Knicks Morning News (2015.05.13)

  • [New York Times] Top-Seeded Warriors, Hawks Return Home for Pivotal Game 5s (Wed, 13 May 2015 06:15:06 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks spent all season earning home-court advantage in the playoffs, quickly lost it in the second round, and then regained it.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Avoid Elimination, Beating Clippers (Wed, 13 May 2015 05:36:08 GMT)

    James Harden had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Dwight Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Houston bounced back from two lopsided losses in the Western Conference semifinals.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Soar Over Clippers to Avoid Elimination (Wed, 13 May 2015 05:14:56 GMT)

    James Harden and Dwight Howard delivered when it mattered most for the Houston Rockets, who averted playoff elimination with a 124-103 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Five of the Western Conference semi-finals on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers 106, Bulls 101: Sharpshooting LeBron James Goes All Out as Cavaliers Top Bulls (Wed, 13 May 2015 03:59:11 GMT)

    James rediscovered his form, and the Cavaliers carved out a 3-2 lead in their grinding series against the Bulls.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Pelicans Fire Their Coach (Wed, 13 May 2015 03:40:51 GMT)

    Monty Williams had compiled a 173-221 record since 2010.

  • [New York Times] James Scores 38 as Cavaliers Takes Series Lead Over Bulls (Wed, 13 May 2015 02:41:59 GMT)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers moved one win away from the Eastern Conference final after beating Chicago 106-101 in Game Five of their semi-final series on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Scores 38, Cavs Down Bulls 106-101 in Heated Game 5 (Wed, 13 May 2015 02:00:15 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 38 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers held on for a 106-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their testy Eastern Conference semifinal.

  • [New York Times] Steve Kerr Relies on Bad Cinema to Shake Up the Warriors (Wed, 13 May 2015 00:52:13 GMT)

    Kerr, Golden State’s coach, taught his players a lesson by making them watch their Game 3 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in its entirety.

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    27 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.05.13)”

    1. So is LeBron going to the Finals again?

      Chicago offensive plays are really… offensive, though. Also, how come Noah has completely fallen off a cliff?

    2. Noah has struggled with injuries pretty much throughout his career, and he has definitely been frequently overused by Thibs. Hopefully he can bounce back a little bit next year, but right now it’s pretty sad watching him play. Every time he touches the ball you can see the Cavs sense the blood in the water, because he just can’t do anything right now. He can’t move, he can’t dribble, he can’t shoot, he can’t make layups. Just terrible. He’s trying like crazy on D, but he just isn’t mobile enough and he’s getting eaten alive by the quickness of the Cavs front line on the glass. He finished 5th in MVP balloting last year! Pretty wild.

    3. He can’t move, he can’t dribble, he can’t shoot, he can’t make layups. Just terrible. He’s trying like crazy on D, but he just isn’t mobile enough and he’s getting eaten alive by the quickness of the Cavs front line on the glass. He finished 5th in MVP balloting last year! Pretty wild

      Wait, so you’re saying that players, when they reach 30 years old, lose their ability to do the things they could when they were younger, and that when it goes away it goes away fast?

      That’s not true for players making the mega max too, right?

    4. Wait, so you’re saying that players, when they reach 30 years old, lose their ability to do the things they could when they were younger, and that when it goes away it goes away fast?

      That’s not true for players making the mega max too, right?

      Donnie, you really should have a banner next to your name that says: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”

      LeBron is 30 and looks like he might be playing for a while despite logging 150 or so playoff games
      Chris Paul is 30 and still performing at a high level
      Dirk is 36. 4 years ago he led his team to a title.
      Tony Parker is 32
      Lamarcus Aldridge is 29
      Paul Milsap is 30
      Dragic is 29

      Not saying I’m thrilled we’re paying the mega max to Melo, but we can’t assume he’ll automatically start breaking down just because he hit 3o.

    5. Not saying I’m thrilled we’re paying the mega max to Melo, but we can’t assume he’ll automatically start breaking down just because he hit 3o.

      Except for the part where he immediately broke down in game one of his age 30 season.

    6. This knee injury will tell us how well Melo will hold up through the rest of this contract. If he recovers and plays like 2012-13 Melo, that’s a good sign he will age well.
      History shows us that maintaining a high level of ability well into the 30s is difficult to do. However I think it’s based a lot on the genes of the person doing it. Most people don’t have the genes for it. We’ll find out soon if Melo does.

