Knicks Morning News (2015.05.09)

  • [New York Times] Austin Rivers Propels Clippers Past Rockets 124-99 (Sat, 09 May 2015 06:48:05 GMT)

    Austin Rivers scored a career playoff-high 25 points, sparking a decisive run to end the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Houston Rockets 124-99 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

  • [New York Times] Injured Point Guards Major Impact in East, West Semifinals (Sat, 09 May 2015 06:27:09 GMT)

    John Wall hopes to test his broken left hand and wrist by trying to dribble a basketball.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Rout Rockets to Win Game Three (Sat, 09 May 2015 06:23:56 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Clippers coasted to a 124-99 rout of the Houston Rockets in Game Three of their Western Conference semi-final on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Bulls 99, Cavaliers 96: Derrick Rose’s Buzzer-Beater Gives Bulls a Pivotal Win Over the Cavaliers (Sat, 09 May 2015 04:54:41 GMT)

    Rose’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Chicago a win in Game 3 and a two-games-to-one lead in its second-round playoff series against Cleveland.

  • [New York Times] Rose Banks in 3 at Buzzer to Lift Bulls Over Cavaliers 99-96 (Sat, 09 May 2015 04:30:07 GMT)

    Derrick Rose banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer and scored 30 points Friday night to give the Chicago Bulls a 99-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

  • [New York Times] Rose Buzzer-Beater Lifts Bulls Over Cavs (Sat, 09 May 2015 03:32:56 GMT)

    Derrick Rose banked in a three-pointer as time expired to lift the Chicago Bulls to a 99-96 win over Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of their Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: As John Wall Aches, Wizards Prepare to Go On Without Him (Sat, 09 May 2015 02:50:02 GMT)

    Wall has fractures in his left wrist and hand that could sideline him for the rest of Washington’s series against the Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Times] NBA Fines Clippers’ Barnes, Bulls’ Noah (Sat, 09 May 2015 01:18:01 GMT)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Friday for directing inappropriate language at a courtside fan who turned out to be Houston star James Harden’s mother.

  • [New York Times] Injured Chris Paul to Start Game 3 for Clippers (Sat, 09 May 2015 01:09:08 GMT)

    Injured Chris Paul will start for the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 against the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

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    30 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.05.09)”

    1. James Harden may be a stud on offense (even if I can’t stand watching his particular brand of floptastic offense), but he’s Raymond Felton on defense.

    2. Meanwhile, what’s up with LeBron? In the first 3 games of the Bulls series, he’s 30-76 (39%), which includes 1-12 from 3 pt. range. Is it because he’s trying to do too much or is Jimmy Butler really the LeBron stopper?

      To be fair, Kyrie hasn’t had much of a series either, and he’s supposed to take some of the scoring load off of LeBron.

    3. I find myself rooting against GS, Houson, Cleveland and Wiz. Not sure why.

    4. I’m a John Wall fan, so I don’t actively root against WAS, but I think ATL has a better shot, and I like the idea of a team without any “superstars” winning over teams with them.

    5. Have you guys ever broken a bone? I’ve broken my hand (boxing), wrist (snowboarding), ribs (soccer), toes (judo), finger (basketball) and leg (youth kickball, don’t ask), and aside from the toes, there is no fucking way that I’d be able to play even recreational sports with a broken bone.

      How does John Wall think he’s going to play basketball with five broken bones in his hand?

    6. Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton will file paperwork to exercise his $3.9 million player option for the 2015-16 season, league sources told RealGM.

      And thus concludes his offseason exercise program.

    7. Hawks attempting a crazy accidental comeback here without Horford, Millsap and Teague.

    8. Since we’re all gathered let me also add that Pero Antic would have been a worse than average Knick this year. It’s amazing he is getting playoff minutes on a 60 win team.

    9. Now I remember why I’m rooting against the Wiz.

      I don’t understand this. Guy makes a game winning basket, is pumped and…that makes him unrootable?

      Well, to each their own I guess. Even as a Knick fan though, you have to respect the man as a player I think.

    10. Of course I respect him as a player, and as an entertainer. He’s a classic arch villain. I could never root for him or any team he plays on.

    11. Jowles —
      You’re right. I broke my arm once and it HURTS. I’m always amazed when pro athletes play with broken bones. I guess their pain thresholds are much higher than those of us mere mortals — which I guess is one reason that they are world class athletes and we’re not.

    12. I dunno, I think it depends largely on the sort of break and the person. I’ve broken 9 bones over the course of my life, including two toes. In my case, the toes were some of the worst and I couldn’t even attempt to walk, while both arms and a leg (not at the same time) were really more of an annoyance than any sort of pain.

    13. Not to mention, sitting out in your weekly rec league is different than sitting out a NBA playoff series. You think Willis Reed takes a 6″ needle in his hip if it isn’t game 7 of the NBA finals?

      I’m sure that by the time they get to the pro’s, most athletes have had to gut their way through injuries that would keep most of us out of action.

    14. Washington (without Wall)/Memphis NBA Finals, just like what the league was hoping for. :)

    15. Memphis has played two great games. Shows what a good physical defense can do.

      I can’t imagine Phil having enough clout with the Gasol family to get Marc in NY, but he would, obviously, go a long way toward solving almost every major issue the Knicks have: defense, scoring, ball movement, leadership. (Oh, and the ability to bank game changing three pointers in, which seems to be how playoff games are won these days)

    16. Gasol paired with Okafor or Towns would really be quite a sight to see. That’s almost good enough where I could see Jackson making a decent pitch saying, “Look at who you’d be able to play with! These guys will be really good and they’ll learn from you and you’ll be helped by them, as well.”

    17. Tony Allen was massive in that game. Griz are like a ’90s team. Great to see.

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