Knicks Morning News (2015.04.28)

  • [New York Post] Knicks may land power forward Jackson whiffed on last year (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:01:07 -0400)

    Nobody was more surprised than Hawks veteran power forward Elton Brand when he received the midnight email last July 1 from Knicks president Phil Jackson. Free agency had begun, and…

  • [New York Times] Blazers Stave Off Elimination With 99-92 Win Over Memphis (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:35:51 GMT)

    After the final buzzer of their Game 4 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, the Portland Trail Blazers all gathered in a huddle at midcourt and raised their clasped hands skyward.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Avoid Elimination Again, Beat Bulls 94-88 in Game 5 (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:18:03 GMT)

    Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and nine assists, Khris Middleton scored 21 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks avoided elimination again with a 94-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Avoid Elimination Again, Beat Bulls 94-88 in Game 5 (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:08:17 GMT)

    The Milwaukee Bucks insisted this playoff series was about more than just showing up, taking their beating and learning from it.

  • [New York Times] Nets 120, Hawks 115, Overtime: Deron Williams Buries Self-Doubt, and Seven 3s, as Nets Pull Even (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:07:34 GMT)

    Williams matched his playoff-career-high point total with 35, with 16 points in the fourth quarter, as the Nets won at home to tie their series with the Hawks at two games apiece.

  • [New York Times] Injured Kevin Love Will Miss the Cavaliers’ Second Round (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:49:24 GMT)

    Love, Cleveland’s starting forward, has been ruled out for the team’s next playoff series — and perhaps longer — after he sustained a dislocated left shoulder against the Celtics.

  • [New York Times] Nets Beat Hawks Behind 35 From Williams, Tie Series at 2-2 (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:23:10 GMT)

    Deron Williams finally delivered the game that’s expected of him, and he wasn’t going to let the Nets lose it.

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    36 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.04.28)”

    1. Bleah Elton Brand, but what about this?

      Carroll told The Post this month the Knicks and Lakers are two teams many players want to play for.

      At something like $8 mil per, that would be great.

      In other news, I am bummed out that the Hawks aren’t performing. We will get to hear all about how “that style of basketball doesn’t win championships” if they don’t advance. “You need a star who can step up when the D gets more intense.” Etc etc. Which is pretty much the opposite of what everyone on this board believes. So much for the virtues of good team basketball.

    2. I see Phil has a knack for signing veteran power forwards who post dismal WP48 numbers the season before their free agency (this season, Elton Brand posted a .044. It was his third lowest score ever – in sixteen seasons! – and he posted it in a system that should have put a premium on savvy players). In fact, I’m surprised he’s not going after Pero Antic. NYPD sure went after him.

      In other news, I am bummed out that the Hawks aren’t performing. We will get to hear all about how “that style of basketball doesn’t win championships” if they don’t advance. “You need a star who can step up when the D gets more intense.” Etc etc. Which is pretty much the opposite of what everyone on this board believes. So much for the virtues of good team basketball.

      Yeah, I’m bummed too. But I think they’re underperforming exactly because they’re going from time to time full hero-ball with their point guards. Jeff Teague, in particular, seems to have temporarily forget how to play like Tony Parker, and he’s committing all sorts of dumb mistakes over the course of every game. Moreover, it looks like they’ve deviated from good sets in crunch time, ditching them all to go to any situation where Kyle Korver can shoot from 34 feet in. The Millsap injuries could be playing a role, too. A healthy Millsap would have been by far the best player in the Hawks-Nets series, if only because there’s nobody on the Nets’ roster who can guard him efficiently. Second unit lineups have been awful to watch, too. Schroeder-Bazemore-Carroll-Scott-Antic is working very, very badly.

    3. Oh and another thing. Thabo Sefolosha had the best WP48 of their team, while shooting like a drunken boar. So maybe (maybe) WP48 has some edge when talking about defense.

    4. If the Hawks win this series (as they should anyway) I’m confident they’ll advance to the ECF. Budenholzer vs. Wittman? Come on.

    5. @3 His mother died from stomach cancer the same day that free agency began and Jackson contacted him (July 1). Here is the actual quote from Brand: “It definitely went down to the wire — the pros and cons,’’ Brand said. “Growing up in Westchester a big fan. It came down to the team. The team at this stage of my career, I knew what we had here, and we had a chance to go a little further. That’s what it came down to at the time.’’ That is even more damning. To say in effect, admittedly with the benefit of hindsight, that Atlanta was team with a better immediate future was not exactly the consensus opinion at the time.

    6. Regarding Hawks-Nets, you can totally bank on D-Will returning to his norm, despite what I’m sure we’ll hear from the media – “he’s back”.

      And BTW, does any other PG in the league get so little accomplished with so much dribbling? You can hear the ooh’s and aah’s of the dumb crowd when he does his shake and bakes and behind the backs, but the end result is basically the same as if he had just stood there for 10 seconds with the ball in his hands.

