Knicks Morning News (2014.12.31)

  • [New York Times] Warriors Keep Rolling, Topple 76ers 126-86 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:07:14 GMT)

    Marreese Speights scored 23 points, Stephen Curry added 13 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 126-86 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Blazers Down the Raptors 102-97 in OT (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:07:11 GMT)

    Damian Lillard had 26 points and nine assists and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 102-97 in overtime on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Leads Lakers to 111-103 Win Over Nuggets (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:58:18 GMT)

    The old Kobe Bryant sure looked an awful lot like the young Kobe Bryant.

  • [New York Times] Hornets’ Jefferson Out 4 Weeks With Groin Injury (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:46:02 GMT)

    The Charlotte Hornets’ playoff hopes took a major hit after an MRI revealed that center Al Jefferson will miss a minimum of four weeks with a strained adductor muscle in his left groin.

  • [New York Times] Hayward Helps Jazz Rally to Beat Timberwolves (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:07:20 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward scored 11 of his 26 points in the final four minutes to help the Utah Jazz rally to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-94 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Lopez Leads Nets Over Bulls 96-82 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:01:04 GMT)

    Impressive wins have been rare for the Brooklyn Nets this season, but Brook Lopez believes the team can (and should) have more performances like Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Lopez Stars as Nets End Bulls’ Seven-Game Winning Streak (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:43 GMT)

    Brook Lopez scored 29 points, a season best, and Joe Johnson had a double-double in Brooklyn’s victory in Chicago.

  • [New York Times] Evans Scores 24 as Pelicans Hold Off Suns, 110-106 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:49:08 GMT)

    Tyreke Evans scored 24 points, including eight straight for New Orleans in the final 2 minutes, and the Pelicans held off Phoenix 110-106 on Tuesday night to stop the Suns’ winning streak at six games.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Leads Mavericks to 114-87 Rout of Wizards (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:37:04 GMT)

    Monta Ellis scored 20 points in 27 minutes and the Dallas Mavericks beat Washington 114-87 on Tuesday night, handing the Wizards their most lopsided loss of the season.

  • [New York Times] Hawks 109, Cavaliers 101: Hawks Spoil Party as James Turns 30 and Cavaliers Fall Without Him (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:02:52 GMT)

    Cleveland faded to 18-13 without James, who rested a sporadically sore knee and may be unavailable for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee.

  • [New York Times] Conley Scores 30 as Grizzlies Defeat Spurs 95-87 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:55:15 GMT)

    Mike Conley had 30 points and six assists, Marc Gasol added 17 points and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-87 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Powers Hawks Past Cavaliers, 109-101 (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:16:02 GMT)

    Paul Millsap took over for Atlanta in the fourth quarter to help hold off a Cleveland comeback and the Hawks beat the Cavaliers, who were without LeBron James, 109-101 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Meeks Has Big Game Off Bench as Pistons Beat Magic (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:01:04 GMT)

    Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 34 points off the bench, shooting 9 for 11 on 3-pointers, and Andre Drummond added 17 points and 22 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 109-86 victory over the Orlando Magic.

  • [New York Times] The Knicks’ Cole Aldrich, a Bright Spot, Steps In to Fill the Void (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:47:58 GMT)

    The Knicks’ Cole Aldrich can laugh at himself and his missing tooth — a welcome bright spot in the team’s miserable season.

  • [New York Daily News] Woeful Knicks will add Andrea Bargnani on New Year’s Eve (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:52:47 GMT)

    A fully bearded Phil Jackson walked out of practice at the local Boys & Girls Club without speaking to the media beyond a “Happy New Year.”

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    26 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.12.31)”

    1. ESPN Headline: “Despite Kyrie Irving’s 35″, Cavs lose.” They actually lost because of it. 35 on 27 shots with 9 TO’s is actually a pretty bad game, for an NBA player. I’d love to make 13 of 27 in any game I ever play, but I don’t play with Lebron. Speaking of other players who aren’t me and who play with LBJ, though they didn’t last night. (Wasn’t it weird to see him in street clothes?…wow, time moves on.) What’s up with K LOVE with the 1-8 in 24 minutes? The Cavs are kind of a mess right now, huh?

    2. They didnt lose because someone shot 13-27. The 9 Tos are a problem as well as Kevin Love injuring his back. Come on lets not be slaves to advanced metrics. Kyrie basically was a one star team last night and shot decently but turned it over too many times.

