2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks @ Lakers

The Knicks go for their first two-game road winning streak if the season as they head to Los Angeles to play the Lakers this afternoon.

The Lakers are playing without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram is a game-time decision. That shapes up well for the Knicks.

In other news, the Lakers signed Knicks’ G-League player, Nigel Hayes, who has had a strong season so far, to a 10-day contract. I forgot that the Knicks signed Isaiah Hicks to their two-way contract and not Hayes. Oh well, Hicks has been playing even better than Hayes, so there’s no big loss there.

Anyhow, with all of the Laker injuries, the Knicks really really should win this game. And, really, since they are predestined to make a move for the #9 seed, they are destined to win this game.

Let’s go? Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2018.01.21)

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway Jr.: No reason Knicks can’t make playoff push
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:48:10 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — Jeff Hornacek can talk all he wants about the Knicks organization’s vision that making playoffs is not a priority during this season of development. Tim Hardaway Jr., after being in the dance two straight seasons with Atlanta, wants to be in the playoffs. Coming off his 31-point explosion in Friday’s victory at…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter mocks LeBron James after Cavs’ blowout loss
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 2:26:05 PM)

    The Knicks didn’t play the Cavaliers on Saturday, but another chapter was added to the Enes Kanter-LeBron James public feud. After Cleveland was blown out 148-124 by the Thunder — Kanter’s former team — the big man took to social media to highlight the embarrassing defeat. “148,” he tweeted, adding a crown emoji and James’…

  • [NYPost] Every New York fan base has felt Saints supporters’ pain
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:01:33 PM)

    it’s been fun watching Vikings fans embrace the past week, which has to feel like the greatest week in their history as sports fans. Winning the game over the Saints as they did ranks as one of the great satisfying moment in any team’s history, but especially a franchise as tortured as the Vikings. But…

  • [NYPost] Trey Burke’s bright play gives Knicks new point guard puzzle
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 8:35:01 AM)

    LOS ANGELES — It was like old times — Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke together winning games, just as they once did at Michigan. And don’t forget Knicks general manager Scott Perry, a former Michigan assistant who took Burke out to dinner as a Pistons and Magic executive when the point-guard prospect played for…

  • [NYDN] What Trey Burke’s emergence means for Knicks, Frank Ntilikina
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 8:51:24 PM)

    At least for one night, Trey Burke supplanted Frank Ntilikina in the rotation.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hardaway Jr. hoping Knicks can make the playoffs
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:20:23 PM)

    Knicks F Tim Hardaway Jr. is focused on doing his part to help the Knicks make the playoffs this season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Kanter, Burke and Hornacek enjoy successful returns to Utah as Knicks beat Jazz
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:40:01 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek, Enes Kanter and Trey Burke all left Utah in different fashions with different emotions. They all enjoyed a winning return as the Knicks beat the Jazz 117-115.

  • [NY Newsday] Tim Hardaway Jr. determined to lead Knicks to playoffs
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:03:12 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — Now that Tim Hardaway Jr. is healthy and playing again, he wants to help the Knicks reach the playoffs. That’s his singular goal, and he won’t be happy if they fall short.

  • [NY Newsday] Frank Ntilikina looks to rebound from his scoring schneid
    (Saturday, January 20, 2018 8:47:02 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — Frank Ntilikina s his own harshest critic. He doesn’t need any reminders when he doesn’t do well, and he’s the first to acknowledge it when that occurs.

  • [NYTimes] Rockets 116, Warriors 108: Chris Paul Scores 33 as Rockets End Warriors’ Road Streak
    (Sunday, January 21, 2018 6:04:59 AM)

    Paul also had 11 rebounds in a game that ended a 14-game win streak for Golden State.