Knicks Morning News (2016.04.17)

  • [New York Times] Warriors 104, Rockets 78 | Warriors lead series, 1-0: Stephen Curry Leaves With Mild Injury, but the Warriors Fare Well Without Him (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:31:33 GMT)

    Curry rolled his ankle while trying to change directions but finished with a game-high 24 points.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder Past Mavericks in Game 1 (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:03:43 GMT)

    The Thunder scored the first nine points Saturday night against Dallas Mavericks.

  • [New York Times] Opening Burst of Thunder Too Much for Mavs (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:48:28 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 24 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 108-70 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • [New York Times] NBA Playoff Capsules (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:36:48 GMT)

    Stephen Curry dazzled from long range and drove to the hoop with fire and flair, scoring 24 points before tweaking his ankle as the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 104-78 on Saturday in their playoff opener.

  • [New York Times] Horford to the Rescue as Hawks Beat Celtics (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 03:33:28 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks were melting down, their 19-point lead over the Boston Celtics long gone. Al Horford wasn’t going down like that, though.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Hold Off Another Celtics Rally, Take Game 1 102-101 (Sun, 17 Apr 2016 03:18:31 GMT)

    When the Atlanta Hawks were staggered by another impressive Boston comeback, they put the ball in Jeff Teague’s hands.

  • 29 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.04.17)”

    Brad Stevens is clearly a top 5 coach in the league. I don’t know why people were hating on him in yesterday’s thread.

    Where would Stevens rank among Pop, Spoelstra, Carlisle, Vogel, Doc, Kerr & SVG? Is he better than Budenhozer or Stotts?

    I think it’s more Boston Celtic hate than Brad Stevens hate. To which I say yes, screw Stevens and the Celtics.

    I’d take Pop, Kerr, Carlisle, Vogel, Budenholzer, Stotts, Thibodeau, Spoelstra, SVG, and Steve Clifford over Stevens probably. He’s top 10 for sure though.

    I’m willing to believe Stevens is the best coach in the NBA, but I couldn’t even tell you who are clearly the five best players in the league, and we have a lot more info to use to evaluate players

    Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and LeBron James took 38 of the Cavs 49 1st half shot attempts.

    Lebron scored over Jackson in the post like a Dad over his 11 year old son. That was fucking hillarious

    Going back to the “Brad Stevens is the 2nd coming of Red Auerbach” discussion for a moment:

    Current record as an NBA coach: 113-134

    Career playoff wins: 0

    Just sayin’…..

    Speaking of coaches…
    Another ex-Knick gets a coaching job, albeit a baaaad one. Nevertheless, congrats to Kenny Atkinson on the Brooklyn gig. Looks like D’Antoni is starting to get a coaching tree

    And Phil has at least had a conversation with Luke Walton, who may take a while to decide if he wants to leave GSW.

    Still not sure how the Heat wound up with Winslow

    I liked Stanley Johnson, but there’s no way I would have taken him over Winslow. Beyond that, it was sort of kind of understandable for the other teams, as there was a lot of talent in the draft.

    I’d rather have Devin Booker than Winslow or Stanley Johnson. Definitely didn’t see that coming. I was pretty high on Winslow before the draft.

    Oh sure, but we’re talking at the time. In retrospect, Turner and Booker should have gone much higher, but even at the time, Winslow seemed like a better bet than Johnson.

    If the Heat are really dumb enough to let him leave, we need to offer Hassan Whiteside a max contract. Pairing him with Porzingis and whoever we trade Melo for is too great an opportunity. We can trade RoLo, but there’s no way we should overlook him even at $25 million a year or whatever the max will be. He’s a guy you want on your team in his prime.

    The Heat can’t do anything to keep Whiteside. He will go wherever he wants to (my guess is the Lakers).

    Not sure why people are so gaga over Winslow. I know he plays pretty solid defense and he kind of looks like an NBA player, but a TS% of .489 is pretty underwhelming.

    He may well turn out to be a great player, but I think Myles Turner is way more “the steal of the draft” than Justise Winslow.

    D’Angelo Russell and a team 2-3 years away from competing makes the Lakers a hard sell. I think they’re definitely in the running, but Houston should be seen as the #1 landing spot for Whiteside (and Howard is probably going to Miami). But yeah, there is no way I am letting Robin Lopez keep me from Whiteside if I’m making decisions. Robin Lopez is on one of the best contracts in the NBA going forward and we need guard help; he should be easy to move. I could see a George Hill for RoLo trade going down depending on how much Indiana likes Ty Lawson.

    Still feel that Phil wants Walton all the way. He’ll never admit that to the media in case he fails to get him and would look like he once again failed to nab his #1 guy. Rambis is both a smokescreen and a backup plan all rolled into one. He might even be a 3rd choice if Blatt is #2.

    He may well turn out to be a great player, but I think Myles Turner is way more “the steal of the draft” than Justise Winslow.

    Turner’s the better player, definitely agreed about that, but it is a more an issue of how was Winslow still there at #10. That’s the weird thing, that the Heat were able to get him at #10 when he was as hyped as pretty much anyone outside the top three guys.

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