Knicks Morning News (2015.03.14)

  • [New York Post] After disaster, Phil Jackson backtracks on Melo expectations (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:26:24 -0400)

    SAN FRANCISCO — Phil Jackson has written off this season for Carmelo Anthony as impossible to judge because of Anthony's season-long knee injury, saying the Knicks star played his 40…

  • [New York Times] Blazers Hand Pistons Their 9th Straight Loss With 118-99 Win (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 05:31:02 GMT)

    The Trail Blazers didn’t have to scramble to finish against the Detroit Pistons, and that was a good thing with a looming five-game road trip.

  • [New York Times] Late Barrage of 3s Lifts Atlanta Past Phoenix, 96-87 (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 04:58:17 GMT)

    Paul Millsap scored 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks made five 3-pointers in the final 6:38 to pull away from the Phoenix Suns, 96-87 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Raptors Defeat the Heat (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 04:02:01 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 19 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat visiting Miami for the first time in more than five years, 102-92.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Rally for 114-103 Win Over Short-Handed Warriors (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 03:55:10 GMT)

    Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Randy Foye hit three crucial 3-pointers down the stretch and the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat short-handed Golden State 114-103 on Friday night as the Warriors rested several of their top players, including Stephen Curry.

  • [New York Times] Raptors End 16-Game Skid Against Heat (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 03:34:03 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 19 points, DeMar DeRozan had 18, and Toronto beat Miami for the first time in more than five years.

  • [New York Times] Parsons and Chandler Boost Mavs Past Clippers, 129-99 (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 03:13:10 GMT)

    Chandler Parsons scored 22 points, Tyson Chandler had his 26th double-double after missing most of the last game against Los Angeles and the Dallas Mavericks ran away from the Clippers 129-99 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s Triple-Double Leads Thunder Past Timberwolves (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 02:49:05 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook collected his sixth triple-double in eight games and scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away for a 113-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Rally Past Magic, 95-88 (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 02:31:04 GMT)

    Evan Turner scored 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics overcame an 11-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 95-88 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hornets Battle Back to Beat the Bulls (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 02:16:04 GMT)

    Gerald Henderson scored 20 points, Mo Williams added 18, and Charlotte used a big second-half turnaround to beat Chicago, 101-91.

  • [New York Times] 76ers Overcame 18-Point Deficit to Beat Kings (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 02:04:18 GMT)

    Robert Covington scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-107 on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Warrior stars will be in golden state for Knicks (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 02:39:24 GMT)

    The Knicks are one of a few NBA teams that don’t rest their stars. Then again, you’d have to have stars in order to rest them.

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    26 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.03.14)”

    1. Wow, very,very shaky call to end the Nova-Providence game. I actually know the ref who made the call, he’s appeared at many referee camps I attend, and he’s a great guy who actually talks about his mistakes. But I think he’s going to take a ton of heat for this one, you really can’t make that call to decide the game.

      Here’s a vid, there’s almost no contact on the play:

      http://www.foxsports.com/college-basketball/story/villanova-wildcats-providence-friars-big-east-tournament-semifinal-ryan-arcidiacono-kris-dunn-031315

    2. Kerr seems to be helping the Knicks tank. He rested many key players last night so they’d be ready for the Knicks.

    3. @1 yeah, that call was a James Harden special.

      Man, I go up and down with Okafor. On one hand, he looks like a 1-trick pony (back to basket post game). On the other, he is a freshman and can develop. He’s a mid-range jumper and 30 FT pct points away from Zach Randolph. His supporting cast is not very good at Duke, making it harder to tell.

      I’m leaning towards not liking him for #1-2, and trading down if we have to take him. I His motor and FT shooting really worry me.

    4. He’s probably the best non-towns fit for this team’s needs so I’d say yes. Idk how good his fit would be for the triangle but having a great defender at the 5 is totally necessary for this team.

