Knicks Morning News (2015.12.31)

  • [New York Times] Injury Woes Hit Warriors’ Title Defense (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:57:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors’ NBA title defense has been hit by a spate of injuries to their players, an issue they did not have to grapple with in their triumphant previous season.

  • [New York Times] Lack of Curry Leaves Flat Warriors With No Stomach for Fight (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:24:28 GMT)

    The Dallas Mavericks took full advantage of Stephen Curry’s absence with a lower left leg injury by bolting to an early 17-point lead on the way to a 114-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Sixers Surprise Kings for 2nd Win in 3 Games (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:12:43 GMT)

    Ish Smith scored five of his 18 points over the final 3 1/2 minutes and Jerami Grant made three late free throws to help lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 110-105 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] McCollum Helps Trail Blazers Knock Off Nuggets 110-103 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:51:40 GMT)

    C.J. McCollum scored 29 points, Allen Crabbe had 20 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 110-103 on Wednesday night for their third consecutive victory.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Scores 34 as Raptors Edge Wizards 94-91 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:45:41 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors had their regular starting lineup together for the first time in weeks, and DeMar DeRozan took care of the rest.

  • [New York Times] Butler’s Tip-In Gives Bulls 102-100 OT Win Over Pacers (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:24:36 GMT)

    It was a broken play, and the result made the Chicago Bulls’ night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Collapse Against Magic; Warriors Fall Flat as Stephen Curry Sits (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:23:46 GMT)

    Nik Vucevic had 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Orlando rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Nets. In Dallas, the Warriors were routed as Curry sat out with a bruised leg.

  • [New York Times] Curry-Less Warriors Blown Out by Barea, Mavs 114-91 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:15:31 GMT)

    Even if Klay Thompson had been making shots with Stephen Curry sidelined by a leg injury, the other half of the Splash Brothers knew Golden State would have a hard time winning.

  • [New York Times] Towns, Wolves Hold Off Short-Handed Jazz, 94-80 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:51:35 GMT)

    Karl-Anthony Towns had just finished overpowering the overmatched Utah Jazz, looking every bit the No. 1 overall pick the Minnesota Timberwolves made him last June.

  • [New York Times] Charlotte Forward Jefferson to Undergo Knee Surgery (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:39:28 GMT)

    Charlotte Hornets forward Al Jefferson is to undergo surgery for a right knee injury and is expected to miss around six weeks, the team announced on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge’s Double-Double Helps Spurs Rout Suns 112-79 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:09:49 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Spurs routed the Phoenix Suns 112-79 on Wednesday night for their 19th straight home win to start the season.

  • [New York Times] Bryant ‘s Double-Double Carries Lakers Past Celtics, 112-104 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:27:39 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles in likely his final game in Boston, leading the Lakers to a 112-104 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Redick Scores 26 as Clippers Hold Off Hornets 122- (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:03:34 GMT)

    J.J. Redick scored 26 points, Austin Rivers added a season-best 22, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 122-117 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Rally in 4th Quarter, Down Nets 100-93 (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 02:57:44 GMT)

    Nik Vucevic had 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-93 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Warriors’ Curry to Miss Game in Dallas With Leg Bruise (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 01:18:50 GMT)

    Golden State star Stephen Curry has a bruised lower left leg that sidelined him for Wednesday night’s game at Dallas, and could keep him out for the second day of a back-to-back in Houston.

  • [New York Times] Cleanthony Early of the Knicks Is Robbed and Shot in the Knee After Leaving a Queens Strip Club (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:45:28 GMT)

    A group of men converged on his cab after he left a strip club, the police said. They stole his cash, gold caps on his teeth, an iPhone and metal chains and shot him in the knee.

  • [New York Daily News] J.R. Smith defends Early, NBA players’ right to go out (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:49:41 GMT)

    Ex-Knick J.R. Smith, now with the Cavaliers, voiced that it’s his right — and NBA players’ rights — to have a good time.

  • [New York Daily News] Early being shot another bad incident from Knick’s life (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:42:52 GMT)

    Before he was a Knick, Cleanthony Early stood on the court inside Koch Arena at Wichita State and talked about tragedies in his life.

  • [New York Daily News] After teammate shot, Carmelo makes plea for gun control (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:12:51 GMT)

    In the wake of a teammate being robbed and shot by masked thugs, Carmelo Anthony made a plea for gun control.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Cleanthony Early shooting makes Knicks a tougher sell (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:22:18 GMT)

    First, Chris Copeland was stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub. Then fellow NBAer Thabo Sefolosha had his leg broken by a N.Y. cop.

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  • [New York Post] Nets: ‘Pray’ for Cleanthony Early and remember, he was the victim (Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:51:41 -0500)

    ORLANDO, Fla. — After Knicks Cleanthony Early was shot in his right knee while leaving a Queens club early Wednesday morning, players from the crosstown rival Nets expressed shock and sympathy for the young forward. "It's very unfortunate, because in a perfect world you should be able to go anywhere that you want to as…

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