Knicks Morning News (2017.11.30)

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis sprains ankle in Knicks’ rout of Heat
    (Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:04:33 AM)

    The Madison Square Garden crowd fell silent as Kristaps Porzingis was lying on the floor, and then it gasped and moaned after he had to be helped off the court.

  • [NY Newsday] Never a dull moment for Knicks with Enes Kanter around
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11:18:37 PM)

    Enes Kanter was back and basketball was fun again at Madison Square Garden.

  • [NY Newsday] Joakim Noah assigned to Knicks’ G-League team
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 8:09:16 PM)

    Joakim Noah was inactive again Wednesday night, but he got his most game action of the season earlier in the day playing in the G League.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis carried off court with ankle sprain
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 8:16:05 PM)

    Porzingis had to be helped off the Madison Square Garden floor early into Wednesday’s Knicks game.

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter continues entertaining journey, scores a game-high 22
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 8:15:36 PM)

    Wednesday’s Knicks injury report came with a bit of both good and bad news.

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter continues ongoing feud with LeBron James on Twitter
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:08:13 PM)

    The greatest trolling Twitter feud outside of LaVar Ball vs. Donald Trump continued Tuesday night.

  • [NYDN] Knicks lose Kristaps Porzingis in 115-86 win over Heat
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 5:02:31 PM)

    There was the Knicks season flashing before the eyes of thousands at the Garden.

  • [NYDN] Three men accused of mugging Cleanthony Early taking plea deals
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 8:51:35 AM)

    Three men accused of holding up ex-Knick Cleanthony Early are taking plea deals, their lawyers said Wednesday.

  • [NYDN] Judge, Porzingis and these sports icons received NYC mayor votes
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:33:39 AM)

    Bill de Blasio may have been re-elected as New York City mayor, but he’s lucky that Aaron Judge and Kristaps Porzingis didn’t run.

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter snaps Knicks out of losing funk
    (Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:23:50 AM)

    Enes Kanter has had a busy week. And that was before he stepped back on the court, posted a dominant first-half double-double and received the lion’s share of credit for lifting the Knicks out of a losing skid. Kanter needed a mere two quarters Wednesday night to show all of the energy, rebounding tenacity and…

  • [NYPost] Michael Beasley becoming a stabilizing force for Knicks
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11:47:14 PM)

    No one would confuse Kristaps Porzingis with Michael Beasley. If Porzingis is a unicorn, Beasley is some more bizarre creature, materializing at odd times in the mythical forest. But when the Knicks have been without Porzingis twice this season, and a de facto third time Wednesday night when Porzingis exited after 2:30 because of an…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ other injury worry: Frank Ntilikina’s ankle acting up again
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11:15:01 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina’s rookie season took another turn in the wrong direction when he twisted his right ankle in Tuesday’s practice and missed his third game in the Knicks’ 115-86 win over Miami on Wednesday. It was the same ankle that sidelined him after the season opener for two games. Ntilikina, 19, said the injury isn’t…

  • [NYPost] Porzingis scare: Reliving 20 minutes when Knicks’ season hung in balance
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:27:17 PM)

    Here are seven words you never want to come tumbling out of the mouth of your 7-foot-3 franchise cornerstone, the hope of the decade to come, the centerpiece around which you hope to someday build a contending team. “I felt my ankle touch the floor.” Ankles aren’t supposed to touch the floor, not unless you’re…

  • [NYPost] Knicks survive Porzingis scare in dominant victory over Heat
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 5:15:32 PM)

    Somehow it was two victories in one night for the Knicks. Porzingis’ horrific-looking ankle injury turned into just a sprain and the club, behind Enes Kanter’s off-the-charts energy, routed the Heat 115-86 without the Latvian phenom Wednesday. Porzingis said he knew his ankle wasn’t broken as he was helped off the Garden floor less than…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis avoids disaster after cringeworthy ankle twist
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2:54:07 PM)

