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Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, May 09 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] Smith: Knicks’ confidence Heats up (Wed, 09 May 2012 06:30:22 GMT)
    As far as injuries are concerned, the Knicks’ season has been a nightmare on 33rd St. From Jeremy Lin to Iman Shumpert to Amar’e Stoudemire to Baron Davis, key player after key player has gone down at the worst possible time.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Woodson clearly a Melo fellow (Wed, 09 May 2012 06:26:29 GMT)
    Whether it’s now or after the season, Carmelo Anthony wants Mike Woodson’s interim tag removed. The franchise player again pledged his loyalty to his coach Tuesday, a day after the Daily News reported the Knicks and Woodson are in the preliminary stages of negotiating a long-term deal.

  • [New York Daily News] Lin won’t face Heat, Knicks turn to Bibby (Wed, 09 May 2012 06:24:09 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin is out for the rest of the series against the Heat, coach Mike Woodson said Tuesday, leaving the Knicks severely depleted at point guard going into Wednesday’s elimination game in Miami.

  • [New York Daily News] Report: Ewing to interview with Jordan’s Bobcats (Wed, 09 May 2012 03:47:40 GMT)
    During his Knicks career, Patrick Ewing had many famous battles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Now, the two could be joining forces in Charlotte.

  • [New York Daily News] Battier keeps Heat on and guard upALL vs. Melo (Wed, 09 May 2012 02:56:20 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony cruised past defenders, crashed the boards and ultimately crushed the Heat to collect his first playoff win as a Knick on Sunday. There to contest most of his 29 field-goal attempts with an outstretched hand was Heat counterpart Shane Battier.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Playoffs — Knicks Focus on Task, Not Regrets (Wed, 09 May 2012 05:54:44 GMT)
    The Knicks return to Miami, improbably, with their playoff hopes narrowly alive and Amar’e Stoudemire thriving again.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: For Bernard King, Scars From Knee Surgery Fade, but Pain Remains (Wed, 09 May 2012 05:55:58 GMT)
    With knee injuries for Baron Davis, Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert, it has been a playoff season of agony for the Knicks, and no one can speak to the repercussions better than Bernard King, now an analyst for the MSG Network.

  • [New York Times] Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Recruit, Attracts N.C.A.A. Inquiry (Wed, 09 May 2012 05:34:04 GMT)
    Two N.C.A.A. enforcement officials traveled to Everett High School in Massachusetts, where Nerlens Noel spent his freshman and sophomore years.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Bulls Rely on Defense to Beat Sixers and Stay Alive (Wed, 09 May 2012 07:30:08 GMT)
    Playing without Derrick Rose and the emotional leader Joakim Noah, the undermanned Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 77-69, to stave off elimination and cut their first-round series deficit to 3-2.

  • [New York Times] Denver Nuggets Defeat Los Angeles Lakers (Wed, 09 May 2012 08:12:42 GMT)
    Andre Miller scored 24 points, including two free throws with 12.8 seconds left, and the Denver Nuggets avoided playoff elimination with a 102-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Steve Nash Hired as Canadian Men’s Basketball Team GM (Wed, 09 May 2012 05:39:07 GMT)
    Steve Nash has dreamed of managing the Canadian men’s basketball team since he was a young point guard running its offense.

  • [New York Times] Horford, Hawks Stay Alive, Beat Celtics 87-86 (Wed, 09 May 2012 09:12:48 GMT)
    Al Horford missed most of the season.

  • [New York Times] Column: ‘Ouch.’ NBA Boss Changes Tune on Injuries (Wed, 09 May 2012 09:00:38 GMT)
    Turns out NBA Commissioner David Stern spoke too soon.

