Knicks Morning News (2016.01.31)

  • [New York Times] Jrue Holiday Sinks Jumper to Send Pelicans Past Nets (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:03:53 GMT)

    Holiday’s shot, a 15-footer with 1.3 seconds to play, gave New Orleans its fifth win in six games. But it was almost not the shot of the night: Joe Johnson nearly made a 41-footer at the buzzer.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Brett Brown and Steve Kerr: Coaches With Much in Common, Aside From Records (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:53:51 GMT)

    Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers (the worst team in the league), and Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors (the best team on the planet), find themselves in disparate roles.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Finally Beat the Spurs (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:44:13 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 29 points, and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each added 21 as Cleveland took down the Spurs, winning its fourth straight under Coach Tyronn Lue.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Powers High-Octane Cavs to 117-103 Win Over Spurs (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:18:32 GMT)

    Blasting toward the basket, LeBron James didn’t break his stride as he flicked away Patty Mills, sending the San Antonio guard sprawling across the floor.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Hold Off Pistons to Stretch Record Streak to 11 Wins (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:06:30 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points as the Toronto Raptors held off a late charge by the Detroit Pistons to improve their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games with a 111-107 home victory on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Green Scores 29, Gasol 22 as Grizzlies Defeat Kings 121-117 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:27:32 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 29 points, Marc Gasol had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies thwarted a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Sacramento Kings 121-117 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Flirts With Triple-Double, Wizards Beat Rockets 123-122 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:06:34 GMT)

    John Wall had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and the Washington Wizards rallied for a 123-122 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Scores 32 Points, Pacers Beat Nuggets 109-105 in OT (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 03:45:42 GMT)

    Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis had a few chances to close out the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. He missed on his first try while regulation ended but put the Pacers over the top in overtime.

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Beat Nets 105-103 on Holiday’s Winning Jumper (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 02:51:50 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday hit a 15-foot shot with 1.3 seconds remaining and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Brooklyn Nets, 105-103 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Power Past Pistons for 11th Straight Win, 111-107 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 02:36:47 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 111-107 on Saturday night to push the team’s franchise-best win streak to 11 consecutive games.

  • [New York Times] Barnes’ Late 3-Pointer Lifts Warriors Over 76ers, 108-105 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:58:08 GMT)

    This was a game even the Warriors felt they should have lost.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Brett Brown and Steve Kerr: Coaches With Much in Common, Aside From Records (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:50:21 GMT)

    Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers (the worst team in the league), and Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors (the best team on the planet), find themselves in disparate roles.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Warriors could face same fate vs. Knicks as ’96 Bulls (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:39:53 GMT)

    Michael Jordan was in the building and Prince, who at the time was being called “the artist formerly known as” was seated courtside.

  • [New York Daily News] Steph Curry, Warriors bring ‘rock star tour’ to the Garden (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:06:12 GMT)

    The perfect star for social media is making his only Garden appearance of the season on Sunday night.

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  • [New York Post] Olympics or Knicks? Kristaps Porzingis torn over summer call (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:22:39 -0500)

    Latvia or Las Vegas? Kristaps Porzingis told The Post he will have a big decision on his hands soon. Three days ago, the Latvian National Team was chosen to compete in the Olympic qualifier in Belgrade, Serbia, from July 4-10 with a chance to make it to the Summer Games in Rio. The 7-foot-3 Latvian,…

  • [New York Post] Knicks show the promise that makes inconsistency so puzzling (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:17:33 -0500)

    It seems for much of the season the Knicks have been teetering along a fine line of being a team that looks promising one moment and puzzling the next. They had displayed more of the latter recently in losing four straight games entering Friday night's Garden visit from the struggling Suns. A 22-22 record after seven…

  • [New York Post] Big risk pays off for Greek Freak’s brother in Knicks debut (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:12:36 -0500)

    Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the Knicks' second-round draft pick in 2014, loves the nickname Greek Freak, which was handed down to his brother, Giannis, the Bucks star. But Thanasis said he feels it defines his whole family, who hail from Athens, Greece. On Friday, Thanasis Antetokounmpo made his NBA debut after signing his NBA contract, a 10-day…

  • [New York Newsday] Jerian Grant a work in progress for Knicks (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:24:53 EST)

    No fans booed or cried in disappointment when the Knicks traded for Jerian Grant on draft night. The belief was that they had found their point guard of the near future, one with some pretty impressive genes.

