Knicks Morning News (2014.03.02)

  • [New York Times] Granger Watches as Clippers Rout Pelicans 108-76 (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 06:13:03 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points before both All-Stars sat out the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers breezed to a 108-76 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Martin, Love Lead Wolves Past Kings 108-97 (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 05:57:58 GMT)

    Kevin Martin scored 26 points, Kevin Love had 22 and the Minnesota Timberwolves reached .500 with a 108-97 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Blazers Beat Nuggets 102-96, Sweep Season Series (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 05:51:50 GMT)

    Robin Lopez scored 18 points, LaMarcus Aldridge returned from an injury to add 16, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 102-96 on Saturday night to sweep the series for the first time in 15 years.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 107, Bucks 98: Bolstered by Their Depth, Nets Head Home on the Rise (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 05:44:44 GMT)

    The Nets’ reserves scored 54 points in a victory that capped a 4-2 trip and pulled the team within three and a half games of Toronto in the Atlantic Division.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Switching Masks, James Loses His Superhero Look but Retains His Powers (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 05:18:59 GMT)

    The newer mask seemed to bother LeBron James more than the black one did, but he finished with 20 points and led Miami to its seventh straight win.    

  • [New York Times] Randolph Leads Grizzlies Past Cavaliers 110-96 (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 04:57:50 GMT)

    Zach Randolph had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used a big second half to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-96 Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Thornton Scores 25 in Nets’ 107-98 Win Over Bucks (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 04:21:55 GMT)

    Marcus Thornton scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 107-98 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] George’s 25 Points Lead Pacers Over Celtics 102-97 (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 04:15:58 GMT)

    Paul George scored 10 of Indiana’s last 12 points and the Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 102-97 on Saturday night, two days after beating another of the NBA’s worst teams.    

  • [New York Times] Rockets Start Fast, Beat Pistons 118-110 (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 03:51:54 GMT)

    Terrence Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets opened a big early lead and beat the Detroit Pistons 118-110 on Saturday night for their third win in four games.    

  • [New York Times] Ariza Scores 40, Wizards Win 6th Straight (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 03:46:53 GMT)

    Trevor Ariza made eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 40 points to help the Washington Wizards win their sixth straight game, 122-103 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] James Helps Heat Beat Magic 112-98 (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 03:12:56 GMT)

    LeBron James’ switch to a clear mask didn’t hinder his shooting eye, and he had 20 points Saturday to help the Miami Heat earn their seventh consecutive victory by beating the Orlando Magic 112-98.    

  • [New York Times] LeBron Switches to Clear Mask at NBA’s Request (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 01:42:55 GMT)

    LeBron James dispensed with his menacing black mask at the NBA’s request and switched to a clear protective cover for the Miami Heat’s game Saturday night against the Orlando Magic.    

  • [New York Times] 76ers Retire Allen Iverson’s No. 3 Jersey (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:40:21 GMT)

    Allen Iverson cupped his hand to his left ear and asked to hear his favorite tune one more time.    

  • [New York Times] AP Source: Bulls, Fredette Reach Tentative Deal (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:25:08 GMT)

    The Chicago Bulls and former BYU sensation Jimmer Fredette have tentatively agreed to a contract after he parted with the Sacramento Kings earlier in the week, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Garden of Gloom (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 06:30:00 GMT)

    We talk all the time about the glory days at Madison Square Garden and the old Knicks of Clyde and Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere and Bradley and Earl the Pearl.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks say Melo should play vs. Bulls after hurting hand (Sun, 02 Mar 2014 03:36:09 GMT)

    As undermanned as they are for yet another game, they’ll show heart, they’ll play together and they’ll definitely battle until the final buzzer. Of course we’re not talking about the Knicks.    

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    5 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.03.02)”

    1. Our defensive rating for the season is 109.3. In the last few games without Shump, our defensive rating is 119.1 (it’s also 119.1 if you exclude the warriors game). Shump’s +/- for the year is also around +7.5 (THJ’s is -7.5). I hope the organization recognizes his importance and doesn’t trade him; imo the odds strongly favor him becoming a solid 3andD player, the type that’s a good fit for Melo. Dude’s had more than 9 lives as a Knick (Nash, Reddick, Dudley… more parade of trades). Isn’t it obvious he’s meant to be a Knick and let’s fix the real problem here: coaching.

    2. Dear friends: I am amazed — AMAZED — with the number of lines spent talking about Bargnani, Melo and Chandler. Amazed.
      Yes, the schemes are a disaster.
      But our guard rotation is bar none the worst in the NBA.
      JR had an anomalous year, got a huge contract, and pancaked this year: his defense; his shooting; his IQ; and his off court behavior have been disastrous.
      Ray Felton is the worst starting point in the game, and on many teams would no longer even be a serviceable back up. He is slow laterally. His fitness is forever a question. His shooting is horrible and with no shooting ability and relative slowness his PnR is nonexistent. And we use him a lot.
      Shumpert has not just regressed, he has imploded. His shooting is even worse than Felton and his defense has been poor at best. He has become a giant head case.
      Pablo has played only reasonably well. He is old and slow defensively. The offense moves better with him, but he can’t stay out there long enough to affect outcomes.
      Beyond those guys, we have very inexperienced players who get little burn because Woodson has stayed with this rotation.

      Honestly, the front line of bigs has been demoralized by the utter ineptness of the guards to create, shoot and defend.
      I am convinced that even with an average point guard, and an average 2, this team is 10-15 games better.

      I’ve been saying this for months.
      All this vitriol targeted at Melo and Chandler and Bargs and even Stat is misdirected. Those are all players who would perform better if they had even average performance from their guards.
      Cut Felton. Bench JR. Bench Shump. Give Murry some burn and pick up a kid or two from the D league. They simply can’t be worse, and they might at least try.

    3. I also get frustrated watching David Lee (20, 10 guy per 36), Wilson Chandler (16, 5 per 36), Jeremy Lin (15, 5 assists per 36), who is way better than any guard we have, and, although injured, Gallo.
      I think Melo has played great, but he wounded this team beyond repair when he forced the Knicks to gut themselves to get him.
      God love him, he has been a man this year, but he hurt us.

    4. And I hate it that I can’t stand to watch this team anymore,
      A knick game used to be an event worth planning my day around, even when they were struggling.
      But this team is so bad, this coach so pathetic, and the effort so utterly lacking that I have basically quit on them.

    5. Yeah, normally I’d be looking forward to sitting down for a nationally televised game today, but now I’m thinking of other more productive things to do, which aren’t hard to come up with. It’s bad enough to have a shit team, but they are unwatchable as well and have no young players that are worth devoting my viewing time to.

      On the other hand, the Western conference playoffs are going to be epic this year. The top 5 seeds – OKC, the Clips, Houston, Portland and the Spurs – all have legitimate shots at the Finals, and even GS and Phoenix may put a scare into some teams in the 1st round.

      In the East of course, if the playoffs started today, we’d have the highly compelling Indy-Atlanta, Miami-Charlotte, Chicago-Washington and Brooklyn-Toronto matchups. Yuck.

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