Knicks Morning News (2013.12.16)

  • [New York Newsday] Pablo Prigioni proves sharpest point for Knicks (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:00:39 EST)

    As the Knicks continue to see if they can acquire Kyle Lowry, at least they know they're in good hands with Pablo Prigioni running the point.

  • [New York Daily News] Point made: Prigioni key to Knicks’ success (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:23:54 GMT)

    The Knicks were looking at Toronto’s Kyle Lowry as a potential upgrade at point guard even before Raymond Felton went down last week with a hamstring injury. Barring an immediate trade, however, the Knicks will stick with veteran guard Pablo Prigioni, who has posted an impressive 19-3 record as a starter over his two NBA seasons.    

  • [New York Daily News] Blowup to Benching? Could Smith’s shooting struggles land him on pine? (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:40:45 GMT)

    All the joy was missing from J.R. Smith’s face as he sat on the bench for the entire fourth quarter on Saturday. The player who wouldn’t shoot in Boston, now couldn’t bring himself to smile even as the Knicks were on the verge of a rare victory.    

  • [New York Post] Knicks can’t deal Smith until mid-January (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:28:17 -0500)

    Who shopped J.R.? Actually, nobody can right now. Smith — unlike almost every other free agent who signed in July — did not become eligible to be traded Sunday, the…

  • [New York Post] Prigioni could keep spot on Felton return (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:10:16 -0500)

    Point guard Kyle Lowry is still with the Raptors, and Pablo Prigioni is still the starting point guard for the Knicks. While Lowry surely will move somewhere, there's a chance…

  • [New York Times] Lillard’s Shot Lifts Blazers Over Pistons in OT (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:31:49 GMT)

    Damian Lillard came spinning down the lane at the end of overtime and was blanketed by Rodney Stuckey, leaving Portland’s guard had no choice but to fade to his right for a last-ditch shot.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Rematch of Rivals (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:12:26 GMT)

    For the Heat to avenge last week’s loss to the Pacers, they will need more scoring from LeBron James and defensive adjustments to contain Paul George and Roy Hibbert.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: With a Split Second to Spare, Lillard Puts Away the Pistons (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 04:27:38 GMT)

    Damian Lillard’s fadeaway at the end of overtime gave the Trail Blazers’ the win after rallying from a 13 point-deficit in the fourth quarter.    

  • [New York Times] Suns Win 5th Straight, Top Warriors 106-102 (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 04:02:00 GMT)

    Eric Bledsoe scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns won their fifth straight game, holding off Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors 106-102 Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Hickson Leads Nuggets Past Pelicans 102-93 (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:40:52 GMT)

    J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 11 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets overcame a slow start to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93 Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Love Has 30 to Lift ‘Wolves Past Grizzlies 101-93 (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:19:40 GMT)

    Kevin Love’s 3-point shooting is opening up things for Minnesota’s offense and Timberwolves took advantage Sunday, notching their first victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in almost four years.    

  • [New York Times] Durant Has 28 and Thunder Hold Off Magic 101-98 (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 02:55:51 GMT)

    Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder won their 12th straight home game to open the season, holding off the Orlando Magic for a 101-98 victory Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Gay Scores 26 to Lead Kings Past Rockets 106-91 (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 01:43:52 GMT)

    Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his first home game since coming over in a trade from Toronto, leading the Sacramento Kings past the Houston Rockets 106-91 Sunday night.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Chandler for Gasol? (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:00:55 EDT)

    Here’s an item that could be of interest for Knicks fans as the trade deadline approaches. From’s Chris Broussard:”Sources say the Lakers are interested in … center Tyson Chandler. The Lakers did not inquire about Chandler when they called about (Iman) Shumpert, but they are weighing whether to propose a Pau Gasol-for-Chandler trade, according to sources.”Purely from a financial perspective, a deal for Chandler and another player such as Iman Shumpert would make sense for the Knicks.

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    6 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2013.12.16)”

    1. Pablo Prigioni is not blessed with speed, athleticism, height, wingspan, etc, yet almost every Knick plays better with him on the floor. It’s amazing to me that the front office hasn’t figured out that our team plays much better when the PG acts primarily as a ball distributor. This team would be so much better if the bball IQ was only below average instead of abysmal. Unfortunately, I think the coach is really bringing down the average there.

    2. Jeff Green would work pretty well on Houston. I think they could do an Asik trade that could make sense for both teams, what with Boston having so many picks and all.

    3. When Tyson Chandler went down, I wrote on this board that I feared that the Knicks would play .333 ball without him. With Chandler possibly returning on Wednesday, it looks like that is the best the Knicks will do. Not counting the game when Chandler was injured, the Knicks have a 6 – 13 record in his absence.

      On the future of Asik, I think that Boston could meet Houston’s price with Green plus a 2015 first round pick (worse of Boston or Clippers) for Asik. But that would likely improve Boston’s result for this year, which seems counterproductive. I think that trade that makes the most sense is a three way deal between Philadelphia, Lakers and Memphis. Philadelphia gets Zach Randolph from Memphis. Memphis gets Asik from Houston (and clears $10 million in cap space). Houston gets Thad Young and New Orleans’ protected (1-5) 2014 pick from Philadelphia.

    4. Woodson says Chandler may play Wednesday vs. Bucks.

      And just when I was getting used to Bargs as our defensive stopper

    5. I want to give a h/t to “er” – who was the only poster in the initial thread on the Bargnani trade who wrote that Bargnani was a decent on-ball post defender and awful in rotations.

    6. I find it really funny that all of these prized acquisitions are suddenly untradable contracts by a month and a half into the season.

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