Knicks Morning News (2016.01.26)

  • [ESPN.com – 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.

  • 29 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.01.26)”

    I wonder what the absolute dominance of the Warriors is going to do to the trade deadline this year. It’s not impossible that another team wins it all, but it’s going to be more difficult than in most years. Will we see fewer win-now trades? Fewer trades, period, because nobody needs to create cap space for summer?

    Blake Griffin broke his hand. Wonder if the Clippers do anything to bolster themselves til he’s back. Maybe we could flip DWill to them?

    Pop: “I’m just glad my GM wasn’t in the locker room tonight because I might have got fired.” I love this guy.

    What a jumble the East is right now, 4 teams within 2 1/2 games of the 8th spot, and only 3 games separating #3 Atlanta from #8 Indiana.

    Which means the next 3-4 weeks are make or break for the Knicks, any prolonged losing streak could severely hurt our playoff chances with so many teams in the mix. It starts with somehow getting a split of the next 4 against OKC, @Toronto, Phoenix and GS, which will be very tough.

    I’m really not interested in trading Derrick Williams. I think he could get better; after all, he’s only 24. I also don’t think the Clippers have very much to offer. As I’ve posted before, enough maybe for Seraphin, but finding a deal that makes sense for Williams is harder.

    And also, thanks for the SI article link. It was good reading.

    I think the Clippers would be very scary with Melo instead of Blake. He complements Jordan and Paul much better. And I like Blake, but I am not sure where he would fit on the Knicks unless you moved KP to center and sat RoLo. I don’t know if either KP or the Knicks are ready to do that.

    Yikes, Blake allegedly broke his hand by punching a member of the team’s equipment staff. That’s worse than how Amar’e hurt his hand back in the day.

    It honestly makes way more sense for CP3 to sign with us next summer than it does for a Melo/Blake trade. Melo wouldn’t sign off on it and CP3 would have a smarter organization than the Doc Rivers show. Melo, Porzingis, and Lopez would all benefit largely from a guy like CP3 and they all have enough offensive aptitude get an efficient 15 points without an assist. We’re really the best landing spot for him, and that goes double if we can keep D Will and figure a way to upgrade the two from Afflalo. In the East, CP3/at-least-average-SG/Melo/3rd-year Porzingis/RoLo could win 60 games.

    Blake Griffin punched the guy from the equipment staff once inside the restaurant, then the guy left and Blake followed him outside and punched him again, breaking his hand. Not a good look.

    Wow, I definitely don’t want Griffin if he did that. Having Paul come to the Knicks next year could be great. I didn’t know he was available. If Phil gets him, he will look like a genius.

    CP3 is available in the summer of 2017 (in what, at the moment, is shaping up to be a free agent point guard bonanza, including Curry, Westbrook, Lowry, and many others). To get him, or any of the others, we’d have to practice some serious discipline in terms of all of this summer’s available cap space. Which I don’t know if Phil will want to do, given Melo’s continued presence as a key part of the team.

    According to some web sites at least, CP3’s contract does run to the summer of 2017 but he can opt out a year early, which would make him available this summer.

    Here is the trade to end all trades (throw in Hernangomez to Twolves or Clips)

    Minnesota have LaVine and receive a lot of young players who fit their timeline. Clips shed Lance and are competitive this and next season. We have a top 5 defense/nice offense/everyone <28yo in Rubio/Gallo/Lance T/KP/Blake/Lopez and 55m to spend. Sign Pau and Phil is in Triangle heaven.

    Plus, Jowles, you’re so conscience of small sample-sizes, why would you post one 2 second clip to prove a universal statement? I think we all know that a lot of NBA players can hit a 35 foot shot. Few attempt them with time on the shot clock. System plays no part?

    System obviously plays a part in GS being 41 and friggin’ 4, having just whooped a team that could very well win 70 games. But that play, and many other of Curry’s successful attempts, are a result of boring basketball (a high screen) with phenomenal talent. No coach can train Manu Ginobili to see a successful cross-court pass seconds before it’s actually available, nor can they turn Kemba Walker into Steph Curry.

    Stephen Curry is not a product of any system. He’s a product of the time, and by that I mean he’s playing in an era where his game is encouraged and not frowned upon. A guy like D’Angelo Russell couldn’t have been drafted 2nd overall say 5 years ago. Kyle Korver has been a great three point shooter forever but he made the all star team only last year. This is the three ball era and when you allow a career 44% three point shooter take 11 three a night, chances are he will destroy you. Isolation basketball is no longer in style. It’s all about passing the ball, running the fast break, and shooting threes.

    nor can they turn Kemba Walker into Steph Curry.

    Hey, not fair, Kemba had 24 big points last night in an OT win over Sacto (ok, his shot was a little bit off, 5-25, but he made a lot of foul shots)

    lol @15 that trade is absolutely atrocious for every team, maybe the clips would enjoy it…

    the thing is, nobody allows Steph to take 11 3s a night. He shoots 3’s off the dribble like most guys do on a catch and shoot-that’s what makes him unique. There are a few guys in the league who can shoot as well as Steph when they’re receiving a pass, but he’s the only one who creates his own good 3 point attempts.

    I’m a bit surprised to see the salivating over Chris Paul. He’s turning 31 this year and already showing some mild signs of slippage (although he is still freaking awesome). I unequivocally do not want to be the team that gives 32 year old Chris Paul the max deal he will obviously be looking for.

    there are much worse things to be doing than giving chris paul the max… it could be disastrous just like any deal.. i mean no one would’ve argued giving derrick rose the max but that didn’t turn out well…

    chris paul on decline is still a top 10 probably still top 5 pg…. and elite pg’s tend to age gracefully….

    The funny thing about the KP love fest is that Karl Towns is clearly better than him right now. NY media strikes again. lol

    Curry, Westbrook, Lowry

    Then the conversation begins for #4. Rondo? Paul? Rubio? Parker?

    “I’m a bit surprised to see the salivating over Chris Paul.”

    He’s old and took a nosedive to “great” from “all-timer” this year. But for a team like Cleveland, he would be the perfect piece to win for the next few seasons. That’s also a 65+ win team with a healthy Chris Paul running point.

    Big game tonight. Every time we get excited about this team and their position in the standings, they go on a 4 game losing streak. A loss tonight and at Toronto would be our 4th such streak of the season. Time to stand up.

    According to some web sites at least, CP3’s contract does run to the summer of 2017 but he can opt out a year early, which would make him available this summer.

    They’re mistaken. Paul does have an early opt-out clause, but it is for next summer, not 2016.

    Big game tonight. Every time we get excited about this team and their position in the standings, they go on a 4 game losing streak. A loss tonight and at Toronto would be our 4th such streak of the season. Time to stand up.

    The Knicks luckily have a lot of home games during the end of this month and all of February. But yeah, this stretch right here is not a good one. They’ve shown they can beat Toronto in Toronto and they can also beat OKC, considering Brooklyn just beat them. But they really need to win one of those games, preferably tonight, as I sure would like to be in the Garden when they beat a team like OKC.

    He’s old and took a nosedive to “great” from “all-timer” this year. But for a team like Cleveland, he would be the perfect piece to win for the next few seasons. That’s also a 65+ win team with a healthy Chris Paul running point.

    I agree that assuming next year he continues his trend-line (and doesn’t fall off a cliff) some team looking to win immediately should be willing to give him a huge deal with the expectation that the last couple years will be bad but the first few could win you a title. I just think some Knicks fans are getting a little carried away by taking our almost .500 level this year and making us that team. Unless we make a very big leap again next year we won’t go into 2017 free agency one player away.

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