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  • Knicks’ RJ Barrett has big night: ‘playmaking was terrific’ – New York Post
    [news.google.com] — Sunday, February 26, 2023 5:11:00 AM

    Knicks’ RJ Barrett has big night: ‘playmaking was terrific’  New York Post

  • Knicks honor 50th anniversary of 1972-73 championship team – New York Post
    [news.google.com] — Sunday, February 26, 2023 4:21:00 AM

    Knicks honor 50th anniversary of 1972-73 championship team  New York Post

  • Knicks’ Derrick Rose response to Suns’ reported interest – New York Post
    [news.google.com] — Sunday, February 26, 2023 2:45:00 AM

    Knicks’ Derrick Rose response to Suns’ reported interest  New York Post

  • Knicks: Derrick Rose chants rock MSG so loud Tom Thibodeau had to play him – ClutchPoints
    [news.google.com] — Sunday, February 26, 2023 2:06:00 AM

    Knicks: Derrick Rose chants rock MSG so loud Tom Thibodeau had to play him  ClutchPoints

  • Why Knicks have little interest in buying out Derrick Rose – Yahoo Sports
    [news.google.com] — Sunday, February 26, 2023 12:52:00 AM

    Why Knicks have little interest in buying out Derrick Rose  Yahoo Sports

  • How old is Walt Frazier? Looking at the 1972-73 New York Knicks roster as 50th anniversary of their NBA title is celebrated in Madison Square Garden – Sportskeeda
    [news.google.com] — Sunday, February 26, 2023 12:22:00 AM

    How old is Walt Frazier? Looking at the 1972-73 New York Knicks roster as 50th anniversary of their NBA title is celebrated in Madison Square Garden  Sportskeeda

  • Knicks on the Court: February 24 at Wizards Photo Gallery – NBA.com
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 11:54:03 PM

    Knicks on the Court: February 24 at Wizards Photo Gallery  NBA.com

  • Knicks win 5th straight, Crush Pels – The Knicks Wall
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 11:39:57 PM

    Knicks win 5th straight, Crush Pels  The Knicks Wall

  • Knicks’ Quentin Grimes: Only 22 minutes despite start – CBS Sports
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 11:03:01 PM

    Knicks’ Quentin Grimes: Only 22 minutes despite start  CBS Sports

  • Knicks’ Isaiah Hartenstein: Grabs 10 boards in victory – CBS Sports
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 11:00:29 PM

    Knicks’ Isaiah Hartenstein: Grabs 10 boards in victory  CBS Sports

  • Knicks rout Pelicans while honoring 1973 championship squad – Alton Telegraph
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:38:14 PM

    Knicks rout Pelicans while honoring 1973 championship squad  Alton Telegraph

  • Knicks blow out Pelicans on night 1972-73 title team honored – New York Post
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:38:00 PM

    Knicks blow out Pelicans on night 1972-73 title team honored  New York Post Pelicans vs. Knicks – NBA Game Recap – February 25, 2023  ESPNPelicans vs Knicks NBA Odds, Picks and Predictions Tonight  Covers

  • Knicks rout Pelicans while honoring 1973 championship squad … – Caledonian Record
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:26:44 PM

    Knicks rout Pelicans while honoring 1973 championship squad …  Caledonian Record

  • N.Y. Knicks 128, New Orleans 106 – Times Union
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:18:43 PM

    N.Y. Knicks 128, New Orleans 106  Times Union

  • Knicks Clip Pelicans Thanks to Big 3’s Efforts – Sports Illustrated
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:11:03 PM

    Knicks Clip Pelicans Thanks to Big 3’s Efforts  Sports Illustrated

  • NBA Insider Notebook: Suns Eyeing Former MVP on Buyout Market – Bleacher Report
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 9:58:46 PM

    NBA Insider Notebook: Suns Eyeing Former MVP on Buyout Market  Bleacher Report

  • Knicks’ Jalen Brunson’s bucket shouldn’t have counted per L2M – ClutchPoints
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 9:28:00 PM

    Knicks’ Jalen Brunson’s bucket shouldn’t have counted per L2M  ClutchPoints

  • Mitchell Robinson Player Props: Knicks vs. Pelicans – WBNG
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 8:17:00 PM

    Mitchell Robinson Player Props: Knicks vs. Pelicans  WBNG

  • Jalen Brunson Player Props: Knicks vs. Pelicans – WBNG
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 8:17:00 PM

