Knicks Morning News (2015.04.05)

  • [New York Times] Warriors Beat Mavs 123-110 for Home Court, 12th Straight Win (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 05:06:16 GMT)

    The Splash Brothers had a little help from the big guys, and the Golden State Warriors had a little present for record-setting coach Steve Kerr.

  • [New York Times] Gerald Green Off the Bench Scores 24, Suns Beat Jazz 87-85 (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 05:00:20 GMT)

    Gerald Green came off the bench to score all 24 of his points in three quarters, leading the Phoenix Suns to an 87-85 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Has 21 and Blazers Snap Pelicans’ Win Streak, 99-90 (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 04:39:08 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped the New Orleans Pelicans’ four-game winning streak with a 99-90 victory on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wisconsin Stuns Previously Unbeaten Kentucky (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 04:36:04 GMT)

    The Wisconsin Badgers stunned previously undefeated Kentucky 71-64 in a tense Final Four triumph on Saturday to advance to the U.S. collegiate national championship game against Duke.

  • [New York Times] Smart’s Buzzer-Beater Gives Celtics OT Win (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 04:15:18 GMT)

    Marcus Smart made a big basket to boost Boston’s playoff hopes.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Paul George Returning to Pacers (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 04:12:56 GMT)

    Indiana’s All-Star swingman will make his N.B.A. season debut on Sunday, just in time to help in the Pacers’ last-gasp playoff push.

  • [New York Times] Redick Scores 24 as Clippers Beat Nuggets, 107-92 (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 03:57:07 GMT)

    J.J. Redick scored 24 points, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 22 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 107-92 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Hawks Tie Team Record for Wins by Routing Nets (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 03:35:03 GMT)

    The Hawks lost forward Paul Millsap to an injury, but they set a franchise record for wins with Saturday’s victory over the Nets, whose six-game winning streak ended.

  • [New York Times] Harris, Vucevic Lead Magic Past Bucks, 97-90 (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 03:27:22 GMT)

    Tobias Harris had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the Milwaukee Bucks 97-90 Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Hurt as Hawks Rout Nets, Tie Team Mark With 57th Win (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 03:21:34 GMT)

    The Hawks looked playoff-ready while building a big first-half lead over a Brooklyn team which had won six straight.

  • [New York Times] Jackson Scores 29 to Rally Pistons Past Heat, 99-98 (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 02:54:24 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including the winning layup with 5 seconds remaining, and the Detroit Pistons rallied to beat the Miami Heat 99-98 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Henderson’s Layup Lifts Hornets Past 76ers 92-91 (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 02:42:14 GMT)

    Gerald Henderson was determined to turn an “awful night” into a memorable one.

  • [New York Times] Bradley Beal, John Wall Lead Wizards Past Grizzlies, 92-83 (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 02:24:47 GMT)

    Bradley Beal scored 20, John Wall added 18 points and 14 assists and the Washington Wizards defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 92-83 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Duke Defeats Michigan State to Advance to Title Game (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 01:15:03 GMT)

    The Duke Blue Devils overcame an early deficit and defeated Michigan State Spartans 81-61 in a Final Four matchup on Saturday to advance to the U.S. collegiate national championship game.

  • [New York Daily News] Potential Knicks’ picks Okafor, Towns won’t face each other (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 05:32:23 GMT)

    Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns were pitted against each other from the moment the Final Four was set.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. tries to shake sophomore slump (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 01:08:47 GMT)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. admits that he expected more of himself with the Knicks this season following an All-Rookie team designation one year ago.

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    23 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.05)”

    1. Unsolicited list of big money free agents I least want to see Phil sign, starting from least wanted. Some guess about what they will make is implied, not assuming all are equal money:

      1. Enes Kanter
      2. Monta Ellis
      3. Brook Lopez
      4. Rajon Rondo
      7. Brandon Knight
      6. Jeff Green
      7. Al Jefferson
      8. Luol Deng
      9. Roy Hibbert
      10. Greg Monroe

    2. @1 – So if I’m reading you right, Kanter is your least-wanted big-money free agent?

      I’m interested in your list of MOST-wanted big-money free agents. but would mostly love to see your list of most-wanted free agents we could actually get (assuming Kawhi and Butler are off the table because their organizations realize their value).