    The Knicks — and all of their fans — can breathe again. Kristaps Porzingis was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle after X-rays were negative Wednesday night, the team announced, which must be considered the best-case scenario after the future of the franchise had limped off the court following what appeared to be a nasty…

  • [NYPost] A rusty Joakim Noah shows how far he’s plunged
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:30:17 PM)

    Knicks center Joakim Noah could have had a different view, but he wasn’t going to decline a chance to play basketball — even if it was the G League. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek revealed Noah was gung-ho about the decision to send him down to the Westchester Knicks for an 11 a.m. matinee Wednesday against…

  • [ESPN] Porzingis on ankle: ‘Don’t think it’s that serious’
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:57:49 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis left the Knicks’ game Wednesday with a sprained right ankle, however X-rays taken were negative, and Porzingis said, “I don’t think it’s that serious.”

  • [ESPN] The votes are in: Judge, Porzingis, Eli get write-ins for New York mayor
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11:45:31 AM)

    Aaron Judge, Kristaps Porzingis and Eli Manning were among a handful of New York sports stars to receive votes in the city’s 2017 mayoral election.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Porzingis injures ankle in win
    (Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:45:19 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis on injuring his ankle in the Knicks’ 115-86 win over the Heat, a victory which snapped their three-game losing streak.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks overcome loss of Porzingis, rout Heat, 115-86
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 10:20:40 PM)

    Enes Kanter had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 115-86 on Wednesday night despite losing Kristaps Porzingis to a sprained right ankle after 2 1/2 minutes.

  • [SNY Knicks] Sprained ankle forces Porzingis from Knicks win
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 10:05:26 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis was forced from Wednesday night’s game in the first quarter against the Heat with a sprained right ankle.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks vs. Heat, 7:30 p.m.
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 5:30:00 PM)

    One day after traveling to face one of the premier power forwards in the league, the Miami Heat tangle with another Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter warned by Knicks after telling teammate to fight on Monday night
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:56:27 PM)

    Enes Kanter received a warning from the Knicks’ front office after he encouraged a teammate to fight an opponent.

  • [SNY Knicks] Dolan sings about Knicks fans bugging him to sell, more
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11:39:44 AM)

    Knicks owner James Dolan had poked fun at the sports blog, Deadspin, through a song he wrote for their award show Tuesday night.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks 115, Heat 86: Kristaps Porzingis Exits With Injury, but Knicks Roll to Win
    (Thursday, November 30, 2017 3:39:08 AM)

    A scary ankle injury in the first quarter forced Porzingis out of the game, but Enes Kanter led the team to a blowout of the Miami Heat.

  • [NYTimes] Snapper Jones, N.B.A. Broadcaster, Dies at 75
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:08:36 PM)

    Jones, an A.B.A. All-Star, was a longtime broadcaster for the Portland Trail Blazers and reached a national audience through ESPN, NBC and other networks.

  • 2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Heat

    The Knicks host the Miami Heat at the Garden in a battle between the #8 and #9 seeds in the Eastern Conference.

    No Frank tonight. Will we see Ron Baker?

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2017.11.29)

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter doesn’t let LeBron live down first-career ejection
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 5:01:27 PM)

    Whenever LeBron James falters, you can bet Enes Kanter is lurking in the shadows. The Knicks center who has been publicly feuding with James all season mocked the Cavaliers superstar on Twitter after he was ejected from a game Tuesday night for the first time in his career. “King of Cleveland,” read Kanter’s post, in…

  • [NYPost] Hornacek hints this Knicks big-man glut cannot last
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 2:43:13 PM)

    With Enes Kanter set to return from a three-game absence, the questions as to what the Knicks will do about their logjam at center continue to loom. Primary backup Kyle O’Quinn earned three straight starts as Kanter sat with back spasms, while Willy Hernangomez got more than garbage time and Joakim Noah finally made his…

  • [NYPost] Hornacek’s simple message on Porzingis’ slump: Calm down
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:12:46 PM)

