Knicks Morning News (2016.05.31)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Kristaps Porzingis wants to win an NBA title (Tue, 31 May 2016 05:07:59 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Kristaps Porzingis wants to win an NBA title

  • [New York Post] Ex-Knicks coach: Jeff Hornacek can only fix so much (Tue, 31 May 2016 00:57:12 -0400)

    Hubie Brown says the Knicks may need more than just a solid head coach to turn around their fortunes next season. Brown, ESPN Radio analyst who will work the NBA Finals, believes the surprising hiring of Hornacek will bring "accountability” and a potentially more exciting offense to the Knicks. But the club needs roster upgrades…

  • [New York Times] Warriors 96, Thunder 88 | Golden State wins series, 4-3: Warriors Edge Thunder to Extend Dream Season to N.B.A. Finals (Tue, 31 May 2016 06:02:21 GMT)

    Golden State, which is seeking its second straight championship, needed to win the final three games of the series to set up a rematch with the Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Rally From 3-1 Deficit After In-Flight Meeting (Tue, 31 May 2016 06:36:40 GMT)

    A heart-to-heart was in order.

  • [New York Times] Curry and Record-Setting Warriors Headed Back to NBA Finals (Tue, 31 May 2016 03:48:38 GMT)

    Stephen Curry knocked down yet another 3-pointer in the waning moments, pulled his jersey up into his mouth and yelled to the rafters in triumph once more.

  • [New York Times] After Playoff Collapse, Durant Future Is Thunder’s Question (Tue, 31 May 2016 04:39:44 GMT)

    As Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock in a raucous Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant could only stand and watch.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Cap Comeback, KO Thunder in Game 7 (Tue, 31 May 2016 04:06:28 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday to set up a rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA Championship.

  • [New York Times] NBA Finals Rematch Set as Warriors, Cavs to Meet Again (Tue, 31 May 2016 04:03:50 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors’ historic season goes on, with just one left team to beat.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.05.30)

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Once Disgraced, Mike Rice Finds Redemption in Youth Basketball (Mon, 30 May 2016 01:01:17 GMT)

    The former Rutgers coach, who was fired for abusive college practices, is now teaching athletes with dreams of playing at higher levels.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: With Survival Kit of 3-Pointers, and Team Trust, the Warriors Live On (Mon, 30 May 2016 00:47:50 GMT)

    Golden State’s Klay Thompson fed off his teammates in helping to forge a Game 7 against the Thunder.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.05.29)

  • [New York Times] Warriors 108, Thunder 101 | Series tied, 3-3: Klay Thompson Takes Control, and Warriors Force Game 7 With Thunder (Sun, 29 May 2016 04:14:30 GMT)

    Golden State, facing elimination for a second straight game, trailed for most of the game but preserved its chances of repeating as champion with a late run.

  • [New York Times] Curry Keen to Avoid Another Game Seven Letdown (Sun, 29 May 2016 06:45:27 GMT)

    Stephen Curry will get the chance to make up for one of the few disappointments of his career on Monday when the Golden State Warriors take on Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Seven of the Western Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] Thompson’s 41 Points, 11 3s Save Golden State’s Season (Sun, 29 May 2016 05:15:37 GMT)

    Stephen Curry turned things over to Klay Thompson, and his Splash Brother delivered.

  • [New York Times] NBA-Thompson, Warriors Shock Thunder, Force Game 7 (Sun, 29 May 2016 04:36:27 GMT)

    Klay Thompson scored 41 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

  • [New York Post] Were the Mets really New York’s favorite 1986 team? (Sun, 29 May 2016 02:13:10 -0400)

    It is funny how certain teams assume certain years, right? If you say the year "1970” to a room crowded with New York sports fans, and ask them the first thing that pops into their minds, 99.9 percent of them will say "Knicks!” leaving the other 0.1 percent to explain (fruitlessly) why they would have…

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.05.28)

  • [New York Times] LeBron James Makes Sixth Straight N.B.A. Finals With Cavaliers’ Rout (Sat, 28 May 2016 03:53:44 GMT)

    James scores 33 points as Cleveland eliminates Toronto with ease in Game 6.

  • [New York Times] After Two Decades, W.N.B.A. Still Struggling for Relevance (Sat, 28 May 2016 06:30:03 GMT)

    Even with a tether to the rich and powerful N.B.A., attendance and television viewership have lagged for the W.N.B.A.

  • [New York Times] James Scores 33, Cavaliers Reach Second Straight NBA Finals (Sat, 28 May 2016 05:18:34 GMT)

    For LeBron James, it’s six straight trips to the NBA Finals.

  • [New York Times] King James Targets Six of the Best for His Cavaliers (Sat, 28 May 2016 04:18:28 GMT)

    LeBron James is planning to “appreciate” a sixth consecutive NBA Finals appearance after the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame the Toronto Raptors on Friday to seal victory in their Eastern Conference final series.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Punch Ticket to NBA Finals (Sat, 28 May 2016 03:33:27 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 33 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 113-87 on Friday to win the Eastern Conference.

