Knicks Morning News (2014.01.05)

  • [New York Daily News] BRAIN FREEZE: Knicks have a knack for late-game mishaps (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 02:45:49 GMT)

    J.R. Smith should know the score when the Knicks and Mavericks line up at center court for the opening tip. Or at least he’d better. The same games last year’s Knicks used to win, this year’s Knicks lose in the most exasperating of ways.    

  • [New York Times] Young, Sixers Hold Off Blazers for 101-99 Win (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 06:09:00 GMT)

    Thaddeus Young matched his season-high with 30 points and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a furious late rally by the Portland Trail Blazers to pull out a 101-99 victory Saturday night for their fourth straight win, all on the road.    

  • [New York Times] Walker, Jefferson Lead Bobcats Over Kings 113-103 (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 05:51:04 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 30 points, Al Jefferson had a season-high 27 and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 113-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 89, Cavaliers 82: New Year, New Nets With Back-to-Back Wins (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 05:09:38 GMT)

    Despite a third-quarter lull, the Nets beat the Cavaliers at Barclays Center and achieved consecutive victories for only the second time this season.    

  • [New York Times] Roundup: With 48 Points, Durant Lifts Thunder to a Comeback Win (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 05:01:08 GMT)

    Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 23 points in the fourth quarter and hit the winning shot to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Rodman-Led Team to N. Korea (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 04:53:19 GMT)

    Dennis Rodman has named a team of former N.B.A. players to participate in an exhibition game in Pyongyang, North Korea.    

  • [New York Times] Green Scores 24, Phoenix Beats Milwaukee 116-100 (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 04:51:05 GMT)

    Gerald Green had a season-best 24 points and a career-high five steals starting in place of the injured Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns beat the sloppy Milwaukee Bucks 116-100 Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Splitter Scores 22, Spurs Easily Beat Clippers (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 04:15:08 GMT)

    Tiago Splitter had a season-high 22 points before he was hurt, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-92 Saturday night in their first game without injured All-Star Chris Paul.    

  • [New York Times] Durant Carries Thunder to Win Over Timberwolves (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 03:54:11 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 23 of his season-high 48 points in the fourth quarter and hit the winner with 4 seconds to play to rally the Oklahoma City Thunder from 13 points down in a 115-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Dunleavy Leads Bulls Past Hawks 91-84 (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 03:51:14 GMT)

    Mike Dunleavy scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 91-84 Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] George Has 24, Pacers Rally Past Pelicans 99-82 (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 03:19:09 GMT)

    Paul George scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead four Pacers in double figures and Indiana rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit for a 99-82 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Nets Win 89-82 as Cavs Struggle Without Irving (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 03:12:10 GMT)

    Deron Williams scored 21 points, Paul Pierce added 17 while moving past Allen Iverson into 19th place on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-82 on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Heat Rally, Down Magic 110-94 (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 02:42:29 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 20 points and the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 110-94 on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] A League Less Nimble as Point Guards Go Down (Sun, 05 Jan 2014 01:41:09 GMT)

    Some of the best point guards in the N.B.A. are ailing, and the quality of play may be suffering as a result.    

  • Liked it? Take a second to support Mike Kurylo on Patreon!

    Mike Kurylo

    Mike Kurylo is the founder and editor of His book on the 2012 Knicks, "We’ll Always Have Linsanity," is on sale now. Follow him on twitter (@KnickerBlogger).

    31 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.01.05)”

    1. So, Charles Smith is being sent to North Korea… Where was this news when we needed it??

    2. So, Charles Smith is being sent to North Korea… Where was this news when we needed it??

      It’s an easy trip for him. He’s lived in Siberia since 1993.

    3. Heh…

      @FisolaNYDN 7m
      Woodson said J.R. was “wide open. The bottom line is you look at his shot but did Beno have to throw him the ball? You gotta look at that”

      I want to cry. I really do.

    4. wow. what exactly does that mean? Is he calling out Beno for passing to an open teammate? maybe it’s cause that isn’t something we usually do? is he trying to get fired?

    5. Things Woodson did wrong in the 4th quarter against Houston:

      1. Played Bargnani and Stat together while the lead evaporated.

      2. Went away from the PnR in the last 8 minutes when Houston was over the limit.

      3. Failed to get his team to know the score during :39 timeout

      4. Failed to get a two-for-one with :39 and 15 on the shot clock.

      5. Failed to call time out from the bench when Chandler grabbed the offensive board at :24.

    6. Since Murry is looking good, The Knicks will soon have four healthy point guards on the roster. They could trade Udrih to the Lakers for draft choices. This would give both teams something they need. I know it’s not a headline sort of trade, but it might be good for everyone, even Udrih, who will get a lot more playing time with the Lakers and be with a coach who makes point guards look good.

