Knicks Morning News (2015.01.29)

  • [New York Daily News] Melo and Knicks beat Westbrook and Thunder without Durant (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:58:53 GMT)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. and Lance Thomas played helped the Knicks build a fourth-quarter lead in a 100-92 win against the Thunder.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Kevin Durant said to have eye on Big Apple (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:46:48 GMT)

    The countdown to Kevin Durant’s free agency has already begun in places like New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington and especially OKC.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks DeflateGate? Phil Jackson: ’73 team deflated balls (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:52:30 GMT)

    Nearly 30 years ago Jackson revealed the team would literally take the air out of the balls and ‘deaden’ them.

  • [New York Times] Irving Dazzles, Scores 55 as Cavs Win 8th Straight Game (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:27:15 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving clapped his hands as he walked to the middle of the locker room unaware of the surprise his teammates had in store for him.

  • [New York Times] Dragic, Tucker Help Suns Hold Off Worn-Out Washington 106-98 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:30:08 GMT)

    When the Phoenix Suns’ big lead was fading away fast in the fourth quarter, P.J. Tucker put a stop to the collapse.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Merrily Roll Past Nets to Their 17th Straight Win (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:15:13 GMT)

    Atlanta brushed off the Nets, 113-102, its 17th straight victory, and continued to represent the N.B.A.’s most remarkable story this season.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Overcome Westbrook’s 40, Beat Durant-Less Thunder (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:06:11 GMT)

    Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas are winning over fans and helping the Knicks win games.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Rally to Beat Jazz 94-89, Extend Streak to 13 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:03:01 GMT)

    Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and the Los Angeles Clippers used a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Utah Jazz on the road 94-89 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Led by Irving’s 55 Points, Cavaliers Win Eighth in a Row (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:59:03 GMT)

    Paul Millsap had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games with a 113-102 victory over the Nets.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Leads Hawks to 17th Straight Win, 113-102 Over Nets (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:57:08 GMT)

    Paul Millsap played like one of the league’s best players.

  • [New York Times] Williams Scores 27, Raptors Hit 17 3-Pointers to Top Kings (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:39:01 GMT)

    The Sacramento Kings made it out of New York this week before getting buried by a snowstorm.

  • [New York Times] Denver Snaps 7-Game Skid With 93-85 Win Over Pelicans (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:33:08 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson weren’t going to let the Denver Nuggets fall apart again — not even after they had blown a 16-point lead on the road.

  • [New York Times] Parker Scores 17 to Lift Spurs Past Hornets 95-86 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:57:21 GMT)

    Tony Parker scored 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame another lethargic third quarter to beat the Charlotte Hornets 95-86 Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Smith and Harden Lead Rockets Over Mavericks 99-94 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:51:20 GMT)

    Josh Smith scored 18 points and James Harden added 17 as the Houston Rockets used a balanced scoring effort to outlast the Dallas Mavericks for a 99-94 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Irving Scores 55 as Cavs Win 8th in a Row Minus LeBron (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:51:12 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving put on a spectacular show and LeBron James watched it from a front-row seat.

  • [New York Times] Martin’s Return Sparks Timberwolves Over Celtics, 110-98 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:29:58 GMT)

    Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Loss to Knicks Leaves Thunder Less Room to Err (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:43:08 GMT)

    The Thunder are trying to bounce back from their injury-plagued start and into a playoff spot, and their 100-92 loss to the lowly Knicks further complicated things.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Snap 6-Game Skid, Beat Pistons 89-69 (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:42:01 GMT)

    Michael Carter-Williams got winded sooner than he usually does and had difficulty breathing well throughout the game.

