Knicks Morning News (2014.01.06)

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ J.R. caught untying rival’s shoe (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:05:29 -0500)

    J.R. Smith has been known to tie one on. Now, he could be in trouble for untying one. TV cameras caught Smith untying Shawn Marion's sneaker during the Knicks' 92-80…

  • [New York Post] Mavs coach heaps praise on Knicks’ Woodson (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 04:53:28 -0500)

    DALLAS — Unsolicited, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle gave Knicks coach Mike Woodson the kind of public vote of confidence neither president Steve Mills nor owner James Dolan has been willing…

  • [New York Post] Woodson: Udrih shares blame for J.R.’s ill-timed trey try (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 04:42:13 -0500)

    DALLAS — Mike Woodson found someone to share the blame in the J.R. Smith 3-point fiasco in Houston on Friday — point guard Beno Udrih. At the Sunday morning shootaround…

  • [New York Times] Balanced Nuggets Beat Slumping Lakers 137-115 (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:18:03 GMT)

    Ty Lawson had 20 points and 12 assists, Timofey Mozgov added 20 points and seven rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the slumping Los Angeles Lakers 137-115 Sunday night for their second straight win after an eight-game skid.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: A Rising Team Faces a Top One (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:08:50 GMT)

    The Toronto Raptors, who have excelled since trading Rudy Gay, play an Indiana Pacers team integrating a former star, Danny Granger, into the lineup.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 92, Mavericks 80: Knicks Display Their Newfound Resolve by Dispatching Mavericks (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 04:59:38 GMT)

    An impressive three-game swing through Texas ends with one of Coach Mike Woodson’s catchphrases: A total team effort.    

  • [New York Times] Roundup: High-Flying Warriors Win Ninth Straight (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 04:16:31 GMT)

    Golden State opened the third quarter with a 30-5 run that turned a tie game at halftime into a laugher.    

  • [New York Times] Kobe Hopes Fans Don’t Choose Him for All-Stars (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 03:39:32 GMT)

    While Kobe Bryant heals from his latest injury, he has an unusual message for the fans who select the NBA All-Star game’s starters: Don’t vote for me.    

  • [New York Times] Anthony Spurs Knicks to 92-80 Win Over Mavericks (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 03:24:06 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 15 of his 19 points in the first quarter to jump-start the New York Knicks’ 92-80 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Jackson, Durant Lead Thunder Over Celtics 119-96 (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:57:19 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 27 points, Kevin Durant added 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder halted their home-court swoon with a 119-96 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Warriors Win 9th Straight, Defeat Wizards 112-96 (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:51:15 GMT)

    There were no sports channel highlight shows the last time the Golden State Warriors won nine in a row in the same season. Even if there were, the top-10 compilers surely would have been hard-pressed to find a Gus Williams-to-Rick Barry moment that looked anything like the off-the-backboard play executed Sunday night by Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut.    

  • [New York Times] James Scores 30, Heat Top Raptors 102-97 (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:42:19 GMT)

    Trailing entering the fourth quarter, that’s becoming common for the Miami Heat.    

  • [New York Times] Clippers’ Paul Out for Up to Six Weeks, No Surgery Needed (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:20:53 GMT)

    All-Star point guard Chris Paul will be sidelined for up to six weeks because of a separated right shoulder but will not require surgery, the Los Angeles Clippers said on Sunday.    

  • [New York Times] Pacers Hold Off Cavaliers 82-78 (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:08:57 GMT)

    Paul George scored 16 points, Roy Hibbert made a putback and two free throws in the final 1:09, and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland’s late rally for an 82-78 win over the short-handed Cavaliers on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Pacers Hold Off Cavaliers 82-78 (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 01:54:03 GMT)

    Paul George scored 16 points, Roy Hibbert made a putback and two free throws in the final 1:09 and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland’s late rally for an 82-78 win over the short-handed Cavaliers on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo to Clippers? Anthony dismisses ‘silly’ report (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 06:22:19 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony says that reports of him and Chris Paul becoming teammates dates back to Paul’s rookie season in 2005 but “it never happened.”    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Woodson shifts blame to Beno (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 06:22:00 GMT)

    Mike Woodson said J.R. Smith went “blank” in the closing seconds of Friday’s loss to Houston but Woodson also appeared to be placing some blame on Beno Udrih for passing Smith the ball. Smith admitted that he thought the Knicks were trailing when he attempted a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left and shot clock turned off.    

  • [New York Daily News] Not shoe-ting straight: Knicks’ J.R. goes for Marion’s laces (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 06:17:28 GMT)

    J.R. Smith’s perplexing second full season with the Knicks continues. Smith admitted to making a “low basketball IQ” play when he launched an ill-advised 3-pointer at the end of the Knicks’ loss in Houston Saturday. But the stunt he pulled Sunday night in a 92-80 win over Dallas could be classified as just plain old low IQ.    

  • [New York Daily News] Texas Two-Step: Knicks beat Mavs to take two of three on road trip (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:23:47 GMT)

    Imagine if the Knicks had been smarter over the final 30 seconds in Houston. They would be headed home undefeated in Texas as well as the New Year.    

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    3 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.01.06)”

    1. Did it make anyone else wonder last night with Chandler’s sudden benching – which was out of the blue – that it might have been related to a possible trade?
      I know, that seems weird, and the deadline isn’t until Feb. 20th.
      It was strange that there was no inkling of a problem, and suddenly he couldn’t play.

      But then I heard Shump seems to have picked up a similar bug…

    2. I don’t know but Earl may have gone from a reviled player to my favorite with that shoe trick lol. But, yea it did look kinda strange. But they are saying respiratory infection so maybe he just couldn’t catch his breath. I do believe however, if he does get traded then a full on rebuild is definitely happening. I see no way Tyson gets moved but the team keeps Melo. BUT…if its a cap clearing move like trading for Gasol, then it is very possible that it’s a retooling rather than a rebuild. Defense would practically be paper machè up front with Gasol/Bargnani/STAT up front, but it clears 14 mil off of next year’s cap.

    3. It’s hard for me to stay mad at JR. I am fascinated by what must be going on in his head at any given moment. I loved Marion’s response — he looks down, watches JR untie his shoe and acts as if nothing happened. It’s as if he’s thinking, “It’s JR. Expect the unexpected.” What I thought was hilarious about JR’s shot in Houston was that, when Bargnani took his boneheaded shot against the Bucks, JR covered his head in horror like he was thinking, “How could you be so dumb?!?” Several people on this site commented, “Even JR knew that it was stupid.” Now I think that maybe JR was thinking, “Noooooo, Andrea! I’m supposed to take that shot, not you!”

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