Knicks Morning News (2016.04.11)

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: On the Selection of the Knicks’ New Coach, a Few Musings From a Past Official (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:00:21 GMT)

    Phil Jackson, the Knicks’ president, may want to have a better idea of who is going to be on the bench before deciding on who will lead the team.

  • [New York Times] Around the NBA: Picks for NBA Awards _ and League Champion (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 06:27:37 GMT)

    Combing over the NBA awards this season finds more no-brainers than nail-biters.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Duke Freshman to Transfer (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:11:14 GMT)

    Derryck Thornton said in a statement issued by the school that he wanted to play closer to his California home.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Tie Record With 72nd Win, End Spurs’ Home Streak (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 03:40:01 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors got a momentous victory in the one place they hadn’t won in nearly two decades.

  • [New York Times] Warriors 92, Spurs 86: Warriors Equal Mark for Most Victories in a Season (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 03:32:14 GMT)

    Stephen Curry and Golden State cemented their status as basketball royalty by tying the 1995-96 Bulls’ N.B.A. record.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Stay Alive in Race for East Top Seed Behind DeRozan (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 03:31:04 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors still can get home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Top Spurs for Record-Tying 72nd Win (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 03:12:27 GMT)

    There are records and then there are monumental records.

  • [New York Times] Fittingly, Knicks Fall in Home Finale (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 03:00:38 GMT)

    In the Knicks’ second-to-last contest in a long-ago-lost campaign, they handed big minutes to their young players and reserves and lost 93-89 to the Toronto Raptors.

  • [New York Times] Keeping Score: Pacers In and Bulls Out as Playoff Picture Sharpens (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:58:11 GMT)

    The Pacers were just one of several teams fighting for a postseason position that were overshadowed by the Golden State Warriors’ record-tying win.

  • [New York Times] Whiteside Helps Heat Top Magic (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:51:28 GMT)

    It’s the Hassan Hour.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pacers Rout Nets to Make Playoffs; Three Battle On in West (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:27:12 GMT)

    Utah, Houston and Dallas are locked in a race for the last two Western Conference playoff spots.

  • [New York Times] Heat Top Magic in Home Regular-Season Finale, 118-96 (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:33:41 GMT)

    The home finale was an easy win for the Miami Heat.

  • [New York Times] Turner, Pacers Clinch Playoff Spot With 129-105 Win vs Nets (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:57:47 GMT)

    Myles Turner had 28 points and 10 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 129-105 Sunday night to clinch a playoff berth.

  • [New York Post] Rambis sounds like Knicks fixture in preaching quick 180 (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:58:50 -0400)

    Interim coach Kurt Rambis, in a message to fans on Fan Appreciation Night, said he understands "the blur” of non-playoff seasons but stressed how fast things can change next season. Rambis even referred to last season's 17-65 disaster as "Year Zero” because of the mammoth changes involved in the new Phil Jackson regime. As such,…

  • [New York Post] Why Phil Jackson must get rid of the perfect interim coach (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:40:43 -0400)

    Kurt Rambis has played the part of loyal soldier. He has been the model interim coach in a lot of ways: affable, earnest, absolutely committed to carrying out his boss' interpretation of what basketball should look like. If you look up the word "interim” in the dictionary, you don't see Rambis' face, as the old…

  • [New York Daily News] Melo tells fans to keep faith, Rambis praises Jackson (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:12:35 GMT)

    The Knicks completed their home schedule of another lost season with only hypothetical legs to stand on.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks fall to Raptors in Madison Square Garden season finale (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:23:15 EDT)

    Phil Jackson was in his usual center-court seat about 10 rows up from the floor Sunday night, watching the Knicks play their last home game of the season. His first two full seasons as Knicks president have resulted in more anguish than victories.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Monday's Knicks Links: Melo tells fans to keep the faith (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:31:53 EST)

    Monday's Knicks Links: Melo tells fans to keep the faith

  • [ – New York Knicks] Carmelo Anthony says he's focused on improving the Knicks, not leaving them (Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:54:30 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony says he's focused on improving the Knicks, not leaving them

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Raptors

    I was so caught up in the great sports day with the dramatic Masters final and the Warriors/Spurs that I forgot that this team was still playing.

