Knicks Morning News (2014.02.01)

  • [New York Times] Durant’s 30 Streak Ends in Thunder’s Romp (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 10:22:22 GMT)

    Finally, somebody stopped Kevin Durant: his coach.    

  • [New York Times] Curry Scores Season-High 44, Warriors Beat Jazz (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 06:37:21 GMT)

    Stephen Curry made eight 3-pointers in scoring a season-high 44 points, leading the Golden State Warriors past Utah 95-90 Friday on a night the Jazz honored former coach Jerry Sloan.    

  • [New York Times] Bobcats Hand Lakers 6th Straight Loss, 110-100 (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 06:16:15 GMT)

    Al Jefferson tied a career high with 40 points, 16 of them in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 18 rebounds to help the Charlotte Bobcats send the floundering Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth straight defeat with a 110-100 victory Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Mavs’ Larkin Goes to D-League, Likely for 1 Game (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 05:52:18 GMT)

    The Dallas Mavericks are sending first-round pick Shane Larkin to the NBA Development League for what is likely to be a one-game stint.    

  • [New York Times] Thunder 120, Nets 95: At Barclays Center, Nothing Can Stop Kevin Durant Except the Bench (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 05:04:16 GMT)

    Durant sat out the fourth quarter, ending his 12-game streak of scoring at least 30 points, but the Thunder routed the Nets for their 10th straight win.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Randolph Lifts Grizzlies to 5th Straight (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 04:45:08 GMT)

    Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies overcame a strong effort by Kevin Love to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 94-90.    

  • [New York Times] Raptors End Drought in Denver, Beat Nuggets 100-90 (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 04:43:19 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points, Terrence Ross had 18 and the Toronto Raptors ended a decade-long drought in Denver by beating the short-handed Nuggets 100-90 Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Durant’s 30 Streak Ends in Thunder’s Romp (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 04:40:20 GMT)

    Finally, somebody stopped Kevin Durant: his coach.    

  • [New York Times] All-Star Nowitzki Leads Mavs Past Kings 107-103 (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 04:37:19 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points and the Dallas Mavericks held off Sacramento 107-103 Friday night, handing the Kings their sixth straight loss in another game without leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins.    

  • [New York Times] Hawks Rout Reeling 76ers 125-99 (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 04:01:43 GMT)

    Mike Scott and Elton Brand scored 18 points apiece to lead seven Hawks in double figures and Atlanta routed the Philadelphia 76ers 125-99 Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Arron Afflalo Scores 21, Magic Beat Bucks 113-102 (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 03:55:44 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo didn’t make a big fuss after his name wasn’t among those announced this week as reserve selection for the All-Star game.    

  • [New York Times] Randolph Has 26; Grizzlies Beat Timberwolves 94-90 (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 03:34:21 GMT)

    Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame another strong effort by Kevin Love to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-90 Friday night.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Suped as they roll into meeting with LeBron and Co. (Sat, 01 Feb 2014 03:20:45 GMT)

    Maybe this is when LeBron James will be at his most dangerous: a nationally televised game at Madison Square Garden on the eve of the Super Bowl. The A-list crowd will be in the building for Miami’s final regular-season visit to New York this season.    

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    17 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.02.01)”

    1. Looking forward to tonight’s game, I would think that the Heat (and LeBron) will come in angry after that OKC beatdown, so it could be a tough one for us to win.

      Does anyone else find it strange that the one NBA game tomorrow is Orlando vs. Boston? Didn’t they always used to schedule a marquee matchup on Super Bowl Sunday?

    2. If the game was on ABC, I bet they would have scheduled a better game. I still miss the NBA on NBC. Why doesn’t the NBA Network bring back roundball rock?

    3. Win tonight would be huge for this team. If the Nets lose that would put us a game behind them and they have a brutal February schedule with 8 out of 12 on the road. Small ball seems to be a good strategy against this Miami team so I’m just hoping Lebron and Wade don’t go supernova tonight and we should have a good chance.

    4. The cross matches will be interesting w/o shump. I think they go Jr on Wade and Felton on Shane.

    5. I have been bitten by the try a trade bug, and since I read in ESPN that Miami is not looking for a center type but would rather have a defensive wing player, I came up with the following trade;

      Knicks send Shumpert to Miami and Felton to Toronto
      Toronto sends Lowry to New York
      Miami sends James Jones and a draft pick to Toronto.

      The trade works according to ESPN. I put in the draft pick because Shumpert is worth more than Jones to Miami and Toronto wanted Felton, Shumpert and a draft pick to give up Lowry. What do you think?

      On a side note, this leaves the Knicks with a free roster spot which they need in order to rehire Chris Smith ;-)

    6. Hahaha yeah PPG is obviously not a great measure of value. I think pretty much everybody on this board was appalled by the Joe Johnson selection.

    7. I don’t want to jinx anything, but Jeremy Tyler is looking like a found lottery pick (at least for a weak draft year like 2013.) He looks like he has a great motor, or maybe I’m just used to watching Bargs and Stat. Also has nice touch on his 15-footer. Could be just beginner’s luck but maybe he turns into a keeper…like another Jeremy, or a Lance Stephenson.

    8. I know Tyler fouls a lot, but at least they are not lazy, reaching fouls. The guy seems to like contact and has a nose for the ball on the offensive glass.

    9. Yeah I think Tyler is a great find for this team. He has a great motor and this team needs guys that go balls to the wall everytime they’re out on the floor. Seems like he has some potential as a trailer in transition as well.

    10. Tyler has pretty nice touch inside. He doesn’t look as athletic as he is. Plays pretty clean/within his abilities.

      There’s no argument about him being an upgrade to Bargnani, and his style of pick and roll fits the offense better.

      I’m sure he’ll come down a bit from a TS perspective, as Jowles mentioned, but should still get playing time as he seems pretty competent defensively.

    11. @lavor postell

      Houston, Dallas and NY are tied for most home games played this season and Memphis and NY are tied for fewest road games, so I don’t think the Knicks are going to get an advantage from the home/away splits.

      AFA Tyler, the dude looks really strong. It’s super small sample so far, and I absolutely don’t trust it yet given all the flaws Mike laid out when the Knicks signed him. If he keeps up #s close to what he’s been doing though, that’ll make three consecutive years that the Knicks have dug an above average player out of the trash heap. Pretty crazy.

    12. I would like to see Tyler more as a backup 5 instead of at the 4 with Cole. Just curious.

    13. Agree with the point above re: ppg. Not sure how Joe Johnson gets in over Lance Stephenson, but there’s always hard luck stories around All-Star selection. There also has to be a shake up with the starter voting. It bugs me that stars who have had long term injuries and are likely to miss the weekend get voted in (Kobe this year). Just like Yao all those years, but we can probably chalk that up to the entire Chinese population getting behind him.

      I’ve liked watching Tyler. He brings a lot of energy and I’ve been surprised with how nice his shooting touch has been. Definitely too small a sample size, but considering we signed him for a packet of chips and a can of coke he’s added some nice value in the absence of STAT, Kenyon and AB. Definitely still a work in progress player, but hopefully the front office sticks with him.

    14. @max fisher-cohen

      Well that fucking sucks. I’m just going to pretend like I didn’t see that. I also count any road games at Brooklyn, Philly or Atlanta as home games for us.

      Also Amar’eand Kmart suiting up and playing tonight according to Woodson.

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