Knicks Morning News (2015.03.28)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks must take pass on injured Kevin Durant (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:43:48 GMT)

    Kevin Durant is done for the season after the Thunder announced that he will need another surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Leads Trail Blazers to 87-81 Win Over Suns (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:35:39 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame one of their worst shooting performances of the season, rallying from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter for an 87-81 win Friday night over the Phoenix Suns.

  • [New York Times] Rod Hundley, an Outsize Personality on and Off the Court, Dies at 80 (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:23:48 GMT)

    Hundley, known as Hot Rod, parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century, including many years as a broadcaster for the N.B.A.’s Jazz.

  • [New York Times] Curry, Thompson Lead Warriors in Rout Over Grizzlies (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:53:24 GMT)

    Stephen Curry had 38 points and 10 assists, leading the Golden State Warriors to their 59th win — tying a franchise record — 107-84 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets 106, Cavaliers 98: Nets, Playing for a Playoff Spot, Grab a Win (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:49:05 GMT)

    The Nets served a jolt to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, beating them, 106-98, in front of a sellout crowd at Barclays Center.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Roll to 107-91 Win as Jazz Drop 4th Straight (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:41:26 GMT)

    Ty Lawson and Jameer Nelson each scored 18 points as the Denver Nuggets beat Utah 107-91 on Friday night, handing the Jazz their fourth straight loss.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Kevin Durant to Have Bone Graft and Miss Rest of Season (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:40:04 GMT)

    Durant will undergo a bone graft on his right foot next week, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced, and is not expected to resume basketball-related activities for four to six months.

  • [New York Times] Nets Snap Cavaliers’ 4-Game Win Streak With 106-98 Victory (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:20:56 GMT)

    The Brooklyn Nets played with the intensity of a team fighting for its postseason future, and the Cleveland Cavaliers couldn’t match it.

  • [New York Times] Diaw Scores 19 to Lead Spurs in 94-76 Win Over Mavericks (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:17:31 GMT)

    Boris Diaw scored 19 points, helping the San Antonio Spurs pull away for a 94-76 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hot Rod Hundley, Former NBA Player and Jazz Announcer, Dies (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:53:27 GMT)

    Hot Rod Hundley was the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years.

  • [New York Times] Thomas Scores 18, Celtics Hold Off Knicks for 96-92 Win (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:50:32 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Jae Crowder had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics held off a late rally by the New York Knicks for a 96-92 win on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 33 as Rockets Beat Wolves, Clinch Playoff Spot (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:50:30 GMT)

    James Harden had 33 points and eight assists as the Houston Rockets clinched a playoff spot with a 120-110 victory over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Evans Helps Desperate Pelicans End Skid vs. Kings, 102-88 (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:50:27 GMT)

    Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-88 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Leads Wizards Past Hornets 110-107 in Double-Overtime (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:38:45 GMT)

    John Wall scored seven of his game-high 32 points in the second overtime, and the Washington Wizards held off the Charlotte Hornets 110-107 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Jackson Has Triple-Double, Leads Pistons Over Magic 111-97 (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:32:59 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson scored 26 points, and had 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lift the Detroit Pistons to 111-97 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Beat Heat 99-86, Clinch Top Seed in Eastern Conference (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:23:44 GMT)

    DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 99-86 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Beat Lakers, Clinch Second Straight Division Title (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:18:05 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors clinched their second straight Atlantic Division title, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 94-83 on Friday night behind 18 points from Lou Williams and 19 from Jonas Valanciunas.

  • [New York Times] Paul, Jordan Lead Clippers in 119-98 Rout of 76ers (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:47:35 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored 25 points, DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 119-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

  • [New York Post] Jose Calderon may be done for year after Achilles complication (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:40:40 -0400)

    Jose Calderon expressed major doubt he'll be back this season after once vowing to return from a strained Achilles. Calderon, who first injured the tendon in Boston on Feb. 25,…

  • [New York Post] The red flags and turnovers — and talent — of Knicks’ new hope (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:30:18 -0400)

    New Knick Ricky Ledo committed seven turnovers Wednesday against the Clippers — a statistic he didn't want to talk about after the contest. But the enigmatic shooting guard with a…