    Jalen Brunson Player Props: Knicks vs. Pelicans  WBNG

  • New Orleans Pelicans vs New York Knicks Feb 25, 2023 Game … – NBA.com
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 7:30:00 PM

    New Orleans Pelicans vs New York Knicks Feb 25, 2023 Game …  NBA.com

  • How to Watch New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time – Sports Illustrated
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 6:30:00 PM

    How to Watch New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time  Sports Illustrated

  • Which NBA Contender is ‘Monitoring’ Knicks’ Derrick Rose Situation? – Sports Illustrated
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 5:15:47 PM

    Which NBA Contender is ‘Monitoring’ Knicks’ Derrick Rose Situation?  Sports Illustrated

  • Knicks’ Evan Fournier: Will be available – CBS Sports
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 4:35:34 PM

    Knicks’ Evan Fournier: Will be available  CBS Sports

  • Randle’s 46 Puts Knicks Over The Wizards – Sports Illustrated
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 3:45:36 PM

    Randle’s 46 Puts Knicks Over The Wizards  Sports Illustrated

  • Knicks evolved rotation means RJ Barrett no longer a lock to close … – New York Daily News
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 3:23:00 PM

    Knicks evolved rotation means RJ Barrett no longer a lock to close …  New York Daily News

  • Kyle Kuzma paid dearly for taunting Julius Randle – msnNOW
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 2:01:29 PM

    Kyle Kuzma paid dearly for taunting Julius Randle  msnNOW

  • NBA Insider on what the Knicks could do with their two open roster spots | Begley’s Mailbag – Yahoo Sports
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 12:48:20 PM

    NBA Insider on what the Knicks could do with their two open roster spots | Begley’s Mailbag  Yahoo Sports

  • Knicks Notes: Robinson, Randle, Barrett, Dolan – hoopsrumors.com
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 11:43:00 AM

    Knicks Notes: Robinson, Randle, Barrett, Dolan  hoopsrumors.com

  • Knicks ownwer James Dolan slammed after no-show at hearing – ClutchPoints
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 11:22:52 AM

    Knicks ownwer James Dolan slammed after no-show at hearing  ClutchPoints

  • New York Knicks ‘eye record $30m-a-year jersey sponsorship’ to rival league-high Nets deal – Daily Mail
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:36:11 AM

    New York Knicks ‘eye record $30m-a-year jersey sponsorship’ to rival league-high Nets deal  Daily Mail

  • Knicks make underwhelming roster move to satisfy requirement – Daily Knicks
    [news.google.com] — Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:00:00 AM

    Knicks make underwhelming roster move to satisfy requirement  Daily Knicks

  • 76 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2023.02.26)”

    Wow!
    Yes, the Pels were bad and lifeless but right now the Knicks ooze confidence, they were in total control all night long (did I hear someone saying it was the 6th wire-to-wire win of the season? If true it’s a lot!) and now they own the 9th best record in the league at 35-27, half a game behind the Nets for 5th place and with a 2.5 game lead over the Heat for the 6th spot.

    The schedule gets tougher but this is a nice place to be so let’s enjoy the feeling for 48 hours…

    On another note, I was moved by the 1973’s cerimonies and I decided to re-read for the n-th time “When the Garden was Eden” … 😀

    Next: a meeting with the league leading Celtics, the first of two big home games. Let’s keep rolling guys!

    No game recap or play of the game today, New York started 10-2 on the way to a 42-points first quarter, the Pelicans just lay on the ground after the first punches and never threatened, it was too easy 🙂

    Stats Of The Day

    54-39. Another night where we owned the boards.
    19. Knicks’ turnovers. Unusually high number, but most of them came when the game was already over.

    Randle A
    28 (5-10 3FG), 7, 5 in “only 33 minutes, a good day at the office for a man who’s in a very successfull Redemption Tour.

    Brunson A-
    Not his finest game (5-13 FG, 2 missed FTs, only 5:3 AST/TO) but I’m okay with him keeping the best for the Celts. His presence makes such a difference.

    Barrett A-
    His best game in a long time and man does he needed it. Efficient scoring and 7 assists with a few mistakes here and there, but we can live with him being just that, a conscious third option that plays in the flow and look for his teammates.

    Grimes B
    Still misses too many open looks for my taste but he did his job on defense. He need to re-start attacking the closeout and dishing with gusto (he did it once tonight, for his lone assist).

