Knicks Morning News (2014.03.24)

  • [New York Times] Heat, Pacers Stumble Into Wednesday’s Matchup (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:53:50 GMT)

    When the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat meet Wednesday, it’s still likely to be a preview of the Eastern Conference finals.    

  • [New York Times] Lakers Snap 4-Game Skid With 103-94 Win Over Magic (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:32:48 GMT)

    Jordan Hill did it at both ends of the court Sunday night against the Orlando Magic, putting together his own personal highlight reel in a season during which there haven’t been many of those for himself or the Los Angeles Lakers.    

  • [New York Times] Slumping Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers Continue Rivalry (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:55:51 GMT)

    The Pacers, 5-5 in their last 10 games, have been playing relatively poorly lately, while the Heat have had their struggles, too.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 107, Mavericks 104 (OT): Nets’ Newfound Confidence Passes the First Part of a Road Test (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:05:34 GMT)

    The Nets began a three-city trip by overcoming a 14-point deficit to pick up an overtime victory at Dallas and stay close to Toronto for the Atlantic Division lead.    

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers 106, Knicks 100: Knicks’ Streak Ends, and Playoffs Slip Further Away (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:05:16 GMT)

    The Atlanta Hawks lost earlier in the day, giving the Knicks a chance to move closer to a playoff spot, but a poor second-half performance led to a loss to the Cavaliers.    

  • [New York Times] Jack, Cavs Snap Knicks’ 8-Game Win Streak (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:41:52 GMT)

    A chance to gain ground in the playoff race was there, until Jarrett Jack took it away.    

  • [New York Times] Nets Top Mavs 107-104 in OT in Kidd’s Dallas Visit (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:35:49 GMT)

    Joe Johnson scored 22 points, including the tying layup in regulation and the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to lead the Brooklyn Nets past the Mavericks 107-104 Sunday night in Jason Kidd’s return to Dallas as a coach.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Suns Mount Comeback to Overcome Love’s 36 (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:09:52 GMT)

    Phoenix trailed by 22 in the first half but shot a season-high 57 percent from the floor to overcome Kevin Love’s 36 points and 14 rebounds.    

  • [New York Times] Museums Special Section: Remembering the ‘Black Fives’ of Pro Basketball (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:28:26 GMT)

    A new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society sheds light on little-known amateur and professional black basketball teams from the first half of the 20th century.    

  • [New York Times] Faried Helps Nuggets to 105-102 Win (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:15:08 GMT)

    Randy Wittman was livid with his team’s rather lackadaisical play, especially this close to the postseason and against an injury depleted Denver Nuggets squad.    

  • [New York Times] Cousins, Thomas Lead Kings Past Bucks 124-107 (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:53:53 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 12 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas had 30 points and eight assists in the Sacramento Kings’ 124-107 victory Sunday that sent the Milwaukee Bucks to their seventh straight loss.    

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks collapse in second half, lose to Cavaliers (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:29:00 EDT)

    The Knicks had an eight-game winning streak, a 17-point first-half lead and a chance to pull within two games of a playoff spot.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks choke away chance to gain ground in playoff chase (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:42:31 GMT)

    Even as the Knicks had been inching closer in the scramble to reach the postseason, Mike Woodson knew that their margin for error was growing smaller with each passing game. With the eighth-place Hawks coughing up a double-digit lead and losing to Toronto earlier on Sunday, the Knicks squandered a chance to move back within two games of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Melo’s disappearing act won’t impress Jackson (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:05:31 GMT)

    Try as he did, Carmelo Anthony at first couldn’t even get the words out. That’s how brutal the Knicks’ 106-100 loss at the Garden on Sunday night to the Cavs was, as they threw away a golden opportunity to pick up a game on the dying Atlanta Hawks.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: J.R. takes off mask during fourth quarter (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:53:40 GMT)

    An irritated J.R. Smith discarded the clear mask he’s been wearing for more than six weeks in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ playoff-damaging 106-100 home loss to Cleveland on Sunday. “I was frustrated, frustrated with the mask,” said Smith, who suffered a small fracture in his left cheekbone on Feb.9.    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Fair to blame Woody? (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:00:23 EDT)

    Maybe he was just trying to be polite, but Mike Woodson decided to blame himself for the New York Knicks’ hope-crushing loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. “We didn’t handle our business,” Woodson said, “and I’ve got to take full responsibility for that.”We’ve got to take issue with that. Woodson didn’t allow Jarrett Jack to go off for a career-high 31 points. He didn’t come out of the locker room listless to start the second half and allow Cleveland to score nine unanswered points.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Woodson: Blame me for loss to Cavs (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:20:04 EDT)

    Embattled New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson pointed the finger at himself after a disastrous loss on Sunday. “We didn’t handle our business,” Woodson said, “and I’ve got to take full responsibility for that.” The Knicks let a 17-point lead slip away at home to a Cavs team that was without Kyrie Irving, its best player. With a win, New York would have cut the deficit between itself and eighth-place Atlanta to two games.

  • [New York Post] Opportunity to gain ground slips away (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:30:06 -0400)

    Well , the good news is Phil Jackson is still the Knicks president. The Cavaliers can't take that away from the Knicks. But the Cavaliers, playing without Kyrie Irving, took…

  • [New York Post] Woodson: Knicks need 38-40 wins for playoffs (Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:12:32 -0400)

    The magic number seems to be about 38. While no one is saying that definitively, that seems to be the number of wins the Knicks have set as the target…

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    One thought to “Knicks Morning News (2014.03.24)”

    1. It figures that the day I laud Melo for trying to effect the game in more ways than just scoring, the team loses to a team they should have beaten while Melo takes and misses most of his 2nd half shots, STAT doesn’t get enough shots, and JR and THJ doesn’t get enough good shots. Jeez!! On the other hand, Shump could have slowed Jack and Waiters down but we didn’t have him, and Woodson wasn’t sharp yesterday. He really hasn’t been all season, even during the streak..but he could have and should have outcoached Brown. Melo is gassed in the 4th more often than not because the team has no other options- that Woodson uses- to help in the 1st half. We run little to no plays for JR, STAT, and THJ when those guys can help and allow Melo to be a closer without expending so much energy the entire game on scoring. I’m not suggesting that Melo should take a backseat early on, but if the ball is moving and guys are getting open looks and having plays called to their strengths, then it makes things easier for Melo. And the team’s weaknesses on offense can be minimized. That’s what hurt us yesterday more than Melo having a bad 4th.

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