2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks @ Thunder

This is a huge game for the tank.

The Knicks head to OKC to take on the Thunder in the final game before the All-Star break.

They really need to lose this one. If they pull this out, there’s no way that they sell before the trade deadline.

And the problem is is that as good as Russell Westbrook is, the Kanter-less Thunder are still pretty mediocre themselves. This is a winnable game for the Knicks.

Let’s go? Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2017.02.15)

  • [NY Newsday] Charles Oakley ‘hurt’ and wants MSG to apologize to fans as his ban is lifted
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:51:47 PM)

    Charles Oakley said he is hurt and wants a public apology before he steps back into Madison Square Garden.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony on short list to replace Kevin Love in All-Star Game
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:19:00 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony may be on the short list to replace Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game, but he says he would have to ask his family before accepting such an invitation.

  • [NY Newsday] Charles Oakley-James Dolan truce brokered by Adam Silver, Michael Jordan
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:14:00 PM)

    Charles Oakley could be back at Madison Square Garden as a guest of Knicks owner James Dolan in the near future.

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek on why Russell Westbrook is a coach’s dream
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:34:44 PM)

    It isn’t the stats, even if they show Russell Westbrook on pace to become just the second player ever to average a triple-double for a full season. It is the eyes. That is what makes Westbrook stand out to Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek. “Look at his eyes. That guy has that determined, ‘I am going…

  • [NYPost] ‘This is the team’: Carmelo and Hornacek think trade drama’s done
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:05:40 PM)

    For almost one week, Carmelo Anthony has been able to breathe a bit. Most of the talk around the Knicks concerned team legend Charles Oakley and his feud with team owner James Dolan. So talk of waiving no-trade clauses and potential deals was overshadowed. Until Tuesday. But this came in the form of something Anthony…

  • [NYPost] Oakley won’t accept end of MSG ban until Dolan shamed publicly
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:26:07 AM)

    Well, so much for that happy ending between Knicks legend Charles Oakley and team owner James Dolan. With Oakley’s potential lifetime ban lifted through Dolan’s invitation to the former player to return to the Garden as his guest, Oakley said thanks but no thanks. The former bruising power forward and fan favorite from Pat Riley’s…

  • [NYTimes] Knicks’ James Dolan Offers Apology; Charles Oakley Says He Won’t Accept It
    (Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:57:49 AM)

    A day after a private meeting with the owner Dolan seemed to end his ban from Madison Square Garden, Oakley said he would not be quick to forgive.

  • [NYTimes] Charles Oakley Has Issues With a New York Team Owner. He’s Not the First.
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:00:27 PM)

    The city has had its share of dust-ups between the men who own sports teams and those employed by the franchises.

  • [NYTimes] Coach Jeff Hornacek Expects Knicks to Remain Intact at Trade Deadline
    (Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:37:15 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony, among others, has been mentioned in rumors, but Hornacek said he was planning on leading the same roster after the All-Star game break.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Jeff Hornacek, Carmelo Anthony speak on off-day
    (Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:05:48 AM)

    Coach Jeff Hornacek and Carmelo Anthony talk about the Charles Oakley incident and the Knicks? upcoming game against Oklahoma City.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Knicks lift Charles Oakley’s Madison Square Garden ban
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:20:38 AM)

    The Knicks have lifted Charles Oakley’s ban from Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Ex-Knick Greg Anthony believes treatment of Oakley will hurt franchise
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:15:32 AM)

    Former Knick Greg Anthony believes the Knicks’ treatment of his former teammate Charles Oakley will hurt the team’s chances of signing future free agents.

  • [ESPN] Wednesday’s Knicks News: Will Melo replace Love?
    (Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:59:54 AM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks News: Will Melo replace Love?

  • [ESPN] Vote: Who should replace Kevin Love in the NBA All-Star Game?
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:55:09 PM)

    Vote: Who should replace Kevin Love in the NBA All-Star Game?

  • [ESPN] Sources: Knicks lift ban; Oakley seeks apology
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:57:11 AM)

    Sources: Knicks lift ban; Oakley seeks apology

  • [NYDN] Love’s injury doesn’t change chances of Knicks trade
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:13:09 PM)

    Poor LeBron James.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony, Jeff Hornacek seeks positives in season of chaos
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:12:09 PM)

    James Dolan has lifted his Garden ban of Charles Oakley.

  • [NYDN] Dolan, Oakley need to make up and end latest MSG grudge
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:06:13 PM)

    Beyoncé’s acceptance speech at the Grammys lasted longer than Charles Oakley’s MSG ban.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis could replace Love at All-Star Game as Carmelo rests
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:56:01 PM)

    The Cavaliers were dealt a significant blow Tuesday when Kevin Love underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

  • [NYDN] Knicks dysfunction plus Giants talk with Pat Leonard: DN Podcast
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:10:54 AM)

    After a one-week hiatus, the Daily News Sports Talk Podcast returns with a brand new episode.

  • [NYDN] Hornacek doesn’t expect Knicks to trade Carmelo before deadline
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:07:59 AM)

    For weeks, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks have been at the center of NBA trade speculation.

  • [NYDN] Forget the ban, Knicks legend Charles Oakley wants public apology
    (Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:37:05 AM)

    After James Dolan announced Friday that Charles Oakley was indefinitely barred from entering MSG, the Knicks owner has changed his mind.