Knicks Morning News (2015.04.04)

  • [New York Times] Blazers Celebrate Division Title With 107-77 Win Over Lakers (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 05:51:20 GMT)

    The Portland Trail Blazers returned to their locker room to find black T-shirts hanging in their stalls with bold red-and-white letters reading “Northwest Claimed.”

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Beat Kings 101-95, Gain Ground in Playoff Race (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 05:48:08 GMT)

    The New Orleans Pelicans know exactly where they stand.

  • [New York Times] Gasol Helps Bull Hold On for 88-82 Win Over Pistons (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:57:10 GMT)

    Pau Gasol was simply trying to redeem himself for two mistakes. He did more than that and helped the Chicago Bulls get a big win.

  • [New York Times] Vucevic’s Career-High 37 Power Magic Over Wolves 97-84 (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:42:08 GMT)

    The entire NBA has had a hard time slowing down Nikola Vucevic this season.

  • [New York Times] Seventh-Place Nets Top Raptors Behind Williams, Young, Lopez (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:36:16 GMT)

    The Brooklyn Nets won a game two nights earlier when Deron Williams missed in the lane and Brook Lopez scored on a rebound.

  • [New York Times] Nets Win Sixth Straight (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:33:46 GMT)

    Deron Williams scored a season-high 31 points, and the host Nets beat the Toronto Raptors, 114-109.

  • [New York Times] Green Scores 22 Points to Lead Grizzlies Over Thunder 100-92 (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:21:11 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 19 as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-92 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Green Scores 21 to Help Spurs Cruise Past Nuggets (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:18:09 GMT)

    Danny Green scored 21 points, including 6-for-6 shooting on 3-pointers, and the San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 123-93 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night after losing Tiago Splitter to a right calf injury during a strong start.

  • [New York Times] Ilyasova Leads 3rd-Quarter Surge, Bucks Top Celtics 110-101 (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 02:24:12 GMT)

    Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee’s third-quarter surge from a halftime deficit with 11 points and the Milwaukee Bucks hurt the Boston Celtics’ playoff chances with a 110-101 win Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Stuckey Scores 15 to Lead Pacers Past Hornets 93-74 (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 01:45:16 GMT)

    Rodney Stuckey scored 15 points off the bench to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-74 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Gortat and Beal Lead Wizards Past Knicks 101-87 (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 01:36:23 GMT)

    Marcin Gortat scored 19 points, Bradley Beal added 18, and the Washington Wizards defeated the New York Knicks 101-87 on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Cleanthony sees night end Early during Knicks loss (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 04:18:22 GMT)

    Cleanthony Early limped off the court on Friday perhaps for the final time, a fitting conclusion to a disappointing season.

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    40 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.04)”

    1. Tomorrow’s game might be the biggest game of the year. If we lose, I can’t imagine us catching the T-puppies. Go Nerlens!

    2. Starting to think Galloway just ain’t that good. Thank God we secured him for next year.

    3. Galloway is a decent bench player on a quasi-minimum contract. He’s not a star, never will be, but as a cool 8th man he’s great value.

    4. It will be interesting to see who from this motley bunch is on the team next year. I like Shved, Ledo, Amundson and Galloway.

      Thanasis? He looked super-raw in the D-League game I attended, so only as filler.
      Labeyrie? Who knows?

      I could do w/o Cole, Acy, Jason Smith, and Larkin but could see keeping any of them around as filler.

    5. If we get 1, think we should trade it down for a shot at Cauley-stein and Winslow?

    6. That would only work if Lakers fell out of the top 5 and their pick went to Philly and Philly was willing to deal their picks, which I dont find likely given that the top two prospects are in positions that Philly already have locked up (unless embiid is a bust). But, if philly made the call, I think id be fine with some combo of russell/mudiay /Winslow plus wcs. I still think id take towns at 1, but I cant fault anyone who thinks otherwise.

    7. I just not on the Stein hype train. I think he’ll struggle in the nba. I also worry that for a guy who just scores on dunks and layups why is his 2pt% under 60%. That and his FT% is concerning.

    8. Duke’s guards are really, really good. Assuming Kentucky takes care of business tonight I think it could be an epic final game.

    9. Justice Winslow will be the 3rd pick in this draft over D’Angelo Russell, WCS, and Mudiay. He’s an outstanding athlete, a great rebounder for his position, he’s a great hustle player, he’s great in transition, he can shoot it, and he can handle the ball. I think he compares very favorably with Kawhi Leonard. Between him, Okafor, and Towns, I’m very comfortable anywhere in the top 3.

    10. Philly was looking pretty good against Charlottle, but Noel left the game with an eye injury and is likely out for the night…hopefully he’ll be rested and rearing to go for tomorrow.

