Knicks Morning News (2014.05.28)

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 40, Thunder Tie Series at 2-2 (Wed, 28 May 2014 07:58:37 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook is picking up where Kevin Durant left off.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Rumble Past Spurs to Level Series (Wed, 28 May 2014 05:22:34 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, superbly led by inspirational All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on their home court, outplayed the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 40, Thunder Tie Series at 2-2 (Wed, 28 May 2014 05:10:41 GMT)

    While accepting the award for himself, Kevin Durant called Russell Westbrook an MVP-caliber player.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Grizzlies Retain Joerger (Wed, 28 May 2014 04:36:17 GMT)

    Grizzlies Coach Dave Joerger has signed a contract extension to remain in Memphis after speaking to the Minnesota Timberwolves about their vacancy.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Ankle Surgery for Nets’ Williams (Wed, 28 May 2014 04:34:20 GMT)

    Deron Williams, the team’s point guard, had arthroscopic surgery to remove spurs from the front and back of his left ankle.

  • [New York Times] Sterling Says NBA Ban, Forced Sale Is Illegal: LA Times (Wed, 28 May 2014 04:28:32 GMT)

    Donald Sterling, banned from owning a pro basketball team for inflammatory remarks he made about African Americans, called the National Basketball Association’s action illegal because it was based on a “lover’s quarrel” that was “illegally recorded.”

  • [New York Times] Thunder 105, Spurs 92: A Fiery Duncan Cannot Rescue the Spurs (Wed, 28 May 2014 04:21:37 GMT)

    Tim Duncan was clearly irked at the criticism that Coach Gregg Popovich leveled at his team, and his demeanor did not improve Tuesday when the Spurs lost to Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] Steve Ballmer Is Said to Be Among Clippers’ Suitors (Wed, 28 May 2014 03:57:20 GMT)

    Rochelle Sterling, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers with her husband, Donald, through a trust, is said to have met with a former Microsoft executive and others about their interest in buying the team.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Rumble Past Spurs to Level Series (Wed, 28 May 2014 03:49:34 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, superbly led by inspirational All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on their home court, outplayed the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Sterling Says NBA Ban, Forced Sale Is Illegal-LA Times (Wed, 28 May 2014 03:10:33 GMT)

    Donald Sterling, banned from owning a pro basketball team for inflammatory remarks he made about African Americans, called the National Basketball Association’s action illegal because it was based on a “lover’s quarrel” that was “illegally recorded.”

  • [New York Times] Against Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers’ Confidence Is Questioned (Wed, 28 May 2014 02:12:23 GMT)

    Trailing the Heat, 3-1, in the Eastern Conference finals, the once confident Pacers looked to extend the series at home.

  • [New York Times] Eyes on Stats, Players Hire Help to Crunch Them (Wed, 28 May 2014 00:54:35 GMT)

    Justin Zormelo, a 30-year-old Georgetown graduate, has become the private guide for players looking to work their way through advanced analytics.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks great King sells HOF bling (Wed, 28 May 2014 01:58:43 GMT)

    Bernard King is showing that money trumps nostalgia. King had to wait his turn before he was welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Now, the Brooklyn product and former Knicks great is wasting little time profiting from the honor.

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    37 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.05.28)”

    1. Russell Westbrook: 40 points
      Kevin Durant: 31 points
      That feeling you get knowing Scott Brooks just secured his gig for another year just to continue pulling up lame: Priceless

    2. Will be interesting to see if the Pacers make a stand tonight.

      If they lose, they can blame it on their fans.

    3. Good news on the Eastern front: it seems the Wizards are inking Wittman to a three year extension. So, no chance in hell Washington will be a real contender in next three years.

    4. I wish that were true, but I am not sure it’s a given that Wittman will mess up Washington. Most coaches aren’t impact coaches one way or another. It’s the players that make the difference for most coaches. People on this forum aren’t impressed with Brooks, but OKC is definitely a contender.

    5. Well, yes, but they have Durant (and Westbrook and Ibaka, but mostly Durant). Nobody in Washington will ever become even a half of Durant. So, best-case, they’re gonna get to the ECF next year, then they are gonna get bounced in the first round of the playoffs the two years after.

    6. Yes, I agree, but that would be the same with most NBA coaches. Grunfeld, not Wittman, has to do something to make the team better. I am not convinced he can’t. He’s an experienced GM and his work in the past few years with Washington seems pretty good.

    7. Obviously, it has some glaring flaws (sample sizing, no rebounds or steals) but it’s cool to see that there’s more and more publicly available data to look at to try to get an idea about defense.