    It couldn’t last forever, even though revitalized Knicks fans allowed themselves to be convinced it could. Kristaps Porzingis was going to come back to Earth. And while his return home from a scarcely inhabited planet of unicorns is not a major cause for concern, it is worth noting. Through his first 11 games, Porzingis averaged…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter’s sudden mood shift is good news for Knicks
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:47:47 AM)

    During the fourth quarter of a 103-91 loss Monday to the Trail Blazers, a teammate turned to Enes Kanter on the bench and delivered an important message. “’Hey you better get healthy soon. We need you bad out there,’” Kanter recalled being told, right before the Knicks dropped their third consecutive game without their center,…

  • [NYDN] Knicks center (of attention) Enes Kanter has said enough
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:32:19 PM)

    Enes Kanter’s flaws would be his pick-and-roll defense and that he loves to talk. And talk.

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter trolls LeBron James after he’s ejected for first time
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:42:50 PM)

    April 9, 2018 can’t get here soon enough.

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter warned by Knicks for telling teammate to ‘fight’
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:51:10 PM)

    Enes Kanter was warned by the Knicks and may even hear from the league about openly telling a teammate to fight the opponent.

  • [ESPN] Knicks’ Kanter sorry for encouraging fighting
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:14:06 PM)

    Enes Kanter was admonished by the Knicks’ front office Tuesday after he told a New York teammate to “fight” the Trail Blazers in the team’s Monday loss. Kanter says he’s learning: “This is my second language. When I say fight it mean compete, play hard.”

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter practiced on Tuesday after missing last three games
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:10:33 PM)

    Kanter is hoping to return on Wednesday night against the Heat. The Knicks have lost all three games he has missed.

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter mocks LeBron James’ ejection on Twitter
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:57:00 PM)

    After 1,297 career games and 51,147 career minutes, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was ejected from an NBA game for the first time on Tuesday. James got the boot for using foul language while arguing a non-call with referee Kane Fitzgerald. Apparently the Twitter fingers of Knicks center Enes Kanter, who has been out with lingering back spasms, were feeling just fine.

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter probable to play for Knicks Wednesday against Heat
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7:25:00 PM)

    Enes Kanter was working on his post moves after practice, showing no sign of lingering issues from back spasms that kept him out of the past three games.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis still dealing with right elbow issue for Knicks
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:32:45 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kristaps Porzingis said his back is fine, but his right elbow continues to hamper him.

  • [NYTimes] Clippers’ Blake Griffin Could Miss Two Months to Knee Injury
    (Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:32:08 AM)

    Griffin sustained a medial collateral ligament sprain in a victory over the Lakers on Monday, dealing another setback to the injury-riddled Clippers.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.11.28)

  • [ESPN] Porzingis returns; Noah active for first time
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 6:43:22 PM)

    While Kristaps Porzingis returned to the Knicks after missing a game with a sore back, the team was again without center Enes Kanter. Joakim Noah was activated for the first time this season and scored 2 points in three minutes.

  • [NYPost] Frank Ntilikina’s roller-coaster night a true learning experience
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 7:38:55 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina managed to wrap a typical rookie season all into one night Monday at the Garden. After shooting 0-for-4 with a turnover in the first half, the Knicks point guard was benched for the entire third quarter. He showed some life in the fourth as the Knicks mounted a comeback, but it was hardly…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter instigating fights from bench: ‘I’ll pay the fine’
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 7:14:15 PM)

    Enes Kanter sat out a third straight game Monday night as he continued to fight back spasms, but that didn’t mean the Knicks’ emotional leader couldn’t help inject some energy into his lifeless teammates with a suggestion. “I told — I’m not going to tell who — I told somebody, ‘Hey man, go out there…

  • [NYPost] What Knicks do next could determine their whole season
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 7:07:57 PM)

    Twenty games in, and the Knicks are officially entangled in their first crisis. It isn’t their first three-game losing streak; that trifecta led off the season, but that was still when we — and, in truth, they — thought this could be a legitimate 82-game mudslide. They were 0-3 then. It was impossible to guess…