    5. My knicks draft board goes like this:
      1. Towns

      2. Russell
      3.Okafor/Mudiay
      4.Johnson/Cauley-Stein

      Everyone else

    6. Towns or Okafor. That’s who i’m hoping for. Worst case scenario i’m taking Russell over Mudiay, simply based on being able to watch Russell, and, while not an athletic marvel, he seems willing to integrate himself into a system. I’m with pretty much everybody else on the Towns pick. Better boarder than Okafor and a better shot blocker, at least so far.

      I’m not the biggest fan of rebuilding through the draft. At least not us. Our history in this area can be summed up by Edward Norton’s speech about going to Attica in 25th hour. However, screw it. Were we to draft Towns/Okafor, throw max loot at Aldridge/Butler/Afflalo/Wes Matthews. Whomever. The important thing is to at least try to get players to compliment Melo within this system and to do so understanding that this isn’t a quick fix. It’s a 3-4 year rebuilding project to establish or system and culture. The fa quick fix has been to our peril for too long now.

    7. Sorry. Meant not the biggest fan of rebuilding through free agency. Am a fan of building through the draft. And of course, the two operate hand in hand. Beautifully, provided we have this crazy thing called a plan.

    8. Of course Turner would have to be considered. Bigs are at a premium. Especially ones with talent. A 19 year old 7 footer who’s raw but talented allowed 3 years to develop…yup. Sign me up.

    9. “Intriguing” and “raw” are code words for “can’t play but jumps high and runs fast.”

    10. I think Turner, Johnson and Cauley-Stein are all intriguing guys at #4, along with Mudiay, who probably would be the pick there. So come on, top two pick!!

    11. As for Kristaps Porzingis, holy shit, how in the fuck do you possibly judge that guy? Euro guys are so tough to judge. It seems like practically a 50/50 split between being for real or being overwhelmed. You don’t want to miss out on the next Dirk, but you also don’t want to get the next Darko.

    12. I just think Okafor is not the person to draft for our team. We’re in desperate need of two-way players, and if we can’t get those we should be getting defensive stalwarts instead of offensive studs. Which is why I have Mudiay and Okafor tied at 3–in the Knicks current situation I think getting a two-way guard with a broken jumper is way more important than getting an elite post scorer who cant shoot free throws or defend that well. However, Okafor is likely the better overall prospect for a team that isn’t the Knicks. Maybe I’m overvaluing “fit” or whatever but Okafor doesn’t enchant me all that much. I usually always prefer the two way players if they’re on relatively the same level (which russell mudiay okafor kind of are)–I don’t know if that makes me dumb but it seems intuitive to me.

    13. I’m with you, Brian, this guy can wind up anywhere from the steal of this draft to the next Bargnani.

    14. I think a good rule of thumb is never take a freaking foreigner in the top freaking ten! For fucks sake. As for Mudiay…well…the last time i saw him play was on ESPN when they show the high school games ( McDonald’s AA game doesn’t count since it’s an all star game. Hell, Kosta Kofous looked nice in the McD game ) but he wasn’t jump off the screen good. High school, granted. But, Okafor and Towns jumped off the screen in their respective high school games in ways that, even for bigs, showed legit NBA talent. Plus, they actually play against college competition on US tv so I get to watch them play to make a judgement of their skills.

    15. I’ve heard Brandon Roy as a comp for Russell. Looking at his size, numbers and scouting reports , does anyone else think that Wade is a good (wishful thinking) comp? Re: the discussion yesterday about Love’s less than perfect fit in Cleveland– the one guy who predicted it was Chris Bosh. He said at the beginning of the year that playing with LBJ would be a difficult adjustment for Love .

    16. i am not a big fan of okafor but he will be good on offense…. the defense is scary in a bad way… i have okafor essentially even with russell behind towns…

    17. Russel is like Zach Lavine/Jeremy Lamb in size and I can see pieces of Harden, Curry, and Ginobli game in him. I would like to see more transition ability and he needs to tighten up his dribble because sometimes he gets a little loose.

      One player who does remind me more of Wade is Jerian Grant. He is like a poor man version without the rebounding.

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