    At the half, the Knicks trail the Raptors 54-51. The Knicks have a chance to avoid losing 50 games!

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.04.10)

  • [New York Times] Towns’ Clutch Shot Gives TWolves 106-105 Win Over Blazers (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:57:41 GMT)

    Karl-Anthony Towns hit a turnaround hook shot with 1.8 seconds left and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off a furious rally by the Portland Trail Blazers for a 106-105 victory Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Gay’s Free Throws Lift Kings Over Thunder in Arena Finale (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:48:44 GMT)

    Rudy Gay scored 24 points, including two free throws with 1 second left, for the Sacramento Kings, who celebrated the final game at Sleep Train Arena with a 114-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Sparks Hawks Fightback Against Boston (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:06:28 GMT)

    In an intense game with major playoff-seeding implications, the Atlanta Hawks were down 12 to the visiting Boston Celtics in the third quarter. That’s when Paul Millsap took over.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Overcome Grizzlies for 71st Victory (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:48:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors’ quest to become a big part of NBA history remains alive — barely.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Stay in Playoff Race, Beat Cavaliers 105-102 (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:30:40 GMT)

    The Chicago Bulls keep throwing in teases like this to go with all those flat performances.

  • [New York Times] 71-9! Warriors Rally From 10 Down to Beat Grizzlies 100-99 (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:09:38 GMT)

    Draymond Green is doing his best to help the Golden State Warriors make NBA history.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Warriors’ Pursuit of Record Remains Intact With Another Win (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 03:47:13 GMT)

    After defeating Memphis in a tight game Saturday night, Golden State can still top the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the best regular-season record in the annals of the N.B.A.

  • [New York Times] Millsap, Teague Power Hawks Past Celtics 118-107 (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 03:39:40 GMT)

    Paul Millsap believes the Atlanta Hawks are getting hot at the right time.

  • [New York Times] Goodwin, Teletovic Lead Suns Over Pelicans 121-100 (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:03:56 GMT)

    Archie Goodwin scored 24 points and Mizra Teletovic added 22 points to lead the Phoenix Suns past the New Orleans Pelicans 121-100 in a matchup of lottery-bound teams Saturday night.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks' Jerian Grant finally getting the minutes he deserves (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:24:28 EDT)

    Jerian Grant finally is getting the minutes he should have gotten much earlier. All it took was Carmelo Anthony and other vets telling interim coach Kurt Rambis they would sacrifice their minutes so the young guys could play more, along with an injury to starting point guard Jose Calderon.

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Phil Jackson’s triangle obsession hindering Knicks (Sun, 10 Apr 2016 05:49:19 GMT)

    So two years into this with Phil Jackson we are somehow still talking about an offense out of the past.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.09)

  • [New York Times] Popovich Set to Field Full Strength Spurs for Warriors (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 06:51:27 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs chose to rest their standouts on Friday night but plan to return to full strength when they face the record-challenging Golden State Warriors in two days.

  • [New York Times] Crawford Three-Pointer Lifts Clippers to Win Over Jazz (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 04:54:28 GMT)

    Jamal Crawford scored 30 points and hit a game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to lift the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers to a shocking 102-99 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Tim Duncan, Depleted Spurs Fall to Nuggets 102-98 (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 04:45:52 GMT)

    Tim Duncan had to go to work while the rest of his starting cast took the night off.

  • [New York Times] Mavs Beat Grizzlies, Close In on Playoffs After Barea Injury (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 04:45:49 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki ended a shooting slump and returned to his rightful place as the leading scorer for Dallas.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Keep Pacers Waiting for Playoffs With 111-98 Win (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 04:07:30 GMT)

    One win from clinching a playoff berth, the Indiana Pacers should have been boosted by the news that Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey had decided to rest All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, along with starting forward Luis Scola.