  • [New York Times] Raptors’ Biyombo Faces Game 7 Suspension After Flagrant Foul (Sat, 28 May 2016 01:36:51 GMT)

    Raptors center Bismack Biyombo faces a suspension for a potential Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals after picking up a flagrant foul in the first quarter of Game 6 on Friday night.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.05.27)

  • [New York Times] Warriors 120, Thunder 111 | Oklahoma City leads series, 3-2: Warriors Slip Past Thunder to Stave Off Elimination (Fri, 27 May 2016 03:48:37 GMT)

    Golden State, which set an N.B.A. record for regular-season wins, still faces ouster from the playoffs in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Defending Champion Warriors Stave Off Elimination, Beat OKC (Fri, 27 May 2016 04:18:44 GMT)

    “We ain’t going home! We’re not going home!” Stephen Curry screamed at the top of his lungs.

  • [New York Times] Bogut Wins Antipodean Battle as Warriors Beat Thunder (Fri, 27 May 2016 05:03:27 GMT)

    Andrew Bogut responded to his coach’s challenge with a big game for the Golden State Warriors as they kept alive their NBA season on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Rockets, D’Antoni Agree on 4-Year Deal (Fri, 27 May 2016 03:03:35 GMT)

    Mike D’Antoni is taking his “Seven Seconds or Less” offense to Houston, where James Harden is waiting to give his new coach the kind of weapon that could be a perfect fit for his system.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Shoot Past Thunder, Extend West Finals (Fri, 27 May 2016 04:06:27 GMT)

    Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes bombed in 3-pointers on consecutive possessions during an eight-point flurry that opened a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter, and the Golden State Warriors held on from there to stay alive in the Western Conference finals with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma Thunder on Thursday night.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Friday's Knicks Links: Johnson has faith in Hornacek (Fri, 27 May 2016 05:03:16 EST)

    Friday's Knicks Links: Johnson has faith in Hornacek

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.05.26)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Thursday's Knicks Links: Grant, Wroten may benefit with Hornacek as the new coach (Thu, 26 May 2016 05:15:02 EST)

    Thursday's Knicks Links: Grant, Wroten may benefit with Hornacek as the new coach

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers 116, Raptors 78 | Cleveland leads series, 3-2: Cavaliers Beat Raptors by 38 Points to Take Lead in East Finals (Thu, 26 May 2016 03:53:27 GMT)

    Kevin Love scored 25 points in three quarters of play, and LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each had 23, as Cleveland moved a win away from its second straight N.B.A. Finals.

  • [New York Times] Off the Boil Curry Is Fine, Says Kerr (Thu, 26 May 2016 05:30:28 GMT)

    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has played down suggestions that point guard Stephen Curry is nursing an injury that is hampering his performances in the Western Conference Finals.

  • [New York Times] LeBron, Love Power Cavaliers to 116-78 Romp Over Raptors (Thu, 26 May 2016 04:09:52 GMT)

    Back home, the Cavaliers were not hospitable. Just rude.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers Throttle Raptors, Grab 3-2 Series Lead (Thu, 26 May 2016 03:42:28 GMT)

    LeBron James had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love returned to form with 25 points as the Cavaliers dismantled the Toronto Raptors in a 116-78 win on Wednesday that gives Cleveland a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.05.25)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Wednesday's Knicks Links: Hornacek didn't have a chance with Suns (Wed, 25 May 2016 05:22:44 EST)

    Wednesday's Knicks Links: Hornacek didn't have a chance with Suns

  • [New York Times] Thunder 118, Warriors 94 | Oklahoma City leads series, 3-1: Thunder, in Rout, Push Warriors to Brink (Wed, 25 May 2016 05:10:18 GMT)

    Oklahoma City, led by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, grabbed a commanding lead in the Western Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan Earn Place Among N.B.A.’s Top Tandems (Wed, 25 May 2016 00:27:03 GMT)

    Lowry and DeRozan, who combined for 67 points as Toronto evened its Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland at two games each, have become a two-man force.

  • [New York Times] Wilting Warriors Need to Find Quick Fix for Playoff Problems (Wed, 25 May 2016 06:39:29 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors are fast becoming a pale shadow of the 73-win team that stormed through the regular season and there is no shortage of theories as to why the league’s most dominant team are now on the verge of playoff elimination.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Thunder Put Warriors on Brink of Elimination (Wed, 25 May 2016 04:57:38 GMT)

    Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination.

  • [New York Times] Thunder One Win From Finals After Game 4 Blowout (Wed, 25 May 2016 04:12:28 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder moved within one victory of the NBA Finals after beating the Golden State Warriors 118-94 in Game Four on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Craig Sager to Receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award at ESPYS (Wed, 25 May 2016 00:19:01 GMT)

    Craig Sager keeps a copy of Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPYS speech on his phone. He would play it back sometimes during those long days in the hospital receiving treatment for leukemia.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.05.24)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Did Vogel take a dig at Jackson? (Tue, 24 May 2016 05:27:36 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Did Vogel take a dig at Jackson?

