2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks @ Pistons

Oops, I thought that this was tomorrow night.

At the half, the Knicks trail the Pistons on the road, 52-44.

Hopefully they make a strong second half comeback!

Let’s go, Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2017.12.22)

  • [SNY Knicks] Beasley says he started feeling hot hand on January 9, 1989
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:48:40 PM)

    Michael Beasley said he started feeling the hot hand on January 9, 1989. Michael Beasley was born on January 9, 1989.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis struggles, but Beasley lifts Knicks to win vs. Celtics 102-93
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:50:53 PM)

    Michael Beasley scores 32 as the Knicks beat the Celtics 102-93 despite Porzingis scoring

  • [SNY Knicks] Kristaps Porzingis (knee) will play against Celtics with no limitations
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 6:24:34 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis will return for the Knicks against the Celtics.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks vs. Celtics, 8 p.m.
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 6:19:26 PM)

    The Knicks host the Celtics tonight at 8 p.m.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Carmelo nearly went to Houston where LeBron would join “eventually”
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 5:35:37 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony ‘believed’ he would end up in Houston this offseason, where LeBron James would later join.

  • [SNY Knicks] Enes Kanter paying no mind to Turkey’s accusations against him
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:05:09 AM)

    Not even jail time can faze Knicks C Enes Kanter.

  • [NYTimes] Jojo Is the Artist of Choice Among N.B.A. Stars
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 10:00:28 AM)

    Joseph Anavim, a Long Island native, has made pop-art paintings for Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and many others.

  • [NYTimes] Keeping Score: In Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers Found a Gem Late in the First Round
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 1:28:51 AM)

    Taken 27th, a point in the N.B.A. draft typically reserved for Europeans and players with discernible flaws, Kuzma immediately thrived for the Lakers.

  • [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.

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis had one of his worst games as a pro
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:28:06 PM)

    It was just one of those nights. In his return from a two-game absence, Kristaps Porzingis shot 0-for-11 (0-for-3 from beyond the arc) and registered just one point in 23 minutes of action Thursday in the Knicks’ 102-93 victory over the Celtics. It was the fewest points he had scored in a game since Dec….

  • [NYPost] Frank Ntilikina contained Kyrie Irving when it mattered most
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:07:24 PM)

    Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina got his first experience facing Kyrie Irving, and it went better than he could have hoped. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with Ntilikina in the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Celtics, and the rookie made the West Orange, N.J., great work hard. Ntilikina also hit two giant 3-pointers…

  • [NYPost] ‘Cuts and stuff’ can’t stop Enes Kanter
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:20:14 PM)

    Knicks center Enes Kanter had another opponent fall on him, injuring his neck. Plus, Kanter’s lower lip looked like he had gone a couple of rounds with Rocky Balboa. So naturally, he turned in a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds Thursday in the Knicks’ 102-93 victory over the Celtics at the Garden. First,…

  • [NYPost] Knicks show grit they’ll need to maintain for this tough stretch
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 8:58:29 PM)

    Consider the obstacles for the Knicks. The opponents were the Boston Celtics, owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference. Yes, for one night Thursday the Celtics had a simply awful second unit and played on the second half of a back-to-back. But still, the best record in the East means something. The Knicks’…

  • [NYPost] Brad Stevens not surprised by the Knicks’ improvement
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 7:35:39 PM)

    It didn’t exactly begin well for the 2017-18 Knicks. They opened the season 0-3, capped off by an ugly, uninspiring blowout loss in Boston. But those days are long gone. After a few tweaks, mainly inserting point guard Jarrett Jack into the starting lineup, the Knicks bounced back, and got revenge on the Celtics, 102-93,…

  • [NYPost] Michael Beasley explodes for 32 as Knicks stun Celtics
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 5:50:22 PM)

    The festive Garden crowd chanted “M-V-P’’ when the Knicks’ gangly power forward stepped to the free-throw line during his second-half rampage. The serenade, however, was for Michael Beasley — not the 0-for-11 shooting Kristaps Porzingis. Up was down and down was up Thursday at the Garden. Beasley continued his stunning rampage, hearing more chants across…

  • [NYPost] Rethinking the draft that Carmelo hated and the Knicks aced
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:14:21 AM)

    The night of the 2015 draft wasn’t one Carmelo Anthony remembers fondly. The ex-Knicks star was disappointed his wingman Tim Hardaway Jr. got traded for the draft rights to Jerian Grant. The combination of that trade, along with the Knicks drafting a reported project in Kristaps Porzingis, didn’t sit well with Anthony. He felt the…

  • [NYPost] How a ‘sleeping’ Carmelo Anthony stuck it to Phil Jackson
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 9:42:21 AM)

    To Carmelo Anthony, he was the Zzzzzen Master. During last season, the final, miserable one of the Anthony and Phil Jackson eras in New York, Anthony would either fall asleep or pantomime sleeping during meditation sessions that Jackson presided over, according to an ESPN exploration of the drama of the 31-51 disaster, after which Jackson was…

  • [ESPN] King of New York: Beasley steps up in second half to lead Knicks past Celtics
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:53:57 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis struggled in his return from injury, but Michael Beasley had his back with 32 points off the bench.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis on dismal night: ‘The game didn’t come to me’
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 8:50:10 PM)

    After returning from his knee injury, the Kristaps Porzingis had his second-worst scoring game on Thursday evening.

  • [NYDN] Michael Beasley drops season-high 32 points as Knicks top Celtics
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 8:48:08 PM)

    Michael Beasley has labeled himself many things.

  • [NYDN] Steve Mills regrets being silent during Knicks’ drama last season
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 8:44:39 PM)

    Mills worked under Phil Jackson and was endorsed by the Zen Master as his successor.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis will play for Knicks Thursday against Celtics
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 2:12:01 PM)

    Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek announced that Kristaps Porzingis will play against the Boston Celtics on Thursday.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis on off night: ‘Thanks to me the game was closer’
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 1:19:54 AM)

    He looked more donkey than unicorn on Thursday night, but at least Kristaps Porzingis had a sense of humor about it.

  • [NY Newsday] Michael Beasley hears ‘M-V-P’ chants at Garden as his 32 points lead Knicks over Celtics
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 12:43:49 AM)

    Loud “M-V-P” chants filled Madison Square Garden several times and they weren’t directed at Kristaps Porzingis. Michael Beasley drew them on a night that Porzingis played his worst game as a pro.

  • [NY Newsday] Encouraging sign for Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr.
    (Friday, December 22, 2017 12:25:56 AM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. shot around before the game, and he got a little more air under his feet on his jumpers and three-point attempts than he did earlier in the week.

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter energizes Knicks in victory over Celtics
    (Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:50:00 PM)

    If there is anything that has distinguished Enes Kanter this season, it’s been his strong will.