Knicks Morning News (2014.04.03)

  • [New York Post] Nets blow chance to gain ground in East (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:32:28 -0400)

    The Nets entered the Garden Wednesday night with a chance to not only deal their crosstown rivals' playoff hopes a serious blow, but to remain in the race for both…

  • [New York Post] No doubt which team has motive (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:17:58 -0400)

    Maybe this how it's going to work out for the Knicks. Maybe this is the way they'll secure the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the postseason….

  • [New York Post] Felton takes fall, but keeps on ticking (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:08:31 -0400)

    Knicks point guard Raymond Felton took a nasty fall on a rebound try 7:56 left in the third quarter Wednesday. He landed on his elbow and it looked painful. "Honestly,…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks bum-rush Brooklyn as playoff push continues (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:48:27 GMT)

    The dream no longer seems completely unrealistic. The Knicks continue to nudge closer to improbably joining the Nets in the playoffs later this month, ripping apart their local rivals to multiple chants of “Brooklyn (stinks)” in front of new boss Phil Jackson, 110-81, on Wednesday night at the Garden.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knick-Net Insider: Dealings with ref just get Johnson T’d off (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:44:44 GMT)

    Typically even-keeled Joe Johnson picked up a technical for just the 14th time in his 13 seasons on Wednesday night. His offense was arguing a call, but, clearly he had a point.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Knicks should give thanks Atlanta is in the tank (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:31:01 GMT)

    The Knicks will waltz — and we mean, waltz — into the playoffs if they keep playing this way and run into teams like the Nets. They won’t even need the help of the Hawks, whether they’re tanking or not.    

  • [New York Times] Parker, Duncan Lead Spurs Past Warriors 111-90 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:43:07 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs continue to win big and to rest players, and the limited minutes are starting to show in the revival of Tim Duncan’s game.    

  • [New York Times] Clippers Rally From 17 Down to Beat Suns 112-108 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:31:04 GMT)

    Darren Collison and Blake Griffin scored 23 points apiece and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 112-108 Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Gay, McCallum Lead Kings Past Lakers, 107-102 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:46:03 GMT)

    Rudy Gay scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Ray McCallum had 27 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102 on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Faried Leads Nuggets’ 137-107 Rout of Pelicans (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:06:59 GMT)

    Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 34 points and added 13 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 137-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Analysis: Despite Impressive Season, Rockets Do Not Look Like Contenders (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:56:18 GMT)

    Tuesday’s loss to the Nets raised questions about the Houston Rockets’ preparedness to make a deep run in the N.B.A. playoffs.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Wizards Clinch First Playoff Berth in Six Years (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:50:10 GMT)

    The Washington Wizards reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008, clinching an Eastern Conference berth Wednesday night with a 118-92 win over the visiting Boston Celtics.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Beat City Rivals Nets to Help Playoff Drive (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:33:55 GMT)

    The New York Knicks routed city rivals Brooklyn 110-81 to move a step closer to a postseason berth on Wednesday, a day after the Nets had celebrated clinching a playoff berth of their own.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Rout Nets 110-81, Move Into 8th in East (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:25:13 GMT)

    New York’s once faint, nearly unrealistic playoff hopes have become a real possibility. The Knicks intend to seize the opportunity and run with it.    

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Leads Raptors Past Rockets 107-103 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:06:58 GMT)

    Kevin McHale was talking about the challenges of re-engineering an offense missing three starters, but he might as well have summed up the state of the struggling Houston Rockets.    

  • [New York Times] Wizards Top Celtics 118-92 to Clinch Playoff Berth (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:04:06 GMT)

    John Wall was waving his towel as time expired. He joined his teammates at center court and did a little dance in the middle of a celebratory huddle. He gave Bradley Beal a bear hug from behind and also hugged and thanked coach Randy Wittman.    

  • [New York Times] Augustin Leads Bulls Past Slumping Hawks 105-92 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:04:05 GMT)

    The Chicago Bulls strengthened their hold on home-court advantage in the playoffs, and made it a little tougher for the Atlanta Hawks to extend their season.    

  • [New York Times] Lacking Discipline, Nets Meet Punishment (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:03:20 GMT)

    The Nets were clearly exasperated by the referees as Jason Kidd and Joe Johnson were charged with technical fouls and Paul Pierce was charged with a flagrant foul.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks 110, Nets 81: Playing Like a Playoff Team, the Knicks Move Into Eighth (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:44:23 GMT)

    J. R. Smith scored 24 points to lead the Knicks, who moved past the Hawks by percentage points, and Carmelo Anthony collected 23 points and 10 rebounds.    

