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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Game Thread: Knicks vs. Raptors

Before I get into discussion of tonight’s game between the New York Basketball Knickerbockers and the Toronto Basketsports Oviraptors, I want to indulge a bit of weirdness that I’m feeling. I began my brainstorming about this piece by checking the Raptors’ Basketball Reference page, browsing the particulars of their 2015-16 season. “B-Ref,” as the kids call it, continually adds tidbits of information, both quantitative and qualitative, to its mix. I spied a list of Raptors’ personnel at the top of the page, and the name “Nick Nurse” stared back at me. I tried to ignore it and get back to …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.01.28)

[New York Post] Why Knicks are following Afflalo’s lead and talking playoffs (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:23:38 -0500) The Knicks just lost their third straight game and fell three games under .500. They now face five playoff-positioned teams in their next six games, including the mighty Warriors. Leading scorer Carmelo Anthony is nursing a sore left knee that forced him to sit Tuesday and maintain "day-to-day” status. And when he sits, the Knicks… [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:18:54 GMT) LeBron James scored 21 points before sitting out — and dancing — in the fourth quarter, …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.01.27)

[New York Daily News] Durant, Westbrook and Thunder outlast Melo-less Knicks in OT (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:48:40 GMT) There was no Carmelo Anthony and only sprinkles of magic from New York’s “unicorn” rookie. [New York Daily News] Isola: ‘Unicorn’ Porzingis puts Knicks in play for Durant (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:19:55 GMT) The Unicorn is an appropriate nickname for Kristaps Porzingis, who really is a dream come true for the Knicks and their long-suffering fans. [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Arron Afflalo on Knicks: 'We're a playoff team, period' (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:47:10 EST) Arron Afflalo on Knicks: …continue reading

2015 Game Recap: Thunder 128, Knicks 122 (OT)

Happiness equals reality minus expectations. When I found out Carmelo Anthony would miss tonight’s matchup with one of the best teams in the NBA, I hoped for a competitive game. But I didn’t expect it. I expected KD and Angry Russ, fresh off a brutal loss to the Nets, to chew us up and spit us out. Expectations are the half of that equation we should be able to control. But expectations are fluid and part of our subconsciousness. They inevitably rise with each Porzingis putback (fan vote: what was better, the play or the endearing sheepish half-smile thereafter?) and …continue reading

2015-16 Game Thread: Thunder @ Knicks

The Oklahoma City Thunder boast an ORTG of 112.1 and score 108.5 PPG, both good for second in the NBA. They’re first in offensive rebounding (30.2 ORB%), third in FG% (.474), and fourth in FTM (19.7). Both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant rank in the league’s top four in PER, WS/48, OWS, and offensive +/-. The team just ran off a seven game winning streak before a fluke loss in Brooklyn. And yet at 33-13, 20 games above .500, the Oklahoma City Thunder are an afterthought in the Western Conference. Because even with all that gravy, what’s the stat with …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.01.26)

[ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Tuesday (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:49:20 EST) Knicks Daily Links: Tuesday [New York Times] Cousins Scores 56, Sets Sacramento Record in Double-OT Loss (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:36:48 GMT) The only thing that stopped DeMarcus Cousins from scoring on Monday night was his sixth foul. [New York Times] Warriors Crush Spurs in One-Sided Battle for West Supremacy (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:09:32 GMT) The Golden State Warriors recorded a first round knockout in their battle with the San Antonio Spurs for Western Conference regular-season superiority, riding Stephen Curry’s 37 points to a …continue reading

Knicks Morning News (2016.01.25)

[New York Daily News] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony not worried about sore knee (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:12:55 GMT) Carmelo Anthony passed another Hall of Famer on Saturday, jumping —limping really — ahead of Gary Payton. [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Monday (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:48:24 EST) Knicks Daily Links: Monday [New York Times] Warriors, Spurs on Historic Winning Paces This Season (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:33:59 GMT) There’s never been an NBA season where two teams both won at least 80 percent of their games. [New York Times] Lopez Scores 31, Nets End Thunder’s Seven-Game Win …continue reading