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony nearly records triple-double as Knicks win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:03:24 EST)
  • [New York Times] Clippers Send Lakers to 9th Straight Loss With 105-93 Win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 07:00:37 GMT)

    The Clippers are facing another month without Blake Griffin dominating inside. His absence has created nightly auditions for whoever wants to step up.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 22 Points, Blazers Beat Hornets 109-91 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:51:39 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 22 points and Allen Crabbe added 20 off the bench for the Portland Trail Blazers in a 109-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hood, Favors Lead Jazz Over Timberwolves 103-90 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:48:37 GMT)

    The Utah Jazz had Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert in the starting lineup together Friday night for the first time since Nov. 30. After going 13-17 in that span without them, Utah welcomed the duo’s return for the opening tip.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Give New Coach What He Wants: More Offense (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:49:42 GMT)

    Kevin Love scored 29 points as Cleveland rolled to another high-scoring win, 114-106, over the Detroit Pistons.

  • [New York Times] Love, Irving Sharp as Cavaliers Beat Pistons 114-106 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:42:35 GMT)

    For the first time all season, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each reached 20 points in a game.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 102, Suns 84: Knicks Look Spry as They End 4-Game Slide With a Win Over the Suns (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:34:34 GMT)

    The Knicks’ victory over the Phoenix Suns was just the sort of carefree, feel-good game they needed before they face a stern test at home Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] Key Duo Combine to Help Thunder Soar Over Rockets (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:27:27 GMT)

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 59 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to an 116-108 victory over the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Dwyane Wade Scores 24, Heat Hold Off Bucks for 107-103 Win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:18:39 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and hit a long jumper with 44.5 seconds left, and the Miami Heat won their third straight road game by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 107-103 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Mavs Top Nets 91-79, Williams Struggles Against Old Team (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:12:47 GMT)

    Chandler Parsons had 19 points and a season-high 10 rebounds while Deron Williams struggled in his first game against his former team and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 91-79 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Surging Celtics Prove Too Tricky for Magic (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:09:27 GMT)

    The surging Boston Celtics used balanced scoring to cruise to their fifth straight win with a 113-94 victory over the sagging Orlando Magic on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s Triple-Double Leads Thunder Past Rockets 116-108 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:06:40 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook’s sixth triple-double of the season helped the Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 116-108 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Rivers: Griffin ‘Feels Awful’ About Punching Incident (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:42:32 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Clippers have completed their investigation into Blake Griffin’s punch-out of a team staff member and are awaiting the results of the NBA’s inquiry, which could come early next week.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Run Past Magic 113-94 for 5th Consecutive Win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:30:46 GMT)

    Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart scored 16 points apiece as the Boston Celtics won a season-high fifth straight game, beating the slumping Orlando Magic 113-94 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Returns and Knicks Hand Suns 13th Straight Road Loss (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:03:35 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his return from a two-game absence, and the New York Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Greek Peek: Antetokounmpo finally gets shot with Knicks (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:48:18 GMT)

    Thanasis Antetokounmpo could use a nickname like his younger brother Giannis, aka the Greek Freak.

  • [New York Daily News] Suns guard somehow dunks over Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:33:59 GMT)

    The Knicks may have won the war, but Archie Goodwin won a battle against Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks beat up on hapless Suns with Warriors on horizon (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:55:08 GMT)

    Think of it as the warm-up act in advance of Sunday’s showdown with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Carmelo Anthony too valuable for Knicks to trade (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:13:23 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony too valuable for Knicks to trade

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Suns

    Sorry for the delayed thread! The Knicks need this game and they SHOULD win and they’ve gotten off to a great start.

    Let’s go, Knicks!

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  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis sit as Knicks fall in Toronto (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:17:09 EST)

    TORONTO — The Knicks already were facing a daunting task with Carmelo Anthony sitting out with knee soreness against the Eastern Conference's second-best team. Then word came down that Kristaps Porzingis was too sick to play.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks look lost without Porzingis and Melo, fall to Raptors (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:30:35 GMT)

    Health finally caught up with Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks. They marched an infirmary line into snowy Canada and didn’t stand a chance.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo to 10-day deal (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:05:58 GMT)

    With a familiar name, the Knicks finally filled their open roster spot by signing former draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a 10-day deal.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Top Lakers 114-91 in Pau’s Last Staples Date With Kobe (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:06:44 GMT)

    During seven seasons together with the Lakers, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant formed a bond that won’t be broken by separation or retirement.