  • [New York Times] Bynum Eats His Words as Nuggets Stun Lakers (Wed, 09 May 2012 08:42:50 GMT)
    Battling for their NBA playoff lives, the Denver Nuggets needed no extra motivation to give the Los Angeles Lakers the fight of their lives in Game Five. Andrew Bynum gave it to them anyway.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets, Hawks Stay Alive, Pacers Win Series (Wed, 09 May 2012 07:45:40 GMT)
    By Mark Lamport-Stokes

  • [New York Times] Deng, Boozer Lead Bulls Past 76ers 77-69 (Wed, 09 May 2012 04:33:39 GMT)
    The Chicago Bulls aren’t quite finished after all.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Stay Alive, Holding Off Celtics 87-86 (Wed, 09 May 2012 03:19:00 GMT)
    Al Horford scored 19 points in his first start since January, and the Atlanta Hawks held on for an 87-86 victory over the Boston Celtics in a thrilling Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Beat Magic 105-87, Advance to 2nd Round (Wed, 09 May 2012 01:48:55 GMT)
    Danny Granger scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Orlando Magic 105-87 on Tuesday night and clinch their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series 4-1.

  • 24 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, May 09 2012)

    1. d-mar

      The only chance we have tonight is somehow to keep it close going into the 4th quarter. If the Heat go on one of their patented runs and go up 10-15, I just don’t see the Knicks recovering in their building. And JR has to figure out how to shoot somewhere within sniffing distance of 50%, we can’t have another 3-15 from him if we’re gonna have any prayer of winning this game.

      Oh, and of course “It’s alive! Alive!!!!”

    2. Eternal OptiKnist

      I’m as thrilled about the way Woody had us finish the season – i love his attitude about the importance of defense (its why we’re still playing in this series). If he’s brought back, however, i do have some concern over an over-dependence on hero-ball. I know we haven’t really played with a full team in a long time (particularly without a playmaking PG) so maybe i’m jumping the gun. I really just want to make sure we take advantage of all the tools we have on offense and not make it easy for good defensive teams to shut down a one-dimensional offense.

    3. Nick C.

      Eternal OptiKnist: I’m as thrilled about the way Woody had us finish the season – i love his attitude about the importance of defense (its why we’re still playing in this series). If he’s brought back, however, i do have some concern over an over-dependence on hero-ball. I know we haven’t really played with a full team in a long time (particularly without a playmaking PG) so maybe i’m jumping the gun. I really just want to make sure we take advantage of all the tools we have on offense and not make it easy for good defensive teams to shut down a one-dimensional offense.

      Kinda ironic how for some time we hear you need a volume shooter a/k/a someone who can get his shot off to succeed in the playoffs.

    4. Eternal OptiKnist

      It’ll be an interesting night. Remember that we did not have a healthy Tyson Chandler for either game in Miami, so we could look like a totally different team. I have to commend the defense that we’ve played…im not sure i can remember many fast-break highlight plays from Lebron or D-wade…it’ll come down to our offense, as it has for the last 3 games…can we find enough scoring? I think Bibby will facilitate a better (more ball-moving) offense…JR will have a better shooting game based on law of averages…and u like a guy with his mentality in a game like this on the road…not scared. The law of averages would also suggest that Melo will have a dud, but im hoping not. What happened to the NY crown in Miami??? I didn’t hear the type of pro-NY crowd in games 1 and 2 that i expected…are season tix holders attending (albeit, late) as opposed to selling in the playoffs? There was a pretty big Miami contingent in game 4 at the Garden which was really irrritating.

    5. Eternal OptiKnist

      Nick C.: Kinda ironic how for some time we hear you need a volume shooter a/k/a someone who can get his shot off to succeed in the playoffs.

      And i do think thats a legitimate point that you need a guy in the postseason that you can depend on (especially a post player) to get you a bucket or two freethrows…a “go-to” guy, if you will. Especially in the playoffs though, it cant be the only thing you do..its just too easy to gameplan for..worse when the go-to player isnt effectively moving the ball out of double teams.

    6. Eternal OptiKnist

      The reason a player like that is important in the playoffs is because they will draw double-teams and create open shots for others. But you have to take advantage of that for it to be….an advantage.

    7. thenamestsam

      Biggest thing is bringing the defensive intensity back with us from the garden. We really didn’t play with the same defensive fire in those first two games, and while Tyson’s flu didn’t help any in that regard it can’t all be down to that, as he was awful in game 4 and we still played much better D than we had in Miami. If we bring that intensity it should be a relatively close game unless Lebron gets hot with the jumper, which we’ve mostly avoided so far.

