Knicks Morning News (2014.04.12)

  • [New York Times] A Look at the NBA Playoff Picture (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:45:27 GMT)

    A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with five days remaining in the regular season:

  • [New York Times] Warriors Clinch Playoff Spot in Win Over Lakers (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:51:34 GMT)

    Stephen Curry realizes a playoff berth is still a precious commodity for the Golden State Warriors, who have spent the majority of their existence watching the postseason from their collective couches in the Bay Area.

  • [New York Times] Golden State Warriors Clinch Playoff Berth (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:54:16 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors have clinched a spot in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: Turkish Champions Advance (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:54:08 GMT)

    Galatasaray, the Turkish champion, reached the Euroleague quarterfinals with a 64-55 home win over Partizan Belgrade, squeezing in over Lokomotiv Krasnodar because of a tiebreaker.

  • [New York Times] Brewer’s 51 Lifts Wolves Over Rockets 112-110 (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:15:31 GMT)

    Truth be told, no one believed Corey Brewer could do it. Not his teammate Ricky Rubio. Not his coach Rick Adelman. And certainly not his opponent, the Houston Rockets.

  • [New York Times] Hawks 93, Nets 88: Hawks End Nets’ Home Streak and Move Closer to Playoff Berth (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:04:02 GMT)

    Led by Paul Millsap’s 27 points, Atlanta maintained a two-game lead over the Knicks, handing the Nets their first loss at Barclays Center in 16 games.

  • [New York Times] ‘Sweet’ Lou Hudson, 69, a Master of the Jump Shot, Dies (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:00:10 GMT)

    Recognized as one of the most reliable scorers in the league, Mr. Hudson was a six-time N.B.A. All-Star and in 2003, named humanitarian of the year by an association of retired N.B.A. players.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Heat Top Pacers to Reclaim Lead in East (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:59:00 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 36 points, and the host Miami Heat moved back atop the Eastern Conference by running past the Indiana Pacers, 98-86, on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Topple Jazz 111-99 (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:57:24 GMT)

    Wesley Matthews had 21 points and Damian Lillard scored 14 of his 16 points in a key fourth-quarter run to rally the Portland Trail Blazers past the Utah Jazz 111-99 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Knight, Sessions Help Bucks Hold Off Cavs, 119-116 (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:30:25 GMT)

    Brandon Knight scored 24 points and Ramon Sessions added 20 as Milwaukee held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-116 on Friday night, preserving the Bucks slim hopes of avoiding the NBA’s worst record.

  • [New York Times] Heat Back Atop East, Beat Pacers 98-86 (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:24:23 GMT)

    For most of the season, the Miami Heat were chasing the Indiana Pacers.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 108, Raptors 100: Desperation and Two Stars Fuel Much-Needed Win for the Knicks (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:17:38 GMT)

    The Knicks scrapped their way to a 108-100 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, improving their record to 34-45 with three games left to play.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Clinch League’s Best Record With 112-104 Win (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:15:25 GMT)

    Danny Green had a career-high 33 points and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 112-104 on Friday and clinch the league’s best record.

  • [New York Times] Gasol, Miller Lead Grizzlies Past Sixers, 117-95 (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:54:26 GMT)

    Marc Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Mike Miller added 19 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies made a strong push in the third quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 117-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Rally to Beat Pistons 106-98 (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:48:26 GMT)

    D.J. Augustin scored 24 points, Taj Gibson added 17, and the Chicago Bulls rallied from 18 down to beat the Detroit Pistons 106-98 for their seventh straight win on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Durant, Westbrook Lead Thunder Past Pelicans (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:39:24 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 116-94 on Friday night to clinch at least the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Bradley Scores 22 as Celtics Top Bobcats 106-103 (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:30:32 GMT)

    Avery Bradley scored 22 points, Phil Pressey had a career-high 13 assists and the Boston Celtics held off a late surge by the Charlotte Bobcats for a 106-103 win that snapped a nine-game losing streak on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Beat Nets, Close In on Playoff Spot (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:12:22 GMT)

    Paul Millsap had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks moved to the verge of a playoff spot with a 93-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Nene, Beal Lead Wizards Past Magic, 96-86 (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:09:26 GMT)

    Nene scored 17 points and Bradley Beal added 16 as the Washington Wizards overcame a sluggish offense and beat the Orlando Magic 96-86 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Scores 30 as Knicks Beat Raptors 108-100 (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:57:27 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Amare Stoudemore had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the New York Knicks kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Toronto Raptors 108-100 on Friday night.