    8. It’s really fun to play with, but it gives some weird results. David Lee looks better than Serge Ibaka on defense and James Hardens looks surprisingly good. Rudy Gay also looks good. Bargnani does look bad, but not where I would expect him to look bad. Lebron doesn’t look especially good. Shane Battier looks good around the rim but not at the three point line. Carmelo looks fantastic. Even though the graph represents numbers and my instincts do not, I think the tool still needs some work.

    9. I spent about 5 minutes fooling around with the graphic. Apparently, the three best defensive forwards in the league are Melo, Chris Bosh and Dirk Nowitzki. Corey Brewer is shockingly bad, Blake Griffin and Derrick Favors are complete sieves and Andre Drummond is worse as a defender than he is as a foul shooter. Interesting stuff…

    10. I’m not sure that gizmo tells me anything- Amar’e looks fine and he is when he’s in the proper position. The problem is he misses so many rotations that he’s not in position to challenge the shots he’s supposed to be challenging. Does it ding James Harden when his man just blows right by him for a shot at the rim while he’s standing flat-footed 15 feet away? Carmelo looks great but his nonexistent interior rotations killed the Knicks this year. Are guards giving up a lot of shots at the rim because they’re giving up penetration or because they routinely drop into the paint to double bigs? It’s a start but it’s a long, long way off from telling us anything really meaningful about defense.

    11. David Lee looks better than Serge Ibaka on defense and James Hardens looks surprisingly good.

      Yeah, that’s dumb. Serge Ibaka should be league MVP-just ask the Spurs.

      In all seriousness, 82 games has the Warriors 3 points better on defense with Lee on the floor, and some other stats have him as a + on defense this year as well. But defense is really hard to judge. If teams are so scared to come into the paint against Ibaka it might somehow lead to more 3 point attempts, and if OKC is bad at defending those, it might counteract some of his inside presence? Or something?

    12. hahahaha, this board, I tell ya

    13. No Birdman, LBJ with serious foul trouble, Bosh and Wade a combined 7-16. . .and Indy is losing by 7. At home. That is a fugazi team.

    14. The last 40 seconds of this game would have been thrilling if they hadn’t taken 10 fucking minutes

    15. I’m not sure if Jowles is mocking us for questioning the defensive metric or for using any metric that’s not WP.

    16. I have no idea what goes on in jowles head, but you should start with the eye test and see what that tells you

    17. What’s going to happen is Lebron is going to go Jordan on the Pacers in Game 6 and make Stephenson his bitch

    18. There are clearly some flaws with the metric. The metric uses a p-value of .5 apparently, so any given square is a coin flip. In addition, the metric suffers from the same values any +/- metric has.

    19. Well, hasn’t George made me eat my words. Still, I’m quite curious about by how many points Indiana is going to lose in Miami. 30? 35?

      And that Stephenson shit has to stop. I like his mini-Westbrook style of play, but those mind (?) things are awful to watch. The answer, my friend, is blowing in the king.

    20. Lebron plays less than half the game , paul george goes bezerk and they win by 3 at home. 20-30 point loss for Indy next game—–btw Melos game 4 was better to earn the gentlemens sweep in 2012 lmao

    21. Exactly. I understand Miami offense is a pick-your-poison threat, but for a supposed (and actually demonstrated many times) defensive juggernaut they’re getting crushed by the avalanche of threes the Heat is capable to launch at will, even when LeBron is not playing, as it seems. Why doesn’t Indiana go small? I bet Lewis won’t ever hit 6 threes in his waning NBA career, but those were wide open! What is the advantage in playing Hibbert and West when both of them have so much trouble in defending the perimeter? Come on, Vogel! Give a super small West-George-Stephenson-Hill-Watson unit some burn, just to see if they can defend those threes! And if Miami puts in two bigs (say Bosh-Haslem or Bosh-Birdman) take Watson out and let Cope in, come on!

    22. Staying big worked on the final play last night. No Hibbert and LeBron dunks, lays it in or at least tries to rather than passing off to Bosh.

    23. Is Stephenson really less of an insufferable douche bag than JR? He’s a better player, but is way more annoying than JR and loves to play the fake tough guy like everybody else on that team, bar David West. I’m pretty excited for Lebron to blow up in game 6, because you know it’s happening.

    24. Stephenson is a much worse douchebag than JR. And staying big was the right move at the end, but what I’m trying to say is that during the second and third quarter Vogel should try to stay really small just to see if it works. They have their back against the wall and LeBron is going to kill them, so let him do all the work but don’t concede easy threes.

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