Knicks Morning News (2014.10.21)

  • [New York Times] Plumlee Lifts Nets to 99-88 Win Over 76ers (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:37:59 GMT)

    Mason Plumlee had 20 points and 17 rebounds to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 99-88 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Rally to Beat Kings 106-99 (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:34:56 GMT)

    Jeff Ayres had 15 points and rookie Kyle Anderson added 14 points as the San Antonio Spurs overcame DeMarcus Cousin’s 32 points and 11 rebounds to rally for a 106-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Defamation Lawsuit Against Rochelle Sterling Is Dismissed (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:32:56 GMT)

    Judge Richard Fruin, in Los Angeles Superior Court, found that V. Stiviano presented no evidence to support her claim that Sterling had called her a thief and an embezzler in public forums.

  • [New York Times] Mavs Used Balanced Offense to Beat Grizzlies (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:20:05 GMT)

    Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis scored 14 points each to lead seven Dallas players in double figures as the Mavericks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-103 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Mayo Scores 24 Points, Bucks Top Knicks 120-107 (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:47:06 GMT)

    Reserve guard O.J. Mayo scored a team-high 24 points, and Giannis Antentokounmpo added 14 as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 120-107 in a preseason game on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Millsap, Hawks Hold Off Hornets, 117-114 in OT (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:41:01 GMT)

    Paul Millsap scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after losing a fourth-quarter lead to beat the Charlotte Hornets 117-114 in overtime in an exhibition game on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Davis Scores 14 in Pelicans’ Win Over Wizards (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:53:07 GMT)

    Anthony Davis scored 14 points and Ryan Anderson had 11 as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Washington Wizards 88-84 on Monday night in the next-to-last preseason game for both teams.

  • [New York Times] Irving Scores 28 as Cavs Beat Bulls 107-98 (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:38:03 GMT)

    LeBron James was the star attraction but Kyrie Irving stole the show with 28 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-98 win against the Chicago Bulls in an exhibition game Monday night at Ohio State.

  • [New York Times] For Derek Fisher, Knicks’ New Coach, a Rivalry Resumes (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:17:13 GMT)

    Fisher was opposed by Jason Kidd in a preseason game against the Bucks, and perhaps there was a bit of symbolism as two former point guards went about the business of coaching their new teams.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Jose Calderon the latest injury (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:37:03 GMT)

    Imported point guard Jose Calderon left Monday’s preseason loss to the Bucks early in the first quarter with a strained right calf and did not return. ‘We’re not sure at this moment, but it’s not an extremely serious injury,’ Derek Fisher said.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: Jason Kidd finds fertile ground with Bucks while Derek still Fishin’ (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:27:32 GMT)

    Milwaukee is very different from Brooklyn for Jason Kidd, twice as lucrative and with a far greater upside in the standings. He would never admit it, because Kidd doesn’t admit much of anything, but any coach would prefer to mentor a young Jabari Parker than instruct a fading Deron Williams; Khris Middleton, rather than a rickety Kevin Garnett.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire feels young again, starts at center in preseason loss to Bucks (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:31:39 GMT)

    Derek Fisher offered a new wrinkle to the remaining questions surrounding his starting lineup on Monday night, going with veteran big man Amar’e Stoudemire at center against Milwaukee at the Garden.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Fisher: Too many 'breakdowns' on D (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:33:37 EDT)

    The regular season is still more than a week away, but if Monday night was any indication, the Knicks have a few things to clean up on defense before they hit the big stage. New York gave up 120 points to a Milwaukee Bucks team missing its starting point guard in a loss at home. The Knicks allowed the Bucks to hit 60 percent of their shots, including 12 of 24 from beyond the arc. “It was a tough night from a matchup standpoint,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said after the game, noting the Knicks had “a lot of breakdowns on defensive concepts.

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    13 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.10.21)”

    1. I dunno, last night was pretty discouraging. I realize that the Bucks were on fire, but they looked so much bigger and more athletic than us at nearly every position. And just like last year, a scrub PG (Nate Wolters?) torched us and a scrub named Eric (last name??) went all Amar’e circa 2006 on our rim. I mean, chanting DEE-FENSE at the Garden is gonna feel pretty stupid.

      Clearly Shump’s O is not getting much better, but at least he plays with some purpose on D. Amare and Timmy just make me cry.

    2. Yeah totally disagree with Shump not getting better on offense. Offense is a lot more than just scoring and he’s been far more active as a facilitator.

      I also think it’s pretty obvious if the Knicks get into a track meet that they aren’t going to win because they don’t have the athletes to do that over 48 minutes. Prior to last night they had held their opponents in the previous 3 games to 44% from the field. They’re not going to be defensive juggernauts but I wouldn’t expect them to be hopeless like they were on most nights either.

    3. I would like to see Fisher try a no-PG lineup, such as Shump-JR-Melo-Amare-Dalembert. Just to see if they can keep opposing guards out of the paint.

    4. “Yeah totally disagree with Shump not getting better on offense. Offense is a lot more than just scoring and he’s been far more active as a facilitator. ”

      Not sure what you mean by “facilitator”, he had 2 assists last night, and most of the time it seems he just passes the ball back to a teammate without at least trying to gain an advantage on his defender.

    5. Yes and he had 2 (15 minutes) against Boston, 4 (21 minutes) the game before that against Philadelphia and 6 (19 minutes) before that against the Raptors. Yesterday Shumpert also had 4 offensive rebounds in addition to his 2 assists over 28 minutes. So in 83 minutes of preseason action he’s had 14 assists. That looks like a major improvement considering he averaged 2.4 assists per 36 minutes last year.

    6. the Knicks come out looking pretty well, 37 wins and just barely missing the playoffs

      That’s coming out well?

      The absolute worst thing for this team is to just miss the playoffs. That leaves them exactly where they ended last year– a horribly disappointing year– with nothing but a low lottery pick to show for it (their only pick during a 3 year span). They’d be better off squeaking into the 8th seed or outright flailing their way to a last-place finish.

    7. If the projections have them a game out of the playoffs, it shows that there’s something there to work with, ya know?

    8. My concern with this team is that we don’t have enough players with 2-way skill, size and what I’ll call “youthful athleticism” to match up with the many young athletic teams. I fear we’re gonna lose a lot of games to non-playoff teams like the Celtics and Bucks, not to mention the athletic playoff-caliber teams that seem to be a thing now. The only true 2-way skilled athletes we have are Melo (and he’s not really an up-tempo player any more) Shump, and JR (and those 2 are flawed.) Maybe Hardaway, although his D is inexplicably bad for a young, smart, athletic player.
      The rest are either slow (Jason, Dalembert) undersized (Larkin, Acy) raw (Early, Larkin, Acy, Cole) not physically/mentally capable of defending their position (Calderon, Prigioni, Amare) or just suck (Bargnani, Outlaw).

      We’re not looking good right now. And I’m usually the optimist around here.

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