Knicks Morning News (2014.10.23)

  • [New York Post] Hamstring strain likely to force Bargnani to miss Knicks’ opener (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:37:06 -0400)

    Andrea Bargnani said he's not sure when he will return from a right hamstring strain and admitted he's frustrated by the injury. When two reporters from Italy interviewed him after…

  • [New York Post] Carmelo hits game-winner, but it’s only preseason (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:22:04 -0400)

    There weren't any final-second game-winners from Carmelo Anthony during last season's wreckage, but the Knicks superstar set a sweet tone for 2014-15 — even if it's preseason. Anthony broke a…

  • [New York Daily News] Derek Fisher still searching for rotation as Knicks beat Wizards (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:19:32 GMT)

    The Knicks are just days away from opening the regular-season against the Chicago Bulls and yet two of the team’s likely starters are still nursing injuries. While one of them- Jose Calderon- seems to be close to returning from a right calf strain, the other, Andrea Bargnani, remains in medical limbo with a pulled hamstring.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: There is no triangle for defense, which could be Knicks’ big problem (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:32:30 GMT)

    Six days until the opener and the Knicks are starting to look very familiar — and not necessarily in a good way. In brief: Carmelo Anthony is shooting a lot and scoring many points on isolations, while quicker opponents are wide open on the perimeter at the other end.

  • [New York Times] NBA: Dante Cunningham Struggles to Clear Name (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:36:59 GMT)

    It was after 4 a.m. when Dante Cunningham pulled his truck back into the driveway of his suburban Minneapolis home and saw the police waiting for him.

  • [New York Times] Griffin and Paul Lead Clippers Over Suns 108-105 (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:52:02 GMT)

    Los Angeles Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer attended his first home game Wednesday night at Staples Center and the Clippers broke out of their preseason funk with a 108-105 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Rookie Randle Leads Lakers Past Blazers 94-86 (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:13:00 GMT)

    Julius Randle already feels the game slowing down after seven preseason games with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the rookie power forward demonstrated his comfort in an impressive finish to their latest preseason game.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Carmelo Anthony Paces Knicks (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:08:07 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points as the host Knicks overcame a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat the Washington Wizards in a preseason game.

  • [New York Times] Gasol Leads Grizzlies Past Cavaliers, 96-92 (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:46:06 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies reserves accomplished what the starters couldn’t – they built enough of a lead to put away the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] Rejection of Draft Changes Gives Top Losers in N.B.A. a Victory (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:09:26 GMT)

    The league’s board of governors concluded three days of meetings by voting down a measure aimed at changing the way the draft lottery is conducted.

  • [New York Times] Timeout as Canadians Digest Day of Terror (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:57:46 GMT)

    A National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season game rarely holds any importance and a meeting between the Toronto Raptors and Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday held even less relevance as Canadians digested a day of terror.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Scores 30 as Knicks Beat Wizards (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:28:03 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, including a tiebreaking three-point play with 13.9 seconds left, and the New York Knicks overcame a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 103-100 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Teague Helps Hawks Beat Spurs 117-107 (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:07:03 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks closed their preseason schedule with a resounding 117-107 victory over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves Dominate Bucks in 110-91 Win (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:43:39 GMT)

    Shabazz Muhammad had 19 points and Nikola Pekovic tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Vasquez Leads Raptors Past Maccabi Haifa, 92-85 (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:05:22 GMT)

    Greivis Vasquez had 15 points, Lucas Nogueira scored six straight points in the final 2 minutes and the Toronto Raptors held off Israel’s Maccabi Haifa 92-85 on Wednesday night for their sixth victory in seven preseason games.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Beat Nets in Preseason Finale (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:59:10 GMT)

    Marcus Smart scored 16 points to lead Boston to a 100-86 victory in the final preseason game for both teams.

  • [New York Times] Rockets’ Late Free Throw Downs Magic 90-89 (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:53:06 GMT)

    Jeff Adrien’s free throw with 35 seconds to play capped Houston’s rally Wednesday night, beating Orlando 90-89 in preseason play.

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    19 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.10.23)”

    1. Wow, #11? He was #2 in scoring. How’d they come up with such a large gap, there?

    2. How can you rank Carmelo ahead of Aldridge? Yes, Carmelo led the league with 6.6 isolation points per game, but Aldridge led the league in left side mid-range field goals, and he’s done it five years in a row . The numbers speak for themselves.

    3. In less snarky news, it looks like we’re going into the season with a Dalembert, J(not R) Smith, Melo front court. I hope that means Fish envisions a bench pairing of Stat and Cole.

    4. I like this starting lineup. It’s a good mix of shooting + defense, with 3 elite shooters for their positions (Calderon, Melo, and yes, Jason Smith) as well as a wild card shooter in Iman. I think we can expect to see Dalembert play about 25 minutes/game, leaving 23 minutes at C to some combination of Amare and Cole.

      Like DRed suggested, pairing Amare and Cole is a natural fit. In addition, having Amare on the court with the second unit might help prevent that unit from becoming a JR-chuck-fest on offense.