  • [New York Times] Magic Play Spoiler vs. Heat (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 04:00:27 GMT)

    Home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs may be slipping away from the Miami Heat. With three regular-season games remaining, there is no more room for error.

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Beat Lakers, Kobe Bryant 110-102 (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:49:14 GMT)

    Byron Scott stood near the Lakers bench Friday night, listening as fans in New Orleans heartily chanted for the Los Angeles coach to put Kobe Bryant back in with nearly eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Knicks Beat 76ers, Again (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:45:58 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points and Robin Lopez had 24 points and 15 rebounds on Friday to lead the Knicks past the host Philadelphia 76ers, 109-102.

  • [New York Times] Magic Come Up Big Down Stretch to Stun Heat (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:43:05 GMT)

    The Orlando Magic sure are making it tough on teams in the playoff hunt or are trying to improve their postseason standing.

  • [New York Times] Jackson Scores 39 Points, Pistons Clinch Playoff Spot (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:22:01 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson and Aron Baynes pushed the Detroit Pistons into the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Zeller Scores 26, Celtics Down Bucks 124-109 (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 02:33:50 GMT)

    Tyler Zeller tied a career high with 26 points and the Boston Celtics continued their playoff push with a 124-109 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Anthony, Lopez Lead Knicks Past Struggling 76ers, 109-102 (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 01:55:02 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points and Robin Lopez had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 109-102 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Walker, Daniels Lift Hornets to Season Sweep of Nets 113-99 (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 01:21:58 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 22 points, Troy Daniels made his first five 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points, and the Charlotte Hornets completed a four-game season sweep of the Brooklyn Nets with a 113-99 win on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony sympathizes for Pelicans usher who lost job (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:25:11 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony expressed his sympathy for the usher who was fired from her gig at the Smoothie King Center.

  • [New York Daily News] Kurt Rambis: Derek Fisher gave up on triangle too quickly (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 01:33:28 GMT)

    According to Rambis, Fisher was lax on teaching Phil Jackson’s system and the interim coach is picking up the pieces of a broken triangle.

  • [New York Post] Mike D’Antoni can’t say enough good things about Porzingis (Sat, 09 Apr 2016 00:56:03 -0400)

    PHILADELPHIA — Mike D'Antoni, associate coach of the 76ers, didn't get a chance to watch Kristaps Porzingis play Friday as he sat out again with a shoulder strain, and it's looking as if his season is over. But the former Knicks head coach, who helped revolutionize the stretch-4, sees greatness in the rookie. The Sixers,…

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Sixers

    Oh, right, the Knicks are still playing basketball games. How adorable.

    Midway through the third period, the awful Knicks lead the even more awful 76ers.

    Let’s go! Knicks?

    Knicks Morning News (2016.04.08)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Carmelo, Dolan both have lot riding on Knicks coach (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:19:40 GMT)

    If Carmelo Anthony needed a lesson on how to really throw his weight around Madison Square Garden he could have asked Patrick Ewing.

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: MSG TV still avoiding big questions for Knicks (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 01:29:09 GMT)

    When he is on camera, Phil Jackson is hard to miss.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Become 2nd NBA Team to Win 70, Beat Spurs 112-101 (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 06:36:43 GMT)

    Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors reached a milestone that only Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls have achieved in the history of the NBA.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Beat Spurs, Sew Up Home Court Advantage (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 06:06:28 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors clinched home-court advantage through the NBA playoffs on Thursday night, riding a strong defensive performance to a 112-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in a historic meeting of the league’s top two teams.

