2014-15 Game Thread: Timberwolves vs. Knicks

These next two games against Minnesota and Philadelphia might make or break the Knicks’ season.

A quick word, though, on tiebreakers when it comes to the lottery. Ties are not broken the traditional way. If the Knicks end the season tied with either Minnesota or Philadelphia for the worst record, the two teams would then just evenly split the lottery balls allotted for #1 and #2 combined (a three-way tie would then be the same, just adding in the #3 lottery balls). Then a coin flip would determine which team is “officially” #1 and #2 for the purposes of the draft after the lottery is decided. So tiebreakers don’t matter. You don’t want to end the season tied with a team even if you seemingly own the tiebreaker. You really need to finish below them.

So let’s go, Tankathon 2015!!

This Is Why The Knicks Have No Hope

As I said previously, I have little faith that this Knicks team will be good in the future. You might come to this conclusion from a number of indicators. You could look at their 14-53 record this season, tied for worst in the league. You could look at Phil Jackson’s tenure and there’s plenty of red flags there. The botching of the Steve Kerr hiring. The questionable hiring of Derek Fisher. The weird statements/tweets. The paltry returns on traded players. You could look at their eschewing of advanced statistics, as ESPN rated them 121 out of 122 professional franchises in using any reasonable numerical evidence to help assist with making decisions in a billion dollar field.

But if this report is true, it would indicate that there is no hope that this Knicks front office has any clue on how to build a winning NBA team.

[Andrea Bargnani’s] two injury-filled, unproductive seasons with the Knicks will end next month but there is already a sense that team president Phil Jackson, encouraged by Bargnani’s play over the past 20 games, will strongly consider re-signing the free agent forward… for the right price, of course.

And folks that is the canary in the coal mine.

Remember for the Knicks to have any hope the likeliest scenario is for them to pick the best pro in the NBA draft, AND grab a top notch free agent this summer, AND make sure that the draft pick, the free agent and Carmelo Anthony complement each other on the court, AND pick up the right complementary players to fill out the rest of the roster. This is the corner they’ve painted themselves into by re-signing Anthony to a huge contract, giving him a no-trade clause, and giving away future first round picks.

And for the above scenario to come true, the Knicks need someone at the helm that understands how to evaluate NBA talent. If Phil Jackson resigns Andrea Bargnani to do anything more than shoot tshirts out of a cannon, he proves that he is not qualified to run this team.

Knicks Morning News (2015.03.19)

  • [New York Post] Fisher: It would be easier to inspire Knicks if I still played (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:50:44 -0400)

    So maybe it wasn't Hampton beating Manhattan, but the Knicks upending the world champion Spurs was a shocker. It left coach Derek Fisher feeling positive about his woebegone Knicks, knowing,…

  • [New York Times] Warriors Cruise Past Hawks 114-95 for Best Record in NBA (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:26:10 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors whipped perfect passes through the lane that led to pretty shots and plenty of high-flying dunks.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Push Win Streak to 5 With 88-84 Victory Over Jazz (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:11:06 GMT)

    The Utah Jazz kept John Wall in check for 24 minutes Wednesday night. That wasn’t quite enough.

  • [New York Times] Paul Scores 30 in Clippers’ 116-105 Win Over Kings (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:43:45 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 30 points and 11 assists for the Los Angeles Clippers, who defeated the slumping Sacramento Kings 116-105 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers, Down Early, Rout Nets (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:28:19 GMT)

    J. R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov scored 17 points apiece, Kyrie Irving had 10 assists and Cleveland shook off a slow start to win its 14th straight home game, 117-92, over the Nets.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki Scores 25, Mavs Hang On to Beat Lowly Magic 107-102 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 03:13:54 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and the Dallas Mavericks withstood a fourth-quarter meltdown against lowly Orlando on Wednesday night, beating the Magic 107-102 for their third straight win since an embarrassing home loss to Cleveland.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 36 to Lead Thunder Past Celtics 122-118 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 03:08:14 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Boston 122-118 on Wednesday night, snapping the Celtics’ five-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Green Scores 20, Spurs Bounce Back to Beat Bucks 114-103 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:58:53 GMT)

    Danny Green scored 20 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and seven assists as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-103 Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers Shake Off Poor Start, Roll Nets 117-92 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:58:47 GMT)

    Cavaliers coach David Blatt had seen enough, more than enough.

  • [New York Times] Mirotic, Dunleavy Lead Bulls Past Pacers (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:52:51 GMT)

    Rookie Nikola Mirotic scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, Mike Dunleavy added 21 points and Pau Gasol had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the short-handed Chicago Bulls to a 103-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Scores 21, Raptors Beat Timberwolves 105-100 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:22:58 GMT)

    Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 and the Toronto Raptors won their 11th straight home game over Minnesota, beating the short-handed Timberwolves 105-100 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade Scores 30, Heat Rally to Beat Blazers 108-104 (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:19:44 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, including a jumper with 13.6 seconds left to break a tie and help the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-104 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Snap 4-Game Skid With 94-83 Win Over Pistons (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:53:41 GMT)

    Ish Smith scored 15 points to pace a balanced offense, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a four-game skid with a 94-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Obama Joins Millions in U.S. College Basketball Madness (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:52:38 GMT)

    March Madness gripped the White House and lots of other workplaces on Wednesday as President Barack Obama joined an estimated 60 million Americans scrambling to make their predictions for the annual tournament to crown a collegiate basketball champion.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks coach Derek Fisher files for divorce (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:06:31 GMT)

    Knicks coach Derek Fisher has filed for divorce from his wife, Candace.