      The other big thing is keeping it relatively even in terms of supporting player jumpshots. It’s too much to hope for any miracles from JR, Bibby etc., but we do need them to make their open 3s at the same rate as Miller, Battier and Chalmers.

      As long as we do those things I think we’ll be in it with a chance at the end, and that’s really about all you can ask for at this point. My biggest concern is that the refs have been phenomenally home biased so far in the series, with them getting a ridiculous whistle the first two games, and us getting a very favorable one in return the last two. If it’s a parade to the free throne line for Lebron and Wade we know how that story ends.

    8. johnlocke

      Melo will have go off for at least 35+ points on efficient shooting for us to have a chance. Really don’t see Miami letting that happen. Hope I’m wrong, and obviously rooting for the Knicks hard, but I don’t think we stand much of a chance tonight on their home floor guys — probably will get ugly. Only real outside chance is if the guy, who’s taking the 2nd most shots this series (JR Smith) actually starts sniffing mid 40%+ on his shot. If Melo scores well and efficiently, then JR is the x-factor.

    9. New Guy

      thenamestsam:
      Biggest thing is bringing the defensive intensity back with us from the garden.

      I don’t know. Sounds too easy, like coachspeak. Yet, I feel confident this is the entire basis of Woodson’s plan tonight.

      A good coach would have something different up his sleeve for tonight. Maybe go zone for a quarter. Run some PNR’s with Melo and Stat. Something. Anything.

      If Woodson goes down doing everything that got us to this point, I won’t be sad if he’s not brought back. And I’ll wonder how far we can go with him if he is.

      I’ve come to really like Son of Wood, and I do hope he brings a new trick to the table tonight. If we’re just going in with “more intensity”, say good night.

    10. johnlocke

      May see the big offensive juggernaut lineup — JR Smith, Melo, Novak, Amare and Chandler… lot of potential offensive twistss with that line up.

      Having said that it will come down to basic stuff: can we not turn the ball over less than 10 times, keep them in half court sets and under 100 points, effectively guard Dwayne Wade and make some three point shots. Tall task.

      New Guy: I don’t know.Sounds too easy, like coachspeak.Yet, I feel confident this is the entire basis of Woodson’s plan tonight.

      A good coach would have something different up his sleeve for tonight.Maybe go zone for a quarter.Run some PNR’s with Melo and Stat.Something.Anything.

      If Woodson goes down doing everything that got us to this point, I won’t be sad if he’s not brought back.And I’ll wonder how far we can go with him if he is.

      I’ve come to really like Son of Wood, and I do hope he brings a new trick to the table tonight.If we’re just going in with “more intensity”, say good night.

    11. Robtachi

      I’m at the point where I might put up some money to get a blog-wide moratorium on the term “hero-ball”

    12. johnlocke

      Battier says he learned from Game 5 and guarding other talented offensive players and will play Anthony differently.
      His thoughts on guarding Kobe in the playoffs (Houston v Lakers)—>

      “I learned a lot,” Battier said. “In my mind, there’s no one better.
      Mentally it was the most grueling (experience) of my life.”

      Interesting he would say that with Lebron on his team =)

    13. sidestep

      Eternal OptiKnist: double

      The athleticism of the Heat has allowed them to avoid having to double team Melo in a way that easily sets up other Knicks players, especially with the lack of serious perimeter threat from the Knicks.

      It seems pretty easy to cheat-defend Novak too. You don’t have to stick close to him since he has a hard time — or simply doesn’t have the balls — getting a shot off if you run up at him when he catches. Last shot I saw Novak make was a contested quick release; I do want him to take more of those. If he’s waiting for a clean look, it’s going to be hard to come by, and Novak is probably realizing that late now in the series.

    14. thenamestsam

      New Guy: I don’t know.Sounds too easy, like coachspeak.Yet, I feel confident this is the entire basis of Woodson’s plan tonight.

      A good coach would have something different up his sleeve for tonight.Maybe go zone for a quarter.Run some PNR’s with Melo and Stat.Something.Anything.