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah’s long-awaited return to Knicks just a cameo
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 7:03:24 PM)

    Welcome to Year 2 of Joakim Noah’s infamous Knicks tenure: uncertain when he will be in uniform, grateful for any minutes at all. With starting center Enes Kanter again sidelined by back spasms, Noah was on the active roster and played Monday night for the first time in the second season of his albatross four-year,…

  • [NYPost] Knicks can’t find their old Garden magic as slump worsens
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 5:04:47 PM)

    The Knicks are slumping. The electricity that had buzzed through Madison Square Garden in the early stages of this surprising season was replaced by groans and scattered boos Monday night as the sluggish Knicks were easily handled by the Trail Blazers, 103-91, for their third straight loss. The Knicks (10-10) had won nine of their…

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter hopes to return to Knicks lineup Wednesday vs. Heat
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 11:45:33 PM)

    Knicks center Enes Kanter hopes he can return to the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat after missing the past three games.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ rally falls short in 103-91 loss to Lillard, Trail Blazers
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 10:25:00 PM)

    The Knicks lost to Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers 103-91 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Ntilikina, LeBron clear the air
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 7:45:00 PM)

    Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Cavaliers forward LeBron James have reportedly cleared the air after their brief spat earlier this month.

  • [SNY Knicks] Noah, Porzingis active, Kanter inactive as Knicks take on Portland
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 6:03:07 PM)

    Knicks forwards Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis will be active, while forward Enes Kanter will be inactive for Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis, Knicks return home to face Trail Blazers
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 5:18:35 PM)

    After two road losses, the Knicks return home to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Ron Baker sent down to G-League Westchester
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 9:59:54 AM)

    The Knicks have assigned G Ron Baker to the G-League Westchester Knicks, and he is expected to play tonight at White Plains.

  • [SNY Knicks] Cyber Monday deals: Who are the Knicks’ best discount contracts?
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM)

    On this Cyber Monday, who are the Knicks best discount contracts?

  • [NYTimes] Trail Blazers 103, Knicks 91: Knicks Fall Back to .500 With Loss to Trail Blazers
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:08:10 AM)

    Damian Lillard scored 32 points at Madison Square Garden as Portland handed the Knicks their third straight loss.

  • [NYTimes] David Fizdale Is Fired by Memphis Grizzlies
    (Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:59:57 AM)

    In a move that stunned many around the N.B.A., Fizdale was fired after a 7-12 start. The Grizzlies had lost their last eight straight games.

  • [NYDN] Injured Enes Kanter advises teammates to ‘fight with somebody’
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 7:59:29 PM)

    Enes Kanter was held out of his third straight game on Monday night with back spasms.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ late run not enough, fall to Trail Blazers, 103-91
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 5:01:24 PM)

    The Knicks made it a game in the fourth quarter, but were unable to complete the comeback.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks trail throughout, fall to .500 in loss to Trail Blazers
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 11:41:22 PM)

    The Knicks fell back to .500 with a thud in a nearly wire-to-wire 103-91 loss to the Trail Blazers at the Garden on Monday night.

  • [NY Newsday] Young Knicks can’t take anything for granted
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 11:32:35 PM)

    Are the Knicks for real?

  • [NY Newsday] Joakim Noah activated, gets first basket of season for Knicks
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 11:13:17 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis returned to the Knicks lineup on Monday night vs. Portland after missing Saturday’s game at Houston.

  • 2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Trailblazers

    The Knicks return to the Garden to hopefully get their home-cooking going again against a mediocre Trailblazers team.

    The Knicks will be without Enes Kanter again, though, sadly, but KP will play.