    Robinson A-
    Another double-double (10 and 13) and another good step on the way of regaining his full form.

    Quickley A-
    I really like the way he’s mixing his shots in the paint, not only floaters anymore but bank-shots and short pull-ups, it indicates a lot of everyday work behind closed doors. Tenacious defender and one of the best rebounding guards in the league.

    Toppin C+
    Blah. I know it’s me and other people has different opinions, but I don’t like “all my shots are threes” Toppin (1-5 tonight).

    Hartenstein B
    Third consecutive game with 10+ rebounds and this time in only 19 minutes, to me he’s the perfect backup to Mitch. His screens are another underrated facet of his game.

    Hart A-
    He makes a point of honor in filling the stat sheet (15, 5-6 FG, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL) but his real value is hidden behind the numbers.

    McBride, Rose, Sims N/A
    No storybook ending for D-Rose tonight as he clanked 4 shots in the blink of an eye…

    Thibs A
    Surrender to the crowd and put D-Rose in? The Old Grumpy is really mellowing! By the way I love that skit 🙂
    He’s pushing all the right buttons, his team believes and you can see that everyone’s on the same page and the team spirit is real (in stark contrast to last year). Good job Thibsie…

    Thanks for the grades, Max, but now i’ll be curious to see how you will grade Brunson when he’s dominating the game! 😛

    I was at the game, can’t say the crowd ever got going because it was such a wire to wire blowout. But I’ll take a laugher any day.

    Also reposting this from TNFH last night, can’t say it any better!

    “Pretty strong support for the “we’d be really good with a good high usage wing in place of RJ Barrett” theory, with RJ Barrett playing the role of RJ Barrett’s replacement”

    50 years! Great to see those guys, but damn, I was 9 years old when they won that championship. You kids complaining about 20 years haven’t paid your dues yet. Coincidentally, NBATV showed Pete Maravich’s 68 point game against the Knicks. I remember my hero Clyde looking totally helpless and washed up that night. A very sad night for me.

    @Cyber
    Fair question 😀
    He had 14 of his 20 points and all his 5 assists in the 1st half, the 2nd half was extended garbage (NO never got closer than 15) and you know I’m more “context” that “pure numbers”… 😉

    RJ passed the ball well last night. That should be his focus every night. He got a couple calls early on what were otherwise feeble drives and I think that stabilized his confidence. That and having his threes fall.

    The Pelicans looked terrible. Night and day from earlier in the year. Hard to figure other than the obvious lack of Zion. I do love Grand Theft, he and Caruso should have a buddy comedy.

    Thing I most love, the long-standing tradition of Italian recaps. Italians Do It Better! (And yes, loved that music label in the late aughts)

    The only thing I loved about the game was the defensive intensity. Everything else was gravy. I know the Pels are kinda reeling right now, but shatt our guys played great. If we can bring that defensive effort more nights than not..nevermind. Let me not get too encouraged and jinx the team lol. Randle and RJ were determined to stop someone last night. Shit was dope. Let’s keep this goin

    Max, thanks as always. I loved last night for the convincing win and the celebration. The 1970 and 1973 teams were very special for me, spanning my high school years. There was something magical about them and notably we scored 73 points in the first half! These teams set such a high bar-their game was smart, tough and inspiring. To me, and probably many other boys, the players were role models, and not just on the court. Clyde, despite being flamboyant, was measured and noble in a stoic-type way. Still is. What a [k]night!

    Don’t want to get too ahead of myself. In this 7-of-8 run, we’ve basically only beaten two teams that I would qualify as good at the moment we played them: Philly and Washington. We still have some cupcakes remaining on the schedule, but also some elite teams like Boston and Denver, some teams playing better than their records, and a few teams like Minny and the Lakers who will be in desperation mode to make the play-in. Getting the fifth seed is the goal at this point, and I think it’s more than achievable. Four seed isn’t entirely out of the question, but it’s gonna be tough.

    Once again, it’s hard not to noticE the absEncE of a certain poster whenever both the team and its starting power forward are playing well.

    Looking at the remaining schedule we do have a lot of tough teams but 50 wins is not out of the question.

    We have 15 games where we face teams with worse records than ours plus the nets who are slightly better but not the same team anymore. We have 35 wins right now. Not saying we will win all 15 of those games but we also might beat a team or two with a better record than us.

    “Hart A-
    He makes a point of honor in filling the stat sheet (15, 5-6 FG, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL) but his real value is hidden behind the numbers.”

