Knicks Morning News (2015.04.27)

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Wizards Eliminate the Raptors in a Rout (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:25:54 GMT)

    Paul Pierce scored 14 points and received a standing ovation as Washington ousted Toronto in a sweep.

  • [New York Times] After Wizards Get Sweep, Pierce Takes Jabs at Raptors, Drake (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:38:22 GMT)

    At age 37, Paul Pierce is having a grand ol’ time on this playoff run with the Washington Wizards.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies, Bulls Wary Even With Big Leads in Playoffs (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:20:24 GMT)

    The Grizzlies and Bulls head into their games Monday night in complete control of their respective series, needing just one more victory to advance to the next round.

  • [New York Times] Ellis, Barea Keep Mavs Alive With 121-109 Win Over Rockets (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:29:21 GMT)

    J.J. Barea last started a playoff game when he helped boost Dallas’ run to a championship four years ago. Al-Farouq Aminu had never been on the floor for the opening tip in a postseason game.

  • [New York Times] Santa Cruz Sweeps Fort Wayne, Wins First NBA D-League Title (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:23:23 GMT)

    The Santa Cruz Warriors won their first NBA Development League championship Sunday, beating the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 109-96 to complete a two-game sweep.

  • [New York Times] Wall, Beal Lead Wiz Past Raptors 125-94 in Game 4 for Sweep (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:59:29 GMT)

    John Wall twirled a red towel overhead, Paul Pierce motioned to the fans to make more noise, and the sellout crowd of 20,356 chanted “Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!”

  • [New York Times] Clippers 114, Spurs 105: Clippers Absorb Their Coach’s Tongue-Lashing, Then Make a Statement (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:54:59 GMT)

    Los Angeles’s players, criticized by Coach Doc Rivers after a rout by the Spurs in Game 3, received a wide range of contributions in tying a first-round series at two games each.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers 101, Celtics 93: Cavaliers Finish Sweep of Celtics but Lose Kevin Love to Injury (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:38:59 GMT)

    LeBron James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists to thwart Boston, which was swept in a best-of-seven series for the fourth time in its history, but Love injured his shoulder in the first quarter.

  • [New York Times] Paul, Clippers Even Series With 114-105 Win Over Spurs (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:17:37 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Clippers answered their worst loss in playoff history with one of their most uplifting victories.

  • [New York Times] Deron Williams’s Injury Lingers After Nets’ Reviving Win (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:03:39 GMT)

    Joe Johnson let slip that his teammate Deron Williams might be playing with tendinitis, but Coach Lionel Hollis defended Williams’s play after the Nets’ come-from-behind win over the Hawks.

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    20 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.27)”

    1. Give away a draft pick to shed an overpayed player on the final year of his contract, when there is no real reason to make such a “win now” move? Ack! Nooooo!!!!

      Oh wait…we’d be on the receiving end of the draft pick. Man, that would be weird.

    2. I suspect the Celtics are just floating the idea around so that they know what their options look like in the event that some opportunities opened up for them in FA. It’s smart to know in advance how much it would cost you to open up that cap space if you really decided you wanted to. If they were able to sign one big name guy – I would have said most likely Love before Saturday – I could see them using the rest of their cap to round out the roster with some vets and fighting for a top-4 seed in the East next year.

    3. This would have to be a really good draft pick to use up most of our 2015-2016 space. We could probably sign Jae Crowder for less than that with the bonus we get a useful player. With the cap going up next year, player contracts will also rise. Production that you paid $10 million for this year may take $12 million or more next year. Probably only worth it if you are in tank mode for 2015-2016.

    4. Also it is always worth rehashing that the Nets felt the need to resign Wallace to that brutal contract specifically because they had already traded the lottery pick that became Damian Lillard for him, and the impetus for the trade was primarily to impress Deron Williams so that he would resign with them for the awful max they eventually gave him. If ever there was a Knicks-worthy series of transactions it is most definitely that one.

    5. We should take that action. Do that trade and get 1 decent FA after that. 3 consecutive years of of having a 1st round pick would be lovely.

    6. As long as you aren’t expecting Wallace to play offence or anything, and you’ve got the cap space; taking his final year with a 1st rounder is pretty enticing. If need be you could flip him pre-deadline to a contender looking for some D off the bench. Moving him after you’ve got him could be a hurdle though. I personally would prefer to see us lock up a youngish free agent this off season than use our cap space to have Wallace riding the bench, but the draft pick is a pretty tempting incentive.

    7. I can’t believe this series isn’t over already. I’m not sure whether to be disappointed in the Hawks, or impressed by the Nets.

    8. Why wouldn’t the Knicks take Wallace? They have the space and they’d just waste it on the UFAs who will be available this year. It’s a 1st round pick!

    9. Rose and Butler a combined 10-41 tonight in a loss at home to the Bucks.

      They sure aren’t making it easy on themselves.

    10. The Cavs really have to like the Bulls losing for Kevin Love’s sake. One of the local guys up here in Albany was trying to say it wasn’t a big deal Love was hurt.

      Maybe if the series goes 7 they can get him back in even though he’s ruled out now.

    11. Absolutely no way he comes back for this series or the next.

      Evaluation and imaging have defined the extent of the injury: an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he needs arthroscopic surgery. And Olynik will be around for the following game? It would be justice to see him with a 4-6 week injury in return. Seriously, fuck that dude for ruining my playoffs basketball.

    12. Yeah I’d totally be down for a Gerald Wallace contract dump–anything to disincentivize us from maxing Greg Monroe is a good thing. Not that he’s awful but I see him as suboptimal.

      First round picks?!

    13. Why wouldn’t the Knicks take Wallace? They have the space and they’d just waste it on the UFAs who will be available this year. It’s a 1st round pick!

      I think ultimately the pick is probably too enticing to knock back making the deal.

    14. The Knicks aren’t going to be any good next year anyway, so why not trade one year of continued terribleness for the possibility of four years of a good player at a rookie-deal value?

      BRAD STEVENS AND DANNY AINGE ARE SMARTER THAN YOU, JACKSON. TAKE THE PICK BEFORE THEY TRIM IT TO A CONDITIONAL 2ND ROUNDER AND CASH CONSIDERATIONS.

    15. I doubt Love comes back this season, but if the Bucks can do the seemingly unthinkable and upset the Bulls, then that’d obviously be huge for the Cavs, as they match up a lot better against the Bucks without Love than they do the Bulls without Love.

      Injuries obviously swing lots of playoff series, so I can’t be too irked about this (looking at just this season, the Hawks are playing without their best wing defender thanks to the NYPD, the Blazers are on the brink of elimination without Wesley Matthews and his replacement is playing hurt, the Grizzlies might be without their star point guard the rest of the playoffs and his back-up is injured, as well, the Thunder obviously didn’t even make the playoffs due to injuries to stars Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka, Houston’s without their starting point guard, heck, you could mention Varejao if you’d like, as well), but yes, it is a real shame. Especially because this could seriously be setting us up for a Washington Wizards match-up with the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals, and the Wizards might actually win that (they beat the Bulls just last year), so we could seriously be looking at Randy Wittman, NBA Finals Coach.

      That’s scary, but I think I might prefer that to the Cavs making it to the NBA Finals without Love, where it just becomes, “Well, we have no chance against the Western team, but at least we’re here!”

    16. we could seriously be looking at Randy Wittman, NBA Finals Coach.

      I refuse to believe this is possible.

      Especially because: Paul Pierce.

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