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2017.11.27)

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter upset after Twitter mysteriously unverified him
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 9:08:17 PM)

    Enes Kanter is averaging a double-double but apparently that isn’t enough to warrant a blue check mark.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter aiming to play Monday night vs. Trail Blazers
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 2:26:24 PM)

    After missing consecutive games, C Enes Kanter is hoping to suit up for the Knicks on Monday when the team hosts the Trall Blazers at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Michael Beasley shows off scoring skill with Porzingis on the bench
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:26:11 AM)

    Knicks F Michael Beasley stepped up for his injured team last night as he notched 30 points in the team’s loss ot the Rockets, 117-102.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon would love to work with Porzingis
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 9:11:23 AM)

    Hall of Fame C Hakeem Olajuwon said he would love to work one-on-one with Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis to teach him some of his ways.

  • [NYPost] Childhood friend brokers peace with LeBron and Frank Ntilikina
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:55:46 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina is accustomed to delivering assists to former French league teammate Romeo Travis. But Travis has returned the favor, reaching out to LeBron James recently to clear the air after James and the Knicks rookie got mixed up in an infamous tiff. Travis is James’ childhood friend and played with the King at St….

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter on a mission back with ‘pretty strong’ pills and willpower
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 8:06:22 AM)

    Maybe it was the pain medication talking, but center Enes Kanter vowed to play against the Trail Blazers on Monday, when the Knicks return home from their disastrous 0-2 trip south. Kanter missed both losses with back spasms and still hasn’t recovered but wants to suit up anyhow if team doctors allow it. The quirky,…

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter in pain but eager to return to Knicks lineup
    (Monday, November 27, 2017 2:26:54 AM)

    Enes Kanter was not walking well when he left the locker room Saturday night in Houston. The back spasms that kept him out of the last two games weren’t stopping him from saying he will try to play Monday night, though.

  • Knicks Morning News (2017.11.26)

  • [NYTimes] Rockets 117, Knicks 102: Knicks Briefly Make Do Without Porzingis, Then Fall Hard Against Houston
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 4:40:16 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis missed Saturday’s game because of tightness in his lower back, and the Knicks let an early 22-point lead disintegrate.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks look for success on road
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:55:00 AM)

    HOUSTON — It was quiet inside the visiting locker room. Players’ heads were down. Some tried to explain how they gave up a big lead and lost to the NBA’s worst team.

  • [NY Newsday] Minus Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter, Knicks lose to Rockets
    (Sunday, November 26, 2017 12:14:31 AM)

    HOUSTON — The Knicks already were facing a big challenge that grew even bigger and more daunting with Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter unable to play because of back issues.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis, Enes Kanter both out for Knicks vs. Rockets
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 10:27:12 PM)

    HOUSTON — Kristaps Porzingis was on the locker room floor working on his core muscles. A few minutes later, Enes Kanter walked in and was moving gingerly.

  • [NYDN] Knicks deserve credit for moving on from Phil Jackson stench
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:58:54 PM)

    To fully appreciate the levels the Knicks have graduated, you have to remember what Steve Mills and Scott Perry inherited.

  • [NYDN] Knicks, without Porzingis and Kanter, get routed by Rockets
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:57:04 PM)

    Riding Michael Beasley could only take the Knicks so far.

  • [SNY Knicks] Harden, Rockets beat shorthanded Knicks 117-102
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 10:43:47 PM)

    HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 37 points and 10 assists as the Houston Rockets rallied from an early deficit to beat the New York Knicks 117-102 on Saturday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis, Kanter miss Saturday’s game with back issues
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:55:15 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter missed Saturday night’s matchup against the Rockets due to back ailments.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks vs. Rockets, 8 p.m.
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 6:40:42 PM)

    HOUSTON — Soon enough, the sample size won’t be so small that it will be easy to disregard, and the influence Chris Paul has made on Houston’s offense will be cause for examination.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter (back spasms) officially listed as questionable for Saturday night’s game
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 11:30:34 AM)

    Enes Kanter (back spasms) is officially listed as questionable ahead of the Knicks’ game against the Rockets on Saturday night.