  • [New York Times] Warriors 112, Spurs 101: Warriors Beat Spurs to Reach 70 Wins, Two From Matching Record (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:38:43 GMT)

    Stephen Curry scored 27 points as Golden State became the second N.B.A. team to win 70 games in a season. The Warriors must sweep their final three games to surpass the 1995-96 Bulls.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:33:42 GMT)

    Stephen Curry scored 27 points and the Golden State Warriors became the second team to win 70 games in a season by beating the San Antonio Spurs 112-101 on Thursday night, wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Follow Golden State Stunner With Win Over Kings (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:45:34 GMT)

    Gorgui Dieng had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Zach LaVine and Nemanja Bjelica also scored 18 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Sacramento Kings 105-97 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Rockets’ Playoff Hopes Dim After Loss to Suns (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:18:28 GMT)

    James Harden wore a somber expression in a virtually empty locker room late Thursday night, a scene that painted the perfect picture of the Houston Rockets’ season-long struggle with failure and frustration.

  • [New York Times] Heat Rally Past Bulls, 106-98 for 46th Win of the Season (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 03:42:36 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade wanted Miami to view Thursday night as a close-out opportunity, a chance for the Heat to essentially finish off a Chicago team desperate to keep its season alive.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Hawks Top Raptors; the Rockets and the Bulls Fall (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 03:29:10 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 23 points as Atlanta, in third place in the Eastern Conference, topped second-seeded Toronto. Houston and Chicago lost and neared elimination from the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Teague, Korver Help Hawks Hold Off Toronto (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 03:03:43 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 23 points, Kyle Korver added 14 and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Toronto Raptors for a 95-87 victory on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Suns End 7-Game Skid With 124-115 Win Over Rockets (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 03:03:41 GMT)

    Mirza Teletovic scored 26 points off the bench, P.J. Tucker added 24 and the Phoenix Suns dealt another blow to the Houston Rockets’ dwindling playoff chances with a 124-115 victory on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: A Plea for Patience Probably Resonates With Phil Jackson (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 03:02:12 GMT)

    Jackson would have to agree with the points Sam Hinkie made in his 76ers resignation letter, given the critiques of his Knicks tenure so far.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Don’t Plan to Rest Stars for 2 Games vs Warriors (Fri, 08 Apr 2016 01:37:18 GMT)

    If the Golden State Warriors are going to set the NBA single-season wins record, they will have to go through a full-strength San Antonio squad to do it.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.04.07)

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo would ‘love’ to have input on Knicks next coach (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 06:31:39 GMT)

    Kurt Rambis may be the top choice for Phil Jackson, but Carmelo Anthony wants to be consulted before the next coach is hired.

  • [New York Daily News] Patrick Ewing makes pitch for why he should coach Knicks (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:56:10 GMT)

    Ewing, 53, is currently the lead assistant with the Hornets under Steve Clifford.

  • [New York Daily News] Rambis says he’s no Jackson puppet, Knicks lose to Hornets (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:18:20 GMT)

    Kurt Rambis reinforced his position as an extension of the Zen Master but declared he’s not attached to strings.

  • [New York Times] Fantasy Sports Are Illegal Gambling in Tennessee: Attorney General (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:27:35 GMT)

    Fantasy sports contests constitute illegal gambling under Tennessee law, the state attorney general said this week in an opinion about a multibillion-dollar online industry that has been challenged legally in several states.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Beat Lakers 91-81 in Kobe’s Next-To-Last Home Game (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 06:15:36 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Clippers took turns guarding Kobe Bryant, everybody wanting one last shot at the legend. When the buzzer finally sounded, they gathered for one last chance to shake their longtime rival’s hand.

  • [New York Times] Barea Delivers Again as Mavs Top Rockets (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:39:28 GMT)

    J.J. Barea added another clutch performance to the best stretch of his career Wednesday night and the Dallas Mavericks secured a crucial 88-86 win over the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Center.

