Knicks Morning News (2017.12.26)

  • [NY Newsday] Enes Kanter downplays big game in losing outcome
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 10:39:31 PM)

    Fair warning: If you texted Enes Kanter on Monday to tell him what a great job he did, there is a very high likelihood that he didn’t and won’t get back to you. Don’t be offended. He’s a bottom-line kind of guy.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks fall to 76ers despite Enes Kanter’s 31
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 10:36:54 PM)

    On paper, the Knicks had almost everything going for them — a raucous Christmas Day crowd in the friendly confines of Madison Square Garden, a 76ers team that practically limped into New York after losing nine of its previous 10, and Enes Kanter, who — despite entering the game being overshadowed by a certain other big man — was about to have one of the best games of his career.

  • [NYDN] Joel Embiid outshines Enes Kanter as 76ers spoil Knicks’ Xmas
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 4:46:06 PM)

    Joel Embiid waited a long time for a chance to make a first impression at Madison Square Garden.

  • [NYDN] Knicks must improve away from MSG as they hit road entering 2018
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:46:21 PM)

    Now we’re about to see if the Knicks are for real or not.

  • [NYPost] Knicks just watched their worst fear get exposed
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:51:50 PM)

    Entering this season, the fear for the Knicks was their point-guard play. The fear was realized on Christmas. Starting point guard Jarrett Jack went scoreless, going 0-for-5, and committed an ill-advised flagrant foul on Joel Embiid in the third quarter with the score tied at 52. Rookie Frank Ntilikina looked lost on defense for one…

  • [NYPost] Knicks fans now have a new enemy
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:39:03 PM)

    Joel Embiid said his family wasn’t around for Christmas. So maybe that’s why he decided to play Grinch and steal the Knicks holiday spirit. This was supposed to be a nationally televised celebration of all the progress the Knicks have made this season, especially at the Garden, where they have been rather dominant — at…

  • [NYPost] Porzingis tries to find the bright side of all these bricks
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:22:17 PM)

    It was another subpar shooting performance for Kristaps Porzingis, who wasn’t as big of a factor as he needed to be in the Knicks’ 105-98 loss to the Sixers on Christmas Day at the Garden. Porzingis was 6-of-19 from the field and was just 9-of-14 from the free-throw line to finish with 22 points. In…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter doesn’t care how monstrous a game he played
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:12:19 PM)

    Knicks starting center Enes Kanter got a slew of Christmas texts congratulating him for his 30-20 game. But Kanter has his 20/20 vision trained on the big picture and he will not return many of those good-natured messages because the Knicks suffered a damaging 105-98 defeat to the Sixers in Monday’s Garden holiday matinee. Kanter…

  • [NYPost] The other unicorn steals Knicks’ Christmas in bad omen
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 9:46:48 AM)

    This was no Merry Kristaps for the Knicks. In fact, Monday’s holiday could foreshadow something grim — as it did a year ago. Knicks center Enes Kanter was sensational with a 31-point, 22-rebound explosion, but Kristaps Porzingis didn’t have one of his stronger games. That allowed the 76ers’ Joel Embiid and his flock of hot-shooting…

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Warriors Amble Back Into the Spotlight and Take Down the Cavaliers
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 4:53:12 AM)

    The Christmas Day showdown was sort of scruffy, with both Stephen Curry and Isaiah Thomas missing. But the result was an apt reminder that the Warriors remain No. 1.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: The Vibe Is Better for the Knicks, but There Are Perils Ahead
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 12:33:01 AM)

    After Monday’s loss, New York was 17-16 and facing a long, tough stretch on the road. And the Knicks have been weak away from home this season.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors 99, Cavaliers 92: Led by an Overpowering Kevin Durant, the Warriors Defeat the Cavaliers
    (Tuesday, December 26, 2017 2:32:54 AM)

    Durant delivered a towering performance on both ends of the floor, defending LeBron James and scoring 25 points.

  • [SNY Knicks] By the numbers: Joel Embiid vs. Kristaps Porzingis
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 4:20:17 PM)

    In the Knicks’ 105-98 Christmas Day loss to the Sixers, all eyes were on Kristaps Porzingis and Joel Embiid. So who won the matchup?

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter doesn’t care about big stats on Christmas: He wants wins, playoffs
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 4:31:14 PM)

    Enes Kanter made history on Christmas Day, but doesn’t care because his team lost.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter steals the show as Knicks fall to Sixers on Christmas Day
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 2:35:42 PM)

    The Knicks fell to the Sixers on Christmas Day despite 31 points and 22 rebounds from Enes Kanter.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kris Kringle: Porzingis gifts media Zing Bars on Christmas Day
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 12:42:39 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis gifted the media Zing Bars on Christmas Day against the Sixers.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek disagrees with Van Gundy’s thoughts on Knicks’ schedule
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 10:05:00 AM)

    After Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said the NBA gave the Knicks a favorable home schedule through the first couple months of the season, New York head coach Jeff Hornacek said he didn’t see it in Van Gundy’s eyes.

  • [SNY Knicks] O’Quinn, Noah active as Knicks take on 76ers
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 11:55:00 AM)

    Knicks forwards Kyle O’Quinn and Joakim Noah are both active for Monday’s game against the 76ers, while Philadelphia forward Joel Embiid and guard J.J. Redick are also active.

  • [SNY Knicks] Returns of Porzingis, Embiid highlights Knicks-76ers matchup
    (Monday, December 25, 2017 9:10:00 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks face Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas at noon.