Knicks Morning News (2013.11.09)

  • [New York Daily News] After players-only meeting, Knicks respond with win in rematch with Bobcats (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 06:55:56 GMT)

    Only a few days after they might have set the franchise record for holding the earliest players-only meeting to start a season, the Knicks were a desperate team on Friday night.    

  • [New York Daily News] With Bobcats coach Clifford hospitalized, Ewing fills in (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 05:56:20 GMT)

    Patrick Ewing made his way down the hallway of the Time Warner Cable Arena after losing in his NBA head coaching debut to the Knicks and came upon Chucky Brown, an old adversary from the Rockets.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Mr. Smith goes to New York (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 05:36:21 GMT)

    J.R. Smith’s five-game ban is over effective Sunday when the Spurs come to the Garden to play the Knicks, and Mike Woodson couldn’t be happier. “Not having J.R. to start the season was a killer,” Woodson said.    

  • [New York Post] Woodson: Knicks won’t add center (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 01:31:32 -0500)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mike Woodson confirmed The Post's report the Knicks would stand pat and not add a center in light of Tyson Chandler's broken leg that will keep him…

  • [New York Times] Blazers Cruise to 104-91 Win Over Kings (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 05:31:59 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Sacramento Kings their fourth straight loss with a 104-91 victory Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Beal Scores 29, Wizards Top Nets 112-108 in OT (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 05:08:08 GMT)

    Nene had scored the tying basket, Paul Pierce was still without a point, and Joe Johnson was among those feeling deja vu when the horn sounded at the end of regulation, sending the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets to overtime for the second time in three games at the Verizon Center.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 101, Bobcats 91: In a New Role, Ewing Falls to His Old Team (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 05:01:32 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points to help make Patrick Ewing’s first game as a temporary head coach a losing effort as the Knicks beat the Bobcats.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Sixers Spoil Bynum’s Return to Philadelphia (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 04:57:16 GMT)

    Evan Turner scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Tony Wroten added 18 points as the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 94-79 victory at home over the Cleveland Cavaliers.    

  • [New York Times] Morris Brothers Help Suns Rally Past Nuggets (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 04:55:59 GMT)

    Twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris made the big shots that helped the Phoenix Suns rally from an 11-point late in the third quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets 114-103 Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Wizards 112, Nets 108 (OT): Nets, Sloppy Again, Fall to the Wizards (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 04:53:14 GMT)

    Paul Pierce was sick and the Nets’ play was shoddy, but the visiting Wizards still needed overtime to pull out a victory on Friday.    

  • [New York Times] Parker Scores 18, Leads Spurs Over Warriors 76-74 (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 04:29:06 GMT)

    Tony Parker scored 18 points, including the last seven for San Antonio, and the Spurs held on for a 76-74 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] George Leads Pacers to 91-84 Win Over Raptors (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 04:01:55 GMT)

    For a half, Rudy Gay dominated Paul George. The way George had started the season, Gay knew better than to think it would last.    

  • [New York Times] Anthony, Knicks Beat Bobcats, Spoil Ewing’s Debut (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 03:58:53 GMT)

    Leave it to a Syracuse guy to spoil Patrick Ewing’s NBA head coaching debut.    

  • [New York Times] Deng, Boozer Lift Bulls to 97-73 Win Over Jazz (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 03:53:06 GMT)

    Luol Deng scored 19 points, Carlos Boozer added 18 and the Chicago Bulls snapped a two-game skid with a 97-73 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Davis Lifts Pelicans Past Lakers 96-85 (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 03:53:04 GMT)

    Anthony Davis scored a career-high 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and tied a career best with six blocks, leading the New Orleans Pelicans over the Los Angeles Lakers 96-85 on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Love, Martin Lift Timberwolves Over Mavs 116-108 (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 03:35:10 GMT)

    Kevin Love had 32 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 116-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Durant Carries Thunder to 119-110 Win Over Pistons (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 03:26:08 GMT)

    Kevin Durant had 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to propel the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Celtics Hold Off Magic, Win Second Straight 91-89 (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 03:08:09 GMT)

    Brandon Bass had 16 points, including a pair of free-throws in the closing seconds to help the Boston Celtics hang on for a 91-89 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Turner, Wroten Lead Sixers Over Cavs 94-79 (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 02:31:58 GMT)

    Evan Turner scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Tony Wroten added 18 points and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 94-79 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night to overshadow the return of Andrew Bynum.    

  • [New York Times] Bobcats: Coach Has ‘Successful’ Heart Procedure (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:11:32 GMT)

    The Charlotte Bobcats said head coach Steve Clifford underwent a successful procedure Friday to have two stents placed in his heart.    