  • [ESPN] Porzingis, Kanter sit as Knicks drop 2nd straight
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 6:49:48 PM)

    Knicks leading scorer Kristaps Porzingis and fellow big man Enes Kanter sat out against the Rockets on Saturday due to back ailments, according to the team.

  • [NYPost] Hakeem Olajuwon would like to teach Porzingis a few things
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:55:32 PM)

    HOUSTON — Hakeem Olajuwon is now a Rockets adviser who has expressed interest in an ownership stake. So the Nigerian great no longer can run his post skills school where he once hosted Amar’e Stoudemire as a Knick. Nevertheless, Olajuwon said he would love to work with 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis, but frankly, the retired Rockets…

  • [NYPost] Porzingis-less Knicks start quick but fade away in loss to Rockets
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 5:48:14 PM)

    HOUSTON — There’s a theory the 22-point lead the undermanned Knicks built in the first quarter was a mirage, that Michael Beasley didn’t actually score 17 first-quarter points. But it really happened — even if it was in the blink of an eye as the Rockets dominated the rest of Saturday night and cruised to…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis sits out as Knicks claim ‘back issues’
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 3:19:11 PM)

    HOUSTON — On the second night of a back-to-back, Kristaps Porzingis rested. With Enes Kanter still out with back spasms, the Knicks held Porzingis out of Saturday’s 117-102 loss to the Rockets — also claiming back issues. Porzingis said he had tightness in his lower back along with some spasms. It’s the second time Porzingis…

  • [NYPost] Derrick Rose is a sad sports tale of what could have been
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 1:53:33 PM)

    We are besieged with the melancholy subject of “What if?” all the time in baseball, especially when it comes to pitchers. What could Mark Prior have been? Or Matt Harvey, for that matter? In some ways, that’s always an underlying reality waiting just beneath the turf. It’s worse in football, of course, because the nature…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks’ flaws were on display in an unforgivable loss
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 7:33:03 AM)

    HOUSTON – Anyone who labeled the Knicks for real after a historic victory over a tough Raptors squad Wednesday at the Garden, received a stark reminder Friday after a trip to Hotlanta that they haven’t arrived just yet. The Knicks, now 10-8, could be a playoff team this year — if not for the fact…

  • 2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks @ Rockets

    As I noted last night, if the Knicks wanted to make a statement about the early season narrative about how their record had a lot to do with their inordinate amount of home games, then the way to go about doing so sure as heck was not to lose to the Atlanta Hawks on the road. Now, if they could somehow defeat the Rockets on the road, that would be one hell of a statement!

    Even in a League where the Boston Celtics have won 17 of their last 18 games, the Cavs have won seven in a row (doing their typical, “Oh, right, we have Lebron James – we can’t be that bad, right?” routine) and the Warriors are, well, the Warriors, the Houston Rockets have somehow become the hottest team in the NBA as they’ve now brought Chris Paul back to the team and have integrated him into their rotation and they are just annihilating teams in the three games since Chris Paul has gotten healthy and returned to the Houston lineup.

    However, while yes, their home record was compiled mostly without Chris Paul, it is worth noting that they’re 9-1 on the road and 5-3 at home, so if there is going to be a game where the Knicks could shock the world and show them that they are to be taken seriously this season, this would be the game.

    Enes Kanter is likely out tonight, though, so it’ll be tough (well, even if he was healthy, it’d be tough).

    EDITED TO ADD: Oh, and KP is out, too, so now the only hope is “tortoise and hare” syndrome, where the Rockets are just so confident that they somehow get distracted.

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2017.11.25)

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks squander 17-point lead and fall to Hawks
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 1:26:31 AM)

    ATLANTA — The Knicks already are in the holiday spirit: They gave away a game Friday night that they appeared to be in position to win easily.

  • [NY Newsday] With Enes Kanter hurting, Willy Hernangomez gets more playing time for Knicks
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 11:57:07 PM)

    ATLANTA — Enes Kanter took the blame for the Knicks’ 116-104 loss to the Hawks because he was “in the locker room crying like a baby.”