  • [New York Times] Judged by Their Covers, Atlanta Hawks Fascinate Bettors (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:01:50 GMT)

    The Hawks (38-8) have covered the spread 33 times, more than any other team through 46 games in at least a quarter-century, according to the odds tracker Covers.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Has Surgery and Is Expected to Miss Nine Months (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:18:08 GMT)

    If Bryant meets his current timetable, he could return to basketball shortly before the start of the 2015-16 season.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Out for Nine Months After Shoulder Surgery (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:11:48 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant’s NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Leading development in Melo's Knicks role (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:36:23 EDT)

    NEW YORK — The New York Knicks have won four of five, and some people are confused. Are they tanking for a top pick in June’s draft?Are they trying to make a run at the 8th seed in the East? (You can stop laughing now.)We’ll get answers to those questions in the coming weeks and months. For now, a more pertinent question is this: are we watching Carmelo Anthony develop into a leader?According to Derek Fisher, that’s exactly what’s happening.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Galloway reminds Melo a little of 'Linsanity' (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:46:36 EDT)

    NEW YORK –- In a short amount of time, Langston Galloway has made quite an impression for an undrafted rookie. In fact, Galloway’s confidence and ability to step up in some big moments reminds Carmelo Anthony of another undrafted New York Knicks point guard who created a worldwide stir a few seasons ago. When asked if he has seen another rookie as fearless as Galloway in taking big shots, Anthony mentioned the “L” word –- “Linsanity.

  • [New York Post] Wasn’t Phil Jackson supposed to bring pride back to Knicks? (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:09:13 -0500)

    Phil Jackson was charged with restoring a sense of pride in the Knicks organization when he was named the team president last spring. That may have been just as important…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks defeat Thunder minus Kevin Durant (Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:15:50 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant hugged and briefly exchanged some pleasantries before and after the game. The real recruiting will come later.

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    36 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.01.29)”

    1. There it is. The stupid comparison. Linsanity. Were you waiting for that? Ohm Youngmisuk wrote the dreaded article today on ESPN

      As yesterday’s game proved, Galloway’s able to compete, but he’s no match for the elite point guards in this league. Now there’s a target on his back.

    2. Like just about everyone else it seems I’m simultaneously loving and hating this little run of quality play we’re on. We desperately, desperately need to keep losing for the future of the franchise but it’s impossible for me as a fan not to enjoy watching some decent basketball for once this season.

      Is Early still hurt or just out of the rotation? If the answer is out of the rotation, that is really dumb. Send him to the D-league at least.

    3. Why can’t we enjoy just a little the competent play of Langston without trying to downplay his contributions? Langston deserves to be an NBA player, that’s it. Whether he is a starter caliber guard, a steadying 8th man off the bench or a towel waving 12th man depends more on the system than on him. In Phoenix he’d stay glued to the bench. In Indiana he’d be their 6th man. Here, he’s our best two-way guard by a mile.

    4. Personally I thought Galloway did a really nice job on Westbrook for the most part last night. Westbrook still got his as he’s going to do in any game where Durant isn’t playing, but he was clearly forcing a lot of stuff. Galloway was able to bother his jumper a lot with his length and it was clearly getting in Westbrook’s head as he reacted by trying about 5 possessions in a row to draw a foul on jumper by jumping forward into Galloway, culminating in the weird one where he made the 3 while sitting on Galloway’s head pretty much.

      Galloway made some classic rookie mistakes down the stretch, but for the most part I’d say that’s about as good as you could expect for his first real time being thrown into the fire against one of the league’s elite PGs.

    5. Yeah I am increasingly impressed with Galloway. He’ll never be a “star” but I think he’s a legit rotation player certainly on this team, if not most teams in the NBA.

      It’s been forever since we had adequate 2-way guard play, other than Pablo.

    6. As much as losing games may help us in the lottery, this is so much more preferable than being blown out in every game and being the laughingstock of the league. And there is the free agent angle, would any player want any part of a team that won 8 or 9 games and got their doors blown off on a nightly basis? (and yes, I know, 15 or 20 wins isn’t exactly a marketing tool either)

      And how sweet is it that Philly and Minny both won last night? As long as we stay in the bottom 3, I’m fine with winning the occasional home game and playing something resembling competent basketball.

