Knicks Morning News (2015.05.01)

  • [New York Times] Bulls Beat Bucks, It’s On to Cavaliers (Fri, 01 May 2015 06:25:36 GMT)

    When playing at their best, the Chicago Bulls are a team that can go far in the NBA playoffs. They just aren’t making things easy for themselves along the way.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Beat Spurs 102-96 to Force Game 7 (Fri, 01 May 2015 06:01:39 GMT)

    Blake Griffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Paul had 19 points and 15 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers held on for a 102-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round series.

  • [New York Times] Nets Try to Take Force No. 1 Seed Hawks to Go the Distance (Fri, 01 May 2015 06:01:36 GMT)

    They were separated by 22 victories in the regular season and a mere nine points so far in the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Clippers 102, Spurs 96: Clippers Force a Game 7 Against the Spurs (Fri, 01 May 2015 04:51:31 GMT)

    Facing elimination, the Clippers fought back every San Antonio rally and won Game 6 behind Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

  • [New York Times] Dunleavy Scores 20, Bulls Clobber Bucks 120-66 to Advance (Fri, 01 May 2015 03:05:09 GMT)

    Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls came close to an NBA playoff record, finally putting away the Milwaukee Bucks with a 120-66 victory in Game 6 to clinch their first-round series Thursday night.

  • 14 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2015.05.01)”

    Here’s the amazing thing about the Bulls/Bucks game – 66 points is not even close to the record for the fewest points scored in an NBA playoff game (in the 24 second shot clock era, that is).

    The Jazz scored 54 points in an NBA Finals game against the Bulls!! And like the Bucks, the Jazz were very much in that series overall, before Jordan’s famous shot/steal/shot finale in Game 6.

    What’s even more remarkable to me is that the biggest point differential in an NBA playoff game happened all the way back in 1956, with the Minneapolis Lakers outscoring the St. Louis Hawks by 58 points, 133-75! That was just the second year of the 24 second shot clock, and teams were already scoring 133 points during the playoffs! Wow!

    BTW, Bulls look great on paper, but their game is not always as good as the names would suggest.

    +1. Despite annihilating a Bucks team that looked like the JV Knicks squad, I think the Bulls are rather over-rated. And Thibs is a moron who has earned the pink slip he’ll almost assuredly get at the end of their season.

    I doubt he gets fired if they make it to the Finals, and while they may be overrated, they’re also a good team in a conference without a lot of good teams right now, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get to the Finals. The Cavs/Bulls series is going to be very fascinating.

    I think both Thibs and the Bulls are ready to move on. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up trading him for some kind of protected first rounder that’s more likely to end up being 2 seconds or something like that. Sort of a save face move for both sides.

    I think both Thibs and the Bulls are ready to move on. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up trading him for some kind of protected first rounder that’s more likely to end up being 2 seconds or something like that. Sort of a save face move for both sides.

    The Bulls have never really been a “save face for both sides” sort of organization. Maybe a save money one, but from everything I’ve heard, I doubt there’s enough love/respect between Thibs and Gar Forman for them to actually do anything like that.

    I agree, Thibs will leave Chicago anyway. I don’t know exactly where he could go from there (Toronto is an interesting idea, but has no big that Thibs may like; the same goes for Washington, where he could replace the closest thing to Del Negro we have in the current NBA. I would have liked to see him in OKC, but Donovan already took that spot). I wouldn’t call the Bulls overrated, though. They are a limited team who will always fight to death in a playoff series, and in the East that’s enough to win the conference every year.

    I don’t know if it’s injuries or the Thibs factor, but Noah looks like a shell of himself right now. Unless he gets back to his old self, I can’t see Chicago winning the series. He is really the X factor for the Bulls despite their upgrades on offense with Pau and Mirotic.

    But Noah will be less essential to the Bulls now that Love is out. They need Butler on James and someone else on Kyrie (I say a Snell-Hinrich tag team); after that, Thibs’ schemes will be more than enough. I have the Bulls in six.

    I was really surprised the way Pop managed the game last night. I realize it is blasphemy to question what he does, but he has a team that likes to go 10 deep in his rotation and Rivers really only trusts 6. Why on earth Pop slowed the game to a crawl in the second quarter when they were one more Bellineli 3 from starting an avalanche at home is beyond me……….

    Even great coaches make mistakes, and hack a jordan was and is certifiably idiotic so you’re not wrong in questioning Pop.

    Neither Pop nor Doc have been particularly good this series. Some uncharacteristically sloppy play by the Spurs at the end of a lot of these games.

    Yeah, also Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili look like a step too slow.

    I’m mostly put off by some of their late game offensive sets. It’s like they don’t even have a plan out there at times. Some of their sets look vaguely similar to some of the Knicks’ shitty sets (“Dribble the clock out and then THJ takes an awkward fadeaway”).

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