Knicks Morning News (2013.12.26)

  • [New York Times] Warriors Beat Clippers on Testy Christmas Night (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:27:03 GMT)

    The coaches can downplay a rivalry all they want.    

  • [New York Times] Warriors Beat Clippers on Testy Christmas Night (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 07:36:46 GMT)

    Clippers star Blake Griffin fired off some harsh words for the Golden State Warriors after being ejected on a Christmas night turned spirited.    

  • [New York Times] Harden Helps Rockets Knock Off Spurs 111-98 (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 05:21:01 GMT)

    James Harden and the Houston Rockets are turning into a big problem for the San Antonio Spurs.    

  • [New York Times] Heat 101, Lakers 95: A Rivalry Goes Unfulfilled as the Lakers Fall to the Heat (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 03:45:09 GMT)

    With Kobe Bryant out with a fractured kneecap, the overmatched Lakers lost to the Heat as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade made enough plays when they needed to.    

  • [New York Times] Identical Twins? Yes. Identical Wins? No Way. (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 03:44:07 GMT)

    New York’s hapless N.B.A. teams — the Knicks and the Nets — have the same record (9-19) through Wednesday’s wipeouts.    

  • [New York Times] Thrust Into Role, Knicks’ Udrih Is Thrown Off His Game (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 03:36:13 GMT)

    Beno Udrih’s performance in the first half of the Knicks’ loss to the Thunder may have been the most miserable of his career.    

  • [New York Times] Heat Beats Lakers 101-95 for 6th Straight Victory (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 02:12:21 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers missed having Kobe Bryant out on the court on Christmas Day. Same for LeBron James.    

  • [New York Times] Thunder 123, Knicks 94: Anthony Is Out, and Knicks Are Helpless Against Thunder (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 02:03:29 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony was on the bench with a sprained left ankle, and a holiday crowd at Madison Square Garden was treated to ugly uniforms, flimsy defense and another loss.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Boost Hardaway's minutes? (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:00:16 EDT)

    NEW YORK — The Knicks haven’t given their fans much reason for optimism this season. Between the 9-19 record, the calls for Mike Woodson’s job and Carmelo Anthony’s pending free agency, being a Knicks fans hasn’t been a barrel of laughs to start the 2013-14 season.But it hasn’t been all bad. Want proof? Just look at the play of Tim Hardaway Jr. When the Knicks drafted Hardaway with the 24th overall pick last June, some saw him as a player the organization could develop behind Iman Shumpert and J.

  • [New York Daily News] Westbrook mops the floor with the Melo-less Knicks (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 04:03:52 GMT)

    The Knicks’ Christmas Day matchup with powerhouse Oklahoma City arrived a long time ago, back when the schedule came back. And there it sat beneath their fans’ proverbial tree, beautifully wrapped with a big bow and inviting all kinds of anticipation.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Criticism starting to bother Udrih (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 03:48:45 GMT)

    There was frustration in the Knicks’ locker room after the 123-94 Christmas Day loss to Oklahoma City. None more than from Beno Udrih, the third-string point guard who now has been forced into the starting role after injuries to Raymond Felton (groin) and Pablo Prigioni.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Without Melo, Knicks gift-wrap win for Thunder (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 03:33:42 GMT)

    The white Christmas gift bags with the NBA logo and red bows were at the Oklahoma City Thunder players’ lockers by Wednesday at noon, proof that Saint Nick had been at the Garden to spread some holiday cheer.    

  • [New York Post] Former Knick Marbury throws support behind Woodson (Thu, 26 Dec 2013 05:35:31 -0500)

    Stephon Marbury wasn't chanting "Fire Woodson'' on Christmas. Seated in the fourth row behind the Knicks bench Wednesday, the former Knick and Coney Islander gave his support for coach Mike…

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    3 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2013.12.26)”

    1. Excellent, Marbury backs Woodson, so he should definitely stay. Hell, Marbury is only a couple months older than Prigs and should be in game shape in a few weeks – maybe we can eat his China contract and give him halfpipe’s roster spot (bonus: he’s coming off a knee injury)? He’s apparently some kind of wise old sage in China, so we could at least use him for his basketball IQ?

      P.S. Stephon Jr. looks like he has some potential, and be available for the 2021 draft, which we will hopefully be barred from trading. What’s Dolan’s life expectancy?

    2. From my untrained eye, it looks like the next two games will define the rest of the Knicks’ season. If they sweep Toronto, the team can stay the course, knowing that they have an excellent shot of eventually taking over the division and getting the 4th seed. Heck, they might even be the favorites to win the opening playoff series. And judging by all of the self-congratulatory back-patting after last season, winning a meaningless round of the playoffs is good enough for Dolan.

      If they get swept by Toronto, they may need to consider blowing it up. Woodson would almost definitely be fired, and they’ll have dug themselves a pretty big hole in the Atlantic. More to the point, they can’t claim that they have the talent to just naturally rise in the mediocre division. If Melo is healthy, he’ll be fully rested. Chandler’s been back enough games where they can’t legitimately hide behind the claim of “rust” or this roster needing more games to gel. We’re talking about the Rapters here, not going into Indiana and winning a tough game on the road.

      If they split, we’re in no man’s land. Knicks can still hope, heck presume, that they’ll eventually take over the division, but the clock will continue to tick. And they’ll be approaching 2014 without ANY signs of having the swagger of last year. When is the hot streak coming? WILL the hotstreak come?

      And finally, should Knicks fans even be rooting for a sweep in these two games? Is there value in staying afloat, or should the goal be to hit rock bottom so that management can’t hide behind false-success. Is being Charlotte in the first round of the playoffs really enough to hang your hat on, if it means getting embarrassed in five games to Indiana in round two?

      The answer for me is simple. I root against the Knicks until Dolan sells, or gets waaaay out of the way. But I’ve been the angry guy in outfield from Major League II ever since Van Gundy quit, so my vote really doesn’t count.

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