      If Woodson goes down doing everything that got us to this point, I won’t be sad if he’s not brought back.And I’ll wonder how far we can go with him if he is.

      I’ve come to really like Son of Wood, and I do hope he brings a new trick to the table tonight.If we’re just going in with “more intensity”, say good night.

      I guess I don’t see coach speak as that much of a bad thing. The old “it’s a cliche for a reason” thing. I think the idea of throwing wrinkles is a good one. I’d especially like to see some zone given that we’ve now lost two of our better man-to-man perimeter defenders in Shump and Baron. However, I think scheme takes a back seat to effort always. The effort level was completely different between the games 1&2 and then 3&4, and just that made a huge difference on the defensive end.

      It’s much, much harder to keep your intensity and effort high throughout a game on the road. Miami is going to go on runs and at home it’s a lot easier to maintain the focus and bounce back with a run of your own. We can talk about the tactical points all we want and those make a difference, but all the game planning in the world won’t matter if we don’t play with the intensity level we showed at home. They will beat us on effort alone.

    15. JC Knickfan

      Asking Melo to play point forward and running PNR is way too high usage. He already got cover LBJ and alot offense will be his ISO move. He doesn’t have the endurance to do all this.

      To try get TC and Amare some more scoring changes, I really think
      Woodson should let Fields run few PNR. Personal I think done decent job throughout year. Since Lin hasn’t played I’ve notice Miami not really trapping ballhandler as hard. We pretty PNR all year so got to play to our strengths. So we should mixed up between JR, Fields and some Bibby do PNR and them Melo iso.

      Also thumbs down for Woodson not trying zone defense yet. You know LBJ and Wade going drive hard basket tonight so zone will make it easier to collapse on them.

    16. TelegraphedPass

      JC Knickfan: To try get TC and Amare some more scoring changes, I really thinkWoodson should let Fields run few PNR. Personal I think done decent job throughout year. P>

      I haven’t noticed Landry doing anything particularly well out of the PnR. He turns the ball over a ton, and unlike JR he hasn’t impressed me with his passing in that situation. Since Landry isn’t really a threat to shoot or score either, I question the value of a Landry+STAT/Chandler PnR.

    17. thenamestsam

      TelegraphedPass: I haven’t noticed Landry doing anything particularly well out of the PnR. He turns the ball over a ton, and unlike JR he hasn’t impressed me with his passing in that situation. Since Landry isn’t really a threat to shoot or score either, I question the value of a Landry+STAT/Chandler PnR.

      The obvious defense against a Fields PnR is just go under the screen continuously. Help on the roll man, and dare Landry to take pull-up jumpers off the dribble all day, which he won’t, and for good reason. That’s why the side PnR they like to run with Landry hasn’t had much of an impact late this season. Teams usually go under, Landry won’t shoot, and so he dribbles around the pick, his man helps on the roll and then recovers and then Landry hands the ball back to the PG. The only time it has really been effective is when Landry’s man recovers too hard or fails to go under and allows Landry to drive middle.

      However, It would be interesting to see how Miami would react to Fields PnR at the top of the key, something the Knicks almost never run. He has a pretty good handle, he’s a decent passer, and he has the height to see over the defense, so he might be effective at making a quick pass and getting the defense rotating if they hedge hard on it the way they normally like to do.

    18. New Guy

      thenamestsam: I guess I don’t see coach speak as that much of a bad thing. The old “it’s a cliche for a reason” thing. I think the idea of throwing wrinkles is a good one. I’d especially like to see some zone given that we’ve now lost two of our better man-to-man perimeter defenders in Shump and Baron. However, I think scheme takes a back seat to effort always. The effort level was completely different between the games 1&2 and then 3&4, and just that made a huge difference on the defensive end.

      It’s much, much harder to keep your intensity and effort high throughout a game on the road. Miami is going to go on runs and at home it’s a lot easier to maintain the focus and bounce back with a run of your own. We can talk about the tactical points all we want and those make a difference, but all the game planning in the world won’t matter if we don’t play with the intensity level we showed at home. They will beat us on effort alone.

