Knicks Morning News (2013.11.04)

  • [New York Daily News] Love Hurts: Wolves’ Kevin burns bright orange Knicks (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:00:19 GMT)

    The Knicks returned to familiar territory Sunday night, a place they managed to avoid all of last season while winning 54 games. For the first time in more than a year, James Dolan’s “I think we can win an NBA title” club has a losing record. And they have only their defensive effort to blame.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Time not on K-Mart’s side (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 06:31:34 GMT)

    Kenyon Martin exceeded the minutes restriction that Mike Woodson placed on him before Sunday’s loss to the Timberwolves, playing just over 16 minutes instead of the 10 that Woodson said he would hold him to.    

  • [New York Daily News] Garden Love affair as Kevin channels Reggie (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 06:21:42 GMT)

    Kevin Love has an obvious affection for New York, especially Madison Square Garden. On Sunday night, Love turned the Garden into his own personal schoolyard during Minnesota’s 109-100 win, torching the Knicks for 34 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, a performance that included two handclasps with Spike Lee, one after Love hit a circus double-clutch shot late in the fourth quarter with the Knicks making a run.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: ’68 Knick deal had nice ring (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 05:26:34 GMT)

    Every NBA team wants to make the big trade, the one that puts them over the top and has them drinking champagne and raising championship banners.    

  • [New York Times] Lakers Blow Big Lead, Beat Hawks 105-103 (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 05:23:32 GMT)

    Xavier Henry scored 18 points, Pau Gasol hit two tiebreaking free throws with 6 seconds remaining, and the Los Angeles Lakers, who lost all of a 21-point lead, beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-103 on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Westbrook Is Solid in Return for Thunder (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 04:56:22 GMT)

    After a six-month layoff, Russell Westbrook played like his old self, finishing with 21 points in Oklahoma City’s win over the Phoenix Suns.    

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves 109, Knicks 100: Love’s Improbable Shot for Timberwolves Spoils Knicks Rally (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 04:55:07 GMT)

    Trailing Minnesota by 23 early, the Knicks chipped the deficit away to 2 points but could get no closer as they fell to 1-2.    

  • [New York Times] Thunder Beats Suns in Westbrook’s Return (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 04:26:10 GMT)

    After a six-month layoff, Russell Westbrook looked a lot like his old self.    

  • [New York Times] Magic 107, Nets 86: Nets Hit Depths 2 Days After Conquering the Heights (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 03:44:44 GMT)

    The Nets tumbled to a 21-point loss to the Magic on Sunday after a one-point win over the defending champion Miami Heat on Friday.    

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: A Few Paces From the Race, a Starting Line for Girls in Basketball (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 03:22:51 GMT)

    The Rose Classic, a Brooklyn tournament founded eight years ago, has provided a stage for elite players 19 and under.    

  • [New York Times] Wolves Beat Knicks 109-100 for a 3-0 Start (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 03:19:58 GMT)

    Kevin Love had 34 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, Kevin Martin scored 30 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves improved to 3-0 for the first time in 12 years with a 109-100 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Magic Rout Nets 107-86 (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 02:08:08 GMT)

    Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Orlando Magic routed the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 on Sunday in Jason Kidd’s coaching debut.    

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Breakneck Pace a Certainty in Duel Between Sixers and Warriors (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 01:50:31 GMT)

    The most surprising team of the early season has been the Philadelphia 76ers, whom many expected to tank, but are now 3-0.    

  • [New York Times] Pistons Beat Celtics 87-77 (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 01:47:12 GMT)

    Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith scored 15 points each Sunday night and the Detroit Pistons kept the Boston Celtics and first-year coach Brad Stevens winless with an 87-77 victory.    

  • [New York Times] James, Bosh Lift Heat Past Wizards 103-93 (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 01:41:37 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 25 points, Chris Bosh added 24 and the Miami Heat beat the winless Washington Wizards 103-93 on Sunday night to snap a rare two-game slide.    

  • [New York Times] Walt Bellamy, Hall of Famer and Footnote, Dies at 74 (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:57:22 GMT)

    Bellamy was a Hall of Fame center who was among the leading N.B.A. scorers and rebounders of his time, but he was overshadowed in his 14-year N.B.A. career by Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.    

  • [New York Post] Carmelo Anthony struggles from the field in loss (Mon, 04 Nov 2013 01:04:42 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony has not been the cold-blooded scoring assassin he was to start out last season. Through three games, Anthony is averaging 21.0 points on just 37.7 percent shooting. After…

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    2 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2013.11.04)”

    1. I stayed away from the website last night because I just knew the negativity would drive me crazy. There is so much ‘told ya so’ bias right now. So many people simply trying to be right three games in that it gets hard seeing the intransigence.
      Look, the Knicks are incorporating MWP, AB, THJ, while juggling other players and being down a pretty big piece from last year’s run in JR.
      Defense always suffers at the outset of a new season with several new rotation players.
      Having said that the problems are fixable, as they showed last night.
      There were ill advised shots taken by Hardaway, who got excited after a couple dunks. Melo played some beast like board and D, but he committed some tough fouls and took a few bad chucks as well.
      Felton isn’t protecting the ball as he needs to. He dribbled into some impossible situations and lost the ball. But in the end, the wolves knew how to draw fouls, and they have one of the best points in the the game and the best PF, IMHO, in the game in Love. TOs and fouls were the difference.
      All of this is fixable. I still say 55 wins.
      It’s one thing to be frustrated about a loss. I was. It’s another thing entirely to say Hardaway shouldn’t have been drafted, or reiterate Melo bashing, or whatever. If the argument is that Hardaway can’t get better as a shooter that is just crap, and there is a case in point on the team, Shump. Not a good shooter in college, but he’s actually pretty damn good now.
      And you need only look at Hardaway’s form to see he can shoot. He just needs to translate his shooting into a game setting. He’s also explosive as hell and plays bigger than 6’6. Game three for the rookie. Patience.
      I missed why Amare didn’t play. Anyone know why?

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