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Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Jan 18 2012)

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Melo: I'll play in London Olympics (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:42:45 EDT)
    Calling it a ‘blessing’ to be named to Team USA’s preliminary 20-man roster, Carmelo Anthony said that he would “absolutely” participate in this summer’s Olympic games — if healthy.
    “I look forward to going to London, look forward to representing Team USA for the third time,” Anthony said on Tuesday. “Hopefully, we’ll have another chance to go get that gold medal.”
    Anthony participated in the 2004 Olympics in Athens when the United States settled for bronze.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Amare: Offense is 'going to pick up shortly' (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:51:48 EDT)
    Amare Stoudemire is shooting 42 percent from the floor. If the season ended Wednesday, that would be career-low for the nine-year veteran.
    Of course, the season doesn’t end Wednesday. Stoudemire has 53 games to turn things around.
    But he doesn’t plan on waiting that long.
    Stoudemire said on Tuesday that his shooting is “going to pick up shortly. It just takes more practice; more repetitions.”
    After getting in early foul trouble and scoring just 10 points against Orlando, Stoudemire’s per-game average dropped to 17.

  • [New York Post] Knicks taking close look at Nash (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 04:57:05 -0500)
    Amar’e Stoudemire is off to the worst shooting start of his NBA career, and the Knicks’ offense has been as disjointed and dysfunctional as it has been under coach Mike D’Antoni. The team’s need for a point guard has never been clearer than in this three-game skid…

  • [New York Post] Ailing Anthony attempting to play through pain (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 01:29:15 -0500)
    Carmelo Anthony is shooting 42.7 percent from the floor, partly because he is dealing with a sprained right ankle and trying to dribble and shoot with a sore left wrist. It sounds like the pain in the wrist is going to linger for long enough that, rather than rest…

  • [New York Times] In Denver, Patience Is Paying Off for the Nuggets (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:26:04 GMT)
    The Denver Nuggets rebuilt on the fly after trading the All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks, and now boast a fluid team that can contend in the N.B.A.’s Western Conference.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: From 17 Down, Heat Defeat Spurs by 22 (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:41:58 GMT)
    LeBron James had 33 points and 10 assists, Chris Bosh scored 30 points and the Heat used a third-quarter turnaround to erase what was a 17-point deficit and beat the Spurs, 120-98.

  • [New York Times] Heat Shoots Down Spurs With Long-Range Missiles (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:44:52 GMT)
    Three-pointers rained down from all directions as the Miami Heat burnt the San Antonio Spurs 120-98 on Tuesday despite the absence of All-Star guard Dwyane Wade.

  • [New York Times] Millsap, Miles Fuel Jazz Rout of Clippers 108-79 (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 04:39:07 GMT)
    Paul Millsap scored 20 points and reserve C.J. Miles added a season-high 19 as the Jazz defeated the Clippers 108-79 Tuesday night, Utah’s 16th straight home win against Los Angeles.

  • [New York Times] Red-Hot Heat Shooting Blows Spurs Away (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 04:05:49 GMT)
    Three-pointers rained down from all directions as the Miami Heat burnt the San Antonio Spurs 120-98 on Tuesday despite the absence of All-Star guard Dwyane Wade.

  • [New York Times] Brewer and Nuggets Defeat Bucks 105-95 (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:06:03 GMT)
    Corey Brewer and the Denver Nuggets turned on their high-scoring offense and left the Milwaukee Bucks behind.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Beat Pistons for Fourth Straight Win (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 03:38:54 GMT)
    Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Luis Scola also scored 14 and the Houston Rockets beat the Detroit Pistons 97-80 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Boozer Leads Bulls in 118-97 Win Over Suns (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 03:36:01 GMT)
    Carlos Boozer scored 26 of his season-high 31 points in the first half, leading the short-handed Chicago Bulls to a 118-97 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Dominate 2nd Half, Roll Past Spurs 120-98 (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 03:12:24 GMT)
    LeBron James scored 33 points, Chris Bosh added 30 and the Miami Heat used a historic third-quarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-98 on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game slide.

  • [New York Times] Lee’s 29 Lifts Warriors Over Cavs (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 03:00:08 GMT)
    David Lee scored a season-high 29 points — 13 in the fourth quarter — and Nate Robinson added 17 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 105-95 win Tuesday night over the road-worn Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] Magic Hang On to Beat Bobcats, 96-89 (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:48:10 GMT)
    Dwight Howard had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic past the Charlotte Bobcats 96-89 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Knicks Send Jeremy Lin and Jerome Jordan to D-League (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 01:37:39 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin and Jerome Jordan became the first Knicks ever assigned to the D-League on Tuesday, when team officials sent both players to the Erie BayHawks.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Knicks Idling, Waiting for Baron Davis (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 01:56:46 GMT)
    The Knicks are depending on a healthy, rejuvenated, engaged Davis to inject life into an offense currently ranked 18th in points scored.

