Knicks Morning News (2014.11.24)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks can’t be thinking about lottery (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:00:37 GMT)

    All the losing the Knicks have done in November is not a total loss. Remember, Phil Jackson does own a first-round pick in the June draft, which looks more like a lottery selection each day.

  • [New York Times] As 76ers’ Brown Nears 100 Games, Can He Be Judged? (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:52:40 GMT)

    Brett Brown is nearing 100 games with Philadelphia, and not many coaches had fewer victories when they got there.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Pelicans at Wizards (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:00:09 GMT)

    Saturday’s meeting between a potentially underrated New Orleans team and Washington will test the Wizards, who have performed well but have not yet had many tough opponents.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Beat Lakers 101-94 in OT (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:22:43 GMT)

    Wilson Chandler scored 19 points and Ty Lawson had 18 points and 16 assists, helping the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 101-94 in overtime on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Marc Gasol Paces Grizzlies in a Rout (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:14:38 GMT)

    Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • [New York Times] Speights Scores 28 as Warriors Hold Off Thunder (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:57:52 GMT)

    Marreese Speights scored 28 points to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 91-86 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets Face Stiff Test; Then the Game Starts (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:40:03 GMT)

    John Welch, a 51-year-old assistant coach for the Nets, plays aggressive one-on-one defense in practice against the team’s much larger players.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Rout Clippers 107-91, Improve to 12-2 (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:57:58 GMT)

    Marc Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Survive at the Buzzer, Beat Hornets 94-93 (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:45:54 GMT)

    Luol Deng scored 26 points, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each added 20 and the Miami Heat held on in the final seconds to beat the Charlotte Hornets 94-93 on Sunday night and snap a three-game home slide.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Beat Celtics, Extend Win Streak to 7 (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:33:56 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 14 rebounds, reserve Chris Kaman scored 16 points and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to seven games with a 94-88 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

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    53 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.11.24)”

    1. Gibson — out, Hinrich — doubtful. Rose — questionable. Gasol — probable.

      Thibs is a goddamn monster.

    2. Rockets like to shoot 3 pointers; Knicks like to watch people shoot 3 pointers. Everybody wins!

    3. Having a hard time deciding who gets their career high tonight. Harden is the obvious candidate (he may attempt 30 free throws), but I’m going with Beverley, over under 31 points.

    4. Because there’s such a thing as Karma, and James Dolan’s is really bad, I will put my money on the Jimmer Award going to Kostas Papanikolaou tonight.

      (His career high is only 19 though, so I’m guessing we’ll hear “new career high” somewhere in the 2nd quarter)

    5. So the Knicks foul a lot on defense and concede lots of good 3 attempts. I have trouble seeing how this ends well for us. But no Howard sure won’t hurt.

    6. Wasn’t this originally the Earl Watson award from back when Seattle had the Thunder? Maybe the Kevin Love 30-30 award for big men. There is a long “proud” tradition of indifferent defense here. :-(

    7. I still like the Jimmer Award best, because he’s had a middling career other than one magical night at MSG. Bradley Beal is at least a good player.

    8. I don’t know guys. Mike Scott scored 30 on us last year. I think it’s gotta go to him.

      Jimmer at least was a lottery pick, enjoying his homecoming.

    9. Nick C, for old times’ sake, indifferent defense is a big part of what we do here. We’re not going to just kick indifferent defense to the curb.

    10. Kyle Anderson has been horrid (like Anthony Bennett-bad), but I’m not willing to give up on his career after 23 shots. I’d still take him over Tim.

    11. The actual Anthony Bennett has not been too bad this year so far. Has a .553 TS% with a miniscule 6.2 TOV% and has gotten his fouling more under control.

    12. Yeah, it sounded like his issues weren’t “total lack of basketball ability,” unlike Bargnani. Note also that he totally eliminated the 3PT shot from his play (or his coach did). 4 attempts per 48 at 24% will sure make a mark on your productivity.

    13. It’s probably a little bit early to make judgments yet on the draftees. I do bet the Spurs will figure Anderson out eventually, might take a little more seasoning.

      I also have an eerie feeling the Papa-Knick is going to go off in a big way. Which will please my wife at least….

      One thing it’s not too early to say, holy cow the Raptors have been something else. Got to hand it to Masaii, just an incredible job so far. Not sure what’s more surprising, how good they have been, or that they are only fourth in SRS so far….

      Still early though….

    14. One thing it’s not too early to say, holy cow the Raptors have been something else. Got to hand it to Masaii, just an incredible job so far. Not sure what’s more surprising, how good they have been, or that they are only fourth in SRS so far….

      I know everybody loves Masaii, and deservedly so. The guy does a great job. But it shouldn’t be forgotten that they basically went into last year expecting to be bad and intending to tank. And when they traded Gay everybody thought that the next moves (dumping Lowry and DeRozan) were just around the corner (and I don’t just mean that’s what idiots like us on message boards assumed – that’s what real reporters with sources were hearing was the plan), and as Knicks fans surely remember they came awfully close to following that path by dealing us Lowry. So he came awfully, awfully close to tearing this team down before it even really got started.

      I’m sure somebody out there will say that’s all BS and Masaii was a visionary pushing every button perfectly, but I think if you put truth serum in him he’d tell you that he really didn’t think that with just dumping Gay and a few additional tweaks the team he had last year was some sleeping giant. I see them as a great reminder that it almost always requires both smart moves and a massive heap of luck to end up with a really good team.

    15. I think he wisely ID’d Bargnani and Gay as the two players to dump first. I don’t think he knew that would be the difference between being last and being first, but he knew where to start in the rebuild and it worked better than expected.

      That said, Raptors are 29th in strength of schedule, ahead of only our New York Knicks (yes, the Knicks have been able to do what they’ve done this year despite having the easiest schedule in the league this far!)

    16. Yeah, it’s still way too early to be passing judgment on teams like the Raptors and the Grizz, keep in mind they seem to be the only 2 teams not hit by the injury bug. Until a team has to play without a starter or two for an extended period of time, the jury is still out IMO.

    17. Yeah, I think he definitely thought that it’d be addition by subtraction with Bargs and Gay, but I think it is also fair to say that he was surprised by how well they played after the Gay trade. After all, how could he possibly guess that Lowry was going to explode and become one of the best players in the league over night? Heck, even the Lou Williams acquisition is one that I think has worked much better than he expected. I think he just wanted an upgrade over John Salmons and instead he got pre-injury Lou Williams, who was/is a really good player.

    18. We might actually be the one matchup where no Howard does hurt. Howard can’t shoot free-throws and can’t shoot threes. Therefore, more Howard would help us.

    19. How do I justify switching from this awesome Suns-Raptors tilt to the Knicks in a few minutes?

    20. Wear is a catastrophe on offense, but he might be the best defender in the game. LBJ, Harden, whoever.

    21. So TV was getting too depressing tonight, and I stopped watching this game. How we still in it without our superstar? Prigs?

    22. So TV was getting too depressing tonight, and I stopped watching this game. How we still in it without our superstar? Prigs?

      You’re not going to believe this, but good defense.

      Well, good for us. Average for the rest of the league. Plus Houston keeps turning it over and missing what wide open 3’s they are getting, which is actually far less than you would have thought.

    23. Sorry about the lack of game thread. I was (still am) out of the country. But I’ll make sure we won’t have any more missed game threads going forward!

    24. Hey look! The Rockets only shot 14/36 from the 3 against us! If that’s not a moral victory, I don’t know what is.

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