    7. Melo is a fascinating case because we’re dealing with three different things…

      1. His general body type should age well. He’s become an outside shooter and they age well.
      2. However, his knee in general is obviously not aging well and I don’t see how that will get any better as he continues to age (who has ever suffered major knee injuries after age 30 and didn’t have knee problems going forward?
      3. The Knicks are devoted to playing him at a position which puts more stress on his knee, which makes no sense to me (playing him at the four puts more stress on his upper body, which did lead to shoulder injuries in the past, but shoulder injuries are a lot less chronic of injuries than knee injuries – Kevin Love, for instance, is a lot less likely to suffer another shoulder injury than Melo is to suffer another knee injury).

    8. Donnie, you really should have a banner next to your name that says: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”

      I’m not saying give up your hope. Just your season tickets.

    9. Donnie, you really should have a banner next to your name that says: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”

      LeBron is 30 and looks like he might be playing for a while despite logging 150 or so playoff games
      Chris Paul is 30 and still performing at a high level
      Dirk is 36. 4 years ago he led his team to a title.
      Tony Parker is 32
      Lamarcus Aldridge is 29
      Paul Milsap is 30
      Dragic is 29

      Not saying I’m thrilled we’re paying the mega max to Melo, but we can’t assume he’ll automatically start breaking down just because he hit 3o.

      Do you really want to use Parker and Dragic as examples here? Dragic’s numbers, while still good, were way down from the previous season. Parker’s been injury prone for awhile now and his play tanked this season.

    10. Melo only had arthroscopic/debridement correct? I know there is always concerns with older players and surgery once they hit dirty 30, but I am pretty sure the kind of surgery he had is fairly conservative (disclaimer: not a doctor). A lot of Australian Rules footballers have that surgery in the off season and that is usually a 6 week rehab.

      Again, I am assuming a little here, but it’s probably a safe bet (and bleeding obvious) the Knicks took a pretty conservative approach once it became apparent the season was shot. I think it’s maybe fair to potentially question question Melo’s declining physicality, but I don’t think it would be too wild to suggest that he can bounce back fairly well despite his age given how long he has had to recover.

    11. Winslow measured 6’4.5 w/o shoes and 6’6 w/ shoes. His standing reach was 8’8.5 which is very good.

    12. Again, I am assuming a little here, but it’s probably a safe bet (and bleeding obvious) the Knicks took a pretty conservative approach once it became apparent the season was shot.

      You mean once Melo got to play in the ASG.

    13. Do you really want to use Parker and Dragic as examples here? Dragic’s numbers, while still good, were way down from the previous season. Parker’s been injury prone for awhile now and his play tanked this season.

      Parker had a pretty good year at age 31 (I believe they won a title with him as PG) and I don’t think his career is over by a long shot. Dragic had a down year because the idiots in Phoenix decided they needed 3 point guards, not because his skills diminished.

    14. D’Angelo Russell PG 8.30% 8.75 9.75 6-3.25 6-5 8-6 193.4 6-9.75.

      i’m actually more impressed that he weighed 193 lbs. I was more worried he would weigh around 180lbs, like Lavine

    15. You mean once Melo got to play in the ASG.

      Ha ha yes my correction. That said, if he was able to push through a glorified pickup match, then it’s questionable how serious the injury actually was and how debilitating it will be down the road.

    16. Wait, was Carmelo as good as LeBron “Maybe The Best Player Ever” James or Chris “John Stockton with a thick neck and commercial appeal” Paul? We’re comparing Carmelo’s “decline” to legit superstars who have been awesome since they came into the league?

      Nah guys. Stop it. It’s 2015. We already know this is nonsense.

    17. Fantastic game for Horford. 5 blocks, huge 3 down the stretch, game winning putback. And saves the world from a another PP game winner.

    18. This Memphis/Golden State series is weeeeird. Every game seems to be a blow out one way or the other.

    19. Was Schroeder blocked on the shot Horford got the big board and the put back on? Or did he just miss horribly?

    20. Game 3 wasn’t a blow out. (GS v MEM). It came down to the final minute.

      (And I think Schroeder was blocked. It was kind of Starksian of Schroeder, a la the closing seconds of game 7 v Indiana back in ’94)

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