    I think the numbers on their own are stupendous. But yes, it seems like it’s having an effect on RJ, so yes, that might be the most important thing. If RJ plays like this we can beat ANYONE.

    A patient organization and a good coach are paying dividends right now. We were forced, after years of poor ownership and lousy management, to finally do it right. One of the unfortunate side effects of the Melodrama was that, his last few years in NY were not happy, as he was rightfully blamed for dismal results and eventually forced out. So, all his banana boat buddies spurned NYK. So, we got who would come and built a team with depth.

    Last night was a glimpse at the hey day of NYK basketball and a taste of what a winning Knicks team can mean to the sport. There seems to be a culture change going on.

    The Knicks are, I believe, 25-14 since Thibs made the changes in the rotation. He’s done a really good job this year.

    For me, it was nice to see a complete team instead of one where even in the wins I’m focusing on how much better we could be with a legitimate starting SF. At least on offense, that was one of RJ’s best games of the season. I just wish when he drives to the basket he wouldn’t fall down so much on the misses. It often leads to an easy 5 on 4 the other way. Wasn’t it Mudiay that used to do that all the time? It’s a pretty big negative if you force a tough shot you shouldn’t be taking, miss, fall down, and the other team gets an easy transition basket.

    “At least on offense, that was one of RJ’s best games of the season.”

    The drive and right hand finish at the end of the third quarter was a defining moment. He’s picking his spots. First shot of the game was great too. They took away Jalen and Julius. He confidently shot off the bounce (I believe) against Ingram. As a team they guarded Ingram well (RJ, Randle, Grimes). And shutting down KP the other night was impressive…(Not RJ but BTW)

    it’s kind of awesome how our small guards are better help defenders and worse man defenders than our 4s. you would legitimately rather have randle switching out onto cj mccollum and quick or even brunson and his crash test dummy routine helping in the paint than the conventional alternative.

    Max, great ‘cap and totally agree with the decision to highlight Quickley’s increasingly diverse shot selection.

    To begin his career it was pretty much 3s and floaters with nothing in between. Now we see some more drives all the way to the rim and some short-mid rangers that don’t drive you crazy because I don’t think he comes all that close to overdoing it–they tend to be bailout shots, and he hits them.

    His numbers on the season are 16/5/4 per-36 with a .565 TS% that continues to creep up after a dreadful start. That line with legitimately 1st team all-defense level play on the other end makes him a very valuable player already, and he seems intent to keep getting better.

    The 6MOY case largely boils down to how much stock you put in the impact metrics, since Brogdon and Powell definitely have better box-score numbers. I suppose there’s an argument that Quickley picks up a lot of low-hanging impact fruit by backing up RJ Barrett, but it’s worth mentioning the adjusted impact-based stats like RPM still like him a lot (30th in the league), and lineups with both him and RJ are +3.6 on the season so he’s definitely making an impact beyond “subbing in for RJ Barrett.”

    I needed some convincing from the IQ stans but y’all were 100% right. I underestimated the impact he could have.

    Games are pretty fun these days, too. I canceled my west coast trip after SoCal became the new Northeast, so I had some free time and scooped up tickets to last night. Good times.

    So props to RJ for playing relatively well finally. Although I still yelled at the screen on a number of drives. I know the lady doth protest too much, but boy it seemed like he could have been 8/10 with 10 assists instead of 8/13 with 7. The head down thing is still a thing. But better than a sharp stick in the eye, which has been the RJ experience this season up till now.

    On the other hand, was catching a bit of the Phoenix-Milwaukee game, and damn do they go through the motions on defense, both of them. It’s impressive to compare how intense the Knicks D is, pretty much top to bottom. Fun to watch.

    Guess the upside of IQ not winning 6MOY is that his value will remain low around the league. So we dont have to worry about someone throwing insane money at him.

    I believe so too Owen. But more in a way where other teams think they can steal him from us and less about how much they would pay him.

    I could be wrong and I imagine some smart teams would throw some serious money at him.

    I have the utmost faith in Leon being able to reign IQ to a deal that is both good for IQ and team friendly. He did it with Mitch, Randle and Brunson (and TJ too if RJ turns a corner) so he’ll do it with IQ. Players that are serious about winning and getting better are gonna want to stay here. We got something special brewing. IQ can be a legend if he stays here.