      The intensity should be automatically higher because it’s an elimination game (unless we’re the kind of team Bynum was talking about!). That can’t be all he brings to the table.

      I will be very disappointed if we go down trying the same tricks but hoping for different results (or “better execution”). Heat will eat that alive.

      I believe we can win this game if the right adjustment or two is made, and I hope I see it.

    19. JC Knickfan

      TelegraphedPass: I haven’t noticed Landry doing anything particularly well out of the PnR. He turns the ball over a ton, and unlike JR he hasn’t impressed me with his passing in that situation. Since Landry isn’t really a threat to shoot or score either, I question the value of a Landry+STAT/Chandler PnR.

      I not quote any stats because I don’t feel doing research. Based what saw through year I thought OK job run PNR couple times a game. If saw last game Laundry did have nice assist with Melo on PNR. Out all guards left he does have ability to penetrate. He goes north south versus east/west like JR. So if guy goes underneath Laundy it would possible get paint and let him shot his one hand running bank shot or 1 had push shot. He did shot 48% from 2pt and unlike his jumper this one few he still can make. If get to roll man then that will even be better.

      Point is we do need around 50-60 point outside Melo iso. First Melo does have great game and even if we play good defense I think still think we need about 95 pt. If Melo goes for 35-45 w/ reasonable field goal % some else still needs score.

      I think everyone hope JR get hot. He average 15 shot per game and shooting paltry 34%. I rather his go to Amare and TC, but they do need someone get them the ball. Amare shooting 55% in playoffs and TC shot almost shot 70% in regular season.

    20. TelegraphedPass

      JC Knickfan: I not quote any stats because I don’t feel doing research. Based what saw through year I thought OK job run PNR couple times a game. If saw last game Laundry did have nice assist with Melo on PNR. Out all guards left he does have ability to penetrate. He goes north south versus east/west like JR. So if guy goes underneath Laundy it would possible get paint and let him shot his one hand running bank shot or 1 had push shot. He did shot 48% from 2pt and unlike his jumper this one few he still can make. If get to roll man then that will even be better. Point is we do need around 50-60 point outside Melo iso. First Melo does have great game and even if we play good defense I think still think we need about 95 pt. If Melo goes for 35-45 w/ reasonable field goal % some else still needs score. I think everyone hope JR get hot. He average 15 shot per game and shooting paltry 34%. I rather his go to Amare and TC, but they do need someone get them the ball. Amare shooting 55% in playoffs and TC shot almost shot 70% in regular season.

      I’ll quote em for you.

      As the ball handler, Landry is scoring at a pretty awful .66 PPP on 39.7% shooting. He’s turning the ball over 23.5% of the time on those possessions.

      That’s just bad. Our offense won’t benefit greatly from him losing the possession nearly a quarter of the time.

    21. TelegraphedPass

      As far as executing passes through the Pick and Roll, honestly JR Smith may be the best guard on the roster at executing a pass in that situation.

      JR is an underrated passer. He isn’t a natural distributor, obviously, but when he sets his mind to set someone up he has been pretty good at it for the past couple years. Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis are better overall passers, but as far as hitting the roll man consistently and accurately without turning the ball over I’ve seen JR handle it well.

      I’d like to see more JR-STAT PnRs. He has been a weak scorer coming off the pick this year, but at least he’s the best passing option. He can get himself a good shot in that situation if the D starts keying into STAT’s offense off that action.

    22. JC Knickfan

      TelegraphedPass: I’ll quote em for you.

      As the ball handler, Landry is scoring at a pretty awful .66 PPP on 39.7% shooting. He’s turning the ball over 23.5% of the time on those possessions.

      That’s just bad. Our offense won’t benefit greatly from him losing the possession nearly a quarter of the time.

      Stats don’t usually lie. I guess that could bad idea.
      Home team usually shot better home. I seriously doubt Woodson make attempt to play zone. So, my guess is Miami FG will be 50% tonight. So, I don’t have much hope in this game unless we generate more efficient offense.

      Dan Gadzuric seem like stupid signing now. Should have gotten PG when we still had a chance.

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