    7. Imagine how it feels to be Beno and see that the coach blames you for making the completely inconspicuous play of throwing the ball up top to reset instead of the guy who took the moronic shot. All because JR is one of the “in crowd” who can never be criticized. I don’t see how you can ever have good chemistry on a team where there’s such an obvious gulf between how different players are treated by the coach and the organization. It just builds so much resentment and poisons the team from the inside.

    8. How long will it take Woody to figure out Stat and Bargs can never be on the court together? It’s such an obviously bad pair.

    9. I said this the other night after the game:

      Woodson only acknowledged JR’s blunder bc a reporter asked him directly. He immediately tried to shift blame onto beno for the foul. He was much more angry at beno for fouling than jr for being an idiot.

      And now today.

      This is awful, spineless, scapegoating stuff. This man is never going to coach after we fire him. In 2019.

      I hate this man so damn much.

    10. I really don’t know anything about basketball, but it seems so painfully obvious to me that Bargs and Amare should never be on the court at the same time. They are two sides of the same coin, and it would be so easy to pencil them in as one player. 48 minutes is absolutely enough for them to share.

      Woodson blaming Beno is the first thing he’s done that’s actually angered me. I dismissed him as a happy-moron before that, but this scapegoating is gross.

    11. How long will it take Woody to figure out Stat and Bargs can never be on the court together? It’s such an obviously bad pair.

      I want to remind everyone that these two players make $32.6M this year, combined. Good contracts!

    12. I’d argue both of them should be on the bench most of the time, but since we have no other bigs the least harmful way is to play them singly.

    13. They could trade Udrih to the Lakers for draft choices

      Unfortunately, the Lakers have no picks to trade. They are mandated to keep this year’s pick because Phoenix owns last years and next year’s pick. And they have no 2nd round picks this year or next year.

    14. A better trade partner for Udrih is probably G.S. if they want him gone.

      Golden State doesn’t have a 2nd round pick until 2018.

    15. Woodson said J.R. was “wide open. The bottom line is you look at his shot but did Beno have to throw him the ball? You gotta look at that”

      That is hilarious. That is right up there with “those lineup stats are still up in the air” and “the East is big, man.” He really is the Dusty Baker of the NBA.

    16. seriously, I don’t like beno at all, but at this point Im rooting for him…… go Sprewell on Woodson bearded neck. he is completely justified at this time. JR would probably rush to woodson’s aid and then accidentally punch woodson out.

    17. I don’t think the Knicks want him gone, but they have needs. He’s doing well for what he costs. But I’d love for the Knicks to have some draft choices, so it’s a shame that LA doesn’t have any to trade

    18. I think Beno is easily a better player than the fat version of Ray Felton. Fatty is one of the cool kids though, so he’ll be back playing 35 MPG the minute he’s able to waddle onto the court.

    19. I’ve actually been a proponent of not firing Woodson. No tbecause I thought he was doing a bang-up job, I think he’s just as terrible a coach as the rest of you; but I didn’t think his firing would make a difference for this team this year. We’re bad from top to bottom.

      However, after hearing him trying to blame Beno for JR’s stupidity, after JR himself even owned up to it, is the straw that broke my proverbial camel’s back. I can no longer support this level of incompetence, ridiculous favoritism and outright buffoonery. I still don’t believe firing Woodson will change when our season ends in any meaningful way, but he needs to go purely on good management principles. I no longer care if we get a sack of potato heads to replace him on the bench, the man has no business being in charge of anything or anyone.

      Also, Tiago Splitter injured his shoulder and is out for the next 3-5 weeks. We’re about to find out just how integral he is the the San Antonio juggernaut. Let’s see if they can just tread water around .700 ball before he comes back to carry the team once more.

    20. Woodson calling out Beno for passing the ball to JR Smith last game is my least favorite public shaming this season. I am really surprised he is saying this out loud, it only makes sense if you acknowledge JR is not reliable with the ball and incapable of knowing the game situation and Beno has been previously instructed to not pass him the ball, if he is open, if the game is tied and we have 20 seconds left…i didn’t let my hatred truly take form until i read this atrocity. I am in full hatemode now…daaaaaamn…and somehow Beno is gonna up his game, then it’ll be like he was right to do this…cause results

    21. I don’t understand the thought process. The shot wasn’t bad. The pass was bad because… it led to a shot..that wasn’t bad.

    22. No game thread, but I know why. The Knickerbloggers are too focused on Downton Abbey’s return.

    Comments are closed.