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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Bucks

The Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in a game that they desperately need to win. However, they will be playing without Kristaps Porzingis for the third game in a row and the Bucks have a guy who the Knicks match up poorly with defensively in Giannis Antetokounmpo. To be fair, most of the NBA matches up poorly with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Who can really guard Giannis Antetokounmpo? Kawhi Leonard, maybe? The Knicks should still have a chance even if Giannis dominates, sort of like the Rockets game where they stayed in the game despite James Harden having one of the …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.01.04)

[SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Are the Knicks capable of improving their defense? (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 11:30:23 PM) [SNY Knicks] Three issues facing the Knicks: Defense, the rotation, and Melo’s rhythm (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 6:00:59 PM) An inability to hold their own against the more competitive teams in the league has been a glaring weakness for the Knicks all season long. [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ injury woes factoring into defensive struggles (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 3:15:53 PM) I agree with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, who when asked repeatedly Monday night about the team’s effort laughed off the idea that …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.01.03)

[ESPN] Tuesday’s Knicks News: Poor defense remains a major issue (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 4:44:08 AM) Tuesday’s Knicks News: Poor defense remains a major issue [ESPN] Hornacek up in arms over Knicks’ defense (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 12:08:31 AM) Hornacek up in arms over Knicks’ defense [ESPN] Porzingis (Achilles) out, Melo in for Knicks (Monday, January 02, 2017 6:34:32 PM) Porzingis (Achilles) out, Melo in for Knicks [NY Newsday] Knicks have no defense for fifth loss in row (Tuesday, January 03, 2017 12:24:02 AM) Jeff Hornacek’s challenge for all-out effort fell on deaf ears as the Knicks let the Orlando …continue reading

2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Magic

This is a big game for the Knicks, as they host the Orlando Magic without Kristaps Porzingis (I don’t like him missing multiple games with a mystery Achilles injury. How has he not had an MRI yet?!?). However, Courtney Lee, Kyle O’Quinn and Carmelo Anthony are all playing tonight, so the Knicks really: A. need to win B. should win. The Magic are in the midst of a bit of a freefall, so the Knicks just have to have to have to have to take advantage, especially as they have a home and home coming up against the much tougher …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.01.02)

[NYTimes] Keeping Score: James Harden Has a Game Worthy of Wilt Chamberlain (Monday, January 02, 2017 12:27:09 AM) The Houston Rocket star recorded a remarkable triple-double and had a hand in 95 of the Rockets’ 129 points Saturday — a scoring impact second only to Chamberlain. [NYTimes] Sports of The Times: In Navajo Nation, a Basketball Elder Earns Respect (Monday, January 02, 2017 1:41:33 AM) In a place of poverty, social ills and fractured families, Raul Mendoza, 69, coach of the Chinle, Ariz., Wildcats, is a source of quiet strength for his young players. [ESPN] Monday’s Knicks News: Hornacek seeks …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2017.01.01)

[NYTimes] Rockets 129, Knicks 122: James Harden Scores 53 as Knicks Drop 4th in a Row (Sunday, January 01, 2017 4:22:45 AM) Harden 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds for his second straight triple-double against the short-handed Knicks. [ESPN] Knicks enter 2017 at a crossroads (Sunday, January 01, 2017 1:32:16 AM) Knicks enter 2017 at a crossroads [ESPN] Sore Achilles sidelines Porzingis vs. Rockets (Saturday, December 31, 2016 7:01:00 PM) Sore Achilles sidelines Porzingis vs. Rockets [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony’s knee injury won’t keep him off court for long (Saturday, December 31, 2016 8:41:32 PM) Anthony’s 19 minutes were defined …continue reading

2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Rockets

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! The Knicks head to Houston tonight to end 2016 with a tough matchup against the Rockets. This is a very difficult test for the Knicks, made even more difficult with KP, Lee and O’Quinn missing tonight’s game, and I would hate to see them enter the New Year with a losing record, so hey, maybe they’ll shock us!!! The Rockets did play last night (dropping 140 on the Clippers), so maybe they’re tired? What? A fella can hope, can’t he? Let’s go, Knicks!