  • [New York Times] Mavs Beat Rockets 88-86 to Keep Slim Lead Over Utah, Houston (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:30:38 GMT)

    If the Dallas Mavericks have to creep into the playoffs, they will. It’s part of a style change, as coach Rick Carlisle likes to call it.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Defeat Thunder 120-115, Clinch Playoff Berth (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:30:36 GMT)

    If there was an award for the NBA’s most overachieving team, the Portland Trail Blazers would be heavily favored this year.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Sam Hinkie Quits as 76ers’ General Manager (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 04:36:33 GMT)

    Hinkie, who ran an analytics-minded front office, had his power weakened in December when the 76ers hired Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Sweat Out Win Over Pelicans (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 03:57:27 GMT)

    Brad Stevens had a feeling his team, coming off a five-game western trip and battling for playoff position, could be in for a rough time Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] With James on Bench, Pacers Roll Past Cavaliers 123-109 (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 03:04:01 GMT)

    When LeBron James took a seat Wednesday night, the Indiana Pacers took a step forward.

  • [New York Times] Hornets 111, Knicks 97: Friendship Gives Rambis and Jackson a History, and Perhaps a Future (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 02:47:12 GMT)

    Before the Knicks fell to the Hornets, Kurt Rambis brushed aside questions about whether he was Phil Jackson’s leading candidate but spoke openly about his desire to remain as coach.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Fight Off Short-Handed Pelicans Late in 104-97 Win (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 02:30:52 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points to help the Boston Celtics fend off the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 104-97 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Use Strong Second Half to Get Past Magic 108-104 (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 02:18:48 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson scored 24 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18 to help lead the Detroit Pistons to a 108-104 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Walker, Jefferson Help Hornets Bounce Back, Beat Knicks (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 02:12:36 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 34 points, Al Jefferson had 24 and the Charlotte Hornets bounced back from consecutive losses to the Eastern Conference’s top teams by beating the New York Knicks 111-97 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha Files Suit Against New York Police Officers (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 01:56:43 GMT)

    Sefolosha accused five police officers who arrested him outside a Manhattan nightclub last year of false arrest and excessive force.

  • [New York Times] With Wall Out, Sessions Steps Up, Wizards Beat Nets 121-103 (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 01:42:34 GMT)

    Ramon Sessions scored 18 points and had a season-high 13 assists while starting in place of the injured John Wall to help the Washington Wizards defeat the Brooklyn Nets 121-103 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Post] Fisher: Jackson ‘still learning’ how to be Knicks president (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 01:14:07 -0400)

    Derek Fisher took his little dig at Phil Jackson Wednesday, saying he's still a presidential pup. Appearing as an analyst on NBA TV, Fisher said: "I think a lot of people forget about Phil because of history within the game of basketball — one of the greatest basketball minds, coaches we've ever seen — there's…

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Hornets

    The Knicks and their soon-to-be long term head coach, Kurt Rambis, take on the Charlotte Hornets and their annoyingly competent head coach, Steve Clifford.

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.04.06)

  • [New York Daily News] Tax break saves MSG chairman Dolan $48.5M this fiscal year (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 04:25:45 GMT)

    Nothing in life is certain except death and taxes…unless you’re James Dolan.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks’ Dolan could derail Phil Jackson’s Rambis plan (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 04:24:52 GMT)

    Phil Jackson is more vocal at Knicks practices since Kurt Rambis replaced Derek Fisher as head coach in February.

  • [New York Post] Carmelo and Porzingis may not play together for rest of season (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 03:35:16 -0400)

    And in the 78th game, he rested — for the first time all season. But Carmelo Anthony said he would return for the final four Knicks games. Or at least three of them. Though Anthony is expected to play Wednesday against Charlotte at the Garden, rookie teammate Kristaps Porzingis remained "doubtful” for the game as…

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Shock Warriors 124-117 in Overtime (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 06:57:42 GMT)

    Coach Steve Kerr knows just what his players are going through down the stretch of a potentially record-setting season. Having stumbled to the finish of a 72-win season as a player with the Chicago Bulls two decades ago, Kerr is watching his Golden State Warriors do the same.