    3. They didnt lose because someone shot 13-27

      Didn’t know Love was struggling with back issues. Thanks.

      Yeah, I agree, it’s pretty impressive for someone to make half of their shots in an NBA game, especially as a guard, but you can’t like the fact that he had more than twice as many shots as anyone else on the roster. Once James and Love come back healthy, the Knicksian look to their box score will get fixed, but it is an interesting insight into where that team is right now. ATL shot distribution was much better last night and they won rather easily. Not a coincidence, I think.

    4. Can’t wait for tonight’s game – Jason Smith and Andrea Bargnani vs. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

      Anyone know of a poster company I can buy stock in?

    5. What’s not to love about this guy? I hope we go after him hard this off-season.

      So, there are other NBA two’s that don’t work on three point shooting? Does Shumpert just play video games and then go out and start? Does JR just do bong hits? It seems like with a ball machine and a hall of fame coach, a player should be able to get better. W. Matthews should be the norm. I mean, I’d get out of bed at 5 and do a jig all the way to the gym if that was my job.

      A more revealing piece would be about NBA players who squander these opportunities.

    6. A more revealing piece would be about NBA players who squander these opportunities.

      I would love to see a camera crew follow JR around.

    7. Re: Matthews, I actually think that many NBA (and non-NBA players work tirelessly on aspects of their games like 3-pt shooting, but they hit a wall at their talent max. Hansbrough, Amare and Lin are examples of guys known for their tireless work ethic. At some point, either a guy can translate practice to a game, or he can’t.

      What I like about Matthews is that he was a 4-year college player who went undrafted, worked his way into the league as a defensive specialist, and with the suggestion and subsequent support of Hornacek, discovered a talent that he never truly explored before. He has not only improved, but has been remarkably consistent since his rookie year. As opposed to a guy like Shumpert, who shot plenty (too many) of 3’s in college, and probably spent a great deal of his ACL recovery time working on 3’s, but seems to have hit that talent wall; he can produce in spurts, but there is no consistency. I agree that there’s something about Shump’s attitude that doesn’t help. He needs far more humility than he has displayed, e.g. pouting last year because of Woody and trade rumors. I was among the biggest Shump fans on this board, but have soured on him, mostly due to his attitude/approach but also due to his inconsistency on both ends.

      JR is another story. I’d like to think that he’s an outlier of sorts.

    8. Although ironically, Humphries is a guy who probably wouldn’t be in the NBA if he didn’t have a great work ethic.

    9. I’m moving to Portland on Friday and I hope that Wesley Matthews stays put. No need for him to waste his career playing for a perennial 35-47 team.

    10. Woj just tweeted Melo, Shump and THJr for Butler and Mirotic

      Just kidding, but Phil, these are the kinds of trades I’d like to see happen.

    11. The Bulls weren’t going to trade Butler for Melo during the offseason. And that’s before he became super awesome. So just put Butler out of mind.

    12. Maybe the Bulls could throw in Noah to even out the salaries, and a couple of first round picks too.

    13. Jowlresias, the Banished Seer December 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm
      I’m moving to Portland on Friday

      Congratulations. Wonderful city.

    14. I have this dream, and in it, the Cavs keep falling apart, and Love continues to not assert himself because the guards he plays with are idiots, and they do something really stupid, like trade Love to us for Carmelo Anthony. They’re the Cavs, so it is plausible they would do something that stupid.

      This is what we should all be rooting for.

      EDIT: sometimes I have the same dream and Melo vetoes the trade because he doesn’t want to go to Cleveland.

    15. Sorry guys, just dreaming. I knew that trade wouldn’t happen.

      Yeah, that NTC was a major failure.

    16. Thank you, Hubert. I could have ended up in Indianapolis, but my wonderful bosses thought me more of a Portland person. They must have known that I am into competent basketball, since I told them from Day 1 that I wished to leave the tri-state.

    17. Jowlresias, the Banished Seer December 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm
      I’m moving to Portland on Friday

      Best of luck in Portland.

      Happy new years to you and to everyone on Knickerblogger

    18. I wish Melo got the guards suck excuse

      When Melo sucks it’s because he’s “carrying the load” but when Love’s team struggles (Timberwolves) he plays amazing and people say he only plays well because his team is so bad. Which is it?

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