2016 Quick Recap: Knicks 86, Cavs 96

New York lost tonight’s game by 10. The Knicks had sizeable leads of 24-9, 32-18, and were up 46-38 at the half. However the Cavs tied the game in the mid third and made some daylight in the fourth. It was a winnable game for New York.

On the positive side this was one of the league’s premier teams on the road, and the Knicks were right there along with them. The Knicks held Cleveland to an eFG% of 44% and blocked 7 shots. Cleveland’s big advantage was at the free throw line, outscoring the Knicks 23 to 12 from the charity stripe.

Also there was another one of these:

2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Cavaliers

In all seriousness, tonight’s game has no special meaning. They’re on the road, facing the defending Eastern Conference champions and perhaps the best player in the game (certainly the best player of his generation).

So a loss really wouldn’t be a big deal.

However, being over .500 five games into the season? How amazing would that be?

Plus, Cleveland does not have a great penetrating point guard, which gives you some hope that the Knicks won’t get torched.

I know, I know, don’t get your hopes up, but darnit, I can’t help but get my hopes up!

So come on, let’s go, Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2015.11.04)

  • [New York Post] Inside Carmelo Anthony’s million-dollar watch collection (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 06:00:27 -0500)

    Before Carmelo Anthony was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft, he was gifted with his first-ever watch. He didn't give it much thought, the star recalls while relaxing on a blue, tufted couch in the backroom of Material Good, a luxury retail concept store in Soho. "I…

  • [New York Post] What Fisher needs to see before Afflalo can make Knicks debut (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 01:20:29 -0500)

    Arron Afflalo, who has yet to make his Knicks debut because of a strained left hamstring, participated in some of Tuesday's practice, but will not play Wednesday in Cleveland. "It's still really day-to-day,” coach Derek Fisher said. "He can feel really good and he can get some work in. If there's any kind of lingering…

  • [New York Post] Kristaps Porzingis’ next test? It come from this ex-Knick big man (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:08:39 -0500)

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers starting center Timofey Mozgov is skeptical Kristaps Porzingis is actually 7-foot-3. Mozgov, the former Knicks pivot, is 7-1. "What? He's taller than me? For real?'' Mozgov asked during a Tuesday interview with The Post at the Cavaliers' practice facility. "I thought he was 7-feet, not 7-3. We'll see tomorrow.'' Mozgov will…

  • [New York Times] Verizon Signs Content Deal With NBA for Video Streaming App ‘Go90’: NYT (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:18:29 GMT)

    Verizon Communications Inc signed an exclusive deal with the National Basketball Association to bring daily league highlights to Verizon’s new mobile video streaming app Go90, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Faried Leads Nuggets’ Surge Past Winless Lakers, 120-109 (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:06:42 GMT)

    When the Denver Nuggets embrace the up-tempo, hard-working style of play in coach Mike Malone’s highest aspirations, they’re capable of beating teams a whole lot better than the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • [New York Times] Stuckey, Bench Lift Pacers to First Victory (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 06:06:28 GMT)

    A spirited performance by the bench allowed the Indiana Pacers to notch their first victory of the season with a 94-82 win over the previously unbeaten Detroit Pistons at The Palace.

  • [New York Times] Late 12-0 Run Rallies Raptors Past Mavericks (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 05:57:29 GMT)

    Coming off the best regular season in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors are 4-0 for the first time ever.

  • [New York Times] Randolph Has 20, Leads Memphis to 103-89 Victory Over Kings (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 05:45:31 GMT)

    Zach Randolph had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Golden State with a 103-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Lowry, Raptors Start 4-0 for 1st Time, Beating Mavs 102-91 (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 05:39:33 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry wasn’t sure what kind of start Toronto would have with plenty of new faces.

  • [New York Times] Fournier Leads Magic Past Winless Pelicans, 103-94 (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 04:54:39 GMT)

    After hitting his second consecutive 26-foot jumper inside the final 1:13 of the fourth quarter, Orlando’s Evan Fournier let out a primal roar as he trotted back toward the defensive end.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Pacers Top Pistons for First Win (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 04:05:46 GMT)

    Rodney Stuckey scored 23 points against his former team as Indiana won at Detroit.

  • [New York Times] Teague Lifts Balanced Hawks Past Heat, 98-92 (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 03:51:40 GMT)

    Mike Budenholzer was staring down at his erasable whiteboard, drawing up a play with just under 9 seconds remaining as his Atlanta Hawks held a four-point lead.

  • [New York Times] Hot-Shooting Hornets Hammer Bulls 130-105 for 1st Victory (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 03:21:53 GMT)

    Jeremy Lamb began paying dividends for the Charlotte Hornets one day after signing a three-year, $21 million contract extension.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Get First Win, Hand Pistons First Loss This Season (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 03:04:01 GMT)

    Rodney Stuckey scored 23 points against his former team, Paul George added 16 points and nine rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the Detroit Pistons 94-82 on Tuesday night for their first victory.

  • [New York Times] TV Sports: HBO Documentary Successfully Examines Enigmatic Life of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 03:01:33 GMT)

    The film effectively introduces Abdul-Jabbar to a generation that did not witness his 20-year N.B.A. career or possess direct knowledge of the context.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: After Surgery on His Foot, Jodie Meeks Is Out Up to 4 Months (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 01:40:06 GMT)

    Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks will miss the next three to four months of the season after foot surgery.

  • [New York Times] Luther Burden, Former Knick Who Served Time for Bank Robbery, Dies at 62 (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:13:03 GMT)

    Luther Burden, better known as Ticky, played briefly for the Knicks in the 1970s and was convicted of robbing a Long Island bank in 1980.

  • [New York Daily News] Kristaps Porzingis wants to play in Knicks’ game vs. Cavs (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 03:41:25 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis’ only experience playing against LeBron James involves a made-up character in video games.