Knicks Morning News (2014.01.27)

  • [New York Times] Curry Leads Warriors Past Trail Blazers, 103-88 (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:39:41 GMT)

    Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been pleading with his players to improve their defensive effort and efficiency for most of the last two weeks.    

  • [New York Times] Lawson Scores 27 as Nuggets Beat Kings 125-117 (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:08:47 GMT)

    Ty Lawson scored 27 points, Wilson Chandler had 20 and the Denver Nuggets defeated the short-handed Sacramento Kings 125-117 on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Hall of Fame Basketball Player Tom Gola Dies at 81 (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 04:17:50 GMT)

    Tom Gola, the Hall of Famer who led La Salle to the 1954 NCAA title, still holds the Division I record for career rebounds and helped the Philadelphia Warriors win the 1956 NBA championship, died Sunday. He was 81.    

  • [New York Times] Nets Top Celtics 85-79 as Pierce, Garnett Return (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 04:12:27 GMT)

    Kevin Garnett stole the ball from his friend and put the finishing touch on an emotional night with a layup that helped him and Paul Pierce become winners in their return to Boston.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Finals Rematch Is No Contest (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 04:08:57 GMT)

    The Heat led the Spurs by as many as 29 points in a surprisingly easy home victory.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Making Good on Ambitions (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:51:13 GMT)

    The Nets are playing up to expectations as a result of better defense and more 3-point shooting, but they will encounter an equally hot team in the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Barclays Center.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 85, Celtics 79: Tributes for Pierce and Garnett, and Another Victory for the Nets (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:48:42 GMT)

    For Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, it was an emotional homecoming to Boston, and it ended with the Nets’ fifth straight win.    

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki, Harris Help Mavs Top Pistons 116-106 (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:26:47 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, Devin Harris had a season-high 14 for the second straight game and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 116-106 Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Davis Powers Pelicans Past Magic, 100-92 (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:08:47 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had 22 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans won their second straight game, 100-92 over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: A Coach Returns, and the Questions Linger (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:05:00 GMT)

    Mike D’Antoni’s return to New York, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers, brought back questions about why he and Carmelo Anthony failed as a tandem in New York.    

  • [New York Times] Markieff Morris Scores 27, Suns Beat Cavs 99-90 (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:03:15 GMT)

    Markieff Morris scored 27 points and the Phoenix Suns rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-90 on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 110, Lakers 103: This Time, Anthony Has Just Enough to Carry the Shaky Knicks (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:34:18 GMT)

    Two days after scoring 62 points in a blowout victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, Carmelo Anthony had 35 hard-fought points as the Knicks edged the Lakers.    

  • [New York Times] Anthony Scores 35, Knicks Beat Lakers 110-103 (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:38:46 GMT)

    No 62-point game for Carmelo Anthony on Sunday. He didn’t even match his first-half total from Friday night.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Renewed optimism? (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:00:43 EDT)

    The Knicks will take the practice floor Monday morning a game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The real race in the East, though, is for sixth place. Whoever finishes sixth can avoid Indiana or Miami in the first round. The Knicks are 4 1/2 games out of sixth place right now, which is currently occupied by the Wizards. New York seems to have gained some momentum over the weekend by beating the Bobcats and Lakers.

  • [New York Daily News] Kobe willing to give Carmelo the L.A. story (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:28:42 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant’s phone blew up Friday night with several messages that Carmelo Anthony was “going after” his single-game Garden scoring record.    

  • [New York Daily News] Still in the Zone: Melo scores 35 to lead Knicks past Lakers (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:28:31 GMT)

    Well, if it is any consolation for Mike D’Antoni at least Carmelo Anthony didn’t score 62 points again. Under the circumstances, the Lakers and their head coach, who had a famous falling out with Anthony, should consider themselves fortunate that Anthony only scored 35 points in the Knicks 110-103 victory at the Garden.    

  • [New York Daily News] Melo scores 62 points, breaks Knicks’ single-game record (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:27:50 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points to break the all-time Knicks scoring record in a single game and the Madison Square Garden single game record.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Learning defense the Hardaway (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 04:51:46 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony was heading up court in transition, but instead of adding to his scoring total, flipped a lob pass to the right side of the rim.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: On Anthony future, Kobe glad to assist (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 04:37:10 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant couldn’t wait to leave Siberia and get back to Los Angeles. “I’ll throw on some shorts and I’ll throw on a T-shirt and I’ll walk outside, for one,”he said at the Garden Sunday before watching on the bench as the Lakers lost to the Knicks, 110-103.    

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    17 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.01.27)”

    1. So I’m a couple of days late with this post but my daughter was born on 1/24/14 and I watched Melo’s supernova game from the hospital room with my baby girl sleeping soundly in my arms. Henceforth, January 24th shall be known in my family as January 62nd. Anyway, here’s hoping that my daughter is the good luck charm that propels us all the way to a glorious 7 seed.

      On a more serious note…can Bargnani please just be out for the season? Pretty please? It’s all I want for my birthday. While the jury is still out on how much they can help, I would so much rather all of Bargs’ minutes be divvied up between some combination of Metta, THJR, Cole, and Tyler.

    2. In other news, the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week is…


      He put up 21 points and 7 rebounds a game, which sounds pretty solid, so it all make sense, unless some other player in the East had a better couple of games. Say, did you notice any individual performances of note this week that the judges might have overlooked?

    3. Stein is reporting that the Raptors still want to move Lowry. Man, I would love to have him as our PG, the upgrade from Felton would be huge on both the offensive and defensive end (and I know Lowry’s no defensive demon, but no one in the NBA is worse than Felton at staying in front of their man)

      Not saying I want to give up a 1st round pick, but I think we should at least be talking to Toronto.

    4. Lowry’s been a top 5-10 pg this year. He’ll get a huge haul. Should have struck a couple months ago.

    5. So I’m a couple of days late with this post but my daughter was born on 1/24/14 and I watched Melo’s supernova game from the hospital room with my baby girl sleeping soundly in my arms. Henceforth, January 24th shall be known in my family as January 62nd. Anyway, here’s hoping that my daughter is the good luck charm that propels us all the way to a glorious 7 seed.


    6. I agree that Melo will stay, I just don’t think it will be at a significant discount.

    7. Ephus it couldn’t have happened to a shittier group if guys …..bastards lol. That made my night.

    8. Up three with 12 seconds left, the Raptors scored and then stole the inbounds and scored the game-winner with six seconds left.

    9. Nets used their final timeout up 1 to inbound at mid court. Threw a horrible pass into the back court that was stolen. Raptors hit the quick jumper with :06. Nets – now down 1 and with no timeouts – let the ball sit on end line for 10 seconds. Pierce got ball, got to the front court at buzzer and heaved a contested three that clanged.

    10. Yeah, I really didn’t want to have to watch Pierce strutting around with his chin out and KG cursing and spitting up a storm. Very pleasurable ending.

    11. The fact that it involved Pierce so prominently makes me very happy. I hope I never have to see him hit a clutch shot on the last possession at the Garden followed by him sticking his chest out and smugly staring out at the Garden crowd. At the least I’m happy I’ll never have to see that again in a Celtics jersey.

      Also how many years does Brooklyn realistically get out of Pierce and Garnett? I know Pierce had a big game tonight, but those guys don’t look like they have too much more to give.

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