    11. On one hand, Winslow is the classic “guy who helped his draft status with a big tournament” guy, and I’m always a little wary of those guys. On the other hand, he is the kind of player who just seems to be everywhere on both ends of the floor. He certainly looks like a guy who should be a good rotation wing in the NBA.

    12. Winslow has looked great, and he might be a great pro, but he’s not the physical monster Kawhi is.

      Really looking forward to this game. Kaminsky is probably better now than stein/towns, but uk is just so deep.

    13. I’d take WCS over Winslow- a great defensive wing is certainly nice but a defender like WCS can turn around a team’s defense. He has the potential to be a defensive player of the year level guy. Kentucky’s point guard play hasn’t been all that great since he’s been there so I still think he can be a solid dive guy on offense. I’d still take Towns #1 but if he’s gone when the Knicks pick I’d certainly consider trading down and going with Cauley-Stein and another asset over Okafor- I think elite rim protection/ability to blow up opposing pnrs carries more value in today’s NBA than elite post play.

    14. ability to blow up opposing pnrs

      Great point, especially since we don’t have a pg that can guard. So we would need to overcompensate to even have a shot at stopping the constant breakdowns. I just don’t see the defensive iq from okafor and I doubt the Knicks culture would ever be conducive to developing it.

    15. Annnnd Ish Smith misses both free throws. Philly still up 1 with 10 seconds left, but Charlotte has the ball.

    16. Kentucky is having a real hard time getting stops. Wisconsin is really giving them problems with their great ball movement.

    17. Ish Smith misses a terrible layup at the buzzer. Fuck Ish Smith. And his stupid name.

    18. This might be the worst officiated game I have ever seen. Refs are handing it to Wisconsin.

    19. Yeah ticky tacky calls on KY there.
      I agree though, that Winslow has been the most impressive player thus far.
      I like WCS’s defense, but he’s such a zero on offense… You can’t pick him top 5.
      The irony is that Towns will not be close to ready until Melo is like 33 and completely cooked.

    20. WCS seems like a one-way player, but he’s a real difference maker on defense. He’ll be a nice role player in the NBA.

    21. Wisky getting zero calls but they play some good D. Towns is terrorizing them on the offensive glass though.

    22. I’m surprised Wisconsin won but not THAT surprised. Kentucky’s guards are borderline awful. The Harrison brothers are chuckers, Booker is a good offensive player but can’t guard anyone.

      I can’t tell whose fault it is that they had such trouble getting the ball into Towns. Literally the last 10 minutes of Kentucky offense was a Harrison brother iso and a prayer floater. I think I saw one PNR to Towns which was predictably an easy score. Was this Calipari’s fault for not telling them to get the ball inside? Towns’s fault for not fighting hard enough for position? Harrison bros fault for not being able to get him the ball? It seemed like every time Towns would get position they’d immediately swing the ball to the other side. Bizarre.

      I’m still on the WCS bandwagon. He basically erased anyone they put him on, the last Kaminsky shot/foul notwithstanding. Before that last shot, Kaminsky basically disappeared after the 15 minute mark of the 2nd half when WCS started guarding him. Question is whether WCS is Tyson Chandler-esque or John Henson-esque (not that Henson is bad – he’s pretty good). It’s really hard to tell whether he’s just not used appropriately on the offensive end, especially playing next to Towns. You could imagine he’d be a good PNR dive man. I don’t even think I saw him set more than 1 or 2 screens last night.

    23. I agree about the Kentucky guards. They stink.

      i see WCS as a quality NBA big who will never make an All-Star squad.

    24. Towns seems like the clear #1 now. I think it’s a toss up after that. I think Russell or Mudinay could end up being better pros than Okafor.
      Okafor’s just not going to be as efficient against nba seven footers and his defense + free throw shooting is really a problem.

    25. Why wasn’t Kentucky going to Towns every single time down the court– if for no other reason than to try to get Wisconsin’s big guys in foul trouble?

    26. Kentucky’s strategy late in close games is to try and get Andrew Harrison to draw fouls because he’s one of the best guards in the ncaa (and was top in the tournament) at doing that–it’s pretty much his only redeeming quality. Unfortunately Cal forgot he had Karl towns on his team and refused to abuse the favorable matchup. Cal isn’t a very intelligent tactician.

    27. Harrison is also perceived as “clutch” despite his terrible shooting stats so he gets the green light which is obviously dumb.

    28. While Harrison’s shot was ugly, I couldn’t believe the announcers saying they should go for the quick two. I think sports announcers have some weird obsession with going for quick twos at the end of games.

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