Knicks Morning News (2015.03.15)

  • [New York Post] Knicks pounded by Warriors — and Fisher says Calderon’s season may be over (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 01:24:26 -0400)

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Fisher allowed for the possibility that Jose Calderon won't make it back this season despite the point guard's ardent wishes to return. Calderon has a tricky…

  • [New York Times] Warriors 125, Knicks 94: Stephen Curry Helps Warriors Crush Knicks (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:59:39 GMT)

    Curry, playing on his 27th birthday, had 25 points and 11 assists for Golden State, which blew open the game with a 47-point second quarter.

  • [New York Times] Curry Dazzles on 27th Birthday to Lead Warriors Past Knicks (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:52:06 GMT)

    Stephen Curry dazzled for 25 points and 11 assists playing on his 27th birthday, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New York Knicks 125-94 on Saturday night for their eighth straight home victory.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Win Fifth Straight With 88-85 Victory Over Pistons (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:18:55 GMT)

    Derrick Favors scored 26 points and blocked four shots, and the Utah Jazz beat the Detroit Pistons 88-85 on Saturday night for their season-high fifth consecutive victory.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Put End to 5-Game Skid in Beating 76ers (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 03:05:46 GMT)

    Thaddeus Young scored 21 points as the Nets ended a five-game losing streak with a 94-87 victory over the 76ers.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Take Control Early, Then Hold Off Pacers 93-89 (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 02:57:56 GMT)

    Boston played with the balance needed in the postseason.

  • [New York Times] Lee Leads 5 in Double Figures, Grizzlies Beat Bucks 96-83 (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 02:37:05 GMT)

    Courtney Lee scored 17 points, Jeff Green and Zach Randolph added 15 apiece, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Milwaukee Bucks 96-83 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets Beat 76ers 94-87 to End Five-Game Skid (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 02:18:58 GMT)

    Thaddeus Young scored 21 points and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 94-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Scores 31, Wizards Rally Past Kings, 113-97 (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 01:45:55 GMT)

    John Wall had 31 points and 12 assists, Paul Pierce scored 17 points, and the Washington Wizards rallied from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 113-97 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Steve Kerr and Warriors continue to get best of Knicks (Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:43:20 GMT)

    When the Knicks couldn’t — and wouldn’t — work out an agreement with Steve Kerr last May it changed the direction of two franchises.

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    20 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.03.15)”

    1. Where does this team rank in the history of godmofreakinawfulbadness?
      If they went back in time and played the Pittsburgh Ironmen who went 15 and 45 in the 1946-47 season, would they dominate? I assume they would. Yet they also strike me as clearly the worst team I’ve ever chosen to watch more than a couple of times in a season. Watching Bargnani in particular feels like watching an inebriated former athlete who has only a sporadic and casual interest in the game’s outcome. But my knowledge of horrifying basketball ineptitude is a bit shallow.
      So I’m curious if anyone with more hard earned wisdom on this topic has thoughts about where these Knicks rank in history. Are they just middling in their talent/effort/BBIQ/selflessness? Or do they loom large?

    2. Anyone have any thoughts as to why, on that ESPN draft lottery gizmo thing, Chad Ford is so convinced that, if the Knicks get the first pick they’ll pick Okafor and, anywhere else they’ll take Mudiay?

    3. Interesting article about Lou Amundson in the Post. Strangest thing — in the half season or so that he played with Cleveland, he can’t recall having a single conversation with LeBron.

    4. I’m utterly befuddled by the absolute nothing Fisher has given to the team. Yes, misfits all you want, Triangle all you want, but I have the feeling he’s just always pressing the button “simulate this game”.

    5. Oh, and Chad Ford is the same one retroactively modifying his old draft predictions, so I wouldn’t trust him that much.

    6. I’m utterly befuddled by the absolute nothing Fisher has given to the team. Yes, misfits all you want, Triangle all you want, but I have the feeling he’s just always pressing the button “simulate this game”.

      I really have no idea whether Fisher will turn out to be a good coach or not, but I do know you can’t judge him by this season. Last night it was Amundsen, Bargnani, Thomas, Shved and Galloway vs. Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Green and Bogut. You just can’t have a more lopsided matchup than that, I’m kicking myself for not taking Golden State -19.