    7. by the way, not to toot my own horn or anything but perhaps I should be a scout? Here is what I wrote on 1/5/15 about Galloway after seeing him play 1/2/15 in westchester:

      1) Langston Galloway is probably the best 2 way point guard on any Knicks roster. Dude is only listed at 6’2? but he’s got obviously long arms (DX has him listed with a 6’8? wingspan) and quick feet. He has a reputation as a shooter and looks to be a pretty decent ball handler in the half court. He loves to push it on the break and had some really impressive finishes in transition. I would love to see him called up to the big boy club.

      He was called up on 1/7 and now…Langsanity.

    8. Side benefit of Langston Galloway’s arrival (and possibly disappearance of JR and Shump?) is how well Timmy has been playing this month. He’s averaging 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per 36 this month. To put that in perspective, over the whole season only 12 other guards in the league have reached those thresholds (sort of surprising to be honest):

      Harden
      CP3
      Curry
      Lillard
      Lowry
      Klay Thompson
      Westbrook
      Dragic
      Brandon Knight
      Wade
      George Hill
      Kobe

      And to my eyes at least, he’s definitely competing harder on the defensive end. Let’s hope he can keep it up.

    9. Couple of crazy thoughts:

      The Knicks need to go 32-4 to reach .500 for the season. That’s .889 ball.

      At this rate, the 8th seed in the East will probably get in at only 36 wins.

      27-9 the rest of the way to get in. That’s .750 ball.

      Knicks are 4-1 since Langston got put in the starting lineup. That’s .800 ball.

      Am I the only one crazy enough to think we got a shot at this thing, or am I just swept up in Langsanity?

    10. we got new orleans without anthony davis, the sixers without noel, hornets without kemba(lost), a sleepwalking magic team, and okc without durant…. not exactly a murderer’s row there…

      thomas has been shooting .518 when he was just shooting .390 with okc… hardaway’s shot’s been falling… melo’s been back… these are the things that are not going to continue for the rest of the season… and for our sake hopefully melo shuts it down…

    11. We need to give PT to anyone we are considering trading. Pablo needs to get 12 mins a game if we have any chance of getting a 2nd rounder for him.

      How does a calf injury keep you out of all but 2 games in your contract year? We will never get anything for Bargs. Don’t cut him. Let him sit there, inactive. Enjoy Europe next year!

    12. @3 – I just don’t think the Linsanity comparison is fair. I like what he brings to the table but when the media starts painting this picture I get worried.

      @8 – I heard THjr being interviewed yesterday and he alluded to the “competition” being part of the reason for his recent success. He corrected himself immediately by saying that the team was competing but the Freudian slip was there. He’s looking at this new D-Leaguer with some envy and has stepped up his game.

      @9 – It’s not far fetched. We’re 9-37 and the team in 8th (Charlotte) is 19-27. That’s a 10-game swing. Not likely, but it would be some story, wouldn’t it!

      @11 – Bargnani is done. Toast. He should be forced to hand in his uniform. Not a drop of sweat ever made it onto that shirt.

    13. I wouldn’t mind if Phil offered Thomas the same kind of deal he offered Galloway. His first couple of years in the league his TS% was decent (.541 and .565) so his current .539 might be sustainable. If he does enough to not kill you offensively his defense and the fact that he’s a good locker room/hardworking guy would make him worth having around as a fringe rotation guy. I guess I’d also bite the bullet and sign Amundson for the rest of the season- I think there are enough young guys on the team now that might hang around next year (Early, THJ, Galloway, and maybe Acy) that rewarding a guy for busting his ass would set a good example. Hopefully Melo will shut it down soon and the Knicks will still suck enough to at least be in the bottom three.

    14. Am I the only one crazy enough to think we got a shot at this thing, or am I just swept up in Langsanity?

      I’ll admit that I did check the Hollinger Playoff Odds this morning, just out of curiosity, and the Knicks currently sit at a robust 0.0%. We’re way, way behind but the bigger issue is that this team is not good. Yes, we’re 4-1 since Langston joined the starting lineup, but those 4 wins include mainly close victories against bad or shorthanded opposition. There isn’t close to enough talent on this team to play at the required pace the rest of the way even if we had a healthy Melo for the rest of the year (which is in itself extremely far-fetched) . When you start writing down the record we’d need it becomes pretty obvious how preposterous it is. Even 25-11 probably sees us come up a bit short. We’d probably need to go a minimum of 26-10 and get a ton of help. Not going to happen.

