2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Jazz

Doesn’t this sound like the tagline of a weird 1980s Footloose-type film? “The Knicks are against Jazz, but some plucky teenagers manage to change the town’s mind with an impromptu performance!”

Anyhow, this game is huge for a number of reasons…

1. It is important to see how they respond from their crushing loss on Monday night, where they blew a 567 point lead in the fourth quarter.
2. This is the end of one of their seemingly inordinate home stands and you have to figure that they will stop playing so many home games, so they have to bank these wins now
3. The Jazz were struggling before their star player, Rudy Gobert, was injured. Without him, they’re a mockery of a sham. They couldn’t score with him on the team, but at least their defense was legendary (speaking of legendary defense, the Boston Celtics are holding teams to a shockingly low amount of points. It’s absurd how few points teams are scoring on the Celtics). Now, they are just flat out bad. The Knicks have no excuse not to beat them at home.
4. Donovan Mitchell has the special NBA green light that players are given when they are not just go to scorers, but their teams beg them to just shoot as much as possible, so if he has a good game, that will be annoying to hear (the DSJ stuff is bad enough).

So….yeah, the Knicks really need to win this one.

Let’s go, Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2017.11.15)

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Enes Kanter defending his teammates and the rim
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:49:52 PM)

    LeBron James took a parting shot at the Knicks on Tuesday morning. And once again, Knicks center Enes Kanter stepped up to reject it.

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway Jr. proving he’s worth $71 million to Knicks
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:21:23 PM)

    The Knicks could’ve done worse with their cap space last July. If Phil Jackson were still around, he would have been spent it all on aging point guard George Hill to run the triangle. Instead, acting general manager Steve Mills, before his promotion to full-time president, gave it to Tim Hardaway Jr. — a four-year,…

  • [NYPost] Knicks are loving their offense without Phil Jackson
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:54:31 PM)

    LeBron James paid a backhanded compliment to Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek for his newfangled, high-speed offense that’s not the triangle. And Hornacek didn’t tip-toe around the issue any longer, that former president Phil Jackson’s methodical system offense has been completely scuttled, though scouts say they still run some triangle actions on post-ups. “We’re not running…

  • [NYPost] Kanter, Porzingis smack down LeBron in NY ‘King’ feud
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:37:59 AM)

    Knicks center Enes Kanter was at it again Tuesday, swatting with gusto another bold proclamation from LeBron James. One day after leading the Cavaliers to a stirring fourth-quarter comeback, James posted a photo of himself on the Garden floor on Instagram declaring he’s “King of New York” with the caption “You’re welcome .. (crown emoji…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ emerging star came up a lot bigger than Jeff Hornacek
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:28:07 AM)

    While Kristaps Porzingis is the face of the franchise, center Enes Kanter is now the heart and soul of the franchise. Hence, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek’s decision to bench Kanter for the final 3:18 was the wrong one with right intentions. In a conundrum, Hornacek put in Lance Thomas over Kanter to combat Cleveland’s smallball,…

  • [ESPN] Porzingis: Knicks more confident in offense
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:47:42 PM)

    Porzingis: Knicks more confident in offense

  • [ESPN] Kanter to LeBron: You’re not the king of N.Y.
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:51:45 PM)

    Kanter to LeBron: You’re not the king of N.Y.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks’ new beef with LeBron
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:35:27 PM)

    Enes Kanter discusses standing up for his teammates after hearing some of the controversial statements that were made by LeBron James.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Can the Knicks learn from a blown lead?
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:36:48 PM)

    The DNL panel discusses how the Knicks can learn from Monday night’s game against Cleveland, where they blew a 23-point lead in the fourth.

  • [SNY Knicks] Athletic Appetites with Larry Johnson
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:30:52 PM)

    SNY’s Michelle Yu cooks fried chicken and waffles with former Knicks forward Larry Johnson.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter fires back at LeBron’s ‘King of New York’ claim
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:20:18 PM)

    After a heated game at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Cavaliers SF LeBron James took to Instagram to declare himself “King of New York” following a 104-101 win.

  • [SNY Knicks] Ntilikina doesn’t back down from LeBron James at The Garden
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:53:25 AM)

    Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and Cavaliers star SF LeBron James got into it at The Garden on Monday.

  • [NYTimes] Celtics 109, Nets 102: A Masked Kyrie Irving Leads Celtics Past Nets
    (Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:43:53 AM)

    After sustaining a facial fracture, Irving wore a mask against the Nets and brought back fond memories of past success in similar circumstances.

  • [NYTimes] Sid Catlett, 69, Star of a Classic High School Basketball Game, Dies
    (Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:26:46 AM)

    In 1965 he led his school against the team led by Lew Alcindor, soon to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and ended its 71-game winning streak.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Watching a Loss to the Cavs, but Seeing a Bright Future for the Knicks
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:32:47 PM)

    Cal Ramsey, a former player and broadcaster, has observed six decades of Knicks basketball, and he likes what he sees in Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina.

  • [NYTimes] Madison Square Garden Is Seeking to Sell the Liberty
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:01:37 PM)

    Madison Square Garden Company, which also owns the Knicks and the Rangers, has owned Liberty since the founding of the W.N.B.A. in 1997.

  • [NYTimes] How Trump Helped Liberate U.C.L.A. ‘Knuckleheads’ From China
    (Wednesday, November 15, 2017 3:40:12 AM)

    The American president had appealed to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in the case of the three members of a university basketball team accused of shoplifting.

  • [NYTimes] Cavaliers 104, Knicks 101: Cavaliers Erase 23-Point Lead to Beat Feisty Knicks
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:57:30 PM)

    The Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter scuffled with LeBron James in the first half. James then put the Cavs on his back late in the game to secure the win.

  • [NYDN] Respect Kanter for toughness, but Knicks need to close out games
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:40:19 PM)

    LeBron James beat the Knicks this week as easily and as often as a turnstile jumper beats a subway fare.

  • [NYDN] LeBron James anoints himself king of New York in Instagram post
    (Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:03:34 PM)

    LeBron James is still in a New York state of mind, and the King isn’t ready to relinquish his crown, either.