      He’ll gives us fouls in the Lakers game, that ‘s certain and with their front court the Knicks may need them all.
      Seriously, i think Jordan is very raw. There are times he looks kinda lost, like he doesn’t yet know the game plan…and he probably doesn’t because he hasn’t played with the starters….and let’s face it, not everyone is a Harvard grad.Lol

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