    15. Durant is also believed to be an admirer of Knicks executives Steve Mills

      The article forgot to add that Durant’s favorite band is JD & the Straight Shot.

    16. @13

      Yeah, comparisons to Lin are absurd (for good and bad reasons, I actually think Galloway is a better player since he doesn’t take anything off the table). Still, I think he’s gonna win the January rookie of the month award for the Eastern conference, and that’s a good story we should be happy for. Just a few more wins until Melo is out there and we will have done something useful in this season, and our ten day crew is to thank for that.

    17. Remember the last time the Knicks had significant cap space? Every single game they played against a team with a good young star, there were quotes after the game about how the star of that team would be interested in playing for the Knicks. It is hilarious how consistent these things are. :)

    18. The funny thing about the Lin comparison was watching Melo make a minor mistake and then instantly freak out about it and go overboard in correcting it to avoid anyone making a big deal out of his mistake. It sort of shows you just how much pressure there is on these guys when they talk to the media. Someone asked Melo when was the last time he saw a rookie play like Galloway and he said “Linsanity” and then obviously remembered that Lin wasn’t a rookie then, so he quickly added something along the lines of “And I know he wasn’t a rookie, that was my bad.” and then later repeated it to make sure everyone understood that he knew that Lin wasn’t a rookie (so please don’t report that he didn’t know!), “He reminds me of Lin, who wasn’t a rookie, but in a similar situation.”

    19. these articles about all these nice FAs coming to ny gives you that same feeling as buying lotto tickets…

    20. I think what Melo said got blown out of proportion. If you read the quote he says that Galloway has a fearless attitude about taking shots and the Lin had that attitude too. That could be true. He didn’t say that Galloway was like Lin in anything else. They are like each other in that they are both nice stories to hear about, but otherwise they don’t have much in common. Galloway didn’t come off the waiver wire, he’s scoring completely differently than Lin did (and not as much) and he defends much better.

    21. Right, that’s my point, though. It was funny to see him bring Lin up and then instantly regret it, for that very reason, since he realized as he was saying it, “Oh shit, they’re going to make a big deal out of this.”

    22. Top free agents : New York Knicks = Hot girls : Friendzone

      I got a genuine laugh from that, thanks.

    23. I do think that there is hope for Bargs to get cut once the trade deadline passes. Hell, I bet STAT might get cut, too. I just hope that there are still some interesting D-League guys out there by then.

    24. But I want to cut them now!

      Also, seems like having the best shooting season in NBA history doesn’t make you an all-star

    25. Korver led the NBA in three-point shooting percentage last year.

      He’s currently beating that number by .062 points!!!

    26. If Korver were a guy who shot an amazing percentage but mostly just camped out in the corner and waited for his 3-4 attempts per game I would be more sympathetic to the idea that his low usage should disqualify him. But Korver is not that guy. He doesn’t end up with a ton of shots, but he is a central part of so much of their offense, it just so happens that a lot of that is as a decoy because his shooting is so good that teams have gone to insane lengths to try to deny him 3PA. And in spite of that he’s shooting 53% on 6 attempts a game. Plus he would have been one of the funnest guys to watch in the game. With the lack of defending in the typical all-star game things could get out of hand.

    27. Yeah, Zach Lowe did a great job the other day explaining how valuable Korver is as a decoy. The Hawks got two easy buckets on two possessions where Korver never even touched the ball, but his defender couldn’t leave him, leading to the easy buckets.

      Plus, the guy is shooting 47% (which led the league last year on all sorts of threes) on guarded threes!! That’s nuts!!!

    28. i never really liked the whole korver as an all star argument… i always thought the all star game was supposed to highlight the games best players… low usg 3pt specialists are good and he is the best there is at that but all star?

      if i was trying to construct a team to try to win then korver would be an ideal candidate… but the title of all stars have never been about that… it’s for the players who excel and are responsible for many other things for their teams.. sadly, we don’t count defense in these things either…

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