    I don’t think winning 50 games would be good, and the same if we make it to 4th. I think this team needs to play with a chip on their shoulder, and if they win 50 and are the 4th seed the chip won’t be there. And really, what’s the difference? A game 7 at MSG, that’s the difference. And frankly if we get to game 7 i’ll be ecstatic, be it at MSG or in Cleveland. What i really want is the 5th seed, to play against Cleveland, while still being the underdog.

    Speaking of the Lakers, they had a 0.445 or so winning percentage before their recent trades. I’m sure that’s disappointing many Laker fans, but it’s actually significantly better than their roughly 0.400 winning percentage for the 2021-2022 season. Honestly, I didn’t expect them to be better than the previous season. Maybe Ham is doing a good job there.

    I can’t believe I’m rooting for the Lakers so our Dallas pick gains value. The Mavericks are laughable. A 27 point lead at home and now they are in a dogfight. No defense at all. If they blow this one people are going to be melting down in Dallas.

    Not gonna lie, watching that Mavs collapse was extremely enjoyable regardless of any implications for us.

    Tough to be Mavs fan

    No interior defense.
    No rebounding.
    No coordination between Luka and Kyrie.
    No heart down the stretch.
    Not enough assets.
    Kyrie a loony bird that will probably want out
    Suspect coach
    Owner is constantly outsmarting himself and making his position worse

    Cavs vs. Raptors

    I’m not even sure who I want to win. That’s how scared I am of the Raptors.

    I’m not even sure who I want to win. That’s how scared I am of the Raptors.

    Do you think the Knicks will go worse than 11-9 the rest of the way? The Raps would need to go 16-5 to get ahead of us, and that seems really hard to do (it’s a higher winning percentage than the Celtics).

    Cyber,

    Gotta disagree. 50 wins is 50 wins and regardless of what happens in the playoffs it’s a huge achievement. And I don’t think the players who lost to Atlanta last year and suffered through last season are gonna rest on their laurels just bc they got to 50 wins. Randle especially is going to want to prove he can produce in the playoffs. And we know Brunson ain’t gonna let up on the gas just cause they made the playoffs. Plus home court is becoming more of an advantage for us as the season goes on. I honestly think they lost game one against Atlanta bc they were not prepared for how crazy MSG was gonna be after an empty gyms regular season. Home court would be huge for us. 50 wins is usually considered the line between kinda good/average and starting to be in the contender category. It would be huge for us to win 50 games.

    “Do you think the Knicks will go worse than 11-9 the rest of the way? The Raps would need to go 16-5 to get ahead of us, and that seems really hard to do (it’s a higher winning percentage than the Celtics).”

    What I expect and what actually happens are often two different things.

    I’ve thought the Raptors were better than their record all year and then they addressed a weakness with a very good C. I also think they are a tough matchup for us. I want them as far away from us as possible both down the stretch of the season and in the playoffs.

    Stumbled across this book at my library today.

    those are words not oft spoken today…

    a little while ago listen to the librarian of congress speak…mentioned how she came up through baltimore and how she saw libraries as a sanctuary for people, particularly youth…

    she also mentioned her two most “favorite” items: the contents of lincoln’s pockets the evening he was shot (she’s from illinois – lincoln people – 🙂

    the other is a letter from fredrich douglas regarding his response to lincoln’s assassination…

    she said she could see the emotion within his penmanship…

    library of congress is supposed to be a beautiful building copied after some european (french i think) style palace…

    If we get to 50 wins or close that would show how close we are to serious contention. We have a lot of young players that are going to get better and we also still have excess draft assets for a trade. The leap from ~50 wins to serious contention would be a matter of one solid upgrade via either trade or draft and some internal development.

    The most likely scenario seems to be that we wind up in the 5 or 6 spot. Here’s the thing. If we are going to have a chance to win a first round series, we should be able to show that with our play down the stretch. If we finish 11-9 to go 46-36, that just doesn’t seem good enough to beat any of the 1-3 seeds and probably #4 either. OTOH, 13-7 or better, with 2 wins vs. the Heat, 1 vs. the Celts and another high-level win that leads to a battle for the 4th seed, would make me more optimistic that we are ready to win a series. Either way, give me the Cavs or the Heat in the first round and I like our chances.

    “I don’t see how we see Toronto unless we drop into the play-in.”

    I think we will probably keep playing well, but we have a tough schedule and injuries happen. It’s not written in stone that we are going to finish well.