  • [New York Times] On Basketball: Knicks to Face Suns and Steve Nash, the Point Guard They Are Lacking (Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:26:17 GMT)
    Sentimentality would suggest the Knicks make a deal for Steve Nash, whose contract expires after this season. Practicality points to Baron Davis, whose balky back is nearly ready for contact.

  • 23 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Jan 18 2012)

    1. Frank O.

      Watched the Spurs last night. A clinic on ball movement.
      It’s not hard to play as a team, but if one guy goes off script it breaks down.
      If the Knicks could share the ball, they’d get more and better shots…

      As for the Baron shirt, how about this:
      “The Baron of Phat”

      Or

      “Baller Baron”

    2. d-mar

      Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin):
      The Knicks really need to win tonight. The Suns are not a good team and just got their asses handed to them last night by a Bulls team without Derrick Rose. This has to be a win.

      Totally agree, but something tells me we’ll hear Breen saying: “Clyde, totally inexplicable that the Suns have more energy than the Knicks coming off an embarassing loss last night in Chicago, I just don’t get it” I hope I’m wrong, but we’ve heard it before.

    3. PaulStreetBoy

      i am both happy and upset at the same time to see Nate and Brewer performing well. Nate would have been as good as any of our guards out there. and Brewer may have been a good rotation piece, who can step up if needed…

      i guess i am blaming D’Antoni more and more for the current shortcomings of this team.

    4. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

      Brewer would have had to been renounced to sign Tyson Chandler, so while yeah, it was weird that they traded for him only to cut him practically immediately for Derrick Brown, they would have had to lose Brewer anyways (like they lost Brown).

    5. erobes

      Pretty sure Nate wouldn’t be the answer to our ball-movement woes. I mean, he’s heard of passing, its just not something he practices on a regular basis.

    6. PaulStreetBoy

      erobes:
      Pretty sure Nate wouldn’t be the answer to our ball-movement woes. I mean, he’s heard of passing, its just not something he practices on a regular basis.

      i am not sure if our problem is ball movement per se. our problem is the lack of a floor general who can pass the ball. Suns were not successful just because they were moving the ball, but that Nash was setting them up properly. i am not saying that Nate would have been the savior, but that the second unit would have been much better off with him on the floor.

      i hated him for chucking those stupid shots, but then look at our own chuckers out there!

    7. TDM

      I’m going to the game tonight. Can’t remember the last time I went to the Garden to see the Knicks and they got a win. It may have been the triple overtime game against Phoenix (ironically enough) back in 2006. Marbury went off for 32 points and 10 dimes. Ahh yes, the days when we had a true point guard (somewhat sarcastic). However, that night, Shawn Marion exploded for 39 points (career best) and Nash dished out 22 assists (career best). After the game, Mike D had this to say “It was a helluva game for the spectators and they played hard. We also played as hard as we could and it just didn’t work out.” I’m hoping I don’t hear him repeat those words tonight . . .

      In other news, Lin and Jordan sent down to the D-League. And . . . Nate Robinson is continuing to make many teams, including the Knicks, look foolish for not grabbing him off the waiver wire. Another game with strong play off the bench for GS (17 points, 10 assists).

    8. Frank O.

      You know, one of the TNT announcers made note of this, so by no means is this my observation alone…but one thing that is noticable is how comfortable opponent guards appear to be on the perimeter.
      I think Webber noted this, and it resonated with me. I kept wondering why it was that average guards keep having career nights against the Knicks.
      All of these players are pros, and in the gym most guards shoot uncommonly well when just shooting from outside unopposed. If they feel comfortable against the Knicks, then it makes sense that they would be shooting the lights out.
      In sports, comfort is everything. The game is entirely mental at that level given most anyone playing in the pros has immense talent.
      But comfort and confidence are perishable things under pressure. Great players rise to meet pressure, but most players see their skills diminish under pressure.
      It appears that Bibby, TD, and Fields aren’t making opposing guards feel that much pressure. It’s a confluence of energy in some cases, size in others, skill and will. So if these guys aren’t making people uncomfortable, the next question is, how do they achieve that?
      Frankly, I think it’s time for the Knicks to play a little bully ball. Let TD and SHUMP and Fields, who is a big guard, become more hostile. Maybe try to physically intimidate. I suspect SHUMP can play that game. Not so sure the other three guys can. Our guards have no swagger. They aren’t mean. They’re too deferential.
      Maybe our big men can help. Maybe Chandler and Amare and Melo need to snarl more, get in people’s faces more, foul harder. I’ll tell you, if these opposing guards feel they are going to get physically pounded in the paint or on the perimeter, they’re going to be less comfortable.
      The beautiful game that D’Antoni aspires to, may seek too much smooth and not enough snarl. Watching the old Knicks, snarl got people out of their games. It forced reactions. I think, if possible, our guards and big men need to bring…

