2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Hornets

Pulling this completely out of my ass, but I would think that it would have to be beneficial to be the home team in the first game of a home and home series. Doesn’t that just seem like it makes sense? You have the better chance of winning the first game and then you’re playing with a game in hand for the next game. So I think it is a good thing that the Knicks start tonight’s home and home at MSG.

Home and homes are weird, by the way. I don’t get the purpose of them. It’s not like the Knicks play the Hornets a lot, why burn through two of the games right away?

Anyhow, the Knicks host the Hornets tonight. They will get Joakim Noah back tonight, so it will be interesting to see how they work him into a rotation that looked pretty darn good with Porzingis at the 5 and Melo at the 4 for most of the game. Hopefully he works in well. I really like Noah a lot, and I’d hate for him to be in a weird situation where the team looks better without him. So hopefully they win tonight and he gets 53 rebounds and 17 blocked shots.

Let’s go, Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2016.11.25)

  • [NYPost] Brandon Jennings embracing the reinvention of his game
    (Thursday, November 24, 2016 7:29:24 PM)

    Brandon Jennings signed a below-market, one-year, $5 million deal to rebuild his brand as one of the electric young experienced point guards in the league. In doing so, he has had to rebuild his game, too, going from scorer to playmaker. Jennings, who amassed a 55-point explosion just four seasons ago, has won over the…

  • [NYPost] Greg Anthony talks Knicks, Phil Jackson-LeBron James flap
    (Thursday, November 24, 2016 6:55:27 PM)

    From what he has seen through 14 games, ex-Knicks point guard Greg Anthony said he believes Knicks fans will enjoy more magical moments from Derrick Rose as the season progresses. Adding a more reliable mid-range jumper — the one that won Tuesday’s game — will be crucial, Anthony said. Rose’s confidence meter is sure to…

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah is back — and that’s a problem for the Knicks
    (Thursday, November 24, 2016 9:20:47 AM)

    Starting center Joakim Noah is expected back from his flu-like illness for Friday’s Garden game vs. Charlotte, the first half of a two-day, home-and-home with the Hornets. Whether the Knicks need him is open for debate. The Knicks have won four of five games to reach the .500 mark at 7-7. Noah was out sick for…

  • [ESPN] Friday’s Knicks News: Jennings embracing playmaker role
    (Friday, November 25, 2016 5:32:59 AM)

    Friday’s Knicks News: Jennings embracing playmaker role

  • [ESPN] Kristaps Porzingis says poise has helped him pile up points in the post
    (Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:20:31 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis says poise has helped him pile up points in the post

  • [ESPN] Thursday’s Knicks News: Noah still finding his way with Knicks
    (Thursday, November 24, 2016 11:52:24 AM)

    Thursday’s Knicks News: Noah still finding his way with Knicks

  • [SNY Knicks] Joakim Noah is probable for tomorrow’s game
    (Thursday, November 24, 2016 11:42:34 AM)

    Joakim Noah is probable for tomorrow’s game

  • [SNY Knicks] Rose to join Anthony for Thanksgiving festivities
    (Thursday, November 24, 2016 9:00:56 AM)

    With a lot of his family and friends still residing in Chicago, Knicks guard Derrick Rose said he will be joining teammate Carmelo Anthony for Thanksgiving.

  • [NYTimes] With a Fixer-Upper in the Nets, Kenny Atkinson Starts by Building Rapport
    (Thursday, November 24, 2016 5:20:41 PM)

    Atkinson, in his first year as a head coach, learned the importance of conversation as an assistant. He envisions his team as a democracy, though he holds veto power.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks thankful for .500 record, return of Joakim Noah
    (Thursday, November 24, 2016 9:16:14 PM)

    The Knicks put in a Thanksgiving morning practice, feeling thankful to have broken even at 7-7 after winning two straight and four of five, and feeling hopeful that the arrow will continue to point upward.