Knicks Morning News (2013.11.15)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Lin stays perfect against Knicks (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 02:21:25 EDT)

    NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin didn’t hear the cheers when his name was announced just before he entered the game at the 5:33 mark in the first quarter.Lin also says he did not hear the smattering of boos whenever he was at the free throw line. He just tried to concentrate on the game, have fun and do what he keeps doing against the Knicks — win. Lin improved to 3-0 against the Knicks since leaving New York as the Rockets left the Garden with a 109-106 victory.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Melo finally shows up, shows out for Knicks (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 02:00:31 EDT)

    NEW YORK –- Carmelo Anthony went toe-to-toe with James Harden. He took on Linsanity. He scored like a reigning scoring champ should, rebounded like Tyson Chandler and even found time to stick up for Andrea Bargnani and flick a basketball at Dwight Howard. This was the Carmelo Anthony the New York Knicks need and have been waiting for this season. Anthony delivered his best game of the season with 45 points and 10 rebounds. He even almost made a Larry Johnson-like four-point play at the end that might’ve won the game, but officials made the right call and saw Harden hack down on Anthony before the forward got off an incredible 3-pointer that dropped in just after Harden hacked him a second time.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Melo rips referees for calls (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:46:02 EDT)

    Carmelo Anthony shot 11 free throws against 30 shot attempts Thursday night. James Harden took 18 free throws against 17 attempts. That didn’t sit well with Anthony, who expressed frustration with calls refs made — or didn’t make — in the New York Knicks-Houston Rockets game. “You look at that and you see the way that some guys get their calls. Me, I got to get cut. You’ve got to see blood for me to get a call down there,” Anthony said after the Knicks lost to Houston.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Referee: We got the call right (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:07:01 EDT)

    Most Knicks fans were probably screaming at the television after Carmelo Anthony’s apparent game-tying 3-pointer was waived off by referee Scott Foster with five seconds to play on Thursday. But Foster says his crew got the call right.”It was a tough call but last year we put a new rule in for these situations and how we go about them. The initial contact was before he started to turn, while his back is to the basket, and then he flings it up,” Foster said in an interview with a pool reporter.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo’s 45 points can’t stop Knicks from stumb-Lin to Jeremy and Rockets (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:16:07 GMT)

    There was a time Linsanity at the Garden used to be synonymous with exhilaration. Not Thursday night. Ex-Knick Jeremy Lin and the Rockets handed the Knicks their third straight loss at home and put Carmelo Anthony’s best offensive game of the young season to waste in a 109-106 victory.    

  • [New York Daily News] J.R. declares Twitter war on Pistons’ Jennings (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:04:28 GMT)

    The newest Knicks starter might have really started something now. J.R. Smith, who made his first start of the season in Wednesday’s win in Atlanta, appeared to threaten Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings with a dispatch on social media shortly after the victory.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Melo makes basket case as Knicks frustration mounts (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:49:06 GMT)

    This is the kind of loss that might stick with the Knicks for a few days. “I’m at a loss for words right now,” Carmelo Anthony said after his 45 points were rendered meaningless when the Knicks suffered a deflating defeat at home, 109-106, against Jeremy Lin and the Rockets on Thursday night. “It’s a little bit like a blur.”    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Bargnani gets best of Howard (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:40:04 GMT)

    Andrea Bargnani was the Knicks’ big acquisition of the offseason and he is beginning to play like it. The 7-footer — and now starting center because of Tyson Chandler’s broken fibula — had 24 points, went 9-for-12 from the floor and arguably got the better of Rockets center Dwight Howard in Thursday night’s 109-106 loss at the Garden.    

  • [New York Daily News] No Linsanity, just ‘W’ for Jeremy at Garden (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:14:16 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin wanted his second Rockets return to the Garden Thursday to be a “subplot.” Based on the reaction he received when he entered the game, he got what he wanted. A crowd featuring a smattering of Knicks No. 17 jerseys and T-shirts gave Lin a nice round of applause.    

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Dolan’s Knicks guarantee splits media, but adds eyeballs (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:50:39 GMT)

    James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan has a legion of lackeys on the Gulag payroll, all supposedly renowned for their creative prowess. Most of their energy is devoted to damage control. Or attempting to manipulate the media.    

  • [New York Daily News] Myers: NFL taking steps to avoid another blackout (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 04:16:32 GMT)

    On the night of Feb. 2, it’s going to be cold, there’s always a chance of significant snow and who knows which direction the unpredictable winds will be whipping around in at MetLife Stadium.    

  • [New York Post] Howard not fazed by Knick hacking (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 02:53:48 -0500)

    You are a superstar in the NBA. And so, barring injury, ejection, fouling out or losing an ill-advised bet, you expect to be on the floor in the waning minutes…

  • [New York Times] Iguodala Lifts Warriors Past Thunder, 116-115 (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:44:35 GMT)

    Silence one moment, pandemonium the next.    