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Deal Grizzlies Tough Loss, 102-88 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:34:08 GMT)

    Kevin Love had 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double and the Minnesota Timberwolves dealt the Memphis Grizzlies a loss they could ill afford in a 102-88 victory on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Waiters Scores 26 as Cavs Beat Magic 119-98 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:16:21 GMT)

    Dion Waiters scored 26 points, Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson had 20 each, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 119-98 on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] George, West Lead Pacers Past Pistons 101-94 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:07:01 GMT)

    Paul George had 27 points and 13 rebounds, David West scored 15 points and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Heat Stay Atop East, Beat Bucks 96-77 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:07:00 GMT)

    LeBron James is dealing with a few aches and pains, which obviously is not the best news for the Miami Heat with two weeks left in the regular season.    

  • [New York Times] Jefferson Leads Bobcats Past 76ers, 123-93 (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:40:29 GMT)

    Al Jefferson had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 123-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] NBA Ref Bavetta’s Ironman Streak Hits 2,633 Games (Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:34:06 GMT)

    NBA referee Dick Bavetta worked his 2,633rd consecutive game assignment Wednesday, an ironman streak even longer than the one compiled by baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.    

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    24 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.04.03)”

    1. I was going to post bring on the Heat whose asses get routinely kicked by the Knicks. But I see carryover from last season where the Knicks took 3/4 (112-92, 102-90, 99-93 , 84-104) and won the first match this year 102-92. The thought being that Carmelo is the Lebron neutralizer, and the rest of the Heat (unless Wade gets the 2006 whistle) are good but not a class apart. However the last two games went 108-82, 106-91. At any rate while I have been a downer in my outlook, the one thing that routinely annoys me to no end is the “Knicks have no chance…regular season doesn’t matter, blah, blah blah.”

    2. Was at the game, two things I noticed:

      1) The crowd was tepid at best, although that’s been the case for a few years now. I miss the 90’s.
      2) Somehow, we’ve decided to ramp up our defensive intensity 76 games into the season. Everyone was engaged on D, even Ole Felton. If we can keep that kind of effort up, we can beat anyone.

      Funniest moment of the night was when Nick Cannon came out at halftime and encouraged the crowd to cheer when he made a fake full court shot (for an America’s Got Talent opening sequence) Instead, everyone booed. Classic, made me proud to be a Knicks fan.

    3. Anyone else notice that we went back to switching pretty much every pick last night? worked out for us last night – not sure if that was by design or by laziness.

    4. Switching is probably a good defensive strategy against the Nets, but not against most teams.

    5. FWIW – Arturo Galletti (WoW guy who writes on the Wages of Wins site) has the Knicks at 53% chance of making the playoffs. Cleveland has 2nd best chance, Hawks last. Not sure how he comes to these numbers, but based on Twitter at least, he thinks the Hawks institutionally do not want to get in, and that apparently has an effect in his model.

    6. It’s definitely an interesting theory. Are they trying to lose? I don’t think so, honestly. I think they’re just not as good as teams like Chicago (and they’re not as good as most teams without a healthy Korver). The thing is, the team that played Chicago last night likely beats Detroit, Boston and Milwaukee. But do they beat Cleveland? Let’s sure as fuck hope not.

      It is going to be so weird not having any game to give a shit about tonight.

    7. BigBlueAL
      April 3, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Actually I dont care at all about the Heat game on Sunday. I expect a loss that day and with the Hawks playing in Indiana that same day it wont be a big deal as long as the Knicks win on Friday (Hawks losing on Friday would be nice too). Thats why to me Friday’s game is beyond huge.

      The only thing that really sucks for me is Miami getting the 1 seed over Indiana. I feel alot more confident taking the Pacers to 6 or 7 games than the Heat. I would expect needing a face-saving win in Game 4 to avoid a sweep just like in 2012 if they face the Heat. I irrationally have faith in giving the Pacers a real series.

      When you consider both points, though, Sunday against Miami is THE most important game down the stretch for us.

      It’s a huge boost for our cause if we get an unexpected win, AND it puts in better position to avoid doing all this work just to get swept by LeBron in round 1.

      We have a knack for getting unexpected wins in Miami, too.

    8. Was it the run into the 99 playoffs where we came back from 20 points down in the fourth quarter?

    9. Hmm interesting. April is Melo and JR month so hopefully yesterday’s outing was just the start of a good run for the both of them with us ending up in the playoffs.

    10. “Pacers showing some crackup, with Hibbert slamming his teammates…
      Clearly, the “selfish dudes” that Hibbert is talking about in this article are the guys who prevented him from grabbing more than 4.6 rebounds a game over his last 20 games. My bet is that the other guys on the team are not real happy about a guy who has played as poorly as Hibbert has lately criticizing them. I hope they implode.

    11. Even if the Pacers don’t implode their path to the ECF is not a cake walk. Their bench is atrocious and while it’s likely that the starters will find their form again, they won’t be getting much help. I think they will ultimately get to the ECF because the NBA loves itself a good old rivalry and we know how useful Joey Crawford can be at times, but I still don’t think they have the horses to beat Miami over 7 games regardless of who has home court advantage.