  • [New York Times] Butler Helps Rampaging Bulls Trample Over Hapless Lakers (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:27:27 GMT)

    Guard Jimmy Butler scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists, and center Pau Gasol had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-91 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:03:49 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry had 26 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 26 points and the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory, 103-93 over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Western All-Stars Bolstered by Warrior Reinforcements (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:24:29 GMT)

    Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will join Golden State team mate Stephen Curry as Western Conference All-Stars when the NBA announced the reserves for next month’s game on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Anderson Scores 36, Leads Pelicans Past Kings, 114-105 (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:12:36 GMT)

    It is now apparent that coach Alvin Gentry’s up-tempo, flowing system has caught on in New Orleans, and it looks like the transformation has taken place in time for the surging Pelicans to make a run at a playoff spot.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nuggets Defeat Wizards (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:58:46 GMT)

    Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 26 points as Washington continues to reel.

  • [New York Times] Indiana Finds Right Combination to Put Away Hawks 111-92 (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:01:33 GMT)

    Monta Ellis finally found his shooting touch, rookie Myles Turner finally got a chance to start and the Indiana Pacers finally figured out how to deliver a knockout punch.

  • [New York Times] Raptors 103, Knicks 93: Knicks Limp to a Defeat in Toronto (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:59:51 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony (knee), Kristaps Porzingis (upper respiratory illness) and Jose Calderon (groin) did not play as the Knicks absorbed their fourth straight loss.

  • [New York Times] Green Has 21 Points, Gasol 15 as Grizzlies Rout Bucks 103-83 (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:49:10 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 21 points, Marc Gasol added 15 points and eight rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the second half for a 103-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Lowry, DeRozan Each Have 26, Raptors Win 10th Straight (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:45:37 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry had 26 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 26 points and the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory, 103-93 over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Gallinari’s 3-Pointers Lead Nuggets to 117-113 Win (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:56 GMT)

    Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points and hit four of his five 3-pointers to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 117-113 victory over the reeling Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Jose Calderon Hears Criticism, but Not From Knicks Teammates He Mentors (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:18:51 GMT)

    Jose Calderon, the eldest member of the Knicks, has been a soft target this season for critics of his defense. But he still manages to influence the game.

  • [New York Times] Green, Thompson Picked, Giving Warriors 3 NBA All-Stars (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:48:53 GMT)

    Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were picked Thursday for the Western Conference team, giving the NBA champion Golden State Warriors three All-Stars for the first time in 40 years.

  • [New York Post] Can Kristaps Porzingis follow Curry’s path to greatness? (Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:11:28 -0500)

    The 2015 NBA Draft seemed destined to be a cruel repeat of the Knicks' 2009 nightmare. That season, the Knicks were planning on taking Stephen Curry with the No. 8 pick, but the Warriors scooped him up one spot before. This offseason, the Knicks were the losers of the draft lottery, dropping to No. 4…

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  • [New York Post] Why Knicks are following Afflalo’s lead and talking playoffs (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:23:38 -0500)

    The Knicks just lost their third straight game and fell three games under .500. They now face five playoff-positioned teams in their next six games, including the mighty Warriors. Leading scorer Carmelo Anthony is nursing a sore left knee that forced him to sit Tuesday and maintain "day-to-day” status. And when he sits, the Knicks…

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:18:54 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 21 points before sitting out — and dancing — in the fourth quarter, Kevin Love added 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers stormed away in the second half for a 115-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Klay Thompson’s Big Scoring Night Leads Warriors Past Mavs (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:12:48 GMT)

    Klay Thompson scored a season-high 45 points, Stephen Curry got going after halftime and so did the Golden State Warriors, who avenged one of their four losses this season by beating the Dallas Mavericks 127-107 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Bounce Back, Beat Rockets by 31 Points (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:15:27 GMT)

    Lessons learned. Statement made. Moving on.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavs Trounce Suns; James Denies He Sought Blatt’s Firing (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:47 GMT)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers stormed away in the second half for a 115-93 victory at home over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Durant, Thunder Win a Thriller Over Timberwolves, 126-123 (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:57:44 GMT)

    Kevin Durant has had the ball in his hands with the game on the line so many times that he feels totally carefree in the game’s biggest moments.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Win Again Without Griffin, Beating Hawks 85-83 (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:54:46 GMT)

    Amid all sorts of distractions, the Los Angeles Clippers just keep on winning.