    3. I don’t get the Enes Kanter hate on this site. Can someone please explain it to me? Since getting out of that hellhole in Utah, he’s been playing to a WS48 of .225. I can see some concern about who is the “real” EK, but every FA “available” for less money is gonna have some kind of issue. Not to mention that Kanter is all of 22 years old.

    4. Kanter is legitimately the worst defensive big man I’ve ever seen. If I were to end up in prison, and I had a choice between Steve Novak, Amar’e Stoudemire, David Lee and Enes Kanter as my guard, I would would give up canteen privileges to get Kanter.

    5. I’ve honestly never watched him play. His DRtg is 105, not great, but not all-time bad either… what is this stat missing?

      On the other end, he’s a top-5 offensive rebounder.

    6. Kanters okc numbers are from a super small sample and ws doesn’t value defense appropriately and so doesn’t capture how bad Kanter is on that end. He’s bottom of the barrel. So if he keeps up this ridiculous offensive efficiency that he’s only done in a small sample he’d still likely be a wash or a slight net positive.

    7. His defensive tracking stats are below average across the board but that only captures man defense and he’s Bargnani level clueless in help defense which stats dont capture all that well (at least to my knowledge) and certainly hurts him.

    8. but would mostly love to see your list of most-wanted free agents we could actually get

      In addition to Kawhi and Butler as unrealistic, I’m assuming Draymond Green is impossible, Marc Gasol is also staying in Memphis and Wade and Lebron stay put. This list is much harder, especially because the contracts are harder to guess. I feel pretty confident that someone will pay Kanter and Monroe near max or max. I’m less sure about the markets for Danny Green, Khris Middleton, or Cory Joseph.

      Middleton
      A. Johnson
      D. Green
      Millsap
      Aldridge
      Love
      C. Joseph
      D. Jordan
      Dragic
      O. Asik
      D. Carroll
      R. Jackson
      R. Lopez
      T. Mozgov
      W. Matthews
      T. Young
      B. Wright
      KJ Mcdaniels

    9. But let’s say he plays exactly as he does now and continues to post a WS48 of .225. That is higher than anything Tyson ever posted for a season. So is he a “Chandler” level player or isn’t he? If the answer is no, then doesn’t that say the stat is useless for player evaluation?

    10. If the answer is no, then doesn’t that say the stat is useless for player evaluation?

      No not useless. It is useless for defense, but that still means it might be very useful for the bulk of the fat middle defenders and less useful for the extremes like Kanter or Tony Allen. I also agree that he is unlikely to perform at this rate offensively going forward. Some of it may be sustainable, as Utah stretched him too much. But he is also shooting 70 points above his career #s on jumpers with OKC, and that’s unlikely to last. I think he can be very David Lee like with fewer assists, more turnovers, even worse defense and more whining. An NBA player, for sure, but not worth near what he will surely get paid.

    11. @12, I can’t believe I forgot about Ajinca. Definitely should have been on the list.

    12. Ajinca’s been flying under the radar all season. With Asik being an FA and considering the pick NO gave up for him I think Ajinca could be had for a reasonable price early on in the process.

    13. Yeah like Milo said ws/48 is decent at capturing players given that they perform within a statistically average range for defense–it has severe problems with quantifying defense outside that range though

    14. JR Smith 6-8 from 3 point land in the first half vs. Chicago.

      How could we let this guy go? He’s a deadeye, high percentage shooter with a great feel for the game and he will ALWAYS make the smart play at both ends of the floor.

      Another disastrous move by GM Phil Jackson!

      Signed,

      CL

    15. A guy like Middleton or Carroll would be perfect guys to offer a poison pill contract to, which is what it might take to get a few of these guys.

    16. Oh right that’s for restricted players… Well maybe Draymond is a candidate for that.

    17. @10 – A few of those seem ungettable, a few would be disastrous (Kevin Love comes to mind), but generally that list makes sense. I can imagine an off-season of Ajinca, Middleton, and D’Angelo Russell seeming to people like the sky is falling (unheralded FAs plus a non-Okafor/Towns pick), but adding those pieces to this team would really make a big difference. Assuming Galloway plays the 2 and provides 3 and D, we’d be solid on both ends of the floor, with some decent subs already on board.

      Then we really would be one top FA away, in 2016, from having a seriously good team.

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