Knicks Morning News (2014.03.25)

  • [New York Times] 76ers’ Skid Reaches 25 Games (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:56:49 GMT)

    Brett Brown and the young Philadelphia 76ers are closing in on some dubious NBA history.    

  • [New York Times] Clippers Get 50th Win, 106-98 Over Bucks (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:50:48 GMT)

    Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers made it consecutive 50-win seasons with a lackluster 106-98 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Former NBA Player: ‘Tough Day’ Being Reported Dead (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 04:47:51 GMT)

    Former SMU and NBA basketball player Quinton Ross had to ease the fears of friends and family members after he was erroneously reported dead.    

  • [New York Times] Spurs Win 14th Straight, 76ers’ Skid Now at 25 (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 04:41:56 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs knew the Philadelphia 76ers were coming in on a long losing streak.    

  • [New York Times] Gibson Scores 23, Leads Bulls Past Pacers 89-77 (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 04:24:24 GMT)

    Bulls center Joakim Noah believes the Eastern Conference is more than a two-team race.    

  • [New York Times] Pelicans 109, Nets 104 (OT): In Working Extra Time Again, Nets Break Down (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:59:52 GMT)

    The wear and tear of Sunday night’s overtime victory against Dallas contributed to their demise in New Orleans.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: 14th Straight Win by Spurs Is 25th Loss in a Row for the 76ers (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:58:29 GMT)

    Dwight Howard had a double-double after missing three games with an ankle injury, and James Harden topped all scorers as the visiting Rockets beat the Bobcats.    

  • [New York Times] Drummond, Pistons Blow by Jazz 114-94 to Snap Skid (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:56:55 GMT)

    Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons shot a season-best 55 percent to blow by the Utah Jazz 114-94 Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] James, Bosh Lift Heat Over Trail Blazers 93-91 (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:44:57 GMT)

    Chris Bosh had another postgame scream. For the Miami Heat, that was outstanding news.    

  • [New York Times] Bledsoe Leads Suns Past Hawks 102-95 (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:26:50 GMT)

    Phoenix blitzed the Atlanta Hawks early from the 3-point stripe.    

  • [New York Times] Evans, Morrow Rally Pelicans Past Nets in OT (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:23:53 GMT)

    Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 33 points and the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans rallied from 22 down in the third quarter, beating the Brooklyn Nets 109-104 in overtime Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] After 5 Years, Nets Have a Player of the Week (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:06:49 GMT)

    Before Joe Johnson won the honor for the Eastern Conference Monday, the last Nets player to have done so was Devin Harris.    

  • [New York Times] Durant Scores 27, Leads Thunder Past Nuggets (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:50:55 GMT)

    Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Denver Nuggets 117-96 on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Build Early Lead, Top T-Wolves 109-92 (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:32:51 GMT)

    Mike Conley had 23 points and six assists, Marc Gasol added 14 and 12 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies built an early lead and easily dispatched the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves 109-92 on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Denies Clearing Nets to Become ‘Russian’ (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:51:53 GMT)

    The Nets owner Mikhail D. Prokhorov spoke Monday of a desire to turn the team into the legal equivalent of a Russian one, but the N.B.A. denied receiving an application to transfer ownership.    

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 31, Rockets Top Bobcats 100-89 (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:42:09 GMT)

    James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had a double-double in his return to the court and the Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 100-89 Monday night for their fourth straight win.    

  • [New York Daily News] Phil awaits as Knicks hit Los Angeles (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 04:44:51 GMT)

    The Knicks’ eight-game winning streak ended in disastrously spectacular fashion on Sunday night. But they now probably need another similar run in what has become an even tougher task to reach the playoffs.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Battle of the Jims should be called off (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 04:35:32 GMT)

    Jim Dolan spent $60 million to hire Phil Jackson to run the Knicks. Jim Buss had a chance to bring on his future brother-in-law to help fix the Lakers and passed.So in the end, which Jim is going to prove smarter? The Garden chairman or Jeanie Buss’ brother?    

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening Tip: Can Phil add West Coast Zen? (Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:00:35 EDT)

    The Knicks are in Los Angeles looking to keep their playoff pulse beating.They need to start a new winning streak again. They have to play their best basketball and likely will need some luck to win on this five-game winning streak. And they probably can use some Zen as well. Phil Jackson could join the Knicks in Los Angeles today and watch his team play against the Lakers tonight. When Jackson was introduced as team president a week ago, Jackson watched the Knicks at the Garden last Wednesday against Indiana.

