Knicks Morning News (2015.05.15)

  • [New York Post] J.R. takes shot at Knicks as he and Iman move into East finals (Fri, 15 May 2015 01:05:40 -0400)

    CHICAGO — Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith were the last two Cavaliers players to leave the court Thursday night after a Cleveland celebration at United Center, a good few minutes…

  • [New York Post] Frank Kaminsky states case about age bias in chat with Jackson (Fri, 15 May 2015 01:00:01 -0400)

    CHICAGO — Wisconsin's 7-foot senior center Frank Kaminsky, who won college basketball's highest honor when he was named the Naismith Player of the Year, says he believes he impressed Knicks…

  • [New York Times] Michael Jordan to Take Trademark Case to China’s Highest Court (Fri, 15 May 2015 10:01:36 GMT)

    Michael Jordan will take a trademark dispute with a Chinese sports firm to China’s supreme court, lawyers for the basketball star said on Friday, escalating one of several cases accusing local firms of illegally imitating global brands.

  • [New York Times] From the Quotable Mouths of the Memphis Grizzlies, Straight to Ad-Libbed T-Shirts (Fri, 15 May 2015 09:00:03 GMT)

    The franchise has embraced a cottage industry that has sprung up in its hometown, with businesses producing team-themed clothing.

  • [New York Times] NBA-Rockets Shoot Down Clippers to Level Series at 3-3 (Fri, 15 May 2015 07:10:34 GMT)

    A Corey Brewer-inspired Houston Rockets overcame a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to set up a Game Seven decider in their Western Conference semi-final series with a 119-107 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Stun Clippers 119-107 to Force Deciding Game 7 (Fri, 15 May 2015 06:49:46 GMT)

    Corey Brewer scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets erased a 19-point, second-half deficit to stun the Los Angeles Clippers 119-107 on Thursday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers, King James Take Next Step Toward Crown (Fri, 15 May 2015 06:43:57 GMT)

    Everything changed for the Cleveland Cavaliers when they found out LeBron James was bringing his talents home from South Beach.

  • [New York Times] Top-Seeded Warriors, Hawks Try to Close Out Series, Advance (Fri, 15 May 2015 06:07:39 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks have regained control of their respective series, doing their best to restore order in the NBA playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Rockets 119, Clippers 107: Corey Brewer and Rockets Stun Clippers to Force Game 7 (Fri, 15 May 2015 05:56:46 GMT)

    Brewer scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, helping Houston rally from a double-digit deficit against Los Angeles, which was on the verge of its first berth in the conference finals.

  • [New York Times] James Struggles, Cavaliers Still Advance Past Bulls 94-73 (Fri, 15 May 2015 04:13:39 GMT)

    LeBron James struggled to score 15 points, Kyrie Irving limped off the court and the Cleveland Cavaliers still beat the Chicago Bulls 94-73 on Thursday night to clinch their Eastern Conference semifinal series in six games.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers 94, Bulls 73: James Helps Cavaliers Coast Into Eastern Finals (Fri, 15 May 2015 03:17:08 GMT)

    LeBron James finished one rebound shy of a triple-double, and Cleveland shot 44 percent from 3-point range to eliminate Chicago and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

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    58 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.05.15)”

    1. If the Clips lose this series, I would guess that this is one of the worst NBA best of 7 collapses in recent memory, right? If they win tomorrow, everyone will forget but if they lose, does not resigning DJ come into play? GM Doc getting fired? Coach Doc fired? A lot at stake for the Clips tomorrow in Houston. Plus the CP cant get to the conference finals talk will be on overdrive.

    2. CP3 and Blake looked scared in the 4th. They get big fat F’s for the game.

      Plus the CP cant get to the conference finals talk will be on overdrive.

      Rightfully so dont you think?

    3. I have to say that I believe the Clips A game is stronger than the Rockets A game, so I just don’t see how the Rockets will win game 7.

    4. I fell asleep right around the end of the 4th quarter, and honestly I’m not sure I’ve ever been more surprised by checking a score in the morning than this one. I did one of those cliche double-takes where you wipe your eyes because you’re pretty sure they’re not working right.

