2017-18 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Magic

Remember when they won a couple of games and it seemed like they were locked in to the #9 spot in the draft and people said, “You can’t get mad about the wins now, since they’re locked in to the #9 seed so it doesn’t matter”?

Well, as it turned out, it still did matter, as the Knicks enter tonight just one game ahead of Chicago and just two ahead of the Nets. They still have a chance in this thing!

Orlando, however, is going to be difficult to lose to, especially at home. I predict 25 points for THJ tonight. That might be low.

Let’s go, Nick Anderson’s 0-4!

Knicks Morning News (2018.04.03)

  • [NYDN] Knicks greats reflect on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 4:10:24 PM)

    Willis Reed was driving down the Van Wyck Expressway on April 4, 1968 when he heard that Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Troy Williams out for season with fractured jaw
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 7:48:43 AM)

    Troy Williams’ trial this season is over.

  • [SNY Knicks] Lance Thomas is tired of losing with Knicks
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 4:25:25 PM)

    Nobody hates losing more than Lance Thomas, and he has been doing it for awhile now.

  • [SNY Knicks] Troy Williams out for remainder of season with fractured jaw
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 12:13:37 PM)

    Knicks F Troy Williams will miss the final five games of the season due to a fractured jaw, the team announced Monday.

  • [SNY Knicks] SEE IT: Knicks assistants suit up for practice due to injuries, G League assignments
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 11:46:34 AM)

    Some former NBA players got to suit up for Knicks practice today, and it wasn’t for fun.

  • [NYTimes] Hornets Offer G.M. Post to Mitch Kupchak
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 4:48:01 PM)

    Kupchak, the longtime Los Angeles Lakers executive, could soon go to work for the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets.

  • [NYTimes] Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 10:25:23 PM)

    As Loyola-Chicago (with Sister Jean) and Villanova make the Final Four in San Antonio, here is a look at the deep connection between Catholic colleges and basketball.

  • [NY Newsday] How the Knicks can improve their NBA Draft Lottery odds
    (Tuesday, April 03, 2018 12:23:39 AM)

    The Knicks couldn’t be one of the top eight teams in the Eastern conference, but the team still has a shot at being one of the bottom eight teams in the league.

  • [NY Newsday] Madison Square Garden seeks dismissal of Charles Oakley’s civil lawsuit
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 8:37:51 PM)

    An attorney for Madison Square Garden and James Dolan, the Garden’s executive chairman and CEO, has asked a federal judge to dismiss Charles Oakley’s civil lawsuit that stems from the former Knicks player’s televised scuffle with MSG security at a game in February 2017.

  • [NYPost] Trey Burke entered Knicks’ starting 5 and became a new player
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 6:59:24 PM)

    From Microwave to Passing Fancy, Trey Burke has gone from impersonating Vinnie Johnson to having more Magic Johnson in his game for the Knicks. It’s the natural progression when you go from bench guy to starter. “It’s a thin line. Coming off the bench, obviously you’re in a more strict role,” said Burke, who heads…

  • [NYPost] All these injuries mean Knicks coaches forced into practice
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 3:24:11 PM)

    With Troy Williams suffering a fractured jaw and being scratched for what remains of the season, the injured and ailing were virtually as much a part of the Knicks landscape as healthy bodies Monday. So assistants Jerry Sichting, 61, Kurt Rambis, 60, and a couple kids, Corey Gaines, 52, and Howard Eisley, 45, were among…

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.04.02)

  • [NYDN] As Knicks continue losing ways, no end in sight
    (Sunday, April 01, 2018 3:35:57 PM)

    The losing is now historic.

  • [NY Newsday] Lance Thomas tormented by Knicks’ dismal last four years
    (Monday, April 02, 2018 1:31:12 AM)

    Lance Thomas doesn’t just play for the Knicks. He loves them.

  • [NYPost] Trey Burke wants to bring back culture of winning to Knicks
    (Sunday, April 01, 2018 8:44:19 PM)

    Trey Burke talks now as if he will be the Knicks’ starting point guard next season. Certainly he’s solidified his status as starter for the rest of this lost season with five games left. In his fourth straight start, Burke notched 18 points, 15 assists and just one turnover. Still, it amounted to their season’s…

  • [NYPost] The unknowns surrounding Michael Beasley’s push for Knicks return
    (Sunday, April 01, 2018 1:34:55 PM)

    Michael Beasley’s resurrection of his career is nearly complete. Whether it is enough for Knicks brass to make it a priority to keep him next season depends on many factors. Beasley said he wants to be back but knows it takes two to tango. The Knicks will have a gaping hole at power forward when…

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.04.01)

  • [SNY Knicks] Beasley scores game-high 32 points, but Knicks fall to Pistons 115-109
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 8:25:02 PM)

    NEW YORK (AP) Blake Griffin sat with his injured ankle wrapped on one side of the locker room while Reggie Jackson dressed on the other.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s game: Knicks vs. Pistons, 5 p.m.
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 1:20:55 PM)

    The Knicks host the Pistons on Saturday at 5 p.m.

  • [SNY Knicks] Hornacek: Management has no input on who gets minutes
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:00:17 AM)

    Jeff Hornacek insists there has been no pressure from the front office to give more minutes to certain players.

  • [NYPost] One Knick is sick and tired of the hideous new depths of losing
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 3:32:44 PM)

    Maybe others don’t, but Knicks co-captain Lance Thomas takes the losing personally. And he’s starting to break. The Greenwich Village resident and Brooklyn product is the longest-tenured Knick. And he’s seen an unbearable amount of defeats since arriving in a Jan. 2015 trade. The Knicks reached another miserable milestone Saturday, logging 50 losses for the…

  • [NYPost] Stan Van Gundy’s message: My brother’s open to coaching again
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 2:57:07 PM)

    The always outspoken Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy took a dig at the Knicks for never giving Patrick Ewing an interview while saying his brother, ahem, could be available this offseason. Stan Van Gundy says his young brother still would be one of the best coaches in the NBA and has mulled returning to the…

  • [NYTimes] Top Private Schools Bring In the Power Elite (and the Power Forwards)
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 6:34:27 PM)

    Sidwell Friends and other exclusive schools want to be great at everything. That includes basketball.

  • [NYDN] Stan Van Gundy: Knicks may not truly appreciate Jeff Van Gundy
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:19:51 PM)

    A year after Jeff was invited to a 1999 NBA Finals reunion at MSG, his brother is skeptical that the appreciation is genuine.

  • [NYDN] 4th-quarter benching another sign OKC no paradise for Carmelo
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 1:52:22 PM)

    Carmelo Anthony isn’t exactly sprinting to the finish line in his first — and perhaps only — season in Oklahoma City.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks fall to Pistons for loss No. 50
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:56:10 PM)

    The Knicks are consistent, if nothing else. They’re consistently bad.

  • [NY Newsday] Stan Van Gundy doubts Knicks’ sincerity about his brother Jeff, Patrick Ewing
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 8:16:44 PM)

    Stan Van Gundy questioned how sincere the Knicks’ displays of appreciation have been for his brother Jeff Van Gundy and Patrick Ewing.

  • [NY Newsday] Regardless of their roster, Knicks should draft best available player
    (Saturday, March 31, 2018 5:15:55 PM)

    The Knicks have a franchise power forward and three point guards on their roster, but that shouldn’t preclude them from taking a player at either position in the NBA Draft.