2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Celtics

If ever there was a game that the Knicks should be able to steal, this it. The Knicks will be underdogs, but they are rested while the Celtics played last night, when they were beat by the Heat.

Porzingis is back and he has something to prove against the Celtics.

Plus, perhaps most importantly, they’re at home!!!

Let’s go, Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2017.12.21)

  • [ESPN] Sources: Embiid likely back for Christmas
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 9:59:29 AM)

    Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, sidelined with a sore back, could miss two more games this week but is expected to return for the Christmas Day meeting with New York.

  • [ESPN] Turkey seeks 4-year prison term for Kanter
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:49:49 AM)

    Prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for the Knicks’ Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s state-run news agency. Kanter would be tried in absentia.

  • [NYDN] Knicks still have to find a way to beat Danny Ainge’s Celtics
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:18:10 PM)

    Danny Ainge is a lethal combination of patient and shrewd. Boston always wins, right?

  • [NYDN] Porzingis expects to play vs. Celtics but still has to be cleared
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:17:11 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis survived practice without an issue and expects to return for Thursday’s national TV matchup against the Celtics.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Enes Kanter sacrificed everything to fight Turkish leader
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:16:21 PM)

    Enes Kanter woke up to the news Wednesday morning that he’s a wanted criminal facing over four years in prison.

  • [NYDN] Kanter on facing Turkish prison sentence: Four years? That’s it?
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:02:45 AM)

    Enes Kanter won’t be intimidated — by NBA stars or the Turkish government.

  • [NYDN] Enes Kanter wanted in Turkey for insulting country’s president
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:04:40 AM)

    Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for Enes Kanter.

  • [NYTimes] How This Lithuanian Outpost Lured LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 6:34:09 AM)

    It all started with a message on Twitter in the wee hours of the morning. Less than a week later, the brothers signed a contract and sent the town into a frenzy.

  • [NYTimes] Our Journalists Share Their Most Memorable Interviews of 2017
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:30:55 PM)

    Times reporters reflect on the conversations that stuck with them long after their assignments ended.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis expects to play Thursday vs. Celtics
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 10:13:00 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis moved well during the end of practice Wednesday. He hit a couple of shots, ran out to close on a shooter and emphatically swatted a shot inside.

  • [NY Newsday] Turkey seeks jail term for Knicks’ Enes Kanter for insulting President Erdogan
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:42:00 PM)

    Enes Kanter is more concerned about the Knicks making the playoffs than he is about the Turkish government trying to jail him.

  • [NYPost] What counts as progress during Tim Hardaway Jr.’s injury rehab
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:30:08 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. will be an expensive cheerleader for the 10th straight game Thursday night, but his status seems to at least be trending in the right direction. On Tuesday, the Knicks announced Hardaway, out since Nov. 29 with a vaguely-described stress injury to his lower left leg, will increase his rehab and courtwork and…

  • [NYPost] Porzingis wants to help Knicks measure up against East’s best
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 3:24:03 PM)

    This is one game Kristaps Porzingis desperately doesn’t want to miss — not after the way he performed the first time the Knicks faced the Celtics. The opportunity to defeat the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference at home on national television is one he is relishing. And, fortunately for the Knicks,…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter scoffs at possibility of Turkish prison
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 9:09:59 AM)

    Knicks star Enes Kanter is laughing in the face of thin-skinned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is trying to jail the hoopster for 48 months for talking smack about Erdogan’s foul regime. “I was like, ‘That’s it? Only four years?’ All the trash I’ve been talking?” said the 6-11 center, who was born in…

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis goes through full practice, hopes to play Thursday night
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:03:37 PM)

    Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis was a full practice participant on Wednesday, and he hopes to be able to play against the Celtics on Thursday night, according to multiple sources.

  • [SNY Knicks] Enes Kanter threatened with prison time for insulting Turkey President Erdogan
    (Wednesday, December 20, 2017 10:46:15 AM)

    Turkish government is seeking more than four years of prison time for Knicks C Enes Kanter on charges of insulting Turkey’s present — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, per ESPN.