    7. Damn, Kevin Love will never learn to win a playoff series at this rate. Disgusting that vicious thug Olynyk only got 1 game.

    8. Anyone knows about good “Europeans players” who could be available for us as free agents???

    9. Fwiw (probably nothing), Chad Ford in his lottery gizmo has the Knicks selecting Towns if they select #1; Okafor if they select #2; Mudiay if they select #3; and Winslow if they select #4 or #5.

    10. Yeah, he’s oddly confident in them taking Winslow. I don’t think I agree that they have Winslow over Russell yet.

    11. It’s funny, I’m watching the Nets replay, and oddly enough, they actually didn’t go to D-Will enough in the fourth, and the dude ended up with 16 points in the quarter!

    12. Does anyone think Love’s injury might make him opt in for next season? Or opt out and sign a 1+1 deal? It seems hard to believe that he would leave with everything so unsettled.

      Here’s an interesting question – if Cleveland somehow wins the title, does that help or hurt Love’s chances of returning?

    13. I don’t know why he wouldn’t stay if they win. Championships are nice to get if you can grab them. I only think he would leave if he hates feeling like the third wheel.

    14. Does anyone think Love’s injury might make him opt in for next season? Or opt out and sign a 1+1 deal? It seems hard to believe that he would leave with everything so unsettled.

      My initial reaction was similar to this – that it would make it more likely for him to stay in Cleveland one way or the other. Just seems like it will be hard for him to walk away without have ever even given the situation a chance to work itself out fully. Even more so because so many of his rumored destinations are such mediocre teams – I just can’t see him turning to that sort of situation without at least taking a real shot at a title. That said, the whole situation has evolved so oddly (before the season I would have probably said less <5% chance he would end up somewhere else, now it seems at least 50-50) that it's hard to get a read on. What are Love's motivations? What will he be looking for in his next team? I'm not sure I have a clear picture.

    15. That’s why I think he very possibly goes for the 1+1, so he basically just punts his decision until the next season, where more teams will have cap room anyways.

    16. The rest of the East sucks so much, though, that a Love-less Cavs team likely is still the favorite. Once JR gets back, an Irving/Smith/Shump/Lebron/Mozgov or Thompson lineup is still better than most, especially if Lebron goes nuts.

    17. They definitely still have a chance to make the finals but I really can’t see them beating any of the truly top West teams without him. They’d probably need one of the marginally weaker West teams (say Houston) to sneak through somehow to have a good chance in the finals.

    18. Oh true, they’re screwed in the Finals, but what East team could realistically beat a West team? The Bulls if everything is clicking, I guess?

    19. Given what the Hawks have shown us so far…I think Cleveland was our only hope for a really awesome finals. This Bulls team looks really nice on paper which is why I think everyone keeps hoping they’re just about to turn it around, but they just aren’t the team people want them to be. Noah has fallen off a cliff (and I doubt he’s coming back), Taj doesn’t look healthy, Rose shows flashes offensively, but he’s awful on D now and in between the flashes sporadic on O. Also sort of below the radar Thibs is once again getting outcoached in a playoff series. I don’t think they have enough barring a miracle.

      I’m still holding out the tiniest sliver of hope that Love might make it back and the Cavs are just trying to play down any expectations on Love so that it doesn’t become a situation where every game that’s where all the focus is. First finals game is June 4. That’s still 5 weeks from Thursday. That’s a good long while.

    20. Thnx @15

      I read about Huertas. I think it could be a nice pick up for us. I think it would be better to sign a few good players from Europe than overpaying for mediocre established players.

    21. It’s definitely a huge opportunity for Shump to make a statement going into his free agency. He has been somewhat marginalized by how well JR has done since that trade, but he’s definitely going to get a big opportunity with Love out, and a lot of what they need from him (defend bigger guys, contribute on the glass) are areas where he has generally done well. If he can have a good stretch making 3s for the next month it could make a big difference, not just for the Cavs, but also for his next contract.

    22. The crazy thing is that they’re going to need to re-sign Love, Thompson, and Shump. That’s a lot of guys going to free agency at the same time!

    23. it’ll be interesting to see whether they really intend to keep both Thompson and Mozgov. They already have Varejao locked up to that awful extension (I still have no idea why they gave a guy who can never stay healthy a big extension a year early). Do they really need 4 $10M+ a year guys at the 4/5 assuming Loves come back?

    24. It’s extravagant, to be sure, but with the cap going up, it will probably be money well spent. They should also be able to trade either Mozgov or Varejao.

    25. But since he’s making so little money, won’t he net them something really good? But yes, I imagine they’d prefer to move Varejao.

    26. Unless you trade Mozgov for a good center who makes less than 5 million dollars a year you’re still going to need a center. Varejao cannot stay healthy. The Cavs were willing to surrender decent assets for Mozgov b/c he was cheap and signed for longer than this season.

    27. Geico. Commercial- “when you play the spurs in the playoffs you ‘re going to lose. It’s what you do”

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