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    26 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.03.25)”

    1. With all due respect to the departed real Quinton Ross and his family, imagine how it must have been for a familiar of the former player Quinton Ross hearing the first draft of that piece of news… Ouch. That said, remember when having a starter wing who was good (not great) just at defending man-to-man was a trend in the NBA? Trenton Hassell… Adrian Griffin… Quinton Ross… with today quest for spacing and clones of Thibs’ defense they would rarely play (unless they developed some serious corner 3pt. See, that Bruce Bowen ne’er-do-well was light years ahead… or maybe that was just some Pop wizardry).

      And by the way: am I the only one who’s more than a little bit disgusted at what Hinkie is doing in Philly? I mean, I admire his vision, but he’s really gone overboard: beside the awful show that this Philly team has been (if I was a 76ers fan, I would be kind of pissed if I had shilled the cash for a season ticket) there’s some serious risk of stunting the MCW development with all that losing and, much worse, giving Byron Mullens and Tony Wroten minutes. Playing with guys with limited talent can be a drag but doesn’t taint you, while playing with somehow talented but low basketball QI teammates can poison your work ethic in horrendous ways. I hope this is not the case, I really like that MCW kid.

    2. ephus
      March 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      It’s pretty clear that this board is nowhere near acceptance.

      I’m waiting for tonight’s game.

      If we beat the Lakers, I’ll know we’ve got some fight left in us, I’ll expect us to pick up two more wins on the trip and keep hope alive a little longer.

      But we know this team could very well go out west and lay an egg in game 1, in which case they will probably go 0-5 on the road trip unless Kurt Thomas comes out of retirement and pulls his pants down in front of the whole team in Utah like he did last year.

      So no, I’m not there yet. Thanks to Atlanta. But I think we will know for sure by the time we wake up tomorrow morning. (And you’re damn right I’m going to sleep on this team. I wake up at 6am and they haven’t earned the right to make me tired tomorrow.)

    3. Actually, who am I kidding? We’re going to go to LA tonight and Mike D’Antoni is going to run 1/5 pick and rolls all night long and we will seem completely unprepared for them and even though we ran the same offense ourselves for years we will act like we never saw a 1/5 pick and roll in our lives.

      I’d predict a career high for Jodie Meeks but didn’t he have 42 against the Thunder recently? That seems hard to top. I wonder what Kendall Marshall’s career high is (or will be tomorrow).

    4. Exactly…I dread obliteration via pick and roll /( corner) 3’s. If they solve that nemesis they Win.

    5. No Gasol tonight, Knicks are 10 point favorites. Zero excuses for losing to a D league squad.

    6. @3 “I wonder what Kendall Marshall’s career high is”

      20 points.

      The right question should be “In which quarter he will brake his career high”?

    7. It could be a 25pts/20ast game for Kendall. But the one I fear is Bazemore. If D’Antoni puts him in charge of guarding Melo and Woodson don’t ask for lots of Melo/Amare p’n’r, it could be not that easy. Then again, if we don’t beat LA we don’t deserve even a splinter of hope.

    8. Shannon Brown is in town, and he’s looking for payback on the franchise that betrayed him! Knicks! Lakers!

    9. If we are any good we should be tied with Atlanta by the end of this trip.
      Are we any good?

    10. If we are any good we should be tied with Atlanta by the end of this trip.
      Are we any good?

      Are the 29-41 Knicks any good? No. We may be less bad than the Hawks, though. So there’s hope!

    11. We may be less bad than ATL without Kyle Korver to be fair… so hopefully he keeps resting until the season ends

    12. “Are the 29-41 Knicks any good? No. We may be less bad than the Hawks, though. So there’s hope!”

      What’s the point of watching then!

    13. What’s the point of watching then!

      If you’re looking to root for a basketball team that’s consistently good, I think you may have fallen in with the wrong franchise.

      This season has sucked in terms of experiencing the vicarious thrill of victory, but it’s been also fairly interesting to watch play out. It’s not that easy to make this many bad decisions in one season. And the unintentional comedy has been tremendous. I mean, we lost a game because one of our players dunked a ball off his own head! I’ve been rooting for the Knicks for around 30 years and I don’t remember that happening before.

