2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. 76ers

While Martin Luther King Day is a special day for all of us, it is especially important in the NBA, where the vast majority of players are African-American. The Knicks, in particular, have a long and proud association with African-American history – the Knicks were the first NBA team to sign an African-American player and, as I detailed in an old Unsung Knick History installment, were the first team to have an all-black team (and thus also played in the first game in NBA history where all the players who played in the game were black).

Today, the Knicks celebrate MLK Day in their usual fashion, with an afternoon game. They host the hapless Philadelphia 76ers. The Knicks could really use an easy win, and the Sixers should be just what the doctor ordered (although the Sixers did just recently surprise the Trailblazers with a shocking twenty-five point victory!).

Let’s go Knicks!

Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone!

Knicks Morning News (2016.01.18)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Monday (Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:10:49 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Monday

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 31 as Rockets Rout Lakers 112-95 (Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:06:32 GMT)

    James Harden scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets pulled away from the Los Angeles Lakers with a pivotal run in the third quarter en route to a 112-95 victory Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s Triple-Double Leads Thunder Past Heat (Mon, 18 Jan 2016 04:21:54 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook got another triple-double and as usual, the Thunder won.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Scores 23 Points to Help Spurs Rout Mavs 112-83 (Mon, 18 Jan 2016 04:18:47 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs can be sparked by so many different players, even their worst start of the season didn’t faze them against a heated intrastate rival.

  • [New York Times] Foye’s Late 3-Pointer Lifts Nuggets Over Pacers, 129-126 (Mon, 18 Jan 2016 04:12:53 GMT)

    Randy Foye hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers 129-126 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: With Assistance From Bench, Spurs Beat the Sluggish Mavs (Mon, 18 Jan 2016 03:54:00 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and San Antonio received an early spark from Jonathon Simmons to beat the Dallas.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Warriors at Cavaliers (Mon, 18 Jan 2016 03:47:35 GMT)

    Despite its stellar record, Golden State’s recent losses and defensive troubles could make it vulnerable to the Cavaliers, who have won nine of their last 10 games.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: As Knicks Slip, Kristaps Porzingis Learns He Must Add Greed to His Game (Mon, 18 Jan 2016 01:49:05 GMT)

    The Knicks’ loss to the Grizzlies again showed the need for Porzingis to be more assertive late in games, especially with Carmelo Anthony out of the lineup.

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Snap 9-Game Losing Streak With Win Over Suns (Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:24:55 GMT)

    A nine-game losing streak mercifully ended, Minnesota Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell carried 6-foot-8, 270-pound assistant coach Vince LeGarza into the locker room on his back and dumped him off to illustrate to his players the weight that had just lifted from his shoulders.