Knicks Morning News (2014.05.08)

  • [New York Daily News] Dedes leaves Knicks broadcast booth (Thu, 08 May 2014 02:59:40 GMT)

    Spero Dedes is exiting the Gulag. After three years as voice of the Knicks on the MSG Radio Network, Dedes is moving on to expand his national play-by-play presence.

  • [New York Times] Thunder 112, Clippers 101: With Words and Actions, Durant Leads Thunder Past Clippers (Thu, 08 May 2014 08:19:47 GMT)

    Kevin Durant’s speech Tuesday, when he was named the N.B.A.’s most valuable player, seemed to spur the Thunder. And he contributed 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists.

  • [New York Times] Durant, Westbrook Help Thunder Level Series (Thu, 08 May 2014 06:08:16 GMT)

    Newly crowned MVP Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 on Wednesday to level their second round playoff series.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Durant Help Thunder Beat Clippers (Thu, 08 May 2014 05:56:18 GMT)

    Kevin Durant stood before his adoring home crowd, proudly holding his MVP trophy above his head during a pregame ceremony.

  • [New York Times] Hibbert Fires Pacers Past Wizards to Level Series (Thu, 08 May 2014 05:26:13 GMT)

    Roy Hibbert emerged from a deep playoff slump to help rescue the Indiana Pacers as they edged Washington 86-82 on Wednesday to avoid falling behind by two games in the Eastern Conference semi-final.

  • [New York Times] Hibbert Leads Pacers Past Wizards, 86-82 in Game 2 (Thu, 08 May 2014 03:08:43 GMT)

    Big Roy came up with a big answer for his critics and his teammates Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Mocked No More, Hibbert Scores 28 as Pacers Tie Series (Thu, 08 May 2014 02:31:04 GMT)

    Roy Hibbert, ridiculed after going scoreless in Game 1, had a season-high 28 points with nine rebounds as the Pacers defeated the Wizards, 86-82, to even their series at 1-1.

  • [New York Times] Allen Elevates His Game and Heat’s (Thu, 08 May 2014 01:43:44 GMT)

    Ray Allen, the 38-year-old sharpshooter with two championships and 10 All-Star selections, shows he is still capable of producing signature playoff moments.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Facing Heat, Nets Show They Miss Brook Lopez (Thu, 08 May 2014 01:30:56 GMT)

    When the Nets surged in the second half, some speculated they were better off without Brook Lopez. But the team’s lack of a low-post presence was a key factor in a loss to Miami.

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    15 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.05.08)”

    1. Man, when the Heat are locked in on defense and moving the ball on offense (and Wade is healthy), they are really, really tough to beat.

    2. Hey, that new guy Mars: check out eFG% and TS%. FG% is passé and we don’t talk about that there no more.

    3. Spurs have 18 assists in the first half.

      Watching them execute their offense, it looks like a different sport than what the Knicks play.

    4. I’ve been an active reader for years I just decided to post because I felt you were all missing an important point when talking about rebounding and I do understand fg% doesn’t include all shots but can you look up the stats and prove my point wrong ?

      Ps. This draft has been good so far but Johnny football is a little to cocky anyone disagree ? And SAS just might sweep them I hate it though cause I love both teams

    5. Two things:

      1) Kawhi Leonard should be a Knick.

      2) FG% does not account for the difference in risk and reward among shots. eFG% does a better (albeit incomplete, due to a 20-foot FGA and a dunk FGA being equally weighted in eFG%) job of accounting for shot value. Player A shoots 3/5 2PA. Player B shoots 2/5 3PA. They have scored the same number of points. Although it appears as though 3PA have better ORB rates, they’ve each scored 6 points, so they should be evaluated accordingly. FG% does not do that at all.

      tl;dr eFG% isn’t great, but it’s a hell of a lot better than FG%.

    6. Advance metrics are enormously helpful, but still severely limited. Too many variable unaccounted for.

    7. Believe me I understand the differences but still you avoiding the point I was trying to make which is simply that you were forgetting an important factor when you were making your point about Drummond’s “greatest rookie season ever”

    8. LaMarcus is still in the playoffs. What’s efficiency stat padder James Harden doing?

    9. That there is a difference in the amount of offensive rebounds available between good teams and bad teams therefore players on a bad team have more opportunities to grab offensive boards than a player on a good team

    10. Mars, that’s why it’s better to look at rebound percentage when comparing players’ rebounding prowess, rather than total rebounds or rebounds per 36. That is the percentage of available rebounds that a player gets.

    11. When talking about Drummond, he led the league in ORB%, Total RB%, 2nd in eFG%, and despite all the talk about being a poor defender, was still 10th in Block %. This is for a 20 year old in his second season. The kid is a stud, no doubt about it.

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