      Watched the furious comeback and the craziest part was that the Rockets started off the 4th really sloppy. When you see a 40-15 4th quarter score you assume the team with the 40 played near flawless, but they started the quarter with some turnovers, some rushed shots, etc. They made some mistakes but the Clips were just brutal in that quarter. The Rockets D was flying around, but the Clips just looked shellshocked by the intensity. Blake in particular (who to be fair was fantastic up until that point) did not look like he wanted the ball. Even when he was catching it with a bit of space he was playing hot potato instead of looking to be aggressive. Truly mindblowing 4th quarter.

      I truly have no idea what to think about game 7. I agree with Farfa that the Clips A game is better, but man did they look shook last night, and it is going to be a raucous crowd in Houston. They were amazingly composed and focussed in that Game 7 with SAS, even when things went against them a little. They’ll have to do the same here. And Harden could really use a big game to quiet some of the haters.

    5. Then theres this from JR lol.

      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2465504-jr-smith-takes-a-shot-at-the-knicks-after-the-cavaliers-beat-chicago-in-game-6#articles/2465504-jr-smith-takes-a-shot-at-the-knicks-after-the-cavaliers-beat-chicago-in-game-6

      Yes, the Knicks made a colossal error letting go of the rising talents of JR and Shump. I’m sure the Heat are also bemoaning letting James Jones slip from their grasp.

      Playing with LeBron makes your job easy: “OK Shump, expend all your energy on D, on offense go stand in the corner and do not move! You may or may not get a pass from LeBron for an open 3”

    6. Considering JR and Shump sucking was a big reason for the Knicks sucking while they were there maybe they should step back from all the self-congratulations.

    7. Corey Brewer! (I don’t think he was even on the list of ex-Knicks still playing in May from last week’s thread– and now here he is, pulling a Reggie)

    8. Donnie +10000

      was part of the Melo deal and was cut by Dantoni. I thought he would be a perfect Dantoni player too.

    9. The Clips had the collective expression of a boxer who knows he’s punched himself out and can’t stop getting hit

    10. I never understood why Dantoni didn’t want Corey Brewer. I know he has improved a lot since then but was it just because he couldn’t shoot? Cause he’s great on D and has a great motor. Also, considering how much we gave up in the Melo deal its weird that Donnie and Dantoni didn’t want to keep a young player with upside.

      If we’d kept and developed Corey Brewer that deal would have looked a lot better now.

    11. Shumpert and JR are the same mediocre, unpredictable players they were in NY. The difference is they are playing on a better team where LeBron makes everyone around him a bit better by forcing a “correct” style of play, where making the right move is a top priority and hero ball a last resort. Not Melo’s territory, that’s for sure.

      It was great to see LeBron demanding Dellavedova take a shot when open (a couple of games ago), instead of asking for the ball to force his own ‘hero basket’ against a double team.

      To be fair Lebron was awful (except game 5) in the Chicago series and Shumpert and JR played very well.

    12. I never understood why Dantoni didn’t want Corey Brewer

      Right, then they got his cousin. The poor mans Corey Brewer aka Ronnie Brewer

    13. Donnie and Dantoni didn’t want to keep a young player with upside.

      Brewer was a free agent. But yes, it definitely was weird that they didn’t even let him audition for a spot on the team the next year.

    14. Also, they cut him as a favor to him, as it allowed him to sign a deal with any team he wanted to. He ended up getting a two-year deal from Dallas (who then traded him to Denver, where he started his mini-renaissance, “mini” as he is still not all that good).

    15. Yes, LeBron was ‘awful’ by his lofty standards

      No he was just awful. He shot >41% from the field in 4 games and >35% in 3 of them.
      Game 1: 9-22
      Game 3: 8-25 FG
      Game 4: 10-30 FG
      Game 6: 7-23 FG

      “But the man will someday make a great coach; he is the prefect team leader, a player who understands the importance of making the best move for the team, not for himself. That’s rare, even among legitimate superstars”

      And yes this has been discussed ad nauseum since hes been in the league. Not everyone can play like him though. It takes a rare combination of vision, trust, passing ability and the abiltity to constantly draw doubles. Yes he is a great player.

    16. I suppose so. But his shooting sucked. My bad i think i put those less than signs in reverse as well. whoops.

    17. I just realized that our top five in minutes played last season were (in descending order): Shane Larkin, mini-Bargs, TH2, Langston, and Melo. I really hope this is rock bottom.