  • [New York Times] Sizzling Fenerbahce Sink Partizan, Barca Down CSKA (Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:01:51 GMT)

    Fenerbahce Istanbul stretched their perfect Euroleague start to four wins after Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic led a second-half comeback in a thrilling 88-78 win at Partizan Belgrade on Friday.    

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    15 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2013.11.09)”

    1. Just replying to Max FC and Owen on Houston, I don’t think Harden gets enough grief (though he is beginning to) for being – flat-out undisputed, in my opinion – by far the worst defender of any top 10-15 NBA player.

      The reason I say they’re tragically flawed is if your two best guys can be so easily exploited on both ends of the court and the end of playoff games (Harden on defense, and Dwight at the FT line as we saw), I just don’t see how you win a playoff series against a good team. I don’t see that as high beta at all. I see that as destined for failure. I think if they get lucky they can make the conference finals before getting easily dispatched. That’s their ceiling to me. The Finals this year I think are an impossibility for them.

      And Max, you’re absolutely right about the relative conferences, that’s kind of where I was going with that. If we seeded teams 1-16 I’d like Houston’s chances. But the way it is, I see two teams with the same ceiling. One took a really smart way of getting there, one took a stupid way.

    2. If we are going to talk about Houston, it is obvious that the Rockets cannot play Asik with Howard. The numbers that others have posted show that the Rockets offense stops and that the defense becomes weaker (probably because neither Howard nor Asik are suited to play defense on the perimeter).

      The simplest trade is Asik for Ryan Anderson.

    3. I don’t think it’s a big problem having both Asik and Howard. Rather, it’s a good problem to have, having two dominant defensive bigs.

      I also don’t think Howard’s ft issues are that big of a deal. He’s been an MVP level player in the past, ft woes included. If he returns to that level they will be fine. Free throws are only a small part of the picture.

      I would be super psyched about Steven Adams if I were a Thunder fan. He looks like the steal of the draft so far. If they can bury Perkins it will make a big difference to the team.

      Crazy story too, has 18 brothers and sisters and I think his brothers average 6’9 and his sisters over 6 foot (well, according to wiki anyway, smells Bunyan-esque but a good tall tale if it is)

    4. Yeah, I was defending Timmy Jr. the other day, but I can’t honestly say I wouldn’t prefer Steve Adams right about now :(

    5. Adams was the 12th pick. Highly rated all the way based on his measurables and athleticism.

      I would have much rather had him than Timmy. I would much rather have Gobert too who had his first good NBA outing last night.

      You have to draft a bunch of stiffs in order to find one who is NBA worthy…

    6. It’s not a problem having Asik and Howard on the same team but, at least so far, it has been a major problem playing them both at the same time. I don’t know how they are supposed to mesh on offense since neither can shoot from more than 2′ from the rim.
      I haven’t read any Nets blogs so I’m curious if anyone else has — are Nets fans about to throw themselves off a cliff? Their “big 3” shot something like a combined 8 for 30 last night. It’s amazing to me how much of a free pass Deron Williams gets from the media. I realize that he is coming back from an injury but he has been downright awful so far. If Melo were playing as badly as he is, the talking heads would be absolutely killing him.

    7. Great thing about League Pass is that you can watch past games very easily online. Catching up on parts of the Laker – Pelicans game. Obvious, but Anthony Davis looks great. I know some questioned his frame, but that does not seem to be a problem. He is just going to soak up rebounds.

    8. Yeah, I was thinking watching Lakers-Pelicans highlights that Davis might have a Patrick Ewing-type career (and that’s obviously a high ceiling) He’s starting to develop an offensive game in the pros, which as we remember, Patrick really didn’t have at Georgetown. And he’s a blocked shot machine as well who runs the floor (saw at least 3 clips where he blocked a shot and finished the fast break on the other end)

    9. Adams was the 12th pick. Highly rated all the way based on his measurables and athleticism.

      Huh, for some reason I remembered him being picked at the end of the first round, but that’s obviously wrong. Didn’t he only start playing basketball a few years ago? It would be great for the Thunder if they could FINALLY just amnesty Kendrick Perkins.

    10. Been busy at work, but after the Knicks game last night I watched the Pistons-Thunder game. I know I beat this like a dead horse, but the officiating Durant gets is just absurd. 17-19 from the free throw line last night. Still waiting for Melo to get rewarded for playing through contact rather than being punished for not flailing around like a little bitch.

    11. Man, Indiana vs Brooklyn tonight on NBATV…I don’t know who to cheer for? Too bad they can’t both lose. Oh well, guess I’m pulling for the Pacers tonight.

    12. [blockquote]Crazy story too, has 18 brothers and sisters and I think his brothers average 6’9 and his sisters over 6 foot (well, according to wiki anyway, smells Bunyan-esque but a good tall tale if it is)[/blockquote]

      You know what’s also crazy is that Ibaka has 18 brothers and sisters too. That needs to be a reality series.

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