Knicks Morning News (2014.01.14)

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks hang on to beat Suns in overtime for 5th win in row (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:51:29 EST)

    The Knicks continue to prove they are a different team in 2014 than they were the last two months of 2013. They won a game Monday night they probably would have found a way to lose earlier in the season.

  • [New York Newsday] Raymond Felton's return helping Knicks (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:30:29 EST)

    If everything in the Knicks' world were perfect — if nobody were hurt, if J.R. Smith were merely scoring baskets, if Amar'e Stoudemire were his younger self — there wouldn't be any dramatic improvement to look forward to.

  • [New York Post] Melo lets swear slip on live TV (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:07:45 -0500)

    After the Knicks had survived a 98-96 overtime encounter with the Suns, Carmelo Anthony didn't want to be reminded of what lay ahead. After doing his on-court postgame interview with…

  • [New York Post] Eighth place not great, but it’s a start for Knicks (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:36:02 -0500)

    And then they were eighth. Well, tied for eighth at least. It is an immodest goal. Given where the Knicks expected themselves to be at this point in the calendar,…

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Defense tightens up despite Tyson’s absence (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:01:31 GMT)

    The Knicks are starting to hit their stride at the end of the court where it matters most. If there’s one thing they’ve shown this season, they’re too much of a hit-and-miss operation at the offensive end. They don’t have a reliable No. 2 scorer, with J.R.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Woody wants J.R. to be pro (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:51:29 GMT)

    Mike Woodson finally addressed the decision behind benching J.R. Smith for last week’s game against the Miami Heat, saying that his hope is that Smith will just “concentrate on playing basketball. “Bottom line is I expect J.R. to be a pro on and off the court and concentrate on playing basketball and that is all I want him to do,” Woodson added Monday.    

  • [New York Daily News] Alive at Five! Knicks survive Suns in OT for fifth straight win (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:51:50 GMT)

    It had all the ingredients of a typical Knicks collapse; the blown lead, Carmelo Anthony faltering in crunch time and the opposing point guard on a scoring binge.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Keys to Knicks' winning ways (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:00:12 EDT)

    The Knicks have won five in a row and six of seven since the calendar turned to 2014. New Year, new Knicks, right? Not quite. Obviously, it’s a bit too simplistic to equate the Knicks’ strong play with a simple turn of the calendar page. There are several concrete reasons for New York’s winning streak. Below, we look at three of the key factors in the Knicks’ streak and how they’ve gone from disastrous to decent. The defense: Mike Woodson’s team has somehow found a way to get stops without Tyson Chandler.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Melo invests in sharing, 'Bockers benefiting (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:42:42 EDT)

    The New York Knicks were down two with less than a minute to go. Carmelo Anthony had the ball in his hands. Everyone inside Madison Square Garden — the fans, the Phoenix Suns, even the security guards — knew Anthony was going to take the shot. But the Knicks’ star had other ideas. With the game hanging in the balance on Monday night, Anthony saw Raymond Felton out of the corner of his eye. Instead of forcing an off-balance shot, Anthony kicked it to Felton with the shot clock winding down.

  • [New York Times] Anthony, Knicks Edge Suns in OT for 5th Straight (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:30:26 GMT)

    Another win for the New York Knicks, in another game they might’ve lost last month.    

  • [New York Times] Burks’ 34 Points Lift Jazz Over Nuggets 118-103 (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:54:24 GMT)

    Alec Burks scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Rockets Win and the Celtics’ Skid Reaches Nine (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:51:01 GMT)

    After losing to the Houston Rockets, Boston is on its longest losing streak since it went 18 straight without a win in 2007.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 98, Suns 96 (OT): Defense-Minded Knicks Win Their Fifth in a Row (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:40:59 GMT)

    The Knicks played stingy defense in overtime, when they held the Phoenix Suns to only four points, and extended their winning streak to five games.    

  • [New York Times] Ellis, Nowitzki Help Mavs Cruise Past Magic 107-88 (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:12:15 GMT)

    Monta Ellis scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 15 and the Dallas Mavericks beat Orlando 107-88 Monday night, extending the Magic’s longest losing streak of the season to eight games.    