  • [New York Times] How to Beat Rockets? Foul Howard and Wait for the Clank (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:04:14 GMT)

    Dwight Howard is often fouled intentionally late in games, and with good reason: Entering Thursday, he had missed 50 of 96 free-throw attempts.    

  • [New York Times] Harden, Rockets Withstand Anthony’s 45, Top Knicks (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:24:57 GMT)

    James Harden was back in the lineup, Jeremy Lin was back at Madison Square Garden, and that was just enough to help the Houston Rockets withstand Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.    

  • [New York Times] Rockets 109, Knicks 106: Anthony’s Burst Falls Short in Chaotic Final Moments (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:20:16 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 45 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Rockets, but his potentially game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds remaining was waved off.    

  • [New York Times] As Nets Stumble, Garnett’s Actions Are Quieter Than Words (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:06:57 GMT)

    Kevin Garnett, who turned 37 in May and is in his 19th professional season, has been a vocal leader for the Nets, but his contributions on the court have been far quieter.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Smith Raises Eyebrows in Twitter Feud With the Pistons’ Jennings (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 02:30:26 GMT)

    In an escalating series of posts on his Twitter account, J. R. Smith appeared to threaten the Pistons’ Brandon Jennings for picking on his younger brother, Chris, a guard with the Knicks.    

  • [New York Newsday] Harden, Lin help Rockets hand Knicks fourth consecutive home loss (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:07:09 EST)

    It was an all too familiar sight for the Knicks and their fans Thursday night. The visiting team was getting open shots and wide-open lanes to the basket and Jeremy Lin was taking over in the fourth quarter.

  • [New York Newsday] Jeremy Lin enjoying himself as he helps Rockets (Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:24:00 EST)

    For Jeremy Lin, returning to Madison Square Garden for the second time as an opponent "was a lot more mellow." And he enjoyed that aspect of it very much.

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    8 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2013.11.15)”

    1. I’m very disappointed in the outcome of last night’s game and everything in me wants to bash the negatives that ultimately led to the loss. But I saw a few wonderful things that give me great hope for this season, so I’ll keep my cool..for now. Bargnani and Melo seem to be rounding into form and learning how to play with each other. And while I would rather see Bargs get more than 4 boards and protect the rim better, if he can give last night’s effort for the rest of the season, we all should be very happy with him. And proud. Also, Shumpert is becoming quite the capable facilitator..which is needed because it seems like Felton isn’t moving the ball around enough. Also, I love the way JR attacked the defense and looked to pass when he drew extra defenders. Love his effort on D too. He definitely should attack more. Again, I wish we would have won, but I’m satisfied with the positives from the game and I pray those things carry over to the rest of the games.

    2. From someone who missed his train and didn’t get home until 1 AM, I have one question: since when do NBA games take 3 hours???

    3. Its a shame that Melo’s performance was wasted last night. He played like a first team all NBAer and sadly without that type of effort the Knicks will struggle mightily until our rim protector returns. I chalk the horrible mental lapse to foul Howard after two minutes up to his utter exhaution at the end of games.

      Now, I may need to be talked down from the homer/conspiracy theorist watchtower but has the national media’s distain for our ‘bockers and their self-validating motivation in an anti-knick narrative (ie, Melo isnt a top tier star, they play poor defense, they dont have a “winning” roster) unconsciously seeped into the referees whistle? It just seems like Melo gets less calls then an average NBA player, his aversion to flop is held against him, and opponents get a favorable/quick whistle becuase theres no way the Knicks could play good perimeter defense. A little group therapy would be appreciated.

    4. Last night’s loss I can live with, because at least it showed some improvement. In the losses to Minneapolis and San Antonio the Knicks looked like a truly bad team but watching them last night you could imagine how they might be a good team when Chandler returns.

      The team’s most glaring weakness is defensive FT/FGA; they can’t afford to be ranked 30th out of 30 teams in that category and expect to win very many games. Houston had a friendly whistle last night but the Knicks have been fouling the crap out of people all season long. The team’s defensive philosophy is out of whack. The guards need to stop going for so many steals and just try to keep themselves between the defender and the basket.

    5. I know it’s only a few games, but are we nearing the point of at least being able to have the conversation… brooke lopez worth $3M / year more that Bargs?

    6. I can’t help but to continue to mention that the Amar’e stretches are really hurting the knicks in every game he plays and Woodson inserting him as a 5 is beyond my comprehension.

    7. I can’t help but to continue to mention that the Amar’e stretches are really hurting the knicks in every game he plays and Woodson inserting him as a 5 is beyond my comprehension.

      I think Steve Kerr said it yesterday, but could you imagine anybody saying “But we need to keep Bargnani in for defense!” at the beginning of the year?

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