    18. So that’s two decentish youngsters, two of the 10 worst players in the NBA, and a guy on one good leg. Plus we had real Bargs to boot! Things will be better

    19. So that’s two decentish youngsters, two of the 10 worst players in the NBA, and a guy on one good leg. Plus we had real Bargs to boot! Things will be better

      I’m trying to figure out who the two decentish youngsters are. Langston’s obviously one. Is THJr the other?

    20. no, Jr is one of the worst players in the NBA. Larkin was the other decentish youngster.

    21. It is mind-boggling that Shane Larkin led the team in minutes played. Not that he’s awful or anything, but the dude wasn’t even the back-up point in a few games!

    22. About a week ago I somehow started thinking about who the Knicks best player this season was, accounting for playing time (i.e. I think Melo was pretty obviously the best player minute by minute even though he kind of stunk this year, but he only played 40 games). I only managed to think about it for about 15 seconds before clood started to pour from my ears, but I think Larkin is a legitimate contender. Win Score says it was still Melo (with the mighty Cole second) and after my deliberations that’s where I ended up leaning as well. Wins produced says Larkin, followed by Melo, Prigs and Cole.

      Anyway not sure what my point is here. I guess the Knicks sucked this year. And Larkin also sucked, but definitely sucked less than a lot of other guys.

    23. Oh also, a funny side note from skimming through Box Score Geek. I’m pretty sure they rate this as Bargs’ best season ever, as he produced only -.86 wins for the Knicks by their numbers. All those injuries really kept him from racking up his usual total of negative wins. Bring him back for the minimum!

    24. It’ll be interesting to see if Larkin’s market is terrible enough where he can actually return to New York.

    25. It’ll be interesting to see if Larkin’s market is terrible enough where he can actually return to New York.

      I’d be satisfied with him as the backup for now.

    26. I mean, I’m not going to lose my shit if we let Shane Larkin walk, but he does seem to be an acceptable backup, and if he could learn to score just a little he’d be a nice player.

      Figuring out who the Knicks best player was last season is not an easy exercise.

    27. It’s probably shved langston and cole imo.

      If you want to take shved out bc of his limited minutes then langston cole and larkin in that order imo

    28. I know he’s not a traditional triangle PG, but I want John Wall on the Knicks.

    29. Fuck the Triangle. If a good player wants to play for the Knicks, I am into it. We currently have none.

    30. Who is guarding Demurred Carroll? Two more or less backdoor baskets with under two minutes after the game was tied. Unreal!

    31. That’s too bad. That was one hell of a shot, too bad it was 0.1 seconds too late.

    32. What a way to end a season. I don’t no what’s worse this or the way Sunset Park lost.

    33. BTW, I’m so old I remember jowles laughing at the wiz for extending Wall, and now he’s all triangle schmiangle

    34. Wow. Instant replay reffing just totally ruined the end of that game.

      In the good old days of 1946-2013 that would have been an amazing playoff moment. But in 2014-15 it is unjustly anticlimactic.

    35. Someone get on Twitter and tell Alan watts that 3pt shooting teams have been winning all the games since he angered the efficiency gods.

      Also Larkin sucks.

    36. John Wall has become a lot better than I thought he would be, but the fact still remains that without a consistent off the dribble jumper, he both has to have the ball in his hands and is stoppable by an intelligent defense. Control your turnovers and play off Wall, forcing him to shoot, and Wall’s team will not score efficiently. I know I know, easier said than done, and most teams lack the discipline and coaching to do it, but that changes in deeper rounds of the playoffs.

    37. This Grizzlies team is tough as hell, but I don’t think they got enough bullets in the gun

    38. Griz played a good series with 2 perfectly executed games. Warriors are too much for them defensively, though (and offensively when they’re making shots from behind the other 3 pt line)

    39. Pierce should have called series on that shot. He would have been correct. ;)

    40. I find it hard to believe that the Warriors can lose to either the Rockets or the Clippers. The Cavs, if Lebron is hot, maybe. Actually, if Korver ever gets going, the Hawks might be surprising. Korver has been pretty mediocre so far this playoffs.

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