  • [New York Times] Hood Scores 24 as Jazz Defeat Hornets 102-73 (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:51:45 GMT)

    Rodney Hood scored 24 points as the Utah Jazz avenged a loss to the Charlotte Hornets last week with a 102-73 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] James, Love Carry Cavaliers Past Suns (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:24:33 GMT)

    LeBron James had 21 points and nine assists and forward Kevin Love had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 115-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

  • [New York Times] Cavs’ Lue to Lead East in All-Star Game (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:24:28 GMT)

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue will lead the Eastern Conference at next month’s All-Star Game despite having only three games under his belt, the NBA announced on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Rebound From Loss to Warriors, Pound Rockets (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:00:58 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs rebounded from their worst loss in three years to bash the Houston Rockets 130-99 on Wednesday night and remain undefeated at home.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Leads Cavs to Rout Over Suns, Lue Gets All-Star Nod (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:49:01 GMT)

    Tyronn Lue is three games into his tenure as a head coach — and on his way to the All-Star Game.

  • [New York Times] Drummond’s 25 Points, 18 Boards Rally Pistons Past 76ers (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:24:58 GMT)

    Andre Drummond had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-97 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Bradley Matches Season-High 27, Celtics Down Nuggets 111-103 (Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:16:16 GMT)

    Avery Bradley matched his season-high with 27 points, and the Boston Celtics earned their fourth straight victory with a 111-103 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

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  • [New York Daily News] Durant, Westbrook and Thunder outlast Melo-less Knicks in OT (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:48:40 GMT)

    There was no Carmelo Anthony and only sprinkles of magic from New York’s “unicorn” rookie.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: ‘Unicorn’ Porzingis puts Knicks in play for Durant (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:19:55 GMT)

    The Unicorn is an appropriate nickname for Kristaps Porzingis, who really is a dream come true for the Knicks and their long-suffering fans.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Arron Afflalo on Knicks: 'We're a playoff team, period' (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:47:10 EST)

    Arron Afflalo on Knicks: 'We're a playoff team, period'

  • [ – New York Knicks] Kevin Durant witnesses a few 'unicorn' sightings at the Garden (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:45:31 EST)

    Kevin Durant witnesses a few 'unicorn' sightings at the Garden

  • [New York Post] Kristaps Porzingis’ response to Durant’s ‘unicorn’ comparison (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:37:19 -0500)

    Players have called opponents a lot of names over the years in sports, using often colorful terms to make their points. But Thunder star Kevin Durant's description of Kristaps Porzingis on Monday was a new one for the Knicks rookie: A unicorn. "Unicorn. I didn't know how to take that,” Porzingis said laughing. "I didn't…

  • [New York Times] North Korea on Ice: Canadian Plans Hockey Tournament in Pyongyang (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:57:28 GMT)

    A Canadian man behind a series of trips to North Korea by basketball hall of famer Dennis Rodman is organizing an ice hockey tournament that may draw former National Hockey League (NHL) players to the isolated country.

  • [New York Times] Dirk Delivers as Mavs Edge Lakers (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:33:28 GMT)

    For three quarters, Dirk Nowitzki was a non-factor. In the final period, though, Nowitzki was the difference in the outcome.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki’s Late Jumper Propels Mavericks Past Lakers, 92-90 (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:18:49 GMT)

    After Dirk Nowitzki arched back and released the tiebreaking jumper, he glided back into the Los Angeles Lakers’ bench area.

  • [New York Times] McCollum Helps Trail Blazers Beat Kings 112-97 (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:36:38 GMT)

    C.J. McCollum scored 18 points, Damian Lillard had 15 points and 13 assists and Portland shut down red-hot DeMarcus Cousins in the Trail Blazers 112-97 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat 102, Nets 98: Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade Score 27 Points Each as Heat Edge the Nets (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:20:42 GMT)

    In a tight game in Brooklyn, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade combined for Miami’s final 12 points to allow the Heat to escape with a victory.