    12. Yeah, not sure what Hibbert is complaining about. He’s pretty much been a dogshit panini since late December in terms of rebounding, which is like the one thing he could do that has absolutely nothing to do with his other teammates and any supposed selfishness.

    13. This whole season the Pacers have been strutting around like they won something, which of course they haven’t, and Stephenson acts like an idiot after every single basket he makes.

      This meltdown couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys.

    14. @d-mar

      Yeah it’s been pretty painful and annoying to watch especially with the media love on how they’ve been “built the right way”, “play together” and are “just a bunch of high character guys”. Following them even from afar this season and watching them collectively strut around after every shot and bitch about every call against them has been comparable to watching Pierce hit a game winner against the Knicks at MSG, but doing it 50+ times in a season. So that being said I will take great pleasure in any struggles they continue to have and I would like if they reclaimed the No. 1 seed and sneak in the back door and clinch the final playoff spot.

    15. I am a diehard Knicks fan and hate all heated rivals. That said, I am in the camp that respects what Indiana has done, including this year. Yes, they have struggled lately, and yes, they strut too much, but they also are locked into no worse than the 2nd seed and on their way to a 55+ win season and fourth-straight playoff appearance. The highest draft pick in the starting lineup is Paul George at #10 (one pick ahead of Cole Aldrich and 8 picks after Evan Turner, who they got for a crippled Danny Granger.) Say what you want about Lance Stephenson, but he was drafted 40th overall and is now a legit NBA starter, and hails from NYC; I wish he was strutting his stuff for us instead of J.R “Mr. Class Act” Smith, especially he has a higher ts%, PER and WS48 at the same position. Not to mention that both PG and LS guys are 23 years old. The Pacers have cap room, draft picks and trade bait. George Hill and David West are two lunch-pail guys signed to reasonable contracts. So, I’d say yeah, they were definitely built the right way.

      Regarding strutting their stuff, who struts more than JR (notice his windmill shake last night?) or Chandler (who mugs and/or complains after every dunk) or STAT (who I fear is gonna cost us a critical game with a stupid tech) or Shump (who spent the bulk of the season doing that pre-game huddle dance before going out and pouting his way to an 0-fer because of trade rumors)? Not to mention Melo’s stupid 3 to the head BS. Who was a more struttin’ bunch of non-title winners than the Ewing Knicks? I don’t begrudge any of that kind of stuff.

      Bottom line: the Pacers are right where everyone expected them to be and can afford a meaningless crisis. I wish we were in that position. I will still hate the Heat and the Nets way more than the Pacers (except when we are playing the Pacers.)

    16. @18 name another contending team that struts and mugs and acts entitled like the Pacers. And name one player other than Stephenson that gestures after every single made basket.

      And this is not a meaningless slump, they have some serious issues on the offensive end and there’s a lot of infighting going on. Not the best place to be as they head into the playoffs

    17. The Pacers do have most of their draft picks, but they really don’t have that much cap space. As great as Stephenson has been, he is going to get at least Tyreke Evans money. Signing Lance for that and then filling the rest of the team with vet minimums gets you at least 80 million in payroll. But if Lance doesn’t sign, they don’t have a 2014 pick or anybody on their bench to pick up the slack. Vogel is a decent coach, but I don’t think he is going to be getting Thibs level of execution out of that group. This is probably their best shot at a title, although they don’t have to wait long as most of the money is off the books by 2016.

    18. Count me among those who are glad we don’t have someone like born ready on our team. Prancing and preening while playing better than basically anyone on the Knicks, on the cheap, is not what we’re about. No matter how badly our overpaid “superstars” have played this year, we can be proud that they played the right way.

    19. DeAndre can only do one thing on the offensive end. Definitely a hedgehog. But man does he do it well. Doesn’t hurt having Blake and CP3 to pass the ball either.

      You got to pass the ball…..

      (i can’t believe that geico commercial makes me laugh)

    20. Yeah, I don’t have a problem with the Pacers, either. I just think that they are a better match-up for the Knicks if the Knicks can somehow make it to the 8th seed.

      Friday night will be NUTS. I am sad that I’ll miss Tanaka’s first start, though. Not that sad, though, of course. ;)

    21. who struts more than JR (notice his windmill shake last night?)

      That was Tim Hardaway Jr., who was mimicking JR’s all-time amazing celebration from last year’s Boston series (game 2 I think).

      So yeah, good to see our rookies learning how to be classy from the best!

      I wish the Knicks were the Pacers, but since they’re not, I fucking hate Indiana. Don’t like the brand of ball they play, excited to see them go down in 7 to Miami a second year in a row :)

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