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Draymond Green Won’t Miss Game 4 After Kicking Steven Adams (Tue, 24 May 2016 00:57:26 GMT)

    The N.B.A. fined Green and upgraded the call against him to a flagrant-2 foul but did not suspend him, a potentially critical decision in the Western Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] Raptors 105, Cavaliers 99: Raptors Tie Series and Make Cavaliers Look Mortal Again (Tue, 24 May 2016 03:42:55 GMT)

    Toronto, which got 35 points from Kyle Lowry, is now 8-2 at home in the postseason, but the series is moving back to Cleveland.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Buoyed by Biyombo (Tue, 24 May 2016 05:30:28 GMT)

    Congolese center Bismack Biyombo has gone from bit-part player to Raptors linchpin in the space of two weeks and his emergence has given Toronto a spark in their Eastern Conference final series against Cleveland.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Loss Puts LeBron’s Finals Streak in Jeopardy (Tue, 24 May 2016 05:24:28 GMT)

    LeBron James has had a standing reservation with the NBA Finals for five consecutive years but the best player of his generation is suddenly in jeopardy of seeing his remarkable streak come to an end.

  • [New York Times] Lowry, DeRozan Lead Raptors to 105-99 Win Over Cav (Tue, 24 May 2016 04:51:48 GMT)

    A series that once looked lopsided is now even.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Hold Off Cavs, Even East Finals at 2-2 (Tue, 24 May 2016 03:42:27 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan added 32 as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 on Monday to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two wins each.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.05.23)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Monday's Knicks Links: What Hornacek's staff might look like (Mon, 23 May 2016 05:09:47 EST)

    Monday's Knicks Links: What Hornacek's staff might look like

  • [New York Post] What will Jeff Hornacek’s Knicks coaching staff look like? (Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:30 -0400)

    Jeff Hornacek's 2 ½-season reign in Phoenix saw changes with his coaching staff, leading to clues on whom he might bring aboard with the Knicks. In December, Hornacek's top two assistants, Jerry Sichting and defensive coordinator Mike Longabardi, were let go against Hornacek's wishes. In January, Tyronn Lue, after he was promoted to the Cavaliers'…

  • [New York Times] Thunder 133, Warriors 105 | Oklahoma City leads series, 2-1: Thunder Explode Past Warriors to Take Series Lead (Mon, 23 May 2016 04:10:56 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scores a game-high 33 points in a dominant victory.

  • [New York Times] Durant, Westbrook Lead Thunder in Blowout Win Over Warriors (Mon, 23 May 2016 04:24:46 GMT)

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder gave the Warriors as complete a beating as they experienced during their record-setting season.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Worrying Over Green After Groin Kick Fells Adams (Mon, 23 May 2016 05:06:29 GMT)

    Draymond Green helped motivate Golden State to a record-breaking 73-game winning season but the struggling Warriors will be hoping their emotional forward can avoid suspension after he picked up a flagrant foul on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Demolish Warriors, Grab 2-1 Series Lead (Mon, 23 May 2016 03:06:28 GMT)

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 63 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Golden State Warriors 133-105 on Sunday to take a 2-1 in the Western Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] Cleveland Guard Jones Suspended One Game for Groin Hit (Mon, 23 May 2016 01:21:27 GMT)

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones has been suspended for Game Four of the Eastern Conference final against the Toronto Raptors, the NBA announced on Sunday.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.05.22)

  • [New York Times] Raptors 99, Cavaliers 84 | Cleveland leads series, 2-1: Raptors End Cavaliers’ Postseason Win Streak (Sun, 22 May 2016 04:21:36 GMT)

    DeMar Rozan and Bismack Biyombo led Toronto to a victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan, Raptors End Cavaliers’ Streak With 99-84 Win (Sun, 22 May 2016 04:33:36 GMT)

    Cleveland’s perfect playoff run went south in the north.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan, Biyombo Give Raptors New Life (Sun, 22 May 2016 05:00:27 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors crushed any ideas that they were going to be swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Get on the Board With Game 3 Win Over Cavaliers (Sun, 22 May 2016 03:21:28 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors got their first win of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday with DeMar DeRozan scoring 32 points in a 99-84 Game 3 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Melo: Hornacek's fast offense 'a new opportunity' (Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:02 EST)

    Melo: Hornacek's fast offense 'a new opportunity'

  • [New York Post] How Mets booth both mentioned and ignored Bartolo’s family scandal (Sun, 22 May 2016 00:31:24 -0400)

    Tag, you're "it”! Bartolo Colon was having a miserable night on the mound Wednesday. With two out in the top of the third, the Nationals, up 1-0, had the bases loaded. Colon was wild. He had just hit a batter and, as Gary Cohen pointed out, had walked consecutive batters for the first time in…

  • [New York Post] ‘Bulls–t’ critics haven’t killed Knicks’ triangle: Phil Jackson pal (Sun, 22 May 2016 00:09:55 -0400)

    Is the triangle dead under soon-to-be-named head coach Jeff Hornacek? Not entirely, said Charley Rosen, one of Phil Jackson's longtime friends who has been in contact with the Zen Master in recent days. "It's hard to imagine Phil caving in and abandoning a system that is entirely flexible and he's had so much success in…