    14. But I think we will know for sure by the time we wake up tomorrow morning. (And you’re damn right I’m going to sleep on this team. I wake up at 6am and they haven’t earned the right to make me tired tomorrow.)

      Amen bruddah

    15. I recently moved to Los Angeles after living in NYC for over a decade. I’ve been following the Knicks since the early 90s. Went in on season tickets with my buddy when Amare got here. I’ve watched pretty much every Knicks game since 99.

      But this season I had to sell my half of the season tickets and with the move across country, I haven’t been able to watch that many games this year, which is a blessing I guess but still a bummer since I usually watch every game. I saw Melo’s 62 and have tuned in on some games, watched the recent 8 game win streak.

      Tonight my wife and I are going to The Knicks Lakers game wearing our Knicks gear. First Knicks game this season I’m seeing in person after seeing 20 plus games a year the last 4 years. When she bought me tickets about 5 weeks ago I was happy but also bummed because of how bad they were and how the game would probably be meaningless. Now, it turns out, this might be the most important game of the season. After winning 8 in a row but losing the last game to The Cavs, they have to win tonight to keep hope alive. They lose and I believe its officially over.

      So all I ask, Knicks, is that you pull out the W tonight on the road. Over the last few years I’ve given you a lot of time and money. And even though its been a rough year, its been hard to not watch the games at all or go to them. So please, lets win this one!

    16. @swiftandabundant


      I hope for you and your wife’s sake the Knicks don’t shit the bed tonight

    17. Mike D’Antoni can out coach Mike Woodson with 1/2 of his team hurt, 1/4 of them D league players, and 1/4 of them likely to be out of the league next year. He just can’t out coach anyone when they refuse to play within his system, when they are whiny babies because aren’t getting as many touches as they want, or when they lack the intellectual capacity to understand the tradeoffs he makes to produce a positive point differential .

      So as long as he’s not coaching Melo, JR Smith, Dwight Howard, Jalen Rose, Nate Robinson, Gasol etc…, this game could be interesting.

    18. @ stratomatic

      Yeah D’Antoni is terrible at communicating with players. That tends to be an important skill when coaching in the NBA. That’s the difference between being Doug Collins or Phil Jackson, Paul Westhead or Pat Riley.

    19. Would Pau, Kobe and Dwight have liked anyone besides Jackson last year? Pau is breaking down, Howard was hurt and ineffective and feuding with Kobe, and Kobe hates losing and 7′ tall babies. But wasn’t nobody coaching that team to a lot of wins. Maybe D’Antoni is a dick about it, which isn’t good coaching, but Pau can’t play well because his body is breaking down on him, not because coach pringles is a bad communicator.

    20. Not to start the whole D’Antoni argument again, but… If you had to assemble a team from replacement level players (guys who have 1-2 NBA level skills but huge holes in the rest of their games) and gave him the ability to pick the guys, I think he’s the coach who would get you maximum wins. That’s not saying he’s the best coach for an aspiring contender or for a team with a megastar player. But it is a testament to his system’s ability to get good results from basically mediocre players.

    21. Chris Herring with a tweet about another classic Woodson quote from tonight:

      Woodson, unbelievably, just said tms are more dangerous when theyre missing key players. Even tho he’s used injuries as a crutch all year.

    22. Just realized TH2 is only shooting 36.3% from downtown while Shumpert is shooting 35.5% hahah how can this be true? I’d still take Shumpert long term

    23. TH2 is a streaky shooter. His college numbers make that clear. I think if we can get an upgrade in the backcourt and package him and Felton to do it next season, it will and should happen.

    24. Despite their 3pt %’s being similar now after TH2’s shooting slump their TS%’s are still not even close. TH2 has a TS% of 55% compared to Shump’s pathetic 49%. Thats because TH2 can actually finish at the rim and he shoots 82% from the FT line.

      I still like Shump and hope his future is in NY but I feel the same about TH2. I would love to see both Shump and TH2 play for the Knicks next season under a good coaching staff.

    25. Hardaway Jr & Shump are like bizarro version of each other..
      Timmy- Finisher, good shooter, 1 foot jumper, no defense, goatee & short hair.

      Iman- can’t finish, not a good shooter, 2 foot jumper, good defense, no goatee & box.

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