Knicks Morning News (2014.12.04)

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ J.R. Smith expected to play against LeBron, Cavaliers (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:55:08 -0500)

    Probably, the Knicks are getting some help back to face the Cavaliers on Thursday. So there is probable cause for some relief. J.R. Smith — who sat out Tuesday against…

  • [New York Post] Gregg Popovich finds creative way to take shot at Phil Jackson (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:40:18 -0500)

    Gregg Popovich isn't interested in talking about Phil Jackson. The Spurs coach was queried about his longtime coaching rival before the Nets beat the Spurs, 95-93, in overtime Wednesday night,…

  • [New York Post] Barry Larkin has one key basketball tip for his son, Shane (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:08:46 -0500)

    PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Barry Larkin was a Hall of Fame baseball player. He knows what it takes to win. He also knows the challenge of learning something new…

  • [New York Daily News] Mr. Whammy: Security overreacted because Knicks are losers (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:29:50 GMT)

    Mr. Whammy, the self-proclaimed No. 1 Brooklyn Nets fan, believes that exasperation over the Knicks’ losing ways caused team security at the

  • [New York Daily News] Mumps a concern for Rangers, Knicks (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:46:55 GMT)

    Tanner Glass, diagnosed with the mumps last Friday, has been kept away from the team ever since, and the Knicks, their Madison Square Garden co-tenants, said Wednesday that they are also taking precautions.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: As King James visits Knicks, Garden is a royal mess (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:26:09 GMT)

    There are legitimate concerns as to whether this controversial owner, the general manager and head coach can work together and if the group of players they’ve assembled is the right mix.

  • [New York Daily News] Doesn’t get easier for Knicks with LeBron and Cavs up next (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:03:00 GMT)

    Phil Jackson said Tuesday night that the Knicks aren’t ‘playing very confident basketball’ following the loss to Brooklyn.

  • [New York Daily News] Hall of Famer Barry Larkin sees son learn on losing Knicks (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:47:03 GMT)

    Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin says the best advice that he’s given to his son Shane, the Knicks’ backup point guard, is to “enjoy the experience” and “make the most” of playing under the bright lights of the World’s Most Famous Arena.

  • [New York Times] Team USA Stars Off to Strong Starts With NBA Teams (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 08:59:06 GMT)

    The first time the Golden State Warriors practiced this season, new coach Steve Kerr noticed something different about Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson compared to the rest of the team.

  • [New York Times] Philadelphia 76ers Take the Low Road to the Top (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 08:09:56 GMT)

    The franchise with more N.B.A. finals trips than any team besides the Lakers and Celtics is trying to return to greatness with a team built to lose.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Rout Magic 114-86 for 6th Straight Win (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:17:14 GMT)

    Blake Griffin scored 21 points and J.J. Redick had 20 before both sat out the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers won their sixth straight, beating the undermanned Orlando Magic 114-86 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Snap 0-17 Start With 85-77 Win Over Wolves (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:20:07 GMT)

    The Philadelphia 76ers were 16 seconds into their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Henry Sims was stepping to the free throw line when referee Zach Zarba blew his whistle and stopped the game.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Philadelphia Avoids Tying Record-Worst Start With a Win Over Minnesota (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:05:19 GMT)

    Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a viral infection that will keep him sidelined through the weekend.

  • [New York Times] Nets 95, Spurs 93 (Overtime): A Night Later, the Nets Earn Another Victory, This One Over the Champions (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:04:18 GMT)

    The Nets, beating their first quality opponent of the season, halted the San Antonio Spurs’ eight-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Lowry Scores 39, Raptors Hand Jazz 7th Loss in Row (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:50:10 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 39 points on 13-of-22 shooting as the Toronto Raptors sent the Utah Jazz to their seventh straight loss, 123-104 Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Stay Hot, Top Heat 112-102 for 4th Straight (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:17:09 GMT)

    Shooting 56 percent at home, that’s usually automatic-win time for the Miami Heat.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Hits Shot at Buzzer, Mavericks Beat Bucks (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:02:15 GMT)

    Monta Ellis hit a wild, fall-away jumper at the buzzer, lifting the Dallas Mavericks over the Milwaukee Bucks 107-105 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Beal Leads Wizards in 111-95 Win Over Kobe, Lakers (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:59:19 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant got off to a fast start in the first quarter before slowing down in the second half.

  • [New York Times] Harden Leads Rockets Over Grizzlies 105-96 (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:50:10 GMT)

    James Harden scored 21 points, and Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry added 16 each to help the short-handed Houston Rockets cruise to a 105-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Recover in OT, Beat Pistons 109-102 (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:35:08 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 32 points, including a 3-pointer as Boston opened overtime with eight straight points, and the Celtics snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Detroit Pistons 109-102 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Gasol Scores 19, Bulls Defeat Hornets 102-95 (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:29:29 GMT)

    Pau Gasol addressed his new Chicago Bulls teammates following their double-overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets Win in OT, Snap Spurs’ 8-Game Winning Streak (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:17:08 GMT)

    Mirza Teletovic had a season-high 26 points and a career-best 15 rebounds starting in place of Kevin Garnett, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped the San Antonio Spurs’ eight-game winning streak with a 95-93 overtime victory Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Sixers-Wolves Have to Restart After Mishap (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 01:29:03 GMT)

    The Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves were literally going in the wrong direction.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: After Five Titles With San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich Remains Haunted by Missed Chances (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 01:27:41 GMT)

    Since Tim Duncan joined Coach Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, the Spurs have been contenders or champions every season. Still, missed opportunities — the 2013 finals, in particular — haunt Popovich.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: For Knicks and Nets, More Money, More Problems (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:50:48 GMT)

    The Knicks and the Nets have two of the N.B.A.’s highest payrolls, but had a combined 10-23 record entering Tuesday night’s matchup.

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