  • [NYTimes] Hawks 116, Knicks 104: Knicks Falter in the Second Half Against Atlanta
    (Saturday, November 25, 2017 5:01:07 AM)

    The Hawks earned just their second home win by out-hustling the Knicks with a 24-5 advantage in second-chance points.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter takes blame for Knicks’ loss, calls himself a “crybaby” for sitting out with back spasms
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 10:53:40 PM)

    Enes Kanter is taking the blame for the Knicks loss to the Hawks while calling himself a “crybaby”.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks lose to Hawks 116-104 despite Porzingis’ 28 points
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 10:21:16 PM)

    After a fast start, the Knicks were outscored by 27 points in the remaining three quarters in their 116-104 loss to the Hawks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Enes Kanter (back spasms) out against Hawks Friday night
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 6:30:09 PM)

    Enes Kanter (back spasms) will miss the Knicks game against the Hawks Friday, opening the door for Willy Hernangomez.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks at Hawks, 7:30 p.m.
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 5:30:00 PM)

    ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks hope their recent success against the New York Knicks can carry over to this rebuilding year and help them end a three-game losing streak.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis gets called for technical, curses at ref
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 8:40:20 PM)

    In how many languages can Kristaps Porzingis curse?

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter will be ‘game-time’ decision against Rockets
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 8:38:21 PM)

    If Enes Kanter played Friday night, the Knicks probably don’t lose to the woeful Hawks.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ road troubles continue with 116-104 loss to dismal Hawks
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 8:37:50 PM)

    For those playoff aspirations to get real, the Knicks still have to prove they can win on the road.

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter out of Knicks lineup against Hawks with back spasms
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 2:53:02 PM)

    The Knicks were forced to shuffle their lineup and rotation Friday night because Enes Kanter woke up with back spasms.

  • [NYPost] Why Enes Kanter blames himself for disappointing Knicks loss
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 7:40:44 PM)

    ATLANTA — It was unclear which hurt more after the Knicks’ 116-104 collapse to the awful Hawks — Enes Kanter’s back or his heart. Kanter missed a game for the first time as a Knick, suffering from back spasms after waking up Friday morning unable to walk. He put the blame on himself for the…

  • [NYPost] Knicks lay an egg with late collapse against terrible Hawks
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 5:17:02 PM)

    ATLANTA — The Knicks suffered their own Black Friday in a horrible 116-104 loss to the Hawks at Philips Arena. The Knicks proved they can win without Carmelo Anthony. They proved they can’t win without starting center Enes Kanter, or on the road, even against the NBA’s worst team with a no-name young roster. The…

  • [NYPost] How Tim Hardaway’s Hawks tenure can help the Knicks
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 8:47:31 AM)

    ATLANTA — Tim Hardaway Jr.’s defensive improvement in his two-year stint with the Hawks has been well-documented. But something else valuable occurred here — something he hopes all of his Knicks teammates can experience, too. Competing in the playoffs. Hardaway, after not seeing the postseason in his first two years with the Knicks, played in…

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek on ‘harsh’ speech: That was nothing back in my day
    (Friday, November 24, 2017 7:55:54 AM)

    ATLANTA — Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek was shocked the players deemed his halftime speech Wednesday against the Raptors extremely harsh, saying it was nothing compared to when he played for former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. Whatever tension occurred in the locker room worked wonders as the Knicks blew out the Raptors with a record-setting 41-10…

  • 2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks @ Hawks

    The next finally go on the road for two games in a row, but luckily their first opponent is the Atlanta Hawks, who are not very good at all.

    The Knicks could get four games over .500 tonight, which would be amazing!

    While they are there, the Knicks should thank Budz for all the work he put in with THJ. Damn, that guy is a hell of a coach.

    EDITED TO ADD: Kanter is out. Willy will get his chance to play tonight!

    Let’s go, Knicks!