2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Celtics

You know what would be a fun win? The Knicks winning tonight in Boston against the Celtics, who are 3.5 games ahead of the Knicks for second place in the Atlantic Division (man, the East is so bunched up together – the Celtics are in the #8 spot in the Conference while being just 3 games back of the #1 seed – that’s insane).

The Celtics are a good team, winning with a particularly even scoring load (driven in large part by the fact that they really don’t have a go-to scorer, so everyone has to get involved). Hopefully the Knicks can clog them up a bit tonight.

It would be swell to see Porzingis have another good game. He’s been in a bit of a lull as of late.

The Knicks are 4-0 in their division so far this year, including one of their best wins of the season in a win in Toronto against the division-leading Raptors.

Let’s go Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2015.12.27)

  • [New York Times] Lowly 76ers Beat Suns 111-104 for 2nd Win of Season (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:51:30 GMT)

    Ish Smith was just traded from New Orleans to Philadelphia, so he knows each win is special. And this one came against one of his former teams.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Curry Named Athlete of Year (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 05:58:51 GMT)

    Stephen Curry was named The Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.

  • [New York Times] Barea Hits Career-High 7 3s, Mavericks Top Bulls 118-111 (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 05:51:44 GMT)

    J.J. Barea pulled up from a couple of feet behind the 3-point line just after returning to the game and hit the last of his five straight from long range in the first half.

  • [New York Times] Crabbe Helps Trail Blazers Beat Cavaliers 105-76 (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 05:36:48 GMT)

    Allen Crabbe scored a career-high 26 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers held LeBron James to just 12 points in a 105-76 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Minus Griffin, Clippers Beat Short-Handed Jazz 109-104 (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 05:09:44 GMT)

    Playing without an injured Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick scored 25 points and Paul Pierce had 20 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Utah Jaz 109-104 Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Hawks Hand Knicks a Third Straight Loss (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 04:54:43 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks won their sixth straight game with a 117-98 victory at home over the Knicks on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads Pelicans Past Rockets, 110-108 (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 04:51:31 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday had his eyes locked on James Harden and found a way to hear — through the din of an exuberant crowd — the defensive instructions Tyreke Evans and Anthony Davis shouted to him.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Has 22 Points, Pushes Pacers Past Timberwolves 102-88 (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:45:34 GMT)

    Monta Ellis had 22 points and six rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers overcome a fourth-quarter deficit and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-88 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Bradley Leads Celtics Past Pistons 99-93 (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:30:47 GMT)

    Avery Bradley scored 18 points, Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and nine assists, and the Boston Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 99-93 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Suns Guard Bledsoe Leaves Game With Knee Injury (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:27:29 GMT)

    Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe left the Suns’ game against Philadelphia on Saturday night after spraining his left knee.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Helps Hawks Soar Over Fading Knicks (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:24:28 GMT)

    Forward Paul Millsap scored 22 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 117-98 victory over the fading New York Knicks at Philips Arena on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Wade, Heat Rally for 108-101 Victory Over Magic (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:12:39 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 24 points, and the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 108-101 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Millsap, Horford Lead Hawks in Big Surge Past Knicks (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:12:36 GMT)

    Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Al Horford added 19 points and the Atlanta Hawks won their sixth straight game with a 117-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade Weighs In to Lead Heat Past Magic (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:12:27 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade had 24 points, including 12 in the final five minutes, to lead the Miami Heat to a 108-101 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Walker Scores 22 as Hornets Rally to Beat Grizzlies (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:00:36 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Charlotte Hornets held off the Memphis Grizzlies 98-92 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Win Third Straight Over Bucks, 111-90 (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 01:51:48 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors needed their best passing display of the season to top the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • [New York Times] Wizards 111, Nets 96: Wizards Rout Nets With Help From Jarell Eddie’s Hot Fourth Quarter (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 00:47:05 GMT)

    In his debut, Jarell Eddie made four 3-pointers in the final period, and the Nets lost their sixth straight home game.

  • [New York Post] Tim Hardaway Jr. adjusting to life without playing time (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 02:19:41 -0500)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. was a first-team All-Rookie selection two years ago. The former Knicks first-round pick still managed to average double figures off the bench last season despite a bit of a sophomore malaise as he adjusted to the triangle offense. Even with what was a frosty relationship with coach Derek Fisher, those times seem…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks squander early lead in 117-98 loss to Hawks (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:23:08 GMT)

    As the schedule intensifies, reality is starting to settle in for the Knicks: they can’t beat the good teams.

  • [New York Daily News] Back in Knicks lineup, Melo hopes to make All-Star case (Sun, 27 Dec 2015 05:46:24 GMT)

    As Carmelo Anthony prepared for his return to the court on Saturday, he shrugged off the early returns of the All-Star voting.