2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Thunder

Sorry, I thought I would be back in time to start a thread.

At the half, the Knicks lead 50-44.

Let’s go, second half Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2017.12.16)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks believe Melo should receive ‘love’ in return to New York
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 11:42:02 PM)

    In wake of Carmelo Anthony’s return to Madison Square Garden for the first time, Kristaps Porzingis thinks the fans need to show him the respect and “love” he deserves.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: Should the Knicks rest Porzingis?
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 5:37:34 PM)

    The Daily News Live crew debate if the Knicks should rest Kristaps Porzingis more after he injured his knee in the teams win over the Nets.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis is day-to-day due to sore left knee
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 2:55:06 PM)

    Porzingis had been set to undergo further tests on his knee after he left Thursday’s win over the Nets early after a non-contact injury that had him feel “a little shock pain.”

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony taking ‘business’ approach to MSG return ahead of Thunder-Knicks
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 12:01:20 PM)

    Former New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he is excited to return to Madison Square Garden for Saturday’s game between the Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, but added he is taking a “business” approach to it.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony is looking forward to his MSG homecoming
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 8:48:32 PM)

    Anthony’s dress rehearsal lasted three grueling overtimes on Friday.

  • [NYDN] Porzingis day-to-day with sore knee, questionable vs. Thunder
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 8:47:29 PM)

    Porzingis is day-to-day with a sore left knee and is questionable for Saturday night’s game against the Thunder, the Knicks announced.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony deserves a standing ovation in MSG return
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 8:47:03 PM)

    Anthony spent 7 ½ long seasons with the Knicks, some worse than others.

  • [NYDN] ‘Entourage’ star Jerry Ferrara will scout Knicks esports team
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 8:31:20 AM)

    The Knicks are turning to Turtle to be the head scout of their esports team.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis: Melo isn’t upset about my brother’s interview
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 7:12:01 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis believes Carmelo Anthony is not upset his brother appeared critical of him in an interview.

  • [NYDN] Courtney Lee: Knicks would still be successful if Melo stayed
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 6:03:26 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony wasn’t the problem with the Knicks. It was the system.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony hoping for ‘appreciation’ at Garden as Thunder visits Saturday night
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:21:52 AM)

    The last time Carmelo Anthony was at Madison Square Garden, the fans chanted “We Want Melo” late in the April game, knowing it might be his last one as a Knick.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis questionable to face Carmelo Anthony at MSG
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 10:34:30 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony will return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. The question: Will Kristaps Porzingis be on the court to greet him?

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony’s return to MSG bringing in big money on secondary ticket market
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 8:41:22 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony’s only trip to Madison Square Garden this season is commanding sky-high prices on the ticket resale market.

  • [NYPost] Carmelo plays longest game of season on eve of Garden return
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 7:50:22 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — The Thunder won’t be well-rested when they attempt to get Carmelo Anthony a victory in his return to the Garden on Saturday. In what was a microcosm of Oklahoma City’s uneven season, the Thunder blew an eight-point lead in the final three minutes of regulation, were forced to play three overtimes before snaring…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo ready for ‘emotional’ return to the city he embraced
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 7:45:38 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Kristaps Porzingis has a message for Knicks fans: There’s no reason to boo Carmelo Anthony Saturday night in his Garden return. “I think he was as professional as he could be in his time here in New York,’’ said Porzingis, who considers Anthony his mentor. “I don’t see why they wouldn’t receive him…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter’s old coach offers major praise for new Knicks stud
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 4:31:31 PM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Knicks center Enes Kanter won’t say whether his former Thunder teammates miss him in the locker room. But his former coach Billy Donovan will. Donovan said Kanter, his former backup center to Steven Adams was always a good locker-room personality, though he stopped short of calling him their leader. “He made a huge…

  • [NYPost] Judgment Day for Carmelo Anthony? It’s complicated
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 12:02:03 PM)

    Look, it’s your money. You are the one who doled out what you doled out in order to attend Saturday night’s Knicks-Thunder game. I took a quick look at what that actually amounts to, and it’s staggering: $199 for a ticket in the last row, hard by the banners, behind the basket. And $499 to…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis’ injury not as bad as feared
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 10:07:56 AM)

    It looks like there will be a Merry Kristaps after all. Breathe a sigh of relief, Knicks fans. After Friday’s exams, Kristaps Porzingis does not appear to have serious damage to his ACL and the club announced he is “day to day” with a “sore left knee.” Porzingis is listed as questionable for Carmelo Anthony’s…

  • [NYPost] Carmelo can’t hide excitement for Knicks homecoming
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 9:44:14 AM)

    PHILADELPHIA — Kristaps Porzingis has a message to Knicks fans: There’s no reason to boo Carmelo Anthony Saturday night in his Garden return. “I think he was as professional as he could be in his time here in New York,’’ said Porzingis, who considers Anthony his mentor. “I don’t see why they wouldn’t receive him…

  • [NYPost] How Knicks think Garden faithful will react to Carmelo’s return
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 7:02:47 AM)

    More cheers than boos? That’s what Carmelo Anthony’s ex-teammates are expecting Saturday at the Garden. The Knicks have proven better off without Anthony, new management having made a good trade with Oklahoma City. It has them off to a 15-13 start – better than the Thunder’s 13-14 clip. Anthony’s six-and-a-half season stint with the Knicks…

  • [NYTimes] It Will Be Anthony vs. Knicks, but Maybe Not Anthony vs. Porzingis
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:42:50 AM)

    The Knicks’ new franchise player injured his knee against the Nets on Thursday night and is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: An N.B.A. Team in Mexico City: How Realistic Is That?
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:33:32 AM)

    Smog, traffic, security concerns — all are issues the league is assessing. But there are lots of reasons to think it might move aggressively into Mexico.

  • [ESPN] Melo on MSG return: How could I not miss N.Y.?
    (Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:37:21 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony expects to get “a little emotional” when he makes his first trip back to Madison Square Garden on Saturday since being traded in September, saying, “That’s home.”

  • [ESPN] Porzingis questionable to play vs. Melo, OKC
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 3:01:10 PM)

    Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is questionable for Saturday’s home game against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • [ESPN] Porzingis: Melo should be shown ‘love’ at MSG
    (Friday, December 15, 2017 11:32:10 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony will return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night for the first time since being traded to the Thunder, and Kristaps Porzingis hopes that Knicks fans will give Anthony a friendly reception.