    9. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

      I was at that 2006 game, too, Todd. What a win! Eddy Curry tying the game with last second free throws! Insanity. That was David Lee’s first great Knick game, as well. 23 points, 15 board on 10 of 11 shooting. Great memory.

    10. Bruno Almeida

      jon abbey: turned that one off at halftime, did you? :)

      Spurs are exhibit A of why you need a rim protector… sure, Blair is awesome, everybody loves how efficient he is, how hard he plays, but let’s face it: playing Blair and Bonner major minutes alongside a pretty much washed up Tim Duncan is a sure recipe to be a terrible defensive team.

    11. Frank O.

      Bruno Almeida: Spurs are exhibit A of why you need a rim protector… sure, Blair is awesome, everybody loves how efficient he is, how hard he plays, but let’s face it: playing Blair and Bonner major minutes alongside a pretty much washed up Tim Duncan is a sure recipe to be a terrible defensive team.

      The Spurs need youth. Their first half was about as good as they can play. Parker was pengtrating and creating and Duncan hit some very nice shots. Blair was very tough in the paint. A complete effort in the first half, and it showed. As jon pointed out to me, it didn’t carry over.:)

    12. Bruno Almeida

      @17

      I don’t know, they’re not that old actually, they’re the 10th oldest team in the league on average… the Mavs are the oldest, and they just won a championship.

      the “youngest” contender (aside from Oklahoma City, obviously, and Memphis, which I don’t consider a contender) is Chicago, which is the 12th oldest team…

      of course, the core is pretty old, Duncan looks washed up and Ginobili is way too injury prone, but they have plenty of good, promising young players… the big problem, imo, is that Duncan can no longer protect the rim (he’s having a career low blk% season, 3.1, down from around 5 at his prime) and they play one 6’6” center and another one that is a 3 point shooter and not much else alongside him.

    13. Frank O.

      Bruno Almeida:
      @17

      I don’t know, they’re not that old actually, they’re the 10th oldest team in the league on average… the Mavs are the oldest, and they just won a championship.

      the “youngest” contender (aside from Oklahoma City, obviously, and Memphis, which I don’t consider a contender) is Chicago, which is the 12th oldest team…

      of course, the core is pretty old, Duncan looks washed up and Ginobili is way too injury prone, but they have plenty of good, promising young players… the big problem, imo, is that Duncan can no longer protect the rim (he’s having a career low blk% season, 3.1, down from around 5 at his prime) and they play one 6’6” center and another one that is a 3 point shooter and not much else alongside him.

      With Duncan, Parker and Ginobili aging, that’s a pretty tough thing to lose. And they don’t have other players on that team that play at an elite level.

    14. Frank O.

      Frank O.: With Duncan, Parker and Ginobili aging, that’s a pretty tough thing to lose. And they don’t have other players on that team that play at an elite level.

      But when they played together in the first half, with energy, it was pretty impressive.

    15. Bruno Almeida

      yes, they are still a very good offensive team and they can beat any team on a good night, imo, but essentially “losing” Duncan’s presence on the paint defensively, and pairing him with poor defenders has killed the defensive effort that was this team’s biggest feature.

      people forget about this, but the Spurs got pretty good defense from centers like Nazr Mohammed, Rasho Nesterovic, Francisco Elson, and paired with the best power forward ever, that was good enough.

    16. jon abbey

      Frank O.: Actually, yeah. Got messy late, huh?

      no, the third quarter, probably the most impressive run I’ve seen from a team this year, especially without Wade.

    17. hoolahoop

      Spot on.

      Frank O.:
      Watched the Spurs last night. A clinic on ball movement.
      It’s not hard to play as a team, but if one guy goes off script it breaks down.
      If the Knicks could share the ball, they’d get more and better shots…

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