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves 124, Warriors 117: Warriors Collapse Against Lowly Timberwolves and Lose at Home (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 06:31:20 GMT)

    Golden State, which led by 17 points in the third quarter, must now win its remaining four games to break the N.B.A. record for regular-season wins.

  • [New York Times] NBA: Timberwolves Stun Warriors in OT (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 06:06:27 GMT)

    The Minnesota Timberwolves stalled the Golden State Warriors’ pursuit of history Tuesday night, riding a fourth-quarter comeback and Andrew Wiggins’ nine points in overtime to a shocking, 124-117 victory.

  • [New York Times] Reeling Grizzlies End Skid With Win Over Bulls (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:57:28 GMT)

    In the quiet of the Chicago Bulls’ locker room Tuesday night at FedExForum, point guard Derrick Rose tried to explain how a virtual must-win game for his team turned into a 108-92 loss to the reeling and hobbled Memphis Grizzlies.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:54:31 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors hit an unexpected obstacle on their quest for a record 73 wins, blowing a 17-point lead and losing 124-117 in overtime to the last-place Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] McCollum Has 30 as Trail Blazers Beat Kings 115-107 (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 04:57:41 GMT)

    CJ McCollum made five 3-pointers and scored 30 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 115-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Leonard Scores 18, Spurs Beat Jazz for Duncan’s 1,000th Win (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 04:48:39 GMT)

    The Spurs won again during their best regular season ever, just as Tim Duncan has done 1,000 times in his career.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: 76ers Can’t Match Worst Mark for Wins in a Season (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 03:57:52 GMT)

    Philadelphia beat the New Orleans Pelicans, ensuring that the 76ers would not tie their own N.B.A. record for fewest victories in an 82-game season.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s 17th Triple-Double Leads Thunder Over Nuggets (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 03:48:52 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists to become the first player with 17 triple-doubles in a season in 27 years, and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Denver Nuggets 124-102 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Randolph’s Double-Double Leads Grizzlies Past Bulls, 108-92 (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 02:57:54 GMT)

    Zach Randolph had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Vince Carter added 17 points and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a six-game losing streak with a 108-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Teague, Bazemore Help Hawks Rally Past Suns (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 02:55:01 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 20 points, Kent Bazemore added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 13 down in the third quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns 103-90 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Dragic Scores 22, Heat Roll Past Pistons, 107-89 (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 02:48:39 GMT)

    There was no way for the Miami Heat to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] J.R. Smith Scores 21, Hot-Shooting Cavs Beat Bucks 109-80 (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 02:25:10 GMT)

    J.R. Smith scored 21 points and went 7 of 11 from 3-point range to lead the hot-shooting Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-80 victory on Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Scores 26 as Raptors Beat Hornets 96-90 (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 02:12:53 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 12 of his 21 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Charlotte 96-90 on Tuesday night, handing the Hornets back-to-back losses for the first time in more than two months.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Top Pelicans to Avoid Tying League Mark for Futility (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 01:28:22 GMT)

    Carl Landry scored 22 points to lead Philadelphia to a 107-93 victory over the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, ensuring that the 76ers won’t tie their own league record for fewest victories in an 82-game season.

  • [New York Times] Rubio Is Finally Healthy, and Hitting Shots for Minnesota (Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:36:58 GMT)

    Ricky Rubio entered his fifth NBA season at a crossroads.

  • Your “Because Knicks” Story of the Day: Sources: Phil Jackson pushing for Knicks to keep Kurt Rambis

    According to Marc Stein and Ian Begley of

    The New York Knicks are giving strong consideration to making Kurt Rambis their full-time head coach, according to league sources.

    Sources told that Rambis, who has served as the Knicks’ interim coach since Derek Fisher was fired Feb. 8, is the preferred choice of team president ?Phil Jackson, who sources say is pushing for a new multiyear deal for Rambis despite New York’s 8-16 record since the coaching change.

    So yes, our only hope now lies in James Dolan being the logical one of the Dolan/Phil Jackson pairing.

    Have mercy on us all, basketball gods.