      Not sure what a coach is supposed to do with the D-League talent they put on the floor every night.

    7. I don’t mean to judge Fisher. I just say I don’t see him reacting to anything on the court. Try something! That’s it. It’s obviously not his fault we lost to GS.

    8. Bobby Portis reminds me a little of Chris Bosh.

      Also, is Kanter playing his way out of OKC? They did gove up a 1st for a reason but it could get very expensive for them if he gets a big deal. A Parsons like deal could cause them trouble now and going forward.

      If the Knicks get town I could see them considering Kanter if he kept up his play the rest of the way through the playoffs. I’m on the fence with him. He has some issues but is only 23. Can he improve enough to become a valuable piece at a higher price?

    9. If someone throws max money at Kanter for 250 minutes of excellent play, they deserve his contract, all the way until it requires a bundled 1st-rounder to get rid of it.

      Kanter is exactly the kind of player who will receive a max deal (volume scoring big).

    10. Max’ing Kanter would be a horrific idea unless the cap goes to $900 million. He is a genuinely terrible defender, which makes him a less efficient David Lee. Not a good thing to be. If he actually kept up his ten game epiphany that shooting 30% of your shots from 10+ feet when you are a mid-30s% jump shooter is not a great idea, he could look more like the actual David Lee. But that’s a longshot (pun intended). Even then he wouldn’t be much of an asset on a max contract, even with the cap increasing, because defense.

    11. Would it even take the max to get him out of OKC. They have around $81m on the books outside of Kanter. Even a $10m a yr deal will hurt them now(Taxes) and later(Durant/Westbrook). What will their cap look like if they keep Durant. The following year they’ll have to decide what to do with Westbrook and Ibaka that would be the same yr Kanter could theoretically opt out. If a team throws in the Trade kicker and player refusal on trades like Parsons OKC would have to make a real decision.

      I also worry about his D but if he can keep up his good play through the rest of the year I think the Knicks should consider him depending on who they get in the draft. Vucevic type money might be okay.

    12. I don’t mean to judge Fisher. I just say I don’t see him reacting to anything on the court. Try something! That’s it. It’s obviously not his fault we lost to GS.

      Farfa what is he supposed to try? Our bigs are Bargs, Jah, Lance, Lou, Cole and Acy. God would be unable to do shit with that.

      The best thing we can hope for, and it seems possible, is that our starters could form a decent bench for the time being next year.

      I really don’t know what Fisher’s supposed to adjust too considering his options up and down the roster on either side of the ball.

      Anyone have any thoughts as to why, on that ESPN draft lottery gizmo thing, Chad Ford is so convinced that, if the Knicks get the first pick they’ll pick Okafor and, anywhere else they’ll take Mudiay?

      Don’t worry he’ll change this prediction 3 months from now if the Knicks pick Towns.

    13. Fisher’s got a terrible hand. But the Philly coach has less and is getting more. And some coaches have their bad teams playing way above their collective talent (Boston, Indiana, Millwaukee). So the fact that the roster is bad buys him some time. But the Knicks were horrible this year when Carmelo played. And Fisher hasn’t deprecated himself from the likes of Woodson, who was reviled by the end of last season.

    14. I think fish could be trying small ball and sticking jah and Bargs to the bench but we need some d league prospects to really experiment.

    15. A bunch of years ago, my alma mater was getting crushed in their only televised game of the year. Right before the second half, the play by play guy asked Dick Vitale what they had to do to get back in the game and Dickie V said, “The first thing they need to do is recruit better players.” (Which just might be the harshest thing that he’s ever said on the air.) Kind of applies to our Knicks when they are playing teams like the Warriors.

    16. Also if we play Cole 40 mins a game he may be in shape by next season! Or dead, I guess.

    17. I’m high on Cauley-Stein. He’s a plus defender at either big spot. That’s huge.
      It would be great if we could draft Okafor and then trade down, maybe with Denver, for Lawson and nab WCS lower down. Gives us two quality starters and a less expensive 1st round rookie. Then you have a lot of $ to throw at pf or sg, or both.

    18. Last 7 quarters Kyrie now has 87 points on TS% of .820. Those 7 quarters alone lifted his full year TS% from .577 to .588.

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