Knicks Morning News (2016.04.25)

  • [New York Times] Warriors 124, Rockets 94 | Warriors lead series, 3-1: Warriors Defeat the Rockets, but Lose Stephen Curry, Again (Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:11:22 GMT)

    Curry returned for Game 4 of the playoff series after missing the last two games with a right ankle sprain, but he injured his knee on the final play of the first half and sat out the second half.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Spurs and Cavaliers Sweep Their Way Into Second Round (Mon, 25 Apr 2016 03:53:15 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs swept their way into the Western Conference semifinals over the Memphis Grizzlies, perhaps the most injury-depleted team ever in the N.B.A. playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Head Into Second Round Looking Sharp and Healthy (Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:30:34 GMT)

    When LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers swept Boston in the first round of last year’s playoffs, their championship hopes had already taken a major hit because of an injury to Kevin Love.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Look to Advance; Hornets, Blazers Try to Even Series (Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:57:38 GMT)

    With the ebb and flow to the NBA playoffs, momentum can quickly shift.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Ready to Wait for Semifinals After Sweep of Memphis (Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:57:40 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs know they didn’t face a fair fight in the first-round of the playoffs, so they took what they could in sweeping an injury-depleted opponent.

  • [New York Times] Rebuilding Lakers Part Ways With Coach Scott (Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:42:28 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Byron Scott on Sunday after he oversaw the two worst seasons in franchise history, clearing the way for a continued rebuild after the retirement of all-time great Kobe Bryant.

  • [New York Times] Irving Scores 31, Cavs Sweep Pistons With 100-98 Win (Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:12:33 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving made big shots, defended tenaciously and then waved goodbye to the Detroit fans.

  • 36 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2016.04.25)”

    So the Lakers are looking at Blatt, Jeff Van Gundy, Walton and Messina. Sounds like a normal team and if they take Blatt they end all competition to Rambis.

    btw if you’re any of these coaches and you have the Knicks and Lakers knocking on your door you probably think for a nanosecond before choosing LA.

    The Lakers hiring Blatt would be a big PR coup for Phil. “I WANTED to hire Blatt, but the Lakers got him. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to hire Rambis.”

    btw if you’re any of these coaches and you have the Knicks and Lakers knocking on your door you probably think for a nanosecond before choosing LA.

    I dont know, LA seems like a tough locker room to control, but i guess it depends a lot in which players they add in the summer.

    L.A. is also tough since the guys who hired you might be out the door next year.

    Vescey had an interesting comment about Dolan. About how he apparently is enjoying Phil getting all the blame now. He had a recent concert where one of the songs was called “regrets” or something like that. And the crowd laughed and then Dolan laughed. So he might be getting a kick out of having someone else as the scapegoat.

    I think Phil gets a lot more blame than he deserves. This is New York, so the press and public is much more difficult than in smaller cities. Also, he’s Phil of the eleven rings, so people are hoping for a miraculous turn around. There has clearly been no miracle. But he has been better than many other Knick GMs and just as good as many GMs around the league.

    Consider Donnie Walsh, for example. One could make a case he was better than Layden, Thomas or Grunfeld. Like Jackson, he also tore the team down before trying rebuild it. Part of tearing the team down involved trading real assets for McGrady and part of rebuilding it involved giving away the farm for Melo. Jackson hasn’t done anything like that. Instead he’s managed to acquire promising players in the draft (Porzingis, Grant and Hernanogomez) and hired interim players under reasonable contracts through free agency. None of the previous Knick GMs did anything like that and it’s a nice change. This makes him better than four of his recent predecessors. His coaching choices haven’t been great, but they are probably basically interim anyway. Overall, I’m pretty happy with his work so far.

    So if ATL loses how long before NY becomes Hawks north. Phil will make the trade for Jennings Teague [fixed for ya! – BC] that was rumored at the deadline and then go after Bazemore as well.

    I think it would be silly to go after any pg in a trade if they run the triangle but I don’t have 12 rings so what do I know.

    If Curry’s done for the postseason, do the Warriors even make it to the Conference Finals?

    Less Curry means more Mo Speights. As a fan of fun basketball, I’m worried.

    Kawhi’s second MVP looks like a near-lock if Curry’s out for 6-8 weeks…

    I still think the Warriors can take the Clippers and reach the western conference finals without Steph. The issue is that games are a lot easier when the best basketball player on the planet is on your team. Against the Spurs, the Warriors margin of error is going to be pretty low. Mo Speights chucking may be outside that margin of error.

    Hell, I think they can win the whole thing without Curry. The Spurs are better than a Curry-less Warriors, but the Curry-less Warriors are still very good. And I think the Curry-less Warriors are better than any Eastern team.

    Whew! Now we can still get equal value when they offer Curry and a pair of firsts for Melo.

    Out for two weeks means he’d miss, what, maybe the first 3 games of the Clippers series? They should survive that I would think, particularly given that they have the first two at home. Gives him a couple games to knock off the rust as well before the hopefully epic WCF showdown. Glad it’s not really serious.

    Confirmed playoff loser Chris Paul isn’t taking the Clips into the second round

    They’d be smart to not bring him back unless they’re 2-2 or worse in the next round.

    It would suck to be cheated out of SAS and GS.

    Although let’s be honest, I would sleep through most of the series.

    Recent trends suggest that the Spurs having a week off between this and their next game can’t do anything but distract them, mess with their rhythm and negatively affect their conditioning.

    This is obviously a good thing for the Warriors as it will keep them hungry and make them grind wins out, building character and developing valuable playoff experience.

    The New Warriors will learn to synergize, especially on pick-and-pop opportunities, creating that extra pass that will boost their assist rate and lead them to gritty victories.

    The Spurs should find this worrisome, as it’s doubtful that they will develop their bench with all of these blow-out wins. Garbage time lacks in intensity, thereby diminishing the quality of minutes played at the end of games.

    Without veteran leadership in the second team, the Spurs will have a tough road against the scrappy Warriors, who go twelve-deep.

    At the end of the day, the Warriors are in a great position to score.

    For the Knicks, I’d like to add something close to a stud at SG. I can live with Grant, Wroten and Calderon at the point for this season. Derozan, Beal, Batum and Fournier come to mind at SG. Is this possible? Even a trade for Oladipo if Orlando pays big to keep Fournier wouldn’t be too bad if we had anything to trade them.

    CP3 heading to the locker room looking like a man who knows he just broke something in his hand

    Who knows, if the Clippers do lose to Portland maybe we can trade Melo for Blake. Who says no?

    Does CP3’s injury accelerate the breakup of that team, or give Doc an excuse to keep his big 3 together one more year?

    I think the latter. See what they can do and then see what happens when Paul and Blake become free agents. After all, we see how almost random the playoffs can be – one broken hand and a whole series can change. The Clippers could be the team on the other end of the luck next year (they won’t be, since they’re a cursed team, but they COULD!).

    But yeah, in general, their window is pretty much shut. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see them make a deal (CP3 for Irving really does make some sense).

    Yeah, you get the sense Doc doesn’t want to trade one of those guys, and we know from his Celtics days that he LOVES using injuries as an excuse (that whole “we never lost a playoff series where all our guys were healthy” line of BS), so he’ll probably delay another year.

    Then again, maybe that busted hand starts everyone down the road to Team Banana Boat…

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