      Will be interesting to see Fisher’s substitution patterns. I do hope Pablo gets some run this year, even if it’s only 15 minutes/game or something. Good things just happen when he’s on the floor.

    5. Super bummed about Steve Nash. One of my favorite players ever to watch in his prime. No he couldn’t defend, and his teams didn’t ever win the big prize, and he didn’t really deserve his MVPs, but I haven’t seen many other guys who were more fun to watch with the ball in their hands. I was hoping we’d get to see even a little bit of the old magic this year, but not to be. He should never have left the cozy confines of the Phoenix medical staff. Seriously those guys are witch doctors. Phil should offer them all of Dolan’s riches to relocate to NYC.

      As for the Knicks, that starting lineup seems fine to me. I’m a little concerned that a Smith-Dalembert combo is a little slow and clunky to match up with some teams that play small and fast but Fish seems pretty committed to the two true bigs thing so that’s going to be an issue no matter what. I’m glad he’s starting with the more defensive frontcourt combo at least rather than throwing blackhole Stat out there with a unit that already has offensive firepower.

    6. 3 elite shooters for their positions

      I like Jason Smith well enough, but “elite shooter”? I don’t buy that description for him.

    7. I like Jason Smith well enough, but “elite shooter”? I don’t buy that description for him.

      As a jump shooter he is elite. According to Goldsberry’s article from earlier this year, Jason Smith was top 3 (not sure which of the 3 he is) from the elbows. The other members of the top 3 were Steve Nash and Jose Calderon.
      http://grantland.com/the-triangle/courtvision-everything-you-think-you-know-about-rondos-shooting-is-wrong/

      Just look at his shot charts at NBA.com over the last few seasons. From where he will be asked to shoot, he is flat out amazing. Nowitzkian, if you will.
      http://stats.nba.com/playerShotchart.html?PlayerID=201160&Season=2013-14

    8. The second unit would figure to be Acy at PF and Stat at C, which, uh, I dunno.

      Yeah, I have the same fear. That’s not gonna work so good on the whole defense thingy.

    9. Yeah, I have the same fear. That’s not gonna work so good on the whole defense thingy.

      I’m still hopeful that ShaCole O’Neal is going to be anchoring the 2nd unit, but ultimately there aren’t really any lineups that are going to completely mitigate the defensive issues on this team. No matter how you shuffle the pieces you still end up with a lot of bad defensive players playing together a lot of the time. But even acknowledging that fact, yes a potential front-court pairing of Stat and Acy with the dynamic defensive duo of JR and Timmy plus old and slow Prigs at the point is enough to send a shiver down my spine. Don’t worry though. Fisher’s system is going to mitigate those weaknesses.

    10. As a jump shooter he is elite. According to Goldsberry’s article from earlier this year, Jason Smith was top 3 (not sure which of the 3 he is) from the elbows. The other members of the top 3 were Steve Nash and Jose Calderon.
      http://grantland.com/the-triangle/courtvision-everything-you-think-you-know-about-rondos-shooting-is-wrong/

      Just look at his shot charts at NBA.com over the last few seasons. From where he will be asked to shoot, he is flat out amazing. Nowitzkian, if you will.
      http://stats.nba.com/playerShotchart.html?PlayerID=201160&Season=2013-14

      The sample size issues on that claim are off the roof, though. It’s literally basing the term on one season instead of the previous five where he was not nearly as good from those same spots.

    11. The sample size issues on that claim are off the roof, though. It’s literally basing the term on one season instead of the previous five where he was not nearly as good from those same spots.

      Did you look at the previous seasons’ shot charts?

    12. Yeah, and I apologize – two strong seasons versus four not great ones. Still seems too much for elite status. The guy is a good shooter from just inside the three point line, there is no doubt about it, but I just wouldn’t call him elite at this skill. Calderon certainly is and I’ll give Melo, as well.

      It’d be nice, by the way, if they’d give shot charts for the player’s career – that doesn’t seem like it would take a lot of work, does it? In fact, it is so little work that I’ll just do it myself! I should have just done that to begin with rather than complain period. ;)

      But from the left elbow, he’s a career 45% shooter. That’s certainly good. I’ll take that. I just don’t think that’s elite.

      From the right elbow, it’s 41%.

      Overall from the elbow, it’s 43.5%.

    13. Heck, based on just the last two seasons, Bargs is 51% from the left elbow and 55% from the right elbow.

      In fact, over his career from the elbow, Bargs is a 42% shooter. Not that far off from 43.5%, right?

      Bargs’ split is 43% from the left and 41.5% from the right.

    14. Anyone other than me concerned about a possible 1-7 start? Bulls, Cavs, Hornets, Wizards, Pistons, Nets, Hawks 2x? I’d be happy with 4-4, thrilled with 5-3, and could tolerate 3-5.

    15. Not that concerned to be honest. It’s a possibility but I don’t think we’ll start that badly even if we struggle with the Triangle a bit.

    16. Even if we do start badly, all that means is sweet drafty goodness. We’re playing with house money this year, fellas.

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