  • [New York Times] Thunder 128, Knicks 122, Overtime: Without Carmelo Anthony, Knicks Dig In but Fade in Stretch Against Thunder (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:04:48 GMT)

    Although Anthony was ruled out about two hours before tipoff, and although Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook posted extraterrestrial totals, the Knicks hung in until overtime.

  • [New York Times] Lowry Scores 29 to Lead Raptors to 106-89 Win Over Wizards (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:46 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry had a vintage performance in the Toronto Raptors ninth straight victory but the focus was on the All-Star starter’s injured left wrist.

  • [New York Times] Durant Scores 44 in Thunder’s OT Win at New York (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:31 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City tandem of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were too much for the New York Knicks to handle on Tuesday as the Thunder won 128-122 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Durant Scores Season-High 44, Thunder Beat Knicks in OT (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 04:54:42 GMT)

    Kevin Durant heard all about Golden State and San Antonio the last few days, and isn’t bothered the NBA’s best have been hogging all the headlines.

  • [New York Times] Smith, Covington Lift Suddenly Decent 76ers Past Phoenix (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:54:51 GMT)

    Nicki Minaj took a seat near the 76ers’ bench and watched the worst team in the NBA hit the top of the scoring chart.

  • [New York Times] Antetokounmpo Dunks 8 Times, Bucks Beat Magic in Kidd Return (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:48:52 GMT)

    Giannis Antetokounmpo dunked eight times and scored 25 points as the Milwaukee Bucks, with coach Jason Kidd back on the bench, sent the Orlando Magic to their seventh straight loss, 107-100 Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade and Bosh Each Score 27, Heat Beat Nets 102-98 (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:18:49 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 27 points, leading the Miami Heat over the Brooklyn Nets 102-98 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Short-Handed Clippers Hold Off Pacers Comeback for 91-89 Win (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:03:45 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored 26 points and J.J. Redick added 19 as the Los Angeles Clippers held off a late Indiana comeback for a 91-89 victory Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Clippers’ Blake Griffin Out 4 to 6 Weeks After Breaking Hand in Altercation (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:45:22 GMT)

    The five-time All-Star got into an argument with the Clippers’ assistant equipment manager on Saturday at a restaurant during a team road trip, according to an ESPN report.

  • [New York Times] Clippers’ Blake Griffin Out 4-To-6 Weeks After Breaking Hand (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:36:52 GMT)

    Blake Griffin is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken shooting hand after punching a Los Angeles Clippers staff member during a road trip.

  • [New York Times] Clippers’ Griffin Breaks Hand in Fight, Out 4-6 Weeks (Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:30:31 GMT)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is expected to miss four to six weeks of action after breaking his hand while throwing a punch, the National Basketball Association team said on Tuesday.

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  • [ – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Tuesday (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:49:20 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Tuesday

  • [New York Times] Cousins Scores 56, Sets Sacramento Record in Double-OT Loss (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:36:48 GMT)

    The only thing that stopped DeMarcus Cousins from scoring on Monday night was his sixth foul.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Crush Spurs in One-Sided Battle for West Supremacy (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:09:32 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors recorded a first round knockout in their battle with the San Antonio Spurs for Western Conference regular-season superiority, riding Stephen Curry’s 37 points to a 120-90 victory in Monday’s highly anticipated showdown.

  • [New York Times] Curry Does It All Again as Warriors Dismantle Spurs, 120-90 (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:15:52 GMT)

    Stephen Curry and the dominant Warriors aren’t just beating teams anymore, they’re throwing staggering knockout punches against the NBA’s best — make that second-best.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Cavaliers Give Tyronn Lue His First Win as Coach (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:35:01 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 25 points as Cleveland beat the Timberwolves, who got 26 points and 11 rebounds from Karl Anthony-Towns.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Scores 22 as Hawks Rout Nuggets, 119-105 (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 04:54:54 GMT)

    Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Al Horford had 18 and the Atlanta Hawks completed their Western Conference road trip with a 119-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Jackson Scores 29, Pistons Defeat Jazz 95-92 (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 04:51:50 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson scored 29 points and the Detroit Pistons never trailed in a 95-92 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Green Scores Season-High 30 as Grizzlies Beat Magic 108-102 (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 04:15:43 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored a season-high 30 points, Memphis converted enough free throws in an extra period and the Grizzlies defeated the Orlando Magic 108-102 in overtime Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Harden and Ariza Lead Rockets to 112-111 Win Over Pelicans (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 04:09:42 GMT)

    James Harden scored 35 points and Trevor Ariza added a season-high 31 to help the hot-shooting Houston Rockets beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 112-111 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] James Leads Cavs Past Timberwolves for Lue’s First (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 04:07:12 GMT)

    Tyronn Lue has had a hectic few days. He now has his first win as an NBA coach.

  • [New York Times] Wade, Bosh Spark Heat to 89-84 Comeback Win Over Bulls (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:57:42 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade had 28 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Miami Heat rallied from an eight-point deficit early in the fourth quarter for an 89-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Thomas Lights Up Wizards as Celtics Win 3rd Straight, 116-91 (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:51:46 GMT)

    Pint-sized point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in three quarters, and five other players finished in double figures as the Boston Celtics kept John Wall in check and beat the Washington Wizards 116-91 on Monday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo hopes to play for Knicks vs. Thunder despite sore knee (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:55:21 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony is banged up, fatigued and struggling but plans on playing in a showdown of two of the league’s most dynamic scorers.

  • [New York Daily News] Kevin Durant a huge fan of Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:53:14 GMT)

    However innocuous and innocent, the line of communication was open between the Knicks and top free agent Kevin Durant.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.01.25)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony not worried about sore knee (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:12:55 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony passed another Hall of Famer on Saturday, jumping —limping really — ahead of Gary Payton.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Monday (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:48:24 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Monday

  • [New York Times] Warriors, Spurs on Historic Winning Paces This Season (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:33:59 GMT)

    There’s never been an NBA season where two teams both won at least 80 percent of their games.

  • [New York Times] Lopez Scores 31, Nets End Thunder’s Seven-Game Win Streak (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:57:35 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder wouldn’t blame the blizzard that delayed their game and kept Kevin Durant stuck in his hotel for 36 hours.

  • [New York Times] Spurs’ Duncan to Miss Warriors Clash (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:54:27 GMT)

    Tim Duncan will miss San Antonio’s eagerly awaited matchup against Western Conference rivals Golden State on Monday due to a sore knee, the Spurs said on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Who’s Best? Warriors and Spurs Finally Get a Chance to Prove It (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:01:21 GMT)

    In the first of four meetings this season, the Western Conference powers Golden State and San Antonio will collide Monday night in Oakland, Calif.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Brook Lopez’s 31 Points Help Nets End Thunder’s Winning Streak (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:12:17 GMT)

    The Nets ended the Oklahoma City Thunder’s seven-game winning streak with a 116-106 home win.

  • [New York Times] Bench Contribution Carries Raptors Past Clippers (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:06:27 GMT)

    Toronto had 51 points from their reserve players and the Los Angeles Clippers had 29 from theirs as the Raptors scored a 112-94 win on Sunday to extend their streak to eight games.

  • [New York Times] Crowder, Thomas Lead Celtics to Rout of 76ers (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 02:42:42 GMT)

    Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points each and the Boston Celtics cruised to a 112-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Bobby Wanzer, 94, Hall of Fame Player From N.B.A.’s Early, Patient Days, Dies (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 02:24:18 GMT)

    Mr. Wanzer, a guard, led the Rochester Royals to the 1951 N.B.A. championship, the only league title of that much-traveled team, whose modern-day successor are the Sacramento Kings.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Down Clippers for Eighth Straight Win, 112-94 (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 02:03:48 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 20 as the Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-94 on Sunday for their season-high eighth straight win.

  • [New York Post] Porzingis was dropping weight fast — but found breakfast cure (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:52:31 -0500)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kristaps Porzingis realized he would shrink to nothing if he didn't take the Knicks' new dietitian’s advice and inhale a grand-style breakfast. While the rail-thin Knicks 7-foot-3 rookie added 11 pounds from the end of July's summer league to the start of training camp, Porzingis started to gradually drop weight as the…

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.01.24)

  • [New York Times] Cavs Lose First Game After Blatt Firing (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:18:27 GMT)

    Within the last 24 hours, Cleveland fired their head coach, management blamed it on the tone of the locker room and regression on the floor, the star player denied culpability in the affair and the new coach said the players are out of shape.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Has 36 Points and Blazers Beat Lakers 121-103 (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:06:37 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 36 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-103 on Saturday night for Kobe Bryant’s last game in Portland.