  • [New York Times] Parker Leads Spurs Past Pelicans, 101-95 (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:00:16 GMT)

    Tony Parker capped a 27-point outing with several clutch layups in the final minutes, and the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth straight game, 101-95 over the reeling New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Wall and Nene Lead Wizards Over Bulls, 102-88 (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:48:12 GMT)

    John Wall and Nene had 19 points apiece, Trevor Ariza scored 16 and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 102-88 on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Howard Has 32 and 10, Rockets Top Celtics 104-92 (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:36:17 GMT)

    Dwight Howard had 32 points and 10 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat Boston 104-92 on Monday night to send the skidding Celtics to their ninth consecutive defeat.    

  • [New York Times] Crowd-Pleasing Blasts, With Civil War Roots (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:20:48 GMT)

    The popularity of free products at sporting events has led to an arms race to develop the most entertaining and marketable T-shirt cannon.    

  • [New York Times] Lowry Scores 23 Points, Raptors Beat Bucks 116-94 (Tue, 14 Jan 2014 02:48:28 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee 116-94 on Monday night to hand the struggling Bucks their sixth straight loss.    

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    7 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.01.14)”

    1. Watched the game last night, but chose to forego the commentary during the game. Read the game thread this morning, and it’s kind of hilarious.
      We all appear to demand perfection in a game that is always rife with breakdowns and failures.
      The Knicks defense will always have break downs because they are playing other really good athletes who are trying to break them down. The key is to allow for fewer defensive breakdowns than the other team, and as far as I can tell, they have improved considerably in recent weeks.
      The Knicks will always have trouble with quick guards because we don’t have quick guards, but their rotations are tighter and they are fighting over picks more frequently. Barbosa had his way in the fourth, but in OT the Knicks tighten the screws and forced them into some tough shots.
      Melo is playing tough basketball. I know the isos in the end were a bit old and tiresome, but the dude had 15 boards and played great defense as well. Being 9-24 wasn’t efficient; I think he was trying to do too much.
      I think we all need to reassess Bargs because while everyone trashes him, his is an upgrade over what we had. His +/- is often very high, and there has to be something to that. Reducing his minutes is a good thing in my view.
      But now that they Knicks have a rejuvenated Stat, it is incumbent on Stat not to commit silly fouls. They need him on the floor. He’s too good a scoring option, and his defense has been passable lately.
      Stat must play smarter.
      I hope they ease Tyson back. He usually plays poorly the first few games back. The team won’t be in sync with him, and they have established a winning dynamic without him.
      Ease him back.
      A really good win against a really good team with a very good record in a very tough division.

    2. Interesting my suspicion that Melo is the best rebounder on the team, and boarding like a beast, is pretty much confirmed by data.
      Defensive rebounding % leaders for the team among players with over 500 minutes.
      Chandler 20.8, Anthony 20.6, K-Mart 19.8, Stat 17.5, Shump ??? 17.3, Bargs (pathetic considering he has been a C much of the year) 15.3, JR 14.6.

    3. I think that at least two Defensive rebounds a game are taken away from Bargs from his more “stat aware” teammates…. But as well known he’s just bad at boards….even competing against his own.

    4. Perhaps. So in other words, nothing really is what it appears to be instead what we imagine it to be. Very Orwellian.

    5. Chandler makes $14.1 million this season and missed his 4th consecutive game because of an upper respiratory infection. Give me a break man. We can sit here and merit the debates of playing Bargs, STAT and Kenyon x amount of minutes, but the reality is those guys will continue to platoon minutes at center and take turns anchoring the defense until Chandler can recover from his latest bout of having the weakest immune system in the league. Melo gets a ton of criticism for isolating too often, being a one dimensional volume scorer and failing to make his teammates better but the guy is generally on the court and accountable for his actions. Tyson gets a pass because he is a very likeable guy and says the right things to the media, but he needs to get back on the court and help this team claw its way back into the playoff picture. Getting healthy is fine, but at some point the guy making near max money has to earn it just as much as Melo’s play has been judged and criticized in the context of his max salary.

    6. Nothing orwelian…Bargs is just not good at rebounding. Friend or foe. He’s not going after it, he waits and boxes out(a lot of times with no real need) as people fly by. He has room for growth there. But only if Rodman buys a ranch and opens a rebs clinic.

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