  • [New York Post] Knicks celebrate Walt Frazier’s birthday by getting sliced & diced (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:00:17 -0400)

    The Garden held a 70th birthday party for Walt Frazier on Friday, a night when the woebegone Knicks closed in on a franchise-record 60th loss. In losing 96-92 to the…

  • 13 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2015.03.28)”

    Some lazy Saturday am ruminating on the lottery:

    -We are very unlikely to get the #1 pick (at best, our chances will be 1 in 4)
    -The #1 pick will almost certainly be Okafor. I came to that conclusion watching Duke last night. He will be just as unstoppable in the NBA as he is in college, i.e. will have to be double-teamed in the post.
    -there is a pretty good probability that the most impactful player in this draft will not be picked in the first 3 spots. Someone is going to develop and pass by these guys. Maybe a guy like Winslow, who has a ridiculous motor and physical tools. Anyone notice he has been bumped up ahead of Stanley Johnson on the DraftExpress mock? Can he be the next Kawhi Leonard?

    I just worry about Winslow’s height, wingspan, and handle. He looks short for an nba 3 and lacks the ball handling skills to be a wing. Although, Jared Dudley was never the tallest or longest and didn’t have the best of handles and he had a good run in Phx as a wing. Winslow is much more athletic and that Will help him defensively to have more staying power as a top level starter perhaps.

    Speaking of lazy ruminating, “Knicks must take pass on injured Kevin Durant”.

    Kawhi was a much, much better rebounder (about 5 more per 40) than Justice, and Winslow can actually shoot a bit, so he seems like a different player out of college.

    Winslow’s shot is a big question mark. But the guy is a freshmen and has superlative physical tools. I don’t think he is small at all for a wing…6’7”, nice wingspan, super strong frame. What I really like about him is his court sense, he seems to be in the right place at the right time. He also seems to play at a different speed than everyone else. It is impossible to predict whether his shot will develop. I remember that the big question mark about Russell Westbrook coming out of college was his perimeter shooting. He’s still not a great shooter, but is so athletic and driven that he has willed himself into being a superstar. Winslow has a similar mindset

    One comparison that might apply is Shawn Marion.

    Don’t despair Z-man the odds are about 50-50 of us netting a top 2 pick. Or hmm.. maybe we all should worry when you consider that history shows that one of the top 2 picks usually becomes a star while the other is a bust or meh. So Okafor or Towns? Here’s how I would make the decision: teams are able to bring in players for workouts. I don’t think we’d learn much from Towns but I’d have Okafor go against Bargs in the post. If he has no trouble, I would draft Okafor. If Bargs shuts him down, I’d take Towns.

    2012: Davis/Kidd-Gilchrist
    2011: Irving/Derrick Williams
    2010: Wall/Evan Turner
    2009: Griffin/Thabeet
    2008: Rose/Beasley
    2007: Oden/Durant
    2006: Bargnani/Aldridge
    2005: Bogut/Marvin Williams
    2004: Howard/Okafor
    2003: LBJ/Milicic
    2002: Ming/Jay Willams

    Picking at #2 isn’t hard… Just take the next of the two bigs. It’s tougher with the top pick. I’d still probably go with Towns because of athleticism. At #3 I like Russell, but after that it’s tough. I have to agree that Winslow looks impressive, and maybe it will convince Melo to move back to the 4. Also, Myles Turner seems like an interesting homerun/strikeout pick once you start to get a bit lower.

    The officiating in this Wisconsin/Arizona game sucks. Wisconsin getting every call. Stanley Johnson just got whistled for pulling down an offensive board, not touching anybody and getting poked in the eye.

    For the most part Wisconsin has not even bothered trying to pass the ball to Johnson’s man. He is a very, very good defensive player.

    Yeah, I really love his defensive game. He’s going to be an NBA player big time. That’s what is so amazing about this draft – a lot of guys who are clearly going to be in the league for a long time plus guys who could be franchise players. It’s what we thought the 2014 draft was going to look like before the 2013-14 College Basketball season showed otherwise.

    I know Okafor is supposed to be an offensive savant, but God I want a great defensive team once again.

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