  • [New York Times] Hornets 97, Knicks 84: Knicks Show Little but Midseason Malaise in Loss to Hornets (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:59:28 GMT)

    A day after the Knicks’ worst defeat of the season, an aching Carmelo Anthony scored only 9 points and sat out the final quarter in Charlotte.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Legs Can’t Carry Lue’s Vision (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:48:28 GMT)

    New Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue has a vision of how he wants his team to play, the problem is the Cavaliers do not seem to have the legs for it.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Spoil Lue’s Coaching Debut, Beat Cavaliers 96-83 (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:33:36 GMT)

    They changed coaches. Everything else about the Cavaliers looked the same.

  • [New York Times] Gakllinari Scores 30, Nuggets Beat Pistons 104-101 (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:30:35 GMT)

    Danilo Gallinari scored 30 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 23.8 seconds remaining, and the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 104-101 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wolves Snap Grizzlies’ 4-Game Winning Streak, 106-101 (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:00:51 GMT)

    For most of this season, the Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the very best teams at the end of tight games while the Minnesota Timberwolves have seemingly perfected the art of blowing the big lead by faltering down the stretch.

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Topple Grizzlies (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:57:27 GMT)

    Minnesota Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell has been urging his team to get out in transition virtually all season and against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, he got what he was looking for.

  • [New York Times] Goodwin Hits 3 With 0.1 Seconds Left, Suns Beat Hawks 98-95 (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:54:42 GMT)

    Archie Goodwin hit a 3-pointer from atop the arc with 0.1 seconds left and the Phoenix Suns beat the Atlanta Hawks 98-95 on Saturday night to end a six-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Lin, Walker Lead Hornets Past Knicks 97-84 (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 03:03:36 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker scored 26 points each, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the New York Knicks 97-84 on Saturday night for their third win in the last four games.

  • [New York Times] Anderson Shoots Way to 23 Points, Pelicans Beat Bucks 116-99 (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 02:51:32 GMT)

    Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and tied a season-high with six 3-pointers, leading the hot-shooting New Orleans Pelicans to a 116-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] LeBron James and Tyronn Lue Agree on Need to Improve (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:35:22 GMT)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers’ biggest star and their newly promoted head coach both say the team must play better.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony exits early as Knicks fall to Hornets, 97-84 (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:11:00 GMT)

    Well, the Knicks did make it to Charlotte, but they left their game and their hustle back in New York.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Derek Fisher praises Cavs coach Tyronn Lue (Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:22:31 GMT)

    Count Knicks coach Derek Fisher as a fan of new Cleveland Cavaliers head man Tyronn Lue.

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Hornets

    If you’re in on the East Coast right now, hopefully you’re handling the snow well. My wife went out for bagels this morning and here was the front door of our apartment building – I can only imagine what it looks like now.

    Anyhow, the Knicks luckily got in last night safe and sound at 2am. And their next game is not until Tuesday, so they won’t have to rush back home. Two games in the NBA have already been postponed tonight (Boston/Philadelphia and Utah/Washington) but since the Hornets play Sacramento Monday, they couldn’t push this one to Sunday.

    Anyhow, the Hornets last night came back from 19 points down to win in overtime. They will play the Knicks tonight without “Future Knick Star” Nicolas Batum, Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lamb. So come on, they played and won an overtime game last night, they’re down four of their rotation players. This simply has got to be a win for the Knicks.

    The Knickerbockers are playing without Lance Thomas, as well, as they figured it was better to give him a couple more games to get right.

    Oh, and the Knicks play OKC on Tuesday, so, well, come on, dudes, you really need to get to .500 tonight to avoid possibly going three under against OKC (plus, I’ll be at the game on Tuesday, and I would be very happy to see them have a chance of going over .500 against OKC) with a road game against Toronto to follow.

    Walker and Lin will likely be driving a lot, but the Hornets’ front line is so thin that Melo, RoLo and Porzingis should do really well.

    Let’s go Knicks!