  • [New York Post] Phil Jackson could sign ex-Laker Lamar Odom (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:26:57 -0400)

    TORONTO — Knicks president Phil Jackson met with former Laker Lamar Odom 10 days ago at the Garden during halftime of the game against the Nets, and now is reportedly…

  • [New York Post] Knicks ignoring edge of abyss (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:20:46 -0400)

    TORONTO — Afterward, Mike Woodson was adamant how he would be spending his Saturday night: planted in front of a television, watching the Hawks-Heat game. It was the same perch…

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony (30 points) helps Knicks stay alive (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:31:00 EDT)

    The Knicks made sure they wouldn't be eliminated from the playoffs Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo, Amar’e help Knicks stay alive, defeat Raptors (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:13:13 GMT)

    It was a win and a loss all rolled into one for a Knicks team that still has a pulse but is very much on life support. The season has come down to this: the Knicks need to win their final three games and they’ll need the Atlanta Hawks to lose their last three games if they are to qualify for the playoffs for a fourth straight year.

  • [New York Daily News] Report: Knicks interested in signing Lamar Odom (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:24:36 GMT)

    Phil Jackson is considering signing Lamar Odom, the Queens native who is trying rebuild his career and personal life. ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that the Knicks are interested in signing the veteran forward to a deal that would include an option for next season.

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    21 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.04.12)”

    1. I didn’t get to watch the game last night, but just checked out the highlights, and man, did Amare look spry out there. His low post game just looked so fluid and decisive. And he wasn’t doing it against stiffs either.

      I know his knees are a ticking time bomb, but do you think we can get a productive season out of him next season? It could be key to keeping us competitive before the free agent bonanza in 2015.

    2. The Lamar Odom thing could be nothing or could just be PJ doing a favor for an old friend, but if it’s not, if it’s a suggestion of what’s to come this summer, well, my optimism level drops significantly.

    3. We have no cap space, no picks, and very few trade assets. Don’t be super optimistic about this summer.

    4. There’s one reason to be optimistic about a Lamar Odom signing: Lamar knows how to play the triangle. Now, the guy is probably finished and will probably never be a productive player again– that much is true. But the idea of signing Odom at least hints at the idea that the Knicks are going to be running the triangle and installing Jax’s concept of “system basketball.”

    5. I’ve got no problem with signing Lamar Odom:

      1. As noted above, he knows how to run the Triangle. So, if he has anything left in the tank, he will help implement the Triple Post during training camp.

      2. If Odom has nothing left, he is an attractive trade piece as an “eraser” because his contract will not be guaranteed for next year. If you stack Odom on top of another trade piece, the Knicks will be able to bring back a bigger salary.

      3. The only thing this move costs the Knicks is Dolan’s money.

    6. Yeah it seems like a really perfect signing if for nothing else than that non-guranteed year. He can help our players learn the Triangle like ephus pointed out and the guy was a generally astute player in his year playing for Phil. Obviously he won’t be coached by Big Chief Triangle in New York, but I think he’ll be coming in with a complete understanding of his role and what is expected of him. We may want to write in a clause where him and JR aren’t allowed to blaze out together (unless Phil is there to supervise and drop knowledge).

    7. I don’t know the list of free agents but I assume most the talented young ones have been picked up by someone or another. Even then Odom is hardly the biggest bum out there. A reclamation project Odom can’t be worse than Clark or Brown, assuming a min. contract.

    8. If Atlanta wins tonight, do you think Melo sits the rest of the season? Or does Woodson still play him 40 minutes just for old times sake? Y’know, while he’s still got the chance.

    9. I know its not the playoffs yet and we all assume the Heat will step it up another notch once the playoffs begin but they look like they have no chance in hell in the NBA Finals vs any of the top teams from the West. They should still make the NBA Finals but I would be shocked if they win it all this season.

    10. I’m pretty confident that Woodson will run Melo out there for 39 minutes in game 82 no matter what. Playing our superstar for huge minutes when it’s obviously detrimental is a big part of what we do around here.

    11. I just hope Cronin is okay. Fuck everyone on the Knicks.

      Edit: Except for Cole, of course. He’s the only one free from blame.

    12. Melo said once they are officially eliminated he will probably sit out. Wouldnt be surprised if he, Chandler and Amar’e are done for the season.

      Funny part is the Hawks last 4 wins have come vs the Pacers, Celtics, Nets and Heat. Probably the 4 most hated Knick opponents who all lost as Knick fans rooted for them to win. Further proof of why we hate those freaking teams lol.

    13. The Knicks have won exactly one playoff series in fourteen years. They have given away their lottery pick this year and have no first rounder in 2016. They have zero second rounders in the next four years, unless they are in the top seven in 2016. They will be over the cap in 2015 even if the best player on a lottery team leaves. How bad would this moment be for Knick fans were Phil Jackson not in the room?

    14. All of us wanted to see the Knicks in the playoffs, but let’s face it: this is a team with probably the worst coach in the league, the worst starting point guard in the league, the worst backcourt in the league, not to mention the owner, management etc. Well?

    15. If the Suns miss the playoffs, they are going to have a huge lottery. If they get a top 3 pick and Minnesota does not, they will also get Minnesota’s first round pick (which is only top 13 protected).

    16. Speaking of lottery, I can’